Brazil, Argentina Reforms Signal Urgent Need For Strong Trade Policies

The recent changes in both the Brazilian and Argentine governments are highlighting their interests in becoming pro-business – and in agriculture’s case, pro-trade. This change in attitude from the largest South American corn producing countries is creating urgency in the United States for the completion of the two multilateral trade agreements that are still pending, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

Global Grain Conference Offers Opportunity To Build Ties In Middle East, Including Iran

The Middle East and North Africa region is geographically closer to a competitor country, Ukraine, and as such, requires consistent attention to have U.S. corn and co-products, such as distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), remain top-of-mind for feed buyers. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff made progress towards this goal last week by attending the Global Grain Middle East and North Africa conference in Dubai.

USGC, NCGA Study Shows Grain Exports Worth $82 Billion To U.S. Economy

As part of May's World Trade Month celebrations, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently released a study that found the export of grain and grain products in 2014 generated $82 billion in economic output, supporting more than 370,000 jobs.

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Vietnam Pork Prices Up 30 Percent In Last Two Months, Spurring Demand For U.S. DDGS

By Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director For South And Southeast Asia

China’s recent pork shortage is reverberating around the world and especially in its southern neighbor, Vietnam, contributing to record pork prices and an increasingly insatiable appetite for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in that market.