Coming Your Way: Export Exchange International Grains Buyers

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.

Over 500 Million Dollars in US Agricultural Products Purchased at SE Asia Buyers Conference

 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.

2012 I-CAL Students Get Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity in Southeast Asia

I-CAL team - Southeast Asia 2012

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.

U.S. Corn Mission Sees Potential in Vietnam

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.

Joint SEA Conference Draws “Elite Buyers,” Increased Sales

Commodities traded/negotiated at SEA Ag Cooperators Conference

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.

Mixed Picture for DDGS Exports

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.

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