News & Events
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.
Leaders of SAGARPA, the Mexican agriculture department, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) met this week in Mexico City in association with a Council and NCGA joint officer mission visiting government and industry officials in the top U.S. corn export market.
Shipping containers containing 7,850 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) arrived into the Port of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, between Oct. 25 and Nov. 10, 2017 - among the first orders filled following a September announcement by the Vietnamese government that it would lift its suspension of DDGS imports and ease fumigation requirements for U.S. corn and wheat imports.
Delegates from U.S. and Chinese government agencies, biofuels companies and research institutes discussed fuel ethanol production, use and policy during the Sino-U.S. Advanced Biofuels Forum this week in Arlington, Virginia.
An announcement was posted last week on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website that the country would again allow U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11 percent value added tax (VAT), potentially impacting global DDGS market dynamics for the better.
Leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) called for the continuation of strong partnerships built under the framework of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other Western Hemisphere free trade agreements while at a joint regional buyers conference this month in Mexico.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently participated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agricultural trade mission to India, led by new Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. As part of that mission, the Council led an ethanol delegation that included Council members and ethanol industry association leaders.
Washington, D.C. - Exports of U.S. feed grains and related products provide critical support across the U.S. economy, offering billions in economic direct and indirect economic benefits to farmers, rural communities and the nation as a whole.