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This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates how exports of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have shifted from China to other countries in recent months.
The path to global food security depends on technology and trade. Speaking last week to the China Food Security and Food Safety Strategy Summit in Beijing, U.S. Grains Council Chairman Ron Gray emphasized the commitment of U.S. farmers to continuous improvement and sustainable increases in yield. He also expressed the readiness of U.S. producers to serve as reliable partners in meeting China’s critical food security goals in the years ahead.
Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming Robert Hurley as he takes on a new role as director of programs in the China office. As a part of the team in China, he will work closely with USGC Director in China Bryan Lohmar to plan and facilitate the Council’s trade serving programs. He is replacing Kevin Roepke, who was promoted to USGC regional director of South and Southeast based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
By: Robert Hurley, U.S. Grains Council Director of Programs in China
The U.S. Grains Council has helped China achieve an extremely rapid consolidation of the country’s dairy industry. This has led to large, modern dairies that have an increasing demand for coarse grains and their co-products. These large dairies are complex operations with heavy demands for intensive management, and there is a shortage of management talent for these operations.
Exports of both U.S. corn and U.S. sorghum finished the 2013/2014 market year strong, with increases of more than 150 percent and 200 percent over the same time period last year, respectively.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce Robert Hurley a native of Iowa and experienced “China hand,” has joined the staff as director of programs in the Council’s China office.
“Robert has a strong background in trade and has worked extensively in China,” said USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight. “He will bring a new perspective to the job and help strengthen our efforts in China.”
After 30 years of at or near double digit economic growth, China’s capacity to continue increasing domestic corn and feed grain production is believed to be below projected consumption growth. The demand potential is clearly there. Recent trade disruptions affecting in the export of U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports to China, have driven Chinese corn prices sharply above world market levels. But U.S. competitors such as Brazil also face barriers in entering this market.
Despite all of the current challenges surrounding imports for feed ingredients, China has accomplished a feat never before seen in agricultural exports: according to Chinese customs and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, China has imported more than 3 million metric tons each of U.S. corn, sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) for this marketing year, which ends Aug. 31.
China's new certification requirements for imports of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and their impact on worldwide DDGS trade were critical topics of conversation at the U.S. Grains Council's 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting, held last week in Omaha, Nebraska.
The new requirements call for a certification from the U.S government guaranteeing that the shipment is free of the biotech trait MIR 162.
The U.S. Grains Council is calling for China to approve MIR 162 following this week's announcement of new biotech certification requirements for distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) by the Chinese import inspection authority, AQSIQ.
The new requirements effectively call for a certificate from the point of origin - in the case of U.S. shipments, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - guaranteeing that the shipment is free of the biotech trait.