U.S. Farmers May Plant Less Barley, Sorghum

In its March 31 Planting Intentions report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said U.S. farmers intend to plant some 3.3 million acres of barley in 2010. If that estimate holds, barley acres will fall by some 8 percent from last year’s 3.6 million – and would be well below 2008’s 4.2 million acres.

U.S. barley stocks as of March 1 totaled approximately 157 million bushels, an increase of 22 percent from March 1, 2009, even though barley use increased about 12 percent during the December 2009-February 2010 period when compared to prior year.

Council Promotes U.S. Food Barley at Taipei International Bakery Show

More than 1,500 attendees sampled food products made from U.S. barley at the U.S. Grains Council’s booth during the Taipei International Bakery Show held last week. The Council’s booth displayed information on the healthy characteristics of high beta-glucan U.S. barley while displaying recipes of bakery products, noodles, barley tea and more, all made from American barley.

85,000 Attendees See U.S. Barley, Corn, Sorghum in Cooking Demonstration at FOODEX Japan

FOODEX is the largest annual food expo in Japan, drawing more than 2,000 exhibitors from 60 countries and regions and 85,000 attendees. The U.S. Grains Council’s Japan office hosted a booth at the show and also participated in a cooking demonstration, where U.S. barley, corn meal and white sorghum recipes were showcased.

Syria Enforces Levy on Imported Corn, Barley, USGC Expects Duties to be Eliminated

In an effort to encourage local production and generate revenue for the national treasury, Syria has recently imposed import duties on corn and barley, the U.S. Grains Council has learned. The duties were originally set at $77/metric ton but have since been scaled back due to industry pressure. They are currently at $22/ton for corn and $44/ton for barley.

US Barley Sample Leaves Taiwan Buyers Coming Back for More

The U.S. Grains Council, the leading U.S. organization for the market development of barley, corn, sorghum and their co-products, helped foster the sale of 200 metric tons (9,186 bushels) of U.S. high beta glucan hull-less barley (BG 012) to Taiwan. The McKay Seed Co. put the final touches on its contract with Tai-I and Taisun, Taiwanese importers, earlier this week. “The Council met with the Taiwan Barley Products Industry Association several times where we successfully introduced and convinced them to become interested in food barley,” said former USGC Senior Advisor in Taiwan CM Lynn.

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