USGC Conducts Webinar for Korean Poultry Nutritionists and Feed Formulators


By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea
Although almost 80 percent of Korean mixed feed manufacturers have tried U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in livestock and poultry diets, they have not continuously used the products. A few of them have incorporated it into their feed formulations, but with a lack of experience with the nutritional value of DDGS, they are hesitant to use the product in their rations.

Continuing to Build Demand in China’s Dairy Sector

dairy cow

By: Robert Hurley, U.S. Grains Council Director of Programs in China

The U.S. Grains Council has helped China achieve an extremely rapid consolidation of the country’s dairy industry. This has led to large, modern dairies that have an increasing demand for coarse grains and their co-products. These large dairies are complex operations with heavy demands for intensive management, and there is a shortage of management talent for these operations.

Council Hosts Biotechnology Workshop for Taiwanese School Nutritionist

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

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a workshop in Taiwan discussing the topic of genetically modified (GM) food with school teachers and dieticians.

The Council worked with the Food Industry Research and Development Institute (FIRDI), the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and CropLife Taiwan to conduct this workshop, with topics ranging from the future of GM animals to the testing and monitoring of GM commodities and the challenges and opportunities related to cultivation of more GM plants.

Latin America’s Barley Sector Builds Ties with U.S. Producers and Exporters


By: Javier Chavez, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist in Mexico

Latin America’s primary use of barley is in the brewing sector, either as malt or malting barley. To strengthen this growing sector’s ties with U.S. barley producers and malt exporters, the U.S. Grains Council recently escorted two teams from Latin America and Mexico to key U.S. barley growing areas including Colorado, Montana and North Dakota.

Providing Key Information to Korea’s Swine Sector

By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea

The U.S. Grains Council recently held a webinar to educate Korean swine nutritionists and feed formulation specialists on the benefits of using U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), covering topics as wide ranging as DDGS production, digestibility, energy and proper inclusion rates of DDGS in various swine diets.

Face-to-Face Interactions Key to Building Relationships

Saudi Team 1

By: Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa

In August 2011, the U.S. Grains Council successfully achieved the inclusion of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed (CGF) and other U.S. commodities on the Saudi Arabian import subsidy list. Inclusion on this import subsidy list is essential in eliciting interest from Saudi importers of these products. This success has had a real impact: as of Aug. 14, a few weeks from the end of the current marketing year, Saudi Arabia had imported 2.75 times more U.S. corn than over the same time period in the 2012/2013 marketing year.

Showcasing U.S. Barley to the Japanese Food Barley Buyers and End-Users

Japanese Barley team 1

By: Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council Director in Japan
Japan is an important market for U.S. food barley, which is used in tea, liquor and cereal. In 2013, Japan nearly doubled imports of U.S. barley for food compared to 2012, in part due to promotional efforts by the U.S. Grains Council. In support of this effort, the Council hosted a Japanese food barley team composed of key buyers and end-users to the U.S. barley belt from July 29 to Aug. 6.

Top US Customer a Top Priority for the Council

Japan group visit

By: Erick Erickson, U.S. Grains Council Vice President

The U.S. Grains Council met with long-standing Japanese customers of U.S. commodity corn, non-genetically modified corn and sorghum this week in Washington, D.C. The groups, the Japanese Feed Manufacturer’s Association, Zen-Noh and the Japanese Corn Starch, all affirmed their appreciation for their long-standing trade relationship with the United States and the opportunity to meet regularly to discuss concerns and issues. They then presented their list of concerns.