WTO Ministerial: Groundbreaking Statement On Farm Technology; MAIZALL Meets

WTO MAIZALL logos

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.

U.S. Grains Council Statement On USTR Action At WTO Ministerial

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.

USGC, NCGA Celebrate Four Decades And Counting Of Successful Trade With South Korea

45th anniversary celebration in Korea

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. 

Council Finds New Buyer Of U.S. DDGS In Ecuador

Ecuador DDGS Team

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. 

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