News & Events
Despite being the largest purchaser of U.S. barley in the 2014/2015 marketing year, there is still a widely-held perception in Mexico that European barley malt is of superior quality compared to U.S. barley malt. This week, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) made strides towards overcoming this perception by bringing a consultant from North Dakota State University to both meet individually with select Mexican craft brewers and make presentations to larger groups of industry participants.
“The craft beer industry has exploded substantially,” said USGC Marketing Specialist Javier Chavez, who traveled with the consultant. “It has shown a strong, two- to three- digit annual growth, and the trend is foreseen to continue. Therefore, this industry is likely to become an important barley malt-user in the coming years.”
A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) team including a U.S. barley producer, ethanol plant manager and trader visited major feeders in Alberta, Canada, last week to search out expanded opportunities for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and feed barley.
By: Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs, U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted in the U.S. Midwest a trade team from Saudi Arabia made up of feed grain importers and end-users. During their travels, members of the team learned how U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are produced and sold worldwide, which is part of an effort to regain and maintain U.S. market share of Saudi grain imports.
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.
Barley is a versatile and useful crop with applications ranging from feed and food production to beverage manufacturing. In the United States, it is grown mostly in the northern states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and barley farmers alike are reporting a successful 2015 crop based on favorable weather conditions in the growing region. USDA’s July crop production forecast estimated total barley production at 4.5 million metric tons (206.7 million bushels).
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) last month continued its promotional efforts for U.S. food barley exports to Taiwan by hosting a 2015 Healthy Barley Food Creative Contest. The event was organized in cooperation with the China Grain Products Research and Development Institute (CGPRDI), Taiwan Barley Products Industry Association (TBPIA) and a group of commercial companies.
Three U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) delegates – Randy Ives of Gavilon; Ray Defenbaugh of Big River Resources; and Stan Garbacz from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture – were honored for 10 years of service to the organization at its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Montreal, Canada.
Asked about their experiences with the Council, the three told different stories but were unanimous in recognizing its value.
The highlight for Ives has been seeing the ethanol industry come together to meet challenges from antidumping cases to biotechnology acceptance.
Jerry Wang, delegate for Living Water Integra Trade Inc., and Russ Hurlbert, delegate for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation were honored for five years of service to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) during the organization’s 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held this week in Montreal, Canada.
For both men, their years of service to the Council have brought practical rewards.
“It’s been an excellent experience working with the Council, and especially with the value-added Advisory Team (A-Team),” Wang said. “I learned a lot and also gave a lot of insights I have in the grain industry. The Council always listens to the members’ opinions.”
Nearly 240 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates and members are departing Montreal, Canada, the site of the Council’s 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held this week, committed to a year celebrating the theme Excellence in Exports and focused on the work the Council needs to do to build demand, remove trade barriers and provide customer service to overseas buyers.
The first of three U.S. Grains Council (USGC) videos chronicling the 2015 U.S. corn growing season is now available online, highlighting planting conditions on farms in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.
The segment is available online at http://tinyurl.com/plant15
The story of the 2015 U.S. corn crop began with widespread cool temperatures across the U.S. Corn Belt that delayed planting.