News & Events
China continues to be the top importer of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and sorghum despite the current uncertainties in the Chinese economy and uneasiness about trade with the country in the international grain market. Factors contributing to the ambiguity in the Chinese market include a very large corn harvest in China set to begin soon, a new regulatory system for grain importers and an ongoing discussion about the support price of corn in China.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service are intensifying their efforts to promote U.S. ethanol exports for the remainder of 2015 and into the future.
Ag exports in the 2016 fiscal year will hit $138.5 billion, with $8.6 billion of that total coming from corn exports and $2.1 billion coming from sorghum exports, according to the recently-released Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The 11th season of America’s Heartland, a public television series celebrating U.S. agriculture, will begin airing on PBS on Sept. 5 and RFD-TV on Sept. 9.
Since its launch in 2005, the TV show has helped viewers experience U.S. agriculture in all 50 states and internationally. In past seasons, several episodes featured U.S. Grains Council (USGC) members or were produced with the help of the Council, following U.S. farmers and products to countries like China, Taiwan, Egypt and Morocco.
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Word from the Ground
By: Luis Bustamante, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist for the Western Hemisphere
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted a team of Latin American barley purchasers and craft brew production managers to Mexico this week to learn more about the global market for barley, long-term purchasing strategies and the Council’s work to help buyers source U.S. barley.