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The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week did not result in major outcomes that will guide the future of the global trade body but did offer a strong statement of support for farmers’ access to the best available technology and a useful backdrop for a business meeting of MAIZALL, the international maize alliance.
Buyers in Myanmar can once again import U.S. corn, thanks to quick and diligent work by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to meet new phytosanitary requirements related to pest risks.
Members of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), U.S.
A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Sleight:
"The U.S. Grains Council appreciates the efforts of the leadership of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) during this week's World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference to defend U.S. agricultural and food interests against attempts to weaken rules on domestic support for agriculture.
Increasing demand in Mexico could mean big business for U.S. agriculture, but U.S. farmers and agribusinesses may have to work harder to capture a share due to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
More than four decades of partnership and a free trade agreement have benefitted agribusinesses in both the United States and South Korea. But the preservation of past success must be coupled with an innovative look at the future in order for that positive trading relationship to continue in years to come, South Korea customers told a delegation of leaders and staff from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) last week.
The government of Ontario announced last week proposed changes to provincial biofuels regulations, which includes doubling the five percent ethanol mandate to 10 percent by 2020.
The leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) traveled to South Korea and Mexico this week in concurrent missions to engage with customers and government officials during a period of policy uncertainty in the U.S. corn industry’s #1 and #3 markets.
Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico completed the fifth formal round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before Thanksgiving in Mexico City, with accelerated discussions reflecting the urgency to conclude negotiations in early 2018.
Ecuador’s imports of U.S. distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) increased 296 percent year-over-year to 22,200 metric tons in 2016/2017, the direct result of the U.S. Grains Council’s work (USGC) to introduce the feed grains co-product to the nation’s livestock sector.
The Ecuadorian government has a corn self-sufficiency policy, though in the past few years, the local corn crop has not been enough to cover domestic demand, resulting in expensive prices for local corn and the government issuing limited import permits.