Western Hemisphere

In order to fulfill its mission of building markets for America's grains, the U.S. Grains Council operates 10 international offices as well as its headquarters in Washington, DC. Click on any one of the locations below to obtain contact information for each office. Please contact international staff in the Washington office first. Washington staff will know who is available to provide the best and quickest response to your questions. 

I-CAL: Good Day!


By Tina Holst, University of Wisconsin – Platteville and Clint Vance, Ohio State University

Unfortunately, the time has come to say our goodbyes. This morning several of us got up early to enjoy the sunrise from Copacabana beach in front of our hotel. What a blessing this trip has been for all of us to have had this great opportunity and experience!

Brazil: Overcoming Logistical Hurdles the Next Challenge

Brazil is committed to growth, and there is every reason to believe it will move aggressively to address the logistical issues that hinder exports -- an example that the United States, with its own infrastructure deficits, might well take to heart.

The South American giant's growing pains are well known. According to a U.S. Grains Council consultant, Brazil will harvest a record corn and soybean crop this spring. About 38.5 million metric tons of beans will be exported. Rain delays, however, have slowed both the harvest and the movement to port, as well as loading.

US DDGS Building Acceptance in Peru

Kurt Shultz

By Kurt Shultz, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Americas

Gloria, the largest dairy processor in Peru, recently imported another 7000 metric tons of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Gloria's purchases are an outgrowth of DDGS feeding trials conducted jointly in 2011 with the U.S. Grains Council. The trials were conducted on three commercial dairy farms and the results were publicized to the Peruvian dairy industry through a series of workshops and publications co-hosted by the Council and Gloria.

Argentine Agronomics – Despite High Corn Margins, Soybeans Outpacing Corn

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As harvest begins in South America, the world anxiously watches. Many end users are anticipating large Argentine and Brazilian crops following one of the worst droughts in recent memory in the United States. However, the dynamic of determining what Argentine farmers plant isn't as cut and dried as it is in America.

According to DTN's South America correspondent, Alastair Stewart, the margins and return on investment would seem to provide a strong incentive to increase corn plantings, but Argentine farmers chose to ignore these data and increase soybean acres instead.

Texas Sorghum Producer Team Promotes US Sorghum in Colombia and Peru

By Kurt Shultz, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Americas

A delegation sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture traveled to Colombia and Peru at the end of January to meet with importers to explore opportunities to export U.S. sorghum. The program complements ongoing U.S. Grains Council programs promoting sorghum from the United States in both of these countries.


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