Analysis: U.S. Grain Prices Present Investment Opportunity for Global Livestock Producers

As corn harvest winds down in the United States, global livestock producers are in the enviable position of being able to both take advantage of competitive feed grain prices and invest in the future growth of their businesses.

Back in 2012, as corn prices hovered around $8 per bushel, many poultry, swine and dairy producers rode out the high prices, buying one cargo of corn at a time while waiting and hoping for the market to improve.

Asia Subcontinent Exchange Brings U.S. Sellers to Buyers in Booming Region

In the shadows of Mt. Everest, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) recently held the inaugural Asia Subcontinent Trade Exchange as a forum for business networking and deal-making between U.S. sellers and regional buyers.

More than 100 attendees were part of the inaugural event that showcased the nations of South Asia, consisting of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

USGC Helps Host Chinese Officials In Washington, On Local Farm

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) helped host a delegation of Chinese officials in town last week for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting, including offering a tour of Chairman Chip Councell's farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The meeting was held at a time when there are several issues overhanging the trade relationship between the United States and China, which will be impacted further by the change in U.S. administration when President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.

New Study Shows High Return on Investment From Overseas Market Development Programs

Growing and maintaining export markets is essential for U.S. farmers and ranchers, especially at a time of low commodity prices and abundant supply. USDA's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program play a critical role in this effort and offer both farmers and taxpayers an excellent return on investment, according to a new study that looked at program impact over the past four decades.

Chart of Note

Chart of Note: Healthy Start for U.S. Ethanol in 2016/2017 Marketing Year

Exports of U.S. ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

The top three customers of U.S. ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil and China, respectfully. Exports of U.S. ethanol totaled 99.6 million gallons (903,000 metric tons of corn equivalent).

Word from the Ground

Dairy Cooperative Leaders from Morocco, India Meet, Share Experiences

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.