Several landmark events for the grain trade occurred during 2015: Colombia purchased U.S. sorghum for the first-time in recent memory; China claimed the top spot for DDGS and sorghum purchases despite policy challenges; and TPP negotiators finally reached a deal.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) also experienced its own organizational landmarks. From completing another successful Taiwanese Goodwill Mission to launching a historic aqua feeding trial in Vietnam to releasing its first-ever sorghum quality report, the USDA cooperator had a fruitful 2015.
Global markets are an ever changing puzzle, and it’s the job of the U.S. Grains Council to fit the pieces together, build partnerships and take advantage of the possibilities. Opportunities in developing markets are significant. After all, nearly 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States.
With the most modern, innovative and productive agricultural system the world has ever seen, the United States enjoys a significant advantage in agricultural trade. In... Read Story
Trade allows developing countries to gain food security, access the variety and abundance of the world market and win access to developed markets for their own products in which they enjoy a competitive advantage and can earn a greater return. Developed countries like the United States benefit from additional markets for their products; enhanced international political stability, which means a more peaceful world; and global economic growth that results from food security.
The... Read Story
The U.S. Grains Council is an internationally recognized and respected advocate for responsible pro-trade policies that benefit producers and consumers in the United States and abroad. In essence, the Council encourages free and open trade, and predictable trade rules on which importers and exporters can rely.
So when the Panamanian government attempted to use a loophole in the Panama-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that would close the market to U.S. corn for more than three... Read Story
In a year when U.S. exports faced challenges following drought-reduced 2012 crops, the U.S. Grains Council used relationships nurtured during its previous 53 years to keep foreign markets and buyers confident in the reliability of the United States as a trade partner. From answering questions on U.S. crop supplies to reassuring buyers the United States would remain open for business, the Council had positive messages to share.
This form of trade servicing, of educating buyers on ... Read Story
The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) ability to seek out, exploit and build demand from the ground up has made it an invaluable resource for U.S. farmers for more than five decades.
Nowhere was this unique contribution more evident in 2015 than the Council’s rampedup ethanol export promotion program supporting marketing year sales of more than 870 million gallons (3.2 billion liters) of U.S. ethanol to global customers.
The Council and its partners – Growth Energy, the Renewable... Read Story
The Council works with partners around the world – including domestic and international grower organizations, industry groups and governments – to make progress on trade policies that will benefit farmers for decades to come.
Trade agreements hold the key to opening markets and resolving tariff and non-tariff barriers to allow the movement of coarse grains, co-products and other agricultural exports to where they are in demand.
After years of negotiations, trade... Read Story
The Council’s successful U.S. sorghum promotion work this year highlighted the importance of both cultivating major market participants and diversifying farmers’ customer base through relationship building and information sharing.
China’s recent record imports of U.S. sorghum, which rose to 8.3 million metric tons (326.7 million bushels) in the 2014/2015 marketing year, has roots in work started more than 30 years ago when the Council first began its promotion of U.S. sorghum in that... Read Story
With nearly 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, overseas markets offer momentous growth opportunities for U.S. agriculture. The heart of the Council’s work is to build specialized programs for market development to capture these opportunities for U.S. farmers and agribusinesses.
For example, when the Obama Administration announced it would seek to dismantle the 50-year-old restrictions on how companies and individuals interact with Cuba, the... Read Story
Japan, Korea and Taiwan are all mature markets: high-income countries with stable and aging populations; excellent, high-quality diets; sophisticated food production and marketing systems; and among the highest food safety standards in the world. They are also all critical markets for U.S. feed grains and ongoing areas for engagement by the U.S. grains industry.
The Council’s promotion of U.S. coarse grains in Japan for more than 50 years has contributed to the country remaining ... Read Story
When global buyers and end-users learn the value of U.S. corn, they often become repeat customers. The Council’s global network aims to make these connections in part through regular updates on crop progress, market conditions and supply availability.
This year, the Council held biennial regional buyers conferences in Latin America and Southeast Asia as hallmark events for grain users in those regions.
More than 100 buyers and sellers of U.S. coarse grains,... Read Story
Many of the Council’s successes today are the results of efforts to lay groundwork years – even decades – ago. The Council takes prudent risks and makes judgment calls every day that are necessary to build tomorrow’s export opportunities.
Today, the Council is planting yet more seeds, led by its work in Tanzania to develop the poultry industry there with support from a USDA Food for Progress grant. This initiative was launched in early 2014 to help local feed producers and ... Read Story
The United States offers the highest quality and most consistent market for corn, sorghum, barley and dried distiller's grains with solubles (DDGS) in the world. Yet American agriculture offers its international customers much more. With consistent outreach from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), global buyers enjoy access to world-class agricultural research, the latest in production technology, trade policy expertise and timely insight into future supply opportunities.
These efforts by... Read Story
Certainly U.S. grain and related products help provide high-quality food to people around the world – but they also stimulate economic growth among our trading partners. Through the work of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), trading partners recognize they can utilize reliable U.S. grain supplies to advance food security through trade while focusing other resources to grow their economies.
A tremendous example of this is the Council’s new program in Tanzania, which is funded by a Food... Read Story
When nations employ consistent and clear trade policies, they help avoid ad hoc import bans, tariffs, embargoes and other barriers that can limit access to a reliable supply of U.S. grain and grain products. This is important because access to the U.S. market is a cost-effective strategy for enhancing diets and advancing food security for countries around the world.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) encourages and promotes sound trade policies and works tirelessly to address policies... Read Story
USGC's work begins long before an export transaction is in place, and USGC's relationships with buyers continue long after delivery. It’s simple, really: buyers of U.S. grains and grain co-products receive more than just a quality product when dealing with the United States. Instead, the Council offers international buyers a range of value-added services on both ends of the sale.
This includes everything from technical assistance to information about best management practices to... Read Story