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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners are working to aggressively promote U.S. ethanol exports with programs focused on the priority markets of China, India, Japan and Mexico, USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann told corn state stakeholders at the National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA's) Corn Congress this week in Washington, D.C.
Tiemann, a farmer from Nebraska, provided his update during the Congress' Wednesday general session, attended by NCGA delegates and farmers in town to set policy priorities before meeting with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.
As China’s livestock industry continues to grow and modernize quickly, manure management is becoming a critical obstacle to growth. To help these important end-users of coarse grains and co-products, the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Beijing office recently sponsored a symposium on the scientific principles for manure recycling.
By providing regular updates on crop progress, market conditions and supply availability, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is able to showcase the value of U.S. grains to global buyers and end-users.
Last month, the Council continued this effort with USGC Manager of Global Trade Alvaro Cordero and Texas Sorghum Producers Executive Director Wayne Cleveland traveling to China to meet specifically with interested buyers and end-users of U.S. sorghum.
China has announced plans to change its corn policy to allow markets to set prices and end its corn stockpiling program. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has been monitoring signals that indicated reforms were coming.
A statement from U.S. Grains Council President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Sleight:
“Like others, we are closely following the market implications of the announcement from China that it will end its corn stockpiling program and reduce its surpluses of corn that have negatively impacted global markets.
“Our offices in Washington and Beijing have been monitoring signals that reforms were coming. While we are surprised they have been accelerated, we are hopeful they will be a step in the right direction toward more market-oriented decisions related to the supply and demand for corn.
By: Stella Qian, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Trade Teams
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) escorted a delegation from Kansas to China this week to promote U.S. coarse grains, assess current trends in the market and assist with rolling out the 2015/2016 corn and sorghum harvest quality reports.
Eleven U.S. farmers learned firsthand about their customers’ perspectives in China and the Philippines during the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM) held over the last two weeks, leaving them with clearer understandings of the challenges, opportunities and competition U.S. grains face in these critical markets.
Members of the group saw the Council’s local efforts in both countries during visits to ports, feedmills, trading houses, dairies and more. They also had the opportunity to share updates on U.S. crop production, including insights into their 2016 planting decisions, during symposia with customers and end-users.
The GEM journey started in China, the world’s second largest corn producer and consumer; the top market last year for U.S. sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS); and a major feed barley importer.
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced this week it has initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exported to China, prompting a U.S. industry response.
The announcement confirmed what had been rumored for several months and had the immediate effect of beginning an industry-wide registration process for companies that produce or sell DDGS to China, coordinated by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) along with Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
With sorghum harvest well underway, farmers are taking steps to ensure quality for customers here at home and around the world.
Already 61 percent of U.S. sorghum has been harvested with more than 90 percent of the crop rated as mature in the 11 states that planted 98 percent of the 2014 sorghum acreage, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) crop progress report issued on Oct. 19.
Harvesting and maintaining this high-quality crop will be important this year as U.S. sorghum buyers around the globe continue to demand a high-quality product.
Formal bilateral dialogues and informal farm visits last week in the United States and China offered rare but critical access to farmers in both countries that will help deepen the U.S.-China agricultural trading relationship.
Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu and a delegation of government officials and Chinese business leaders accompanied President Xi Jinping to the United States to participate in the first Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue (SAID) talks. These talks were intended to establish a high-level, open and expansive exchange on a wide variety of issues relating to innovation in agriculture, with a significant focus on biotechnology.
The meetings held Thursday covered topics including climate change, production technology and environmental concerns and offered an opportunity to talk about shared challenges, including the need to communicate with consumers about improved seed varieties.