News & Events
One Tanzania poultry farmer, Godwin Mrema, has especially benefited from the one-on-one trainings he received from the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) programs in that country, taking a calculated risk to change his feed formulations in the hope of increased productivity and profit.
The European Commission on April 24 approved 19 import authorizations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Seventeen of the authorizations were for long-delayed food and feed traits, already approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), but had been stalled by non-science based political objections.
Two additional approvals for genetically modified cut flowers rounded out the list.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be busy escorting 27 trade teams to the United States this summer, an essential annual outreach used by the Council to accomplish its mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.
In this week’s Global Update, we asked Kimberly Atkins, USGC director of global programs, to expound on USGC trade teams and programs. Watch for more about USGC trade teams in future editions of Global Update and local ag press.
Q: What are trade teams and their purpose?
As U.S. corn farmers kick their planters into high gear, signals on the ground, in the sky and in the markets look promising for the 2015 crop.
“Overall, I think planting conditions as far as moisture goes are good,” said Alan Tiemann, a Nebraska farmer and U.S. Grains Council (USGC) vice chairman.
“Planting progress is a little behind, but with the equipment we’ve got these days, we’ll make that up in a heartbeat. If we get about three good days on our farm, we’ll have corn planting wrapped up.”
After much anticipation, a bill reauthorizing trade promotion authority (TPA) was introduced on April 16 and approved Wednesday by a 20-6 vote of the Senate Finance Committee. The measure will now go to the full Senate for consideration. Companion legislation is currently pending in the House Ways and Means Committee, which also began markup this week.
Chart of Note
This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates that projected U.S. sorghum exports for the 2014/2015 marketing year are expected to be 10 times larger than just a few years ago, during the 2011/2012 marketing year. This sizeable increase is mostly attributable to China, which has had surging demand since receiving its first bulk shipment on Oct. 13, 2013.
Word from the Ground
By: Erick Erickson, U.S. Grains Council Vice President
Corn quality, good and bad, is an issue often raised by customers as U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff promotes U.S. corn exports around the world. And while the specific quality requirements of an export shipment are established in individual sales contracts, the Council always is looking for ways to enhance the quality image, or the quality brand, of U.S. corn.