Conference Offers Unique DDGS, Barley Data To Canada’s Leading Beef Producers

With an output of 1.8 million head of cattle per year, Alberta is the heart of Canada’s beef industry and an area the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has identified as a potential growth market for sales of U.S. barley and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

At a recent Council-sponsored conference on the use of supplements in Canadian beef production, the organization and its partners introduced a new tool for evaluating DDGS to some of the largest producers in Alberta.

USGC Expands Promotion Of High Beta-Glucan Barley In Taiwan

By: Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has made progress this year towards encouraging U.S. barley’s food application for diabetics and coronary heart disease patients in Taiwan. This program is part of an ongoing effort to promote U.S. barley containing beta-glucan as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Barley Farmer Manages Stored Grain, Awaits Contract

For North Dakota barley farmer Mark Seastrand, farm activity this time of year focuses on monitoring the barley he harvested in August. To do this, Seastrand routinely uses a grain sampling probe to test the moisture levels of his grain in his on-farm storage bins.

In addition, he uses fans to cool the grain if the temperature or moisture level rises to unfavorable levels.

The grain will remain in storage on his farm until delivery in June or July.

Herbed Barley Scotch Broth

Nonstick cooking spray
2 leeks, thinly sliced, white part only
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, quartered and thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1/2 pound boneless lean lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 cups fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup pearl barley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Herb bundle: 6 sprigs thyme, 4 sprigs Italian parsley and 1 sprig rosemary

Council History: Decades of Opening Doors

Since its founding in 1960, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has held fast to its commitment to develop new markets for U.S. coarse grains and co-products – sometimes even in seemingly unlikely places.

It was an early step in the long process of re-opening U.S.-Cuba relations when the Council led a humanitarian grain donation to Cuba.

The Cuba mission in 1998 required State Department authorization, and the USGC delegation had to travel by way of Mexico because flights were not available from the United States to the island nation.

Mexico Program Looks for New Opportunities In Beer Industry

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Marketing Specialist in Mexico Javier Chavez along with Dr. Paul Schwarz from North Dakota State University and Steven Edwardson, North Dakota Barley Council executive administrator, hosted a seminar this week to provide technical and market information about U.S. barley malt to Garjales, the largest malting plant for CUAMOC-Heineken in Mexico.

The workshop’s main focus was to examine beer industry and recent grain market trends, including past barley production experiences and future options.

Building Connections in Taiwan’s Mature Market

By: Manuel Sanchez, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Trade

Earlier this month, I visited Taiwan as part of a trade servicing mission with the main objective of gaining familiarity with local feed grain buyers and a deeper understanding of the local market environment.

Our long-term strategy in Taiwan is to sustain relationships with policymakers and industry leaders in order to preserve U.S. market share as well as to help facilitate the resolution to problems that may arise. We want to help ensure the maximum efficiency of domestic meat, milk and egg production. All of this will help our customers there be profitable and reinforce that food security can best be achieved through trade.

2015 Barley Harvest Complete For Seastrand

Mark Seastrand, a barley farmer from North Dakota, officially finished his 2015 harvest at the end of August. Shortly after completion, Seastrand received reports back from the malters who purchased his barley on contract that they were pleased with both the quality and quantity of his crop.

On his farm, Seastrand also raises barley for seed production. In 2015, he planted a new variety, Genesis, developed by North Dakota State University.

U.S. Grain Farmers Give Crop Updates

The U.S. Grains Council’s Grain News has followed three producers throughout 2015: Greg Alber, a corn farmer from Iowa; Adam Baldwin, a sorghum farmer from Kansas; and Mark Seastrand, a barley farmer from North Dakota. Each have shared their decision-making processes on their farms for planting, managing the growing season and now harvest.

As harvest approaches and these producers start to take the 2015 crop from the fields, they are keeping their eyes on the ever-changing market outlook, as well as evaluating their inputs for the current year and planning for 2016.

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