International Buyers Offer Insights on Quality To U.S. Corn Growers

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) sponsored international corn buyers from Korea, Colombia and Mexico at the 2016 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) in St. Louis this week to offer them an opportunity to discuss their perspectives on corn quality with U.S. corn growers.

Corn quality is a critical component of international buyers’ purchasing decisions - and one about which USGC's global staff works to educate global corn consumers. An example of this work is the release of the Council's annual quality reports, which are unique among major corn exporters.

Ethanol Export Promotion Program Swinging Into Action Around The Globe

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) are picking up momentum on promoting U.S. ethanol exports around the globe.

Examples of the work that the group has undertaken to build demand for U.S. fuel ethanol include a workshop in Japan aimed at paving the way for new market access, close coordination with a USDA mission to Mexico focused on local policy, an upcoming workshop in Korea and a future assessment in Vietnam.

USDA Leading U.S. Ethanol Trade Mission To Mexico

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WASHINGTON - USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse is leading a U.S. ethanol mission to Mexico on May 24-25 to explore trade opportunities between the two countries.

The mission participants include representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council who will attend meetings with government officials, legislators and the Mexican private industry.

As USDA explained, mission members will share their experiences with both ethanol production and the development of renewable fuels policies, with the goal of demonstrating how Mexico can implement its own renewable fuels program.

As They Consider Reform, USGC Talks Ethanol With Mexican Policymakers

As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) staff there has been working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel.

Last year, Pemex announced its plan to introduce a first-ever pilot program to blend gasoline with ethanol. Since then, it has awarded a few contracts to local ethanol plants, though the relatively small-scale Mexican ethanol industry makes imports seem necessary to meet the country’s immediate fuel ethanol blending needs. This will likely create new opportunities for U.S. exports of ethanol to the market.

USGC Study Demonstrates New Value for Corn Distiller's Oil in Poultry

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) research project conducted in conjunction with North Carolina State University has successfully demonstrated the added value of carotenoid pigments, a naturally occurring pigment used to enhance egg color and the skin color of broilers, from including corn distiller’s oil in poultry rations.

This is important as many poultry consumers around the world prefer a yellow-skinned chicken and a dark yellow egg yolk.

NAFTA Creating Impactful Trading Opportunities for U.S. Corn, Sorghum and Barley Producers

More than 20 years after its implementation, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has helped boost agricultural trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

With Mexico, trade has broadened to the point that the country is now the second largest market for U.S. corn, a consistent market for U.S. sorghum, the top market for U.S. barley and the second largest market for U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

Mexico Program Looks for New Opportunities In Beer Industry

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Marketing Specialist in Mexico Javier Chavez along with Dr. Paul Schwarz from North Dakota State University and Steven Edwardson, North Dakota Barley Council executive administrator, hosted a seminar this week to provide technical and market information about U.S. barley malt to Garjales, the largest malting plant for CUAMOC-Heineken in Mexico.

The workshop’s main focus was to examine beer industry and recent grain market trends, including past barley production experiences and future options.


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