USGC Works To Expand Ethanol Use In Africa As Part Of Global Demand Strategy

Ethanol potential in Africa

Individual markets in Africa vary greatly, but the continent as a whole offers significant potential demand for U.S. ethanol exports. 

Brian Healy, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) manager of ethanol export market development, recently traveled to Kenya to evaluate and develop opportunities for U.S. ethanol in the continent and speak at a regional ethanol and sugar conference. There, he was able to engage with senior agricultural, energy and environmental ministry officials to learn more about ethanol production, use and trade across the region.

Northern Neighbor Top Market For U.S. Feed Grains, Co-Products

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms to Canada since implementation of NAFTA

Canada - the host of the just-concluded third round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and co-products like ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy.

Canada - the host of the just-concluded third round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and co-products like ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy.

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 With just one month of data still unpublished, U.S. exports of feed grain in all forms (GIAF) has set a new record high, the result of increased demand, competitive U.S. prices and extensive marketing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 Welcomes New Member Western Plains Energy, LLC

Western Plains Energy

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Western Plains Energy, LLC as a new member.

Western Plains Energy, LLC is an agricultural-based, renewable energy production company that focuses on profit, people, partners and productivity.

Formed on July 10, 2001 and located in Oakley, Kansas, this fuel-ethanol facility was originally created to improve the value of local grain. Western Plains Energy utilizes both corn and grain sorghum to produce approximately 50 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year.

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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