Latin American Demand Estimated at a Quarter of World Corn Market in 2014/2015

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This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates the importance of the top four Latin American corn importers - Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru - in the world corn market this marketing year in comparison to expected top 10 markets.

The top four corn importing countries in Latin America are estimated to make up more than a quarter of the world market for corn this year. In fact, combined they are expected to import more corn from the world than Japan, which is currently the top destination for U.S. corn.

Progress Continues in Tanzania Through Food for Progress Program

Tanzania Food for Progress

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

The U.S. Council (USGC) is becoming recognized in Tanzania as a reliable source of information and a trusted partner following the launch of its Food for Progress program in that country earlier this year. The program has made advancement towards its primary goals: promoting quality feed formulations for poultry; developing self-sufficient industry associations for poultry producers and feed manufacturers; and improving broiler and layer production through training seminars.

USGC Consultant Offers Resources at Tunisian Livestock Sector Gatherings

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

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has been engaged in Tunisia for nearly 20 years because that market depends upon imports for all of its corn demand. Still, U.S. market share has fallen for the past three years due to competition from the Black Sea region and South America.

Hoping to help regain some of that market share, a USGC consultant who specializes in ruminant nutrition, Dr. Mustapha El Youssoufi, spoke at two conferences in Tunisia this fall. 

Seeing is Believing: Tour of Indiana Reinforces Business Ties For Taiwanese Buyers

By: Kimberly Atkins, U.S. Grains Council Director of Global Programs

Taiwan is an important export market for U.S. coarse grains and their value-added products like distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). U.S. market share in the country has declined in recent years due to competition from South America but recovered sharply during the 2013/2014 marketing year. A top priority for the U.S. Grains Council in 2015 is sustaining demand and high U.S. market share in this vital market.

Building Contacts between U.S. Suppliers and Fast Growing Economies

By: Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia

Delegates from South and Southeast Asia, a region which includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies, recently had the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of U.S. agricultural technologies, logistics and production outlooks during a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) led trade team tour associated with Export Exchange 2014. 

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

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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.