Caleb Wurth joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on Monday, Nov. 27, as the assistant director for Southeast Asia.
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wurth will assist in identifying and addressing trade, technical and policy factors relevant to building and maintaining the market for U.S. coarse grains and co-products.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) joined forces this month to put on two one-day workshops for Southeast Asian buyers looking for the latest in market and harvest information and details about how U.S. agricultural products can benefit their businesses.
Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for South and Southeast Asia, provided timely insights on the 2017/2018 coarse grains outlook, while other presenters provided outlooks on the global overview for grains and oilseeds.
U.S. exports of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Southeast Asia have increased 16 percent so far this marketing year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
Nobody does chicken like KFC. And U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are a healthy, cost-effective and culturally-appropriate feed ingredient for those chickens and others produced in Malaysia, as local nutritionists have learned through outreach from the local U.S. Grains Council (USGC) office.
Malaysians eat a lot of chicken - upwards of 110 pounds per year per person. More of those chickens will soon be eating U.S. corn thanks to the arrival of a 68,100 metric ton (2.68 million bushels) bulk shipment last week, the second shipment received from U.S. origin recently following a five-year purchasing hiatus.
Malaysian officials last week agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM) from that nation’s new, more stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities. The decision makes permanent a temporary exemption, granted in May, for the period from July 31 to Dec. 31, 2014.
Intensive efforts continue in Malaysia to seek clarification or amendment of new agricultural import regulations, which threaten to impose costly new burdens on a wide range of commodities from several exporting countries. The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council are working closely with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Malaysia office and APHIS to reduce or eliminate the negative impact of these new regulations on U.S. export cargos. Local stakeholders in the Malaysian feed, trade and livestock sectors are also expressing their concerns to the Malaysian government.
The opportunity to network with suppliers and gain information on grain quality during the U.S. Grains Council's Export Exchange 2012 was very valuable to Kiat Hwa Chu, who used Export Exchange to identify several prospective new suppliers. Chu, the general manager of the Malayan Flour Mills, based in Malaysia, also appreciated the examination of the supply chain from storage facilities to transportation to export facilities along with the trade mission he attended.
by Breanne Brammer, University of Missouri and Margery Magill, University of California-Davis