Stronger Demand Leads To Brisk Exports Of U.S. Grains As Marketing Year Begins

Exports of U.S. feed grains have a promising outlook after the completion of the first quarter of the 2016/2017 marketing year, according to recently published U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data.

Total exports of feed grains in all forms in September, October and November 2016 reached 27.9 million metric tons (1.1 billion bushels), up 32 percent from the same quarter last year.

Talking Trade: Strong Trade Policies and Market Development Efforts Will Be Critical in 2017

With a record crop year in the books, U.S. farmers are now turning their sights to the 2017 planting season. And while there are still many unknowns - weather, crop yields, market fluctuations and a new political environment - one thing is certain: strong trade policies and dedicated market development will be critical to their success.

ICYMI: Export Exchange Results In $460 Million In Grain And Co-Product Sales

The numbers are in and this fall's Export Exchange, hosted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), is already paying dividends - to the tune of nearly a half billion dollars' worth of grain and ethanol co-product sales.

In total, attendees of this biennial networking event reported sales of approximately 2.6 million metric tons of grains and co-products worth $460 million either at the conference or immediately before or after it.

Grain Mission Participants Visit Mexico to See Hot Grain Market, Meet Key Buyers

Seven U.S. farmers are visiting Mexico as part of the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) Grain Export Mission (GEM) to the country, a unique opportunity for new-to-the-Council members to gain a better understanding of the challenges, opportunities and competition for U.S. grains in this key market.

During the visit, participants have met with key end-users, Council partners, U.S. and local government officials and trading company representatives, among others.

USGC Outreach Stokes FTA-Fueled Feed Grain Export Boom to Colombia

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms to Colombia reached a record high during the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analysis from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) - a milestone on which the Council is seeking to further capitalize with outreach to buyers who want to take advantage of the favorable trade agreement between their country and the United States.

USGC Helps Host Chinese Officials In Washington, On Local Farm

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) helped host a delegation of Chinese officials in town last week for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting, including offering a tour of Chairman Chip Councell's farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The meeting was held at a time when there are several issues overhanging the trade relationship between the United States and China, which will be impacted further by the change in U.S. administration when President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.

New Study Shows High Return on Investment From Overseas Market Development Programs

Growing and maintaining export markets is essential for U.S. farmers and ranchers, especially at a time of low commodity prices and abundant supply. USDA's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program play a critical role in this effort and offer both farmers and taxpayers an excellent return on investment, according to a new study that looked at program impact over the past four decades.

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