Op-Ed: Grain Quality Is A Shared Responsibility And A Customer Demand

Tom Sleight, USGC President and CEO

By Tom Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council 

The U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) staff and consultants around the world serve as the eyes and ears for our members. It is the personal responsibility of each of our staff members and industry leaders to build relationships with customers, hear about their challenges and bring back what we learn to farmers and agribusinesses who are focused on increasing export demand.

Workshops In Singapore, Malaysia Share Value Of U.S. Grains And Soybeans

Workshops in Southeast Asia

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) joined forces this month to put on two one-day workshops for Southeast Asian buyers looking for the latest in market and harvest information and details about how U.S. agricultural products can benefit their businesses.

Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for South and Southeast Asia, provided timely insights on the 2017/2018 coarse grains outlook, while other presenters provided outlooks on the global overview for grains and oilseeds.

Taiwan Imports Most U.S. Corn In Seven Years, Pledges More During Goodwill Mission

10 Year Corn Exports To Taiwan

Members of the 2017 Agriculture Trade Goodwill Mission pledged Wednesday to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between 2018 and 2019, echoing a rebound of U.S. corn sales to this long-term trading partner. 

Taiwan Goodwill Mission Pledges To Purchase Five Million Tons Of U.S. Corn

USGC Past Chairman Chip Councell signs the letter of intent with Taiwan.

 

Washington, D.C. - Members of the 2017 Taiwan Agricultural Goodwill Mission pledged Wednesday to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between 2018 and 2019. The commitment was made during a signing ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

Chart of Note: U.S. Exports Of Feed Grain In All Forms Breaks Record In 2016/2017 Marketing Year

U.S. exports of feed grain in all forms as of July 2017

The U.S. government released international trade figures for July on September 6, the eleventh month of data for the 2016/2017 marketing year for corn and sorghum. With just one month of data still unpublished, U.S. exports of feed grain in all forms (GIAF) has set a new record high, the result of increased demand, competitive U.S. prices and extensive marketing efforts by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). 

USGC Statement On Potential Withdrawal From KORUS

A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC): 

"The Council strongly opposes withdrawal from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), an action that will lead to immediate and sustained losses in sales to our third largest corn customer.

"South Korea is an example of the transformational partnership available to U.S. grain farmers and their global customers through strong trade policy and overseas market development.

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