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This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note shows the standout performance of U.S. exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms to Mexico over the past six years.
For marketing year 2015/2016, USGC forecasts U.S. exports of these products - including corn, barley and sorghum as well as co-products like distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and products that require these grains, like meats - to Mexico will total a record 22.7 million metric tons, up 14 percent from last year and up 30 percent since 2010/2011.
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.”
The U.S. Grains Council recognized three state grower organization executives at its Montreal meeting this week for the years they have worked with the organization: Laura Knoth, Kentucky Corn Promotion Council, for five years of service; Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, for 10 years of service; and Joyce Woodhouse, Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, for 35 years.
State executives play a unique role in the Council’s efforts, providing continuity and a source of information on the Council’s work for growers in their states.
Thinking over her many years of involvement, Woodhouse highlighted the value of personal contact between Council officials, grower groups and leaders like the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina Past Chairman Bill Griffin.
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.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are making their way into precision agriculture as a valuable tool for monitoring crop health. While this technology is heavily used for agriculture in some areas of the world, such as Japan, drones in agriculture are relatively new in the United States.
Multiple forms of technology are available to improve production on the United States’ 2 million farms of all sizes. Beyond computer and Internet access, which is available on about 71 percent of U.S. crop farms (2013 report), various methods of technology are used in coordination with one another to increase efficiency, minimize labor and enhance sustainability.
When U.S. farmers replaced their horse-drawn equipment with tractors in the early 1900s, their crop productivity took a mighty leap forward. Technology on the farm has continually evolved to increase efficiency, improve yields and drive production and profitability. In the 21st century, this is due in part to the development of precision agriculture tools.
Off-farm grain storage at elevators offers much more capacity than on-farm bins, and U.S farmers with large production volume often sell their grain at harvest to these facilities. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States’ off-farm commercial storage capacity is 272 million metric tons (10.7 billion bushels).