Japanese Leadership No Accident: Biotech Regulators Stay Ahead of the Curve

Japan is consistently among the world’s leaders in biotechnology regulation, boasting a system that is science-based and, therefore, effective, timely and transparent. This does not happen by accident. Among the key contributing factors are the sophistication and scientific integrity of the regulatory teams that implement the system.

Vietnam Grants Licenses to Four Genetically-Modified Corn Varieties

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for the first time has granted licenses to four genetically-modified corn varieties to be used for both human consumption and animal feed. 

This process started four years ago when Vietnam announced it would start field trials of these four varieties of genetically-modified corn. Since then, the varieties have gone through extensive testing and evaluation, as well as being approved by Vietnam’s Council of Food Safety for Genetically-Modified Food and Animal Feed.

USGC Releases Next Installment of Corn Production Video Series

The second of three U.S. Grains Council (USGC) videos chronicling the 2014 U.S. corn growing season was released this week, highlighting production conditions on four farms.

The segment, which is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAou_yuhT4A&list=UUagF3P0a0yT-_hvr4nwBUoQ, will also be presented to international audiences in conjunction with the Council’s 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality report set to be released this winter.

Despite Current Issues, China ‘Hit for the Cycle’ in 2014

Despite all of the current challenges surrounding imports for feed ingredients, China has accomplished a feat never before seen in agricultural exports: according to Chinese customs and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, China has imported more than 3 million metric tons each of U.S. corn, sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) for this marketing year, which ends Aug. 31.

Chart of Note

Biofuels Mandates as Driver of Potential Ethanol Demand

This Chart of Note shows the theoretical volume of ethanol demand by non-U.S. markets with existing biofuels mandates. If countries enforced existing biofuels mandates using ethanol, their gasoline use in 2012 would suggest that the top 10 ethanol consumers would require 3.5 billion gallons of the renewable fuel. The next 10 would add another 393 million gallons of demand.

Word from the Ground

Providing Key Information to Korea’s Swine Sector

By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea

The U.S. Grains Council recently held a webinar to educate Korean swine nutritionists and feed formulation specialists on the benefits of using U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), covering topics as wide ranging as DDGS production, digestibility, energy and proper inclusion rates of DDGS in various swine diets.