Trade Talks Happening Around The World

corn exports to NAFTA

Trade and U.S. leadership in the global economy have been hot topics during a busy last week, including the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Canada, opening talks in modernizing the United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. 

The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations ended in Montreal with no firm conclusions but with commitments to come back to the table in late February for a seventh round in Mexico City. 

Patricia Esqueda Returns To USGC As Western Mexico Marketing Specialist

Patricia Esqueda, USGC Western Mexico Marketing Specialist

Patricia Esqueda returned to the U.S. Grains Council as the Western Mexico Marketing Specialist as of Monday, Dec. 4. 

In this role, Esqueda will promote and market U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the feed and livestock industry in Western Mexico, in and around Guadalajara. She will also support the Council's ethanol work in Mexico as well as feed and livestock and barley and brewery programs. 

USGC, USSEC Reiterate Support For NAFTA During Buyers Conference In Mexico

quote from Kim Atkins from buyers conference in Mexico

Leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) called for the continuation of strong partnerships built under the framework of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other Western Hemisphere free trade agreements while at a joint regional buyers conference this month in Mexico.

Mexican Beer Depends On U.S. Barley Under NAFTA

Mexico barley trade team in Montana

Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma-Heineken (CCM/Heinken) cannot brew beer favorites like Dos Equis without high-quality barley. And thanks to the favorable trading terms under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), CCM/Heinken sourced 100 percent of their barley needs from Montana in 2017.

Decision makers from the company traveled north to Montana in October on a U.S. Grains Council team arranged so they could see firsthand how this top ingredient is grown and malted.

Beef, Barley and Ethanol Teams From Mexico Explore U.S. Market Collaboration

USGC Teams from Mexico

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.

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