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Fresh from the record-attendance Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis, teams of international grain buyers fanned out across America, from Ohio to Washington State, and Minnesota to Louisiana. Their goal: to gain information, assess the current U.S. corn crop, explore the availability of other grains such as sorghum and barley, and build relationships leading to future sales.
During the 9th Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference held last month, 1.245 million metric tons of U.S. agricultural products valued at nearly 560 million dollars was sold and or negotiated. The conference was conducted jointly between the U.S. Grains Council, American Soybean Association-International Marketing, United Soybean Board, and U.S. Wheat Associates. Sales of corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) totaled 390,000 metric tons.
Soon to be the world's most populous country, India faces serious long term food challenges. With a booming economy producing new economic muscle Indian grain-buyers and marketers are looking to expand their businesses – and some key players are looking to the U.S.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators for the nine participating countries recently concluded their 13th formal negotiating session in San Diego and reported that significant progress was made on the more than 20 chapters of draft treaty.
Jointly organized by the U.S. Grains Council and the American Soybean Association-International Marketing, the 6th Asia Grain Transportation Conference generated more than $113 million worth of U.S. agricultural product sales, including corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
Twelve U.S. college students will get a firsthand look at Southeast Asia's dynamic economy during the 2012 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) Program, sponsored by The Grains Foundation and FFA Organization. May 19-June 1, students will travel throughout Southeast Asia on a mission to gain exposure to international agriculture and trade.
The rapidly increasing entrepreneurial spirit witnessed in Vietnam encouraged participants of the U.S. Grains Council’s Corn Mission about future opportunities for U.S. agricultural products.
Nine U.S. producers and corn organization staff traveled to Japan, China and Vietnam Nov. 28-Dec. 9 for a firsthand look at the challenges of developing and defending export markets and to share insights on the U.S. 2011 crop supply and quality. Participants met with international customers, key foreign government officials and the Council’s foreign-based international staff.
The market for distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in Southeast Asia is poised for expansion. U.S. Grain Council efforts in the region have significantly contributed to the favorable export climate.
The Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference in Indonesia attracted “the elite of the elite buyers of Southeast Asia,” according to Frank Kralicek of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
Kralicek, who delivered the U.S. and world corn supply and demand presentation, reported a record turnout of more than 180 people representing major feed milling, integrated feed-meat-food producing and trading companies from the region.
January-to-June distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports saw a 16 percent increase in sales to Southeast Asia, depite a 11 percent loss in total export sales, reported Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council regional director in Southeast Asia. A major factor is the drop in Chinese purchasing. While China’s July imports were up almost 38 percent from June, they were still well below sales for the same period last year.