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  • 10 April 2014 | News Room

    Marri Carrow -webThe U.S. Grains Council is pleased to announce the promotion of Marri Carrow to USGC Regional Director of the Western Hemisphere, based in Panama.

    "Since joining the Council in 2008, Marri has been intricately involved in our international and domestic communications initiatives," said USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight. "As a director of communications, Marri has enhanced our communications efforts by successfully integrating them with other stakeholders efforts."

  • 10 April 2014 | News Room

    U.S. and Japanese negotiators finished three intensive days of talks in Tokyo this week without reaching any substantive agreement to resolve differences on automobile issues and access to agricultural products as part of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. At issue is the U.S. effort to secure concessions to liberalize access to Japan's declared sensitive products—rice, wheat, barley, beef, pork, dairy products and sugar.

  • 10 April 2014 | News Room

    piggy"The U.S. Grains Council remembers the 1960 'hog lift' to Japan as our founding event," said Council President and CEO Tom Sleight, "and still today, anything that hurts hogs hurts many of our oldest and best customers around the world. The current swine epidemic is a serious matter for many of them, and therefore for us."

  • 08 April 2014 | News Room

    report cover_smallThe U.S. Grains Council recently released its 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report and will begin presenting the report's findings to buyers and other stakeholders around the world in coming weeks.

    The Export Quality Report measures the quality of U.S. corn sampled at the point of loading for export. Three export channels are reported: the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest and inland terminals shipping by rail to Mexico.

  • 03 April 2014 | News Room

    report cover_smallThis week, U.S. Grains Council staff is heading to international destinations to present the Council's 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report to buyers and other stakeholders around the world.

    "Our purpose is to give buyers reliable and timely information," said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight. "That's what they expect from us, and the great interest in the report demonstrates that we are meeting a real need."

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Chart of the Week

2013/2014 Export Quality Report Shows Third Year of Low Aflatoxins in U.S. Corn

aflatoxin cotwThis week's U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows a continued low incidence of aflatoxin in U.S. corn according to the Council's 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report. While the reports for all three years show low incidence of aflatoxin in U.S. corn, the levels in the 2013 crop are the lowest of the three.

As this chart shows, only 7.6 percent of tested samples had aflatoxin levels greater than the minimum level of detection (0.5 parts per billion) compared with 22.2 percent in 2012 and 14.1 percent in 2011.

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Food for Progress Program: Progressing Forward

tanzania ffpBy: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs

With its large and rapidly growing populations and enormous resource base, sub-Saharan Africa is commanding renewed attention. While it doesn't command the headlines garnered by the dramatic economic success stories in China, India, Brazil, and elsewhere, U.S. agricultural exports to sub-Saharan Africa have quietly increased by over 200 percent in the last decade. Bilateral agricultural trade between the region and the United States is now approaching billion. At the same time, a new generation of leadership in several African countries shows promise of learning from the wrong turns of the post-independence era and charting a more successful course in the future.

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