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Multiple forms of technology are available to improve production on the United States’ 2 million farms of all sizes. Beyond computer and Internet access, which is available on about 71 percent of U.S. crop farms (2013 report), various methods of technology are used in coordination with one another to increase efficiency, minimize labor and enhance sustainability.
When U.S. farmers replaced their horse-drawn equipment with tractors in the early 1900s, their crop productivity took a mighty leap forward. Technology on the farm has continually evolved to increase efficiency, improve yields and drive production and profitability. In the 21st century, this is due in part to the development of precision agriculture tools.
Well into the 2014/2015 marketing year, customers are still finding strong value in purchasing from the United States as a high-quality and competitively-priced crop attracts attention around the globe, including in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The MENA region has seen strong sales and shipments of U.S. corn to key U.S. Grains Council (USGC) contacts and major corn importers and end-users in the region this year.
A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) leader testified Tuesday at an International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing looking at the effects of U.S. restrictions on trade with Cuba, telling commissioners that significant opportunities exist in that market for U.S. farmers if financial and other barriers are addressed.
Bill Christ, past chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and current leader of the USGC Western Hemisphere Advisory Team, appeared at the hearing on behalf of the organization and the grains industry.
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) consultants in Mexico have been working in the southeast region of that country to provide nutritional advice and present feeding trial results to the region’s cattlemen and distributors, including through a recent presentation in Campeche, an area bordered by the state of Yucatan with a population of an estimated 500,000 head of cattle.
Off-farm grain storage at elevators offers much more capacity than on-farm bins, and U.S farmers with large production volume often sell their grain at harvest to these facilities. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States’ off-farm commercial storage capacity is 272 million metric tons (10.7 billion bushels).
The U.S.-Peru trade promotion agreement (PTPA) has been instrumental in boosting bilateral trade in food and agricultural products since it went into force on Feb. 1, 2009, including spurring new sales of U.S. commodity corn, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report released April 8.
Please join the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in congratulating Egna Rodriguez as she is promoted to regional programs manager in its Panama office.
In this capacity, Rodriguez will concentrate on coordinating and carrying out activities related to the Council’s Unified Export Strategy (UES). She will manage USGC program agendas and budgets, as well as maintain information flow between buyers and sellers, including market intelligence, upcoming programs and USGC communications efforts.