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The U.S. Grains Council built on its long-standing presence at the Global Grains Conference to promote U.S. sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to almost 900 grain traders and feed manufacturers.
The conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 16-18, 2010, offered the Council an opportunity to begin educating new markets about DDGS.
With a broiler sector growing 10-12 percent per year and an egg sector growing 6-7 percent, India’s agriculture and food systems are responding in significant ways to the country’s economic growth – and over time that may offer opportunities to trade partners.
In efforts designed to continue building relationships between India and the United States, the U.S. Grains Council hosted a group from India on an educational tour in Iowa last week that provided details on biotechnology, as well as insight into ethanol production and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
After six years of talks, countries who signed on to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety reached an agreement last week in Nagoya, Japan, on supplementary text that will establish rules and procedures for liability and redress in case of damage to biological diversity resulting from living modified organisms (LMOs).
LMOs are products derived from modern biotechnology. An example would be biotech corn and soybeans.
State corn checkoff executives recently traveled to Ukraine to assess its production potential, trade opportunities and market competitiveness.
Iowa Corn Promotion Board CEO Craig Floss participated in the U.S. Grains Council’s State Executives Mission and said he was most surprised by the significant progress Ukrainians are making in areas of their agricultural development.
Monday, a team of Japanese opinion leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Missouri Corn Growers Association, toured two family farms in St. Charles, Mo., to receive a firsthand look at U.S. corn production and learn more about how biotechnology is helping corn farmers meet the growing demand for feed, food, fuel and exports.
The lack of scientific information and understanding of genetically enhanced grains hinders the U.S. ability to fully penetrate the South Korean market. This lack of information renders negative publicity and consumer perception resulting in the enforcement of strict biotechnology labeling laws. Additionally, the Korean government expanded biotech food labeling regulations to include corn syrup and corn oil, as well as to cover all food products that contain biotech food ingredients and biotech additives.
A team of Japanese food, feed and environmental regulators from four government agencies recently visited their U.S. counterparts as well as U.S. biotechnology seed companies, biotech industry organizations, a U.S. corn farmer, and companies involved in the production, distribution and export of U.S. corn to Japan.
Sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, a team of Japanese biotech experts traveled to the United States to see U.S. corn production firsthand and meet with U.S. regulatory agencies.
The team members are biotechnology and ecology experts from individual academic societies.
U.S. farmers growing genetically enhanced (GE) crops see more economic and environmental benefits compared with conventional crops, including lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides and better yields, according to a new report from the National Research Council. The U.S. Grains Council is a major advocate for the benefits GE crops bring to producers and has long led the charge against misinformation circulating around the perceived dangers of genetically enhanced grains.