Promoting the U.S. Brand to Saudi Grain Buyers and End-Users

By: Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs, U.S. Grains Council  

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted in the U.S. Midwest a trade team from Saudi Arabia made up of feed grain importers and end-users. During their travels, members of the team learned how U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are produced and sold worldwide, which is part of an effort to regain and maintain U.S. market share of Saudi grain imports.

Latin American Craft Brews Create Opportunities for U.S. Barley

By: Luis Bustamante, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist for the Western Hemisphere

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted a team of Latin American barley purchasers and craft brew production managers to Mexico this week to learn more about the global market for barley, long-term purchasing strategies and the Council’s work to help buyers source U.S. barley.

Barley Supplies Crude Protein To Beef Cattle

Barley is a versatile and useful crop with applications ranging from feed and food production to beverage manufacturing. In the United States, it is grown mostly in the northern states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and barley farmers alike are reporting a successful 2015 crop based on favorable weather conditions in the growing region. USDA’s July crop production forecast estimated total barley production at 4.5 million metric tons (206.7 million bushels).

Sorghum Provides Excellent Nutrition For Pork Production


Sorghum, also known as milo, represents the third-largest cereal grain grown in the United States. Even though grain sorghum is grown in a relatively small geographic area of the United States, production is on the rise because of increased demand. In its June acreage report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA’s NASS) estimated planted grain sorghum acres at 8.84 million (3.58 million hectares), an 11 percent increase from its March report and a 24 percent increase compared to 2014.

U.S. Farmers Monitor And Prepare For Harvest During August

For U.S. farmers, the month of August is harvest time for barley and a time to monitor corn and sorghum crops and prepare equipment for harvest.

Lacey Ridge Farms in Minnesota began harvesting barley July 21 and finished the first week of August. Once harvested, barley is stored in bins on the farm where the family can check moisture levels and dry it as needed.

Iowa corn farmer Jim Greif is preparing his on-farm drying and storage bins for the upcoming harvest. He is performing performance tests on the drying equipment and cleaning out the storage bins.

Livestock Energy Needs Provided By Corn And DDGS


Corn (or maize, as it is known throughout much of the world) is the most widely-produced feed grain in the United States. In mid-July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated planted corn acreage at 88.897 million acres (35.9 million hectares), which translates to an estimated total corn supply of 13.7 billion bushels (348 million metric tons). Corn consistently makes its way into rations for beef and dairy cattle, poultry, swine, aquaculture and companion pets because of its high energy content and its availability.


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