USGC Annual Meeting: An Eye on a Changing International Political Scene


What do the United States, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China have in common?

If you said "a U.S. Grains Council office," go to the head of the class!

But this year featured another important common denominator. In 2012, all of these countries engaged in leadership contests – hotly contested national elections in the United State, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and South Korea, and a once-in-a-decade leadership transition in China.

Corn Harvest Quality Report: Growing Impact in Second Year

In just its second year, the U.S. Grains Council's Corn Harvest Quality Report is scoring important points for U.S. producers with appreciative foreign buyers. Released on December 7, the Harvest Report is available online and has already been presented to potential buyers and other interested parties in more than 10 major markets around the world, with more briefings on tap.

Council Enhances Discussion on LLP Policy in Taiwan

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

In 2009, the Taiwanese Food Industry Research and Development Institute (FIRDI), sent the Department of Health (DOH) a draft policy for addressing instances of Low-Level Presence (LLP) of unapproved biotech events.. Currently, Taiwan has a zero tolerance policy that, if enforced, would prevent a shipment from entering Taiwan if trace amounts of an unapproved biotech event were detected.

USGC and IBC Promote US Barley in Taiwan

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

Following the success of the Asian Food Barley Technical Short Course held in Taiwan last March, the U.S. Grains Council and Idaho Barley Commission (IBC) brought Tim Dillin, USGC delegate and commissioner at the IBC, and Sam White, chief operating officer of PNW Farmers Cooperative, to Taiwan earlier this month to continue advocating about the many uses of U.S. food barley.

"For us, we try to buy U.S. corn:" Export Exchange Strengthens Longstanding Relationship

With a short crop and drought-impacted prices in 2012, trade servicing has become the top priority for the U.S. Grains Council. For a company like Charoen Pokphand Enterprises Co., Ltd., Taiwan, the opportunity presented by Export Exchange was a great chance to better understand the U.S. production and export system, and to assess the continuing advantages of sourcing U.S. grain and DDGS even in a tough year.

USGC Taiwan Continues to Promote US Barley

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

The U.S. Grains Council along with the China Grain Products Research and Development Institute (CGPRDI), U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), and Taiwan Barley Products Industry Association (TBPIA) held a media conference about the results of the Barley/Wheat Food Product Contest in Taipei, Taiwan. In attendance were 24 journalists, from daily newspapers, radio stations, magazines, and online news agencies, and the Director of Agricultural Affair Section at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Mr. Jeffrey Hesse.

Taiwan: Constructive Policy Reactions to US Drought

The U.S. drought is driving up corn prices and creating unease among buyers around the world. In many countries, however, there are concrete and constructive policy decisions that governments can make to mitigate the effects and help end-users cope with what is shaping up to be a challenging year. Taiwan is a good example. U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan Clover Chang shares his insights.

Under pressure from high corn prices, Taiwan's Council of Agriculture (COA) convened a meeting in late August. There have been three major outcomes:

U.S. Barley Exposed to More Than 50,000 at Taiwan International Food Show

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

The U.S. Grains Council’s Taiwan office participated in the USA Pavilion during the 22nd annual Taipei International Food Show from June 27 to 30.  This has been one of the most influential food shows in Asia since 1991, highlighting the latest and best in the culinary world, and continues to expand every year.

Our office introduced the health characteristics of U.S. high beta-glucan barley and food products made from U.S. barley to more than 50,000 visitors, including local and other overseas industry professionals. 


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