U.S. Grains Council Releases First Two Installments of 2016 Corn Production Video Series, Focused on Planting Decisions, Progress

The first and second installments of a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) video series chronicling the 2016 U.S. corn growing season are now available online, highlighting pre-planting decisions and planting progress on farms in Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

2016 U.S. Corn Crop is Sprouting - Follow the Facebook Page

Are you curious how the corn is looking in Kansas, Ohio or other parts of the United States? You can find photos, videos and updates from farmers across the country on the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Facebook page, Growing the 2016 U.S. Corn Crop.

This active and informative page has weather reports, crop progress updates and notes from corn farmers in different parts of the country. Photos from Missouri in early May showed corn in the eastern part of the state emerging in fields.

U.S. Farmers Share Planting Insights

U.S. farmers are well into their spring planting seasons with market conditions and weather in different geographic regions influencing their timing and planting decisions.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) asked barley, corn and sorghum farmers from across the United States to share information about their planting activities, choices and intentions for the 2016 crop year. These farmers consider market conditions, environmental factors and historical data to guide their work to produce quality coarse grains for the world market.

Cuban Officials, Importers Visit United States As Part of USGC Trade Team

A delegation of grain importers and officials from Cuba is traveling in the United States this week to see firsthand the advantages of purchasing U.S. coarse grains and co-products.

Cuba has purchased corn from the United States since the early 2000s, with market share varying widely from as high as 100 percent to just 15 percent more recently. In addition, the country has also purchased U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

USGC Releases Colombia 2030 Report; Examines Potential In Colombian, Peruvian Markets

Colombia’s feed imports are likely to continue to expand significantly faster than historical trends have suggested, according to a new U.S. Grains Council (USGC) report on market development opportunities in there. 

The findings in the report, known as Outlook Colombia 2030, were released this week to the country's top feed, poultry and livestock industry executives in conjunction with a USGC mission examining growth opportunities for U.S. coarse grains and co-products to Colombia and Peru.

Other key conclusions of the report included:

NAFTA Video Series Part 2: The Mexican Perspective

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to release the second half of its video series focusing on the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA’s) impact on Mexican buyers and end-users.

“The mutual benefits of free trade as a result of NAFTA have helped Mexico integrate more with the United States, attract foreign investment and grow more quickly,” said U.S. Meat Export Federation Regional Director for Mexico Chad Russell.

USGC Signs Administrative MOU To Help Expand Capacity In Morocco

By: Hesham Hassanein, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Poultry Federation in Morocco (FISA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week to regulate the use of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Section 108 funds in that country. The funds will be used for USGC programs from now through 2019.

Presidential Visit Pushes Change in Cuba Relations; USGC Plans for Grain-Focused Trade Team

U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week continued his efforts to reduce trade barriers with the island nation while back home, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners are preparing to welcome a team of Cuban grain industry officials next month.

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