Southeast Asia Grain Conference Brings Buyers, U.S. Sellers Together

The 10th Annual Asia Grain Transportation Conference held this week brought together the region’s top buyers of oilseeds, coarse grains and co-products with several of the largest U.S. exporters.

The conference was organized by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and offered both a robust agenda and outstanding networking opportunities for participants.

Grain Mission Participants Meet With Key Customers in China, the Philippines

Eleven U.S. farmers learned firsthand about their customers’ perspectives in China and the Philippines during the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM) held over the last two weeks, leaving them with clearer understandings of the challenges, opportunities and competition U.S. grains face in these critical markets.

Members of the group saw the Council’s local efforts in both countries during visits to ports, feedmills, trading houses, dairies and more. They also had the opportunity to share updates on U.S. crop production, including insights into their 2016 planting decisions, during symposia with customers and end-users.

The GEM journey started in China, the world’s second largest corn producer and consumer; the top market last year for U.S. sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS); and a major feed barley importer.

USDA, USGC, Growth Energy and RFA Participate in Clean Energy Mission to India

A team of U.S. ethanol industry representatives led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse traveled to India last week to discuss opportunities for developing clean energy solutions, technologies and policies.

Seven representatives from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as well as USDA participated in the mission, which was aimed at strengthening the level of cooperation and coordination between the ethanol industries of the two countries.

Bangladesh Imports U.S. Corn Following USGC Boots-On-The-Ground Efforts

In a historic turn of events, Bangladesh recently purchased almost 100,000 metric tons (3.9 million bushels) of U.S. corn, the largest quantity purchased by the country since 1989 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) first began recording sales. These sales are directly attributable to U.S. Grains Council (USGC) programming and educational activities to inform Bangladeshi buyers of the current market situation.

Aquaculture: Potential New Market For DDGS

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Aquaculture is a growing sector of agriculture worldwide, with nearly 1 billion people depending on fish as their primary protein source. Even though concerns over sustainability, overfishing and cost of production have complicated the development of more commercial aquaculture operations, the industry continues to look forward.

To help meet the growing demand for fish worldwide, in March 2015 the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) began two independent aquaculture feeding trials using distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in Vietnam.

Landmark Aquaculture Summit Encourages Diversification of Feed and U.S. Export Potential

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Growth of aquaculture operations meant to help meet customer demand from the one billion people who rely on fish as their primary protein source is also encouraging diversification of feed ingredients, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and soy.

Pressure on wild fish stocks is a constant concern, making aquaculture one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Asia accounts for nearly 90 percent of global aquaculture production.

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