Singapore Traders’ Symposium Talks GMOs, Region Focuses on Science

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) took center stage at a trade symposium held in Singapore this month, with more than 200 companies from dozens of countries represented in discussions about the future outlook of feed grain trade within the region.

After last year’s tumultuous trade interruptions with China, several speakers focused renewed attention on risk management in the global market. 

U.S., New Zealand Seek WTO Dispute Resolution with Indonesia

The United States and New Zealand last week requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Indonesia’s restrictions on several categories of agricultural imports. This action follows the failure of bilateral consultations over the last three years to find a solution. U.S. horticultural and animal products are primarily affected by Indonesia’s challenged practices.

USGC Ethanol Assessment Team Finds Growth Potential in the Philippines


The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) led a delegation of industry leaders representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy to the Philippines this week to assess factors contributing to the large exports of U.S. ethanol to Southeast Asia and evaluate future opportunities for growth.

The Philippines represents one of the few markets in the world that is truly short on ethanol. Last year, the country imported 194 million liters (51 million gallons) of U.S. ethanol, making it the second largest market for the product after Canada.

Export Exchange Follow-Up: Southeast Asia DDGS Buyers Still Adapting to Low-Oil DDGS

During last month’s Export Exchange program in Seattle and associated pre- and post-tours, Council staff discovered that some end-users in Southeast Asia are still learning how to adjust to the newer, low-oil distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) now reaching the market.  Many are limiting inclusion rates to dampen the effects of nutrient composition variability from different DDGS producers.

Building Contacts between U.S. Suppliers and Fast Growing Economies

By: Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia

Delegates from South and Southeast Asia, a region which includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies, recently had the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of U.S. agricultural technologies, logistics and production outlooks during a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) led trade team tour associated with Export Exchange 2014. 

Southeast Asian Feed Sector: Corn, DDGS and CGM

SEA feed industry demand for corn

This U.S. Grains Council’s chart of note illustrates five Southeast Asian countries’ growing demand for corn as livestock feed.

 In 2004, the region’s feed sector corn demand was 15 million metric tons. Less than a decade later, that demand has grown to more than 25 million tons, a 66.7 percent increase. This rise in demand is amid a decrease in the availability of local corn supplies, which results in a higher reliance on imported coarse grains and co-products.

U.S. DDGS Exports Up 48 Percent

The United States recorded its highest ever monthly exports of distiller’s dried grain with solubles (DDGS) in July, bringing the total U.S. DDGS exported this marketing year to 7.2 million metric tons, a 48 percent increase over the same time period last year.

Behind this market expansion are U.S. Grains Council educational seminars and feeding trials, complimented by consistent end-user contact and support. In emerging markets around the world, the Council continues to work to expand the market for U.S. DDGS.

USGC Names Kevin Roepke as Regional Director of South and Southeast Asia

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Kevin Roepke to regional director of South and Southeast Asia. Since January, Roepke has worked as a director of trade development in China.

"During his short time in China, Kevin has proven himself to be an extremely valuable member of our international staff," said USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight. "His strong business and trade background, excellent insights into the market and exceptional communications skills make him an ideal fit for this region.”


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