USGC Signs Administrative MOU To Help Expand Capacity In Morocco

By: Hesham Hassanein, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Poultry Federation in Morocco (FISA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week to regulate the use of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Section 108 funds in that country. The funds will be used for USGC programs from now through 2019.

USGC Expands Promotion Of High Beta-Glucan Barley In Taiwan

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

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has made progress this year towards encouraging U.S. barley’s food application for diabetics and coronary heart disease patients in Taiwan. This program is part of an ongoing effort to promote U.S. barley containing beta-glucan as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Update from Tanzania: New Lab Equipment Promotes Use of High-Quality Grains

By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs

The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) staff and consultants in collaboration with the Tanzanian Central Veterinary Laboratory’s (CVL’s) staff have reached a milestone in the Tanzania Food for Progress program with the introduction of new testing equipment in the lab.

10 Reasons Why The Western Hemisphere Offers Markets To Watch

By: Marri Carrow, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere

Next week, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) members will gather to discuss the ever changing global agricultural markets, examine the past year's successes and challenges and develop strategies for the future during the organization’s 13th International Marketing Conference and 56th Annual Membership Meeting.

Watch the Mail: Links to USGC Meeting Documents Coming to Attendees

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be paperless for its 13th International Marketing Conference and 56th Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for Sarasota, Florida, next month.

All meeting materials including agendas, minutes, background papers and financial reports will be available in electronic form, via the Guidebook meeting app or website.

Argentine Policy Changes Abound, Outcome Still Undetermined

By: Manuel Sanchez, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Trade

The runoff election victory in Argentina of Mauricio Macri on Nov. 22, 2015, marked the end of a 12-year regime of Presidents Cristina Fernandez and her late husband Nestor Kirchner before her. As a candidate, Macri promised to strengthen his country’s institutions, introduce more pro-business policies, structure deals with foreign creditors and realign Argentina’s foreign policy to be closer to that of the United States. He also vowed to jumpstart the economy by lifting many tariffs, lowering taxes and attracting foreign investment.