Issues to Own
The 2012/13 corn marketing year was marked by a tight supply of U.S. corn due to a severe drought in large parts of the U.S. Corn Belt. Some top markets for U.S. corn, including Japan, were forced to diversify sourcing to meet their demand. Japanese buyers and end-users, however, continued to express their preference for U.S. corn because it is high quality and generally free of foreign material.
While some low level presence of foreign materials is inevitable in multi-commodity bulk handing systems, the U.S. system enjoys a well-earned reputation as the most reliable and incident-free in the world. Japanese buyers also appreciate the swift reaction of the Council in alerting shippers to issues when they occur, and to the Council's continuing publication of the U.S. Corn Harvest Quality Report and Corn Export Cargo Quality Report, which are designed to give purchasers reliable and timely information on quality issues.
In the year following the 2012 drought, Japanese customers will most likely return to purchasing U.S. corn because they appreciate the high quality corn, and the United States' effort to sell a product that exceeds their expectations.
Agriculture is one of America’s most dynamic export sectors – proof that our nation is an effective competitor and relationship builder in the global economy.
The U.S. Grains Council recognizes that relationship building is a key to increasing exports with current and prospective international customers. In partnership with corn, sorghum and barley farmers – through their checkoff organizations – the Council serves as a catalyst for free trade policy and agricultural advancement that helps countries better serve their consumers, increase economic growth and enhance their food security. The Council offers international customers a bridge to American grain and its value-added products, which offer a food-supply capacity that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
The Council is working to encourage adoption of policies that advance consistent, fair, rules-based systems for trade and that encourage acceptance of agricultural biotechnology. Achievement of these objectives will help U.S. agriculture gain a larger market share of global grain exports, while helping international customers provide lower costs, higher quality, expanded variety and enhanced food security for their populations.