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.

Key International Buyers Headed to Export Exchange 2016 Next Week

The first of 19 trade teams taking part in Export Exchange 2016 have arrived in the United States for pre-tours before the conference in Detroit that will bring together international grain buyers and U.S. exporters next week.

The biennial event, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), offers an unparalleled opportunity for those interested in coarse grains to make connections and do business. More than 215 international buyers are scheduled to attend, along with an additional 250 or more U.S. participants.

Audio: Harvest Time Highlights Importance of Trade Policy, TPP

As harvest gets underway, trade policy remains an important topic for U.S. farmers preparing to harvest another year of bumper crops—but that bounty can result in lower prices if supply outstrips demand.

In a recent interview, North Carolina farmer and U.S. Grains Council board member Darren Armstrong discussed the importance of increasing demand through favorable trade policies.

Chart of Note: U.S. Feed Grains In All Forms Exports to Mexico Soar In 2015/2016

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note shows the standout performance of U.S. exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms to Mexico over the past six years.

For marketing year 2015/2016, USGC forecasts U.S. exports of these products - including corn, barley and sorghum as well as co-products like distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and products that require these grains, like meats - to Mexico will total a record 22.7 million metric tons, up 14 percent from last year and up 30 percent since 2010/2011.

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