Members of Japanese Feed Industry Travel to the U.S. To Talk Corn Quality

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted a delegation from the Japanese feed industry, the Japanese Feed Manufacturers Association (JFMA), JA Zennoh and the Japan Feed Trade Association (JFTA) in its Washington, D.C., headquarters on Monday to continue an ongoing and open dialogue about U.S. corn quality.

The delegation also met with representatives from the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS).

USGC Promotes U.S. DDGS at International Poultry & Pig Show 2015 in Japan

During the International Poultry and Pig Show 2015 in Japan the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) provided Japanese swine producers with the latest productivity-enhancing information on subjects such as inclusion rates, nutritional benefits and more, of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in livestock feed rations. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort to build awareness of and demand for the product.

U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and RFA Participate in Exploratory Market Development Mission to Japan

Representatives of Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) traveled to Tokyo this week to follow up on an industry market assessment of the potential to export U.S. ethanol to Japan. Over the next two years, the government of Japan will be undertaking a full review of its national energy policies, including biofuels, potentially opening up opportunities for additional ethanol exports there.

New Nutrient Labeling Framework has Implications for Food Barley in Japan

By: Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council Director in Japan

Beginning April 1, 2015, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) in Japan will be launching a new food labeling framework for foods with health functions. This new framework will allow for foods containing a functional nutrient to be advertised as such on their labels. Beta-glucan, which is contained in some U.S. barley varieties, is a nutrient that falls into this category as a substance lowering blood sugar level, also known as glycemic index.

Inaction on Trade Promotion Authority Stalls Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks

Even with negotiators for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks gathered this week in Hawaii, progress on this critical agreement to growing ag exports remains stalled by the lack of U.S. trade promotion authority (TPA). 

Several negotiating partners, including Canada and Japan, have publicly stated they will not put their final negotiating positions on the table until Congress grants TPA for the Obama Administration. With a presidential election looming in the United States, further delay creates a real risk of TPP being delayed until 2017.

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