The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and sorghum industry led by the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) mobilized this week in response to new anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations launched against imported U.S. sorghum by China.
Delegates from U.S. and Chinese government agencies, biofuels companies and research institutes discussed fuel ethanol production, use and policy during the Sino-U.S. Advanced Biofuels Forum this week in Arlington, Virginia.
An announcement was posted last week on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website that the country would again allow U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11 percent value added tax (VAT), potentially impacting global DDGS market dynamics for the better.
A team of Chinese buyers of corn, sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) traveled to the United States last month to investigate crop production and quality as well as gain a better understanding of U.S. feed grains and co-products as a valuable feed ingredient.
A team representing the next generation of Chinese buyers of U.S. sorghum is traveling through Texas and Kansas this week to gain a better understanding of this year’s sorghum crop conditions and purchasing potential.
China is a complex but influential market for U.S. grains and the products made with them. Below is a Q & A with U.S. Grains Council (USGC) China Director Bryan Lohmar on his offices' work, what is happening on current issues and the long-term future for the partnership between U.S. farmers and Chinese importers.
Joy Jin Zhang, USGC Beijing office and program manager, will leave U.S. Grains Council (USGC) this week after nearly 17 years of service to the organization.
Zhang started with the Council in August 2000 as secretary. She advanced to administrative secretary then to her current position as office and program manager. In her current position, Joy manages key components of the Council’s Beijing office as well as coordinating policy programs and travel and itineraries for trade programs.
U.S. sorghum exports to China are expected to reach more than 3 million tons in September-August 2013/14, approaching $1 million in value, compared to exports of 3,376 MT the previous year. Building demand for U.S. sorghum was attractive as sorghum is not subject to a tariff rate quota restriction in China, the way corn is. Starting in 2012, the USGC used MAP and FMD funds to assess potential demand.
The dynamic evolution of China's economy is leading to an increased demand for imports, particularly with a growing, affluent population and corresponding demand for more protein-rich diets. With a population of 1.3 billion -- and expectations to reach 1.4 billion by 2030 -- even a small shift in food trends can myriad opportunities for exporting the feed grains necessary for expanded meat production.
The U.S. Grains Council has been on the leading edge of organizations working with the Chinese government to meet these demands.