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.

Sorghum Roadshow Aims to Engage Mexican Buyers

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently conducted a roadshow in Mexico to promote better business relationships between sorghum importers and U.S. grain cooperatives and offer potential buyers the latest information about this year's sorghum crop. 

“The tour allowed us to meet buyers face to face,” said Manuel Sanchez, USGC manager of global trade. “It’s important that we develop these relationships across the country to ensure sorghum’s continued adoption.” 

Mexican Ethanol Producers Set Sights on Sorghum

Sorghum Trade Team

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Mexican ethanol producers visited Kansas and Texas last week as part of program designed to engage interest in U.S. sorghum for production of the biobased fuel. The program, launched in partnership with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), gave participants the opportunity to tour facilities and learn more about the benefits of using sorghum as Mexican energy industry reforms continue.

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