News & Events
International trade, including trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, provide big benefits for agriculture. However, those benefits are receiving negative publicity in the current political environment.
From flex fuels and carbon intensity to the future of ethanol and technological advancements, speakers at the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual conference last week in Minneapolis continued to highlight ethanol’s unique advantages and overall value in the marketplace at home and abroad.
A yearly event that attracts top ethanol leaders from around the country, the ACE conference provided a platform for discussions on critical domestic topics as well as sustainability and a bird’s eye view of ethanol globally.
Following a five-year hiatus from Malaysian shores, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) was recently on hand to welcome back the first vessel of corn from the United States since the historic drought in 2012/2013. The vessel, which was loaded from the Pacific Northwest, was sold from one USGC member to another, destined for a consortium of several key USGC allies.
Thanks to the summer blockbuster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, millions of people were unexpectedly introduced to the wonky trade term “import license.”
Why? Because Lex Luther needed the government-issued license to import a chunk of kryptonite that was found in the Indian Ocean in order to destroy his arch-nemesis, of course.
A group of Chinese stakeholders and policymakers visited the United States last week to learn more about management and recycling methods for untreated manure, a practical but serious constraint facing continued expansion of livestock production there.
The team visited Washington, D.C., Illinois and Indiana where they were able to see testing facilities, crop farms and livestock operations first hand.
Chart of Note
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest report on trade data showed exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to all countries are up 6 percent this marketing year, ending Aug. 30. If this pace continues, the export tally for the year should approach 12 million metric tons, near a record set during the 2013/2014 marketing year.
Word from the Ground
Deep in the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco’s Sous plain, two of the world’s most cutting edge dairy cooperatives recently met for the first time. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), with the financial and professional support of the Kansas Corn Commission, organized a technical exchange for India’s Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) and Morocco’s COPAG.