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Its proximity to the United States and ability to receive grain by truck, rail and vessel has helped Mexico be a top customer for U.S. sorghum for years. In the 2013/2014 marketing year, Mexico was the third largest market of U.S. sorghum and the United States, especially Texas, continues to be the best option to meet the country’s sorghum demand.
“Mexican buyers appreciate the quality and reliability of U.S. sorghum,” said Javier Chavez, U.S. Grains Council marketing specialist in Mexico. “And U.S. producers haven’t forgotten their southern market.”
Since the establishment of a regional office in Panama four years ago, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has been implementing technical activities to promote corn co-products in Ecuador, resulting in several major feed companies using or running trials with distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
The feed industry in Ecuador faces difficulties due to high raw material costs, which must be overcome by seeking competitive prices and the use of alternative feed ingredients such as DDGS.
In 2013, buyers from Saudi Arabia and Jordan imported more than 1,000 metric tons and 20,000 tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) respectively. Both markets have much room for expansion in their use of U.S. DDGS in both the livestock and poultry sectors. To educate buyers and increase interest in U.S. corn co-products, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) escorted a team of major importers from these countries to the Midwest before holding its biennial Export Exchange so these key customers could see U.S. DDGS infrastructure firsthand.
Eight long-delayed biotech traits awaiting approval by the European Commission will apparently have to wait some more. With a newly elected Commission scheduled to take office on Nov. 1, the Oct. 21 and Oct. 29 meetings of the College of Commissioners were the last scheduled opportunities to take action on biotech approvals before the transition. Failure to act this week punts the issue to the incoming commissioners.
With attendees including 210 international attendees representing 41countries and an additional 200 U.S. attendees representing every sector of the coarse grains value chain, Export Exchange 2014 was this year’s premiere global grain trade conference. Wrapping up on Oct. 22, the conference was a resounding success for both international buyers and U.S. suppliers.
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Word from the Ground
By: Kimberly Atkins, U.S. Grains Council Director of Global Programs
Taiwan is an important export market for U.S. coarse grains and their value-added products like distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). U.S. market share in the country has declined in recent years due to competition from South America but recovered sharply during the 2013/2014 marketing year. A top priority for the U.S. Grains Council in 2015 is sustaining demand and high U.S. market share in this vital market.