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.

Strengthening Ties While Promoting US Sorghum for Food Use in Japan

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By: Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council Director of Japan

While Japan has long been a mature and stable market, there are still opportunities for growth. The potential demand for U.S. sorghum to be used for food is one example. Aware of this potential market, the U.S. Grains Council has been promoting the development of new health food products made from U.S. sorghum in Japan.

China DDGS Situation: Update


By: Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Director of Trade Development in China

The situation with U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imports to China continues to evolve on a daily basis. Recent conversations between the U.S. Grains Council and the China Inspection and Quarantine Service suggest a more pro-active stance on the part of CIQ for resolving the status of approximately 90,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS stranded in Shanghai.

Taiwan GM Labeling: Update

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

Taiwan continues to develop regulations to implement the January 2014 amendments to its Food Sanitation Law. The proposed regulations include provisions requiring registration, labeling and traceability for food products containing ingredients derived from genetically modified (GM) crops.

One key issue has been the threshold level for GM labeling, with some advocates calling for adoption of the Japanese standard of 5 percent, while others call for adoption of the EU’s trade-inhibiting 0.9 percent standard.

Building Contacts with South and Southeast Asia Corn Buyers

By: Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director of Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asia’s rising feed demand amid a decrease in available local corn has resulted in a higher reliance on imported coarse grains and co-products. There is competition, however, with South and Southeast Asia importing corn from as many as 16 countries of origin. To encourage end-users to import U.S. grains, the U.S. Grains Council has lead led trade and technical education efforts in this region to increase knowledge of the quality and reliability of U.S. sourcing.

Experiencing the Value of Trade: I-CAL’s Final Week in Japan

I-CAL 2014

By: Courtney Leeper, University of Missouri

The 2014 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) team members got an up-close look at food production and processing in Japan during the second and final week of the program. A joint initiative between the National FFA Organization and the U.S. Grains Council, I-CAL 2014 was made possible through support from The Grains Foundation. Established in 1983 by members of the Council, part of the Foundation’s mission is to nurture the next generation of leaders in the agricultural and agribusiness sectors.

Throughout the week, the team visited a flour port and milling facility; a bread manufacturing facility; a food soybean processing facility; and grape, dairy, tomato, mushroom and rice farms.

I-CAL Participants Learning about TPP On the Ground in Japan

i-cal meeting

By: Lauren Schwab, Miami University

The International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) program participants and leaders arrived in Japan on May 21. A joint program of National FFA Organization and the U.S. Grains Council, I-CAL 2014 was made possible through support from The Grains Foundation, which was established in 1983 by members of the U.S. Grains Council with part of its’ mission being to nurture the next generation of leaders in the agricultural and agribusiness sectors. While in Japan, program participants will increase our understanding of global agriculture and witness the role U.S. agriculture plays in the global economy.