Trade Policy Talks, Priorities Take Center Stage at USGC Annual Meeting

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates received powerful insights into the global grain trade and trade policy’s role in the future dynamics of the market during Monday's opening general session.

Informa Economics Vice President Nick Hoyt set the stage with a keynote presentation delving into global supply and demand dynamics for coarse grains and co-products, including the impact of a strong dollar, growing production from competitors like Brazil, and a U.S. corn yield that has yet to be determined.

Unlocking Opportunities For DDGS in Canada

A team of Canadian buyers and end-users of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as well as a Canadian agriculture journalist visited the United States this week on a learning journey co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan.

Their travel focused on exploring additional ways to cut logistical costs and increase demand for U.S. DDGS and corn and included a tour of an ethanol plant, which was a highlight for some of the Canadian participants who had never seen ethanol production.

USGC Mission Examines Potential to Improve China’s Air and Water Quality with Ethanol

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) mission including U.S. environmental and public health specialists traveled to China last week to discuss how air and water quality in that country could be improved through the use of ethanol in the country’s fuel.

”China already has a 10 percent mandatory blend rate for gasoline in specified markets,” said USGC Manager of Ethanol Export Promotion Programs Ashley Kongs. “But there are many large cities and regions seeking to improve air and ground-water quality that are not yet using E10 fuel.”

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Word from the Ground

USGC Opens Doors for DDGS Distributors, End-Users in Southern Mexico

By: Javier Chavez, Marketing Specialist in Mexico, U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and consultants recently completed a tour of Southeast Mexico to make presentations promoting U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to 23 ranchers in Chiapas. The attendees were presidents and chairmen of local cattle producer associations and represent an estimated 1.1 million head of cattle, more than 40 percent of the total cattle in the area.