Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the U.S. Grains Council are calling upon the U.S. government to develop an immediate response to Brazil’s newly implemented tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports, a trade barrier that threatens over $750 million in U.S. exports and American jobs.
At first glance, cattle feeders from Mexico may not appear to have much in common with Corona beer or the Mexican media. Yet each has a common reason for traveling to the United States in late August: learning more about the potential for collaboration and increased business between the United States and Mexico.
Saudi Arabia has nearly doubled purchased of U.S. corn this marketing year due to a combination of favorable government policy shifts, competitive prices and market development work by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
Exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms (GIAF) are up 20 percent year-over-year from September-June to 96.9 million metric tons, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
India’s new tax structures for 1,200 goods and 500 services, in place as of July 1, are intended to simplify the country’s complex and hard-to-administer tax code but could have mixed effects on imports of U.S. ethanol.
The 2017 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team season is in full swing with more than two dozen teams from around the world scheduled to traverse U.S. farm states throughout the summer and fall.
Increasing U.S. ethanol exports requires building new markets from square one with industry partners and government regulators. This market development work, undertaken by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and partners including Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), requires time and persistence to achieve huge potential payoffs.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) promoted Lucas Szabo to manager of ethanol export programs, starting on June 19. Szabo, who is extensively familiar with USGC policies and programs, is working closely with the outgoing manager, Ashley Kongs, leading up to her departure for graduate school next month.
“I am excited Lucas is filling this position,” said Mike Dwyer, USGC chief economist. “Lucas has demonstrated proficiency and flexibility in supporting USGC programs, and we are excited to add him to the ethanol team.”