New Study Shows High Return on Investment From Overseas Market Development Programs

Growing and maintaining export markets is essential for U.S. farmers and ranchers, especially at a time of low commodity prices and abundant supply. USDA's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program play a critical role in this effort and offer both farmers and taxpayers an excellent return on investment, according to a new study that looked at program impact over the past four decades.

Chart of Note: Healthy Start for U.S. Ethanol in 2016/2017 Marketing Year

Exports of U.S. ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

The top three customers of U.S. ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil and China, respectfully. Exports of U.S. ethanol totaled 99.6 million gallons (903,000 metric tons of corn equivalent).

Export Numbers Show Dramatic Increase In Corn, Other Grain Product Exports Last Month

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export data for the month of September, the first in the 2016/2017 marketing year, showed a dramatic increase in exports of feed grains in all forms, a bright spot in the overall challenging farm economy.

Total feed grains in all forms - which includes corn, sorghum, barley, meats, ethanol and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) - in September were up nearly 34 percent from September 2015.

Ethanol Workshop In Mexico City Offers Information, Expertise To Local Industry

Washington, D.C. - Mexican authorities considering how ethanol fits into their country's energy mix heard from U.S. researchers about air quality, lung health and other quality of life benefits and from Colombian and Paraguayan regulators about their successful implementation of biofuels programs at a recent workshop hosted by Mexico's Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Mexico City.

Study: U.S. Corn Ethanol Can Assist Japan In Reaching Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

A recently released study finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan's 50 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the case for that fuel's competitiveness and its sustainability compared to other fuel sources.

Southeast Asia Trade Team Kick Starts Ethanol Blending Strategic Discussions

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of automobile manufacturers, ethanol policy regulators, fuel distributors, and ethanol producers from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the gasoline pool.

As Thailand has already gone to a nationwide ethanol blending program, with almost 50 percent of retail outlets offering E20, Thai automobile producers were central to the team's work and able to share their experiences and successes with higher blend rates with colleagues from other countries.

Chart of Note: U.S. Feed Grains In All Forms Exports to Mexico Soar In 2015/2016

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.

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