News & Events
According to the U.S. Grains Council, the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) proposal is ground breaking in terms of its scope, terms of trade and anticipated geopolitical impact. “The agreement will offer significant opportunities for new sales of U.S. agricultural products and could significantly alter current trade patterns as it expands and as new trade partners express interest in joining,” said USGC Chairman Terry Vinduska.
The Vietnam Swine Industry Symposium yielded purchases of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and fostered the country’s growing interest in U.S. sorghum.
“This is really the only event in Vietnam today that provides top-notch information on swine production,” said Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council regional director in Southeast Asia.
End-users and feed millers in Indonesia and Vietnam are quickly learning the benefits of utilizing U.S. sorghum in their animal feed rations. Working to introduce U.S. sorghum as an alternative feed ingredient, Alvaro Cordero, U.S. Grains Council manager of international operations, and Dr. Joe Hancock of Kansas State University, traveled to Indonesia and Vietnam this week to promote U.S. sorghum as a viable feed ingredient for use in poultry and swine rations.
U.S. Grains Council members are encouraged to participate in the Southeast Asia DDGS Workshop Dec. 6-18, 2010. The Council will conduct a nine-day DDGS promotion program in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines focusing on swine diets. This program will contain industry seminars, technical workshops and one-on-one meetings with key customers in each market. This program is designed to directly promote and foster sales of U.S. DDGS through marketing and customer education programs.
Approximately 1.17 million metric tons of U.S. agricultural products were bought, sold and/or negotiated at the 7th Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference. This equates to about $368.94 million in value based on current nearby Chicago Board of Trade futures.
Thanks to over a year’s worth of legwork by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and the U.S. Grains Council, U.S. grain sorghum may soon be making inroads into key markets in Southeast Asia.
U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) was sold at the Southeast Asia DDGS Road Show, organized by the U.S. Grains Council.
With funding from USDA’s Market Access Program, the Council organized the gathering of U.S. grain exporters with key customers in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Seminars, workshops and one-on-one consultations helped foster the sales, said Brain Arnold of Council member Delong Company Inc., who participated in the Road Show.
Leading Vietnamese agriculture industry representatives traveled to the United States focused on the use of U.S. corn, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM) in swine rations. An improving economy and an increased demand for pork has driven the growth in Vietnam’s commercial swine sector, intensifying the importance of a quality feed supply.
The U.S. Grains Council, in partnership with USDA’ s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), is sponsoring a DDGS seminar and trade conference in Southeast Asia July 29-Aug. 11, 2010. The Council extends an invitation to U.S. DDGS exporters and producers to attend this seminar to initiate face-to-face introductions with foreign end-users and importers.
More than 138 grain traders, purchasing managers and integrators from around the world gathered last week in Singapore at the 4th Southeast Asia Grain Transportation Conference. This conference, jointly organized by the American Soybean Association-International Marketing and the U.S. Grains Council, helped foster the sale of 400,000 metric tons of U.S. corn and their co-products.