NAFTA Video Series Part 2: The Mexican Perspective

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to release the second half of its video series focusing on the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA’s) impact on Mexican buyers and end-users.

“The mutual benefits of free trade as a result of NAFTA have helped Mexico integrate more with the United States, attract foreign investment and grow more quickly,” said U.S. Meat Export Federation Regional Director for Mexico Chad Russell.

Video: USGC, Texas Sorghum Work To Build Relationships With Chinese Sorghum Customers

By providing regular updates on crop progress, market conditions and supply availability, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is able to showcase the value of U.S. grains to global buyers and end-users.

Last month, the Council continued this effort with USGC Manager of Global Trade Alvaro Cordero and Texas Sorghum Producers Executive Director Wayne Cleveland traveling to China to meet specifically with interested buyers and end-users of U.S. sorghum.


Video: USGC Trade Team Highlights Impact of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) sent a team of U.S. sorghum producers and traders to Colombia and Peru last month to promote their crops and roll out the Council’s 2015/2016 Sorghum Early Harvest Quality Report. While the group was in Colombia, team members saw firsthand the benefits of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement (FTA).

High Sorghum Yields In Kansas

Kansas sorghum harvest. Photo courtesy of Kim Baldwin.

Kansas sorghum farmer Adam Baldwin had a dry harvest season, which helped him complete harvest more easily than in some past years. He finished harvesting his crop the first week of November, earlier than he expected. Typically in Kansas, sorghum plants must freeze to help dry the crop to moisture levels acceptable for harvest and storage. An early freeze helped Baldwin’s plants dry faster.

Sorghum Pilaf

Sorghum Pilaf

1 cup uncooked sorghum grain
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 4 cups chicken broth
1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 green onions, sliced
1/3 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

Salt to taste

Dash freshly cracked pepper

Milling Produces Multiple Food Grade Sorghum Options

Milled food grade sorghum products.

The global market for gluten-free products has been on the rise in recent years and is expected to reach $6.2 billion by 2018, according to MarketsandMarkets, a U.S. based global market research company. To meet the increasing demand, food manufacturers are relying on gluten-free ingredients to produce baked goods, cereals, snacks and other products that meet consumer demands.


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