Reflections: Council Benefits from Decades of Service

Valerie Smiley

Essential but undramatic tasks – maintaining contacts, managing data and planning meetings, for example – underpin the smooth running of every U.S. Grains Council (USGC) project. This winter during the Council’s 12th International Marketing Conference and 55th Annual Membership Meeting, two USGC staff are being recognized for their long and dedicated efforts in just such assignments.

Corn Quality Information Shared Around the Globe to Build Ties With Customers

Colombia Corn Quality Rollout

The release of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report has become a globally anticipated event. Within days of its release, the Council started presenting the annual report’s findings to customers in overseas markets to provide them the critical information they need to make informed purchases and build confidence in the quality of this year’s U.S. corn crop.

Seeing is Believing: Tour of Indiana Reinforces Business Ties For Taiwanese Buyers

By: Kimberly Atkins, U.S. Grains Council Director of Global Programs

Taiwan is an important export market for U.S. coarse grains and their value-added products like distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). U.S. market share in the country has declined in recent years due to competition from South America but recovered sharply during the 2013/2014 marketing year. A top priority for the U.S. Grains Council in 2015 is sustaining demand and high U.S. market share in this vital market.

Council Hosts Biotechnology Workshop for Taiwanese School Nutritionist

By: Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a workshop in Taiwan discussing the topic of genetically modified (GM) food with school teachers and dieticians.

The Council worked with the Food Industry Research and Development Institute (FIRDI), the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and CropLife Taiwan to conduct this workshop, with topics ranging from the future of GM animals to the testing and monitoring of GM commodities and the challenges and opportunities related to cultivation of more GM plants.

Iowa Producers Build Relations with Key Taiwanese Buyers

Taiwan Team

Sustaining relations in key overseas markets helps maintain U.S. market share and instill confidence of key buyers and end-users in the merits of food security through trade. From Aug. 24 to Sept. 3, three Iowa producers, funded by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, were escorted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to Vietnam and Taiwan to meet with key importers of U.S. corn and co-products.

China DDGS Situation Update: Impacts in Other Markets

China DDGS

China’s new inspection and permit regime for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has created increased interest for DDGS in other markets around the world. Contracts continue to be written and DDGS continue to be shipped to China. However, with the new uncertainty and disruption in trade with China, bargain hunters elsewhere are sensing opportunity.

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