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  • 17 April 2014 | News Room

    corn earAfter two consecutive years of low market share for U.S. corn exports to the Middle East and North Africa, the 2013-14 marketing year has seen a sharp rebound in U.S. corn sales and shipments to the region. From the beginning of the marketing year through April 10, outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn to North Africa and the Middle East are more than 2.8 million metric tons (110 million bushels), up from 204,500 tons (8 million bushels) the previous year over the same time period.

  • 17 April 2014 | News Room

    export cargo report rollout"It is important for our customers to know and understand just what happened throughout the crop year," said Deb Keller, U.S. Grains Council at-large director. "And being there, meeting face-to-face with our end-users, engaging in year-long conversations, keeps us part of the game."

    Last week, USGC representatives traveled throughout Mexico to present the findings of the Council's 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report to importers and end-users.

  • 17 April 2014 | News Room

    barley missionIn an important win for U.S. barley producers, Japan has indicated that in the next year it will allow heart healthy labeling of food products containing high beta-glucan barley. U.S. research findings have documented heart-healthy attributes of high beta-glucan barley -- such as reduced cholesterol and lowering the risk of coronary heart disease -- and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recognized these claims since 2006.

  • 17 April 2014 | News Room

    With the Farm Bill passed and the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development program (FMD) reauthorized at current levels, we pause to remember why the proven partnership between USDA and the U.S. Grains Council is so important.

    The United States is not the world's leading agricultural exporter by accident. We start with the world's most innovative and productive farmers. We also enjoy a durable national commitment to the reduction of trade barriers -- and, last but not least, cooperation across all sectors of the value chain and between the private sector and government to develop, expand, and defend markets for U.S. products around the world.

  • 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."

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Chart of the Week

Middle East and North Africa Shifting Corn Demand to US

US corn export sales to 11 Apr smallThis week's U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn to North Africa and the Middle East for the past three marketing years, which began Sept. 1, through Mid-April for each listed year. With U.S. corn returning to more normal pricing in the 2013/2014 marketing year, Egypt, Israel, Morocco and Algeria have all returned to purchasing U.S. corn. Also, Tunisia has once again begun sourcing corn from the United States.

In a little over six months of the 2013/2014 corn marketing year, U.S. corn accumulated exports and outstanding sales to North Africa and the Middle East totaled more than 2.8 million metric tons (110 million bushels) compared to 204,500 tons (8 million bushels) in the 2012/2013 marketing year and 1 million tons (40 million bushels) in marketing year 2011/2012.

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Korean Sales Rebound (Again)

korea-corn-smallBy: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea
U.S. corn exports have staged a dramatic comeback in South Korea, driven by the record 2013 U.S. corn crop. Korean calendar year figures through March 31 show the United States with sales of 2.5 million tons (100 million bushels) for a market share of 48 percent, up from just 3.6 percent for the entire 2012/2013 marketing year, Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2013. Black Sea and South American producers trail with a 19 and 17 percent market share, respectively.

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