Seven feed millers and one swine producer, each from different parts of Japan and relatively new to their industries, participated in a trade team visit to Iowa and South Dakota in October organized by the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) office in Japan.
Market development turns potential opportunities into realized exports. And that work would not be possible without the support of two long-term initiatives included in the U.S. farm bill - the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program.
An announcement was posted last week on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website that the country would again allow U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11 percent value added tax (VAT), potentially impacting global DDGS market dynamics for the better.
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.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently participated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agricultural trade mission to India, led by new Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. As part of that mission, the Council led an ethanol delegation that included Council members and ethanol industry association leaders.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has promoted Katy Wyatt to manager of global strategies, effective on Oct. 30, to replace Anne Zaczek, who departed the organization at the end of the month.
In her new role, Wyatt will assist in managing global strategies programs, including the coordination of the Council's Unified Export Strategy and the organization's Food for Progress program in Tanzania. Wyatt will also provide support to the USGC global programs, trade policy and innovation/sustainability teams.
A team of Chinese buyers of corn, sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) traveled to the United States last month to investigate crop production and quality as well as gain a better understanding of U.S. feed grains and co-products as a valuable feed ingredient.
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.
Tim Tierney joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as director of strategic marketing/ethanol, North Asia, on Monday. Based in Signapore, this new position will seek to capitalize on longstanding relationships as well as emerging opportunities for biofuels in North Asia.
Tierney’s position reflects efforts to build and align global resources for the Council's work to capture near-term demand for U.S. feed grain sales and build long-term demand for ethanol among global customers.
The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) will conduct its annual Trade Talk event next week during the organization’s annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will participate in the event to discuss trade policy developments and concerns, a record-setting marketing year for U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms and the overall value of U.S. agricultural trade to the U.S. economy.