Under Secretary McKinney Speaks To Trade Cooperation, Announces North Africa And Middle East Training Grant

Houston, Texas - U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney addressed the delegates and members of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on Monday, updating them on ongoing trade negotiations that will affect grains market access and announcing a $1.3 million grant for Council feed industry training programs in North Africa and the Middle East.

Council representatives are meeting as part of the organization’s 15th International Marketing Conference and 58th Annual Membership Meeting in Houston, Texas.

Council Assesses Ethanol Market Potential In UAE, Pakistan

Dubai

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently undertook a market assessment mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan to analyze the ethanol demand potential in both countries and engage with policymakers and industrial officials. 

This in-country assessment followed previous research conducted by the Council to better understand the market dynamics driving the demand for ethanol.

Trade Talks Happening Around The World

corn exports to NAFTA

Trade and U.S. leadership in the global economy have been hot topics during a busy last week, including the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Canada, opening talks in modernizing the United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. 

The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations ended in Montreal with no firm conclusions but with commitments to come back to the table in late February for a seventh round in Mexico City. 

During USGC Seminar, Bolivian Government Announces Intent To Establish E10 Mandate

Bolivia-Ecuador Assessment

The Bolivian government announced its intention to establish an ethanol blend mandate during a December seminar conducted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). 

Bolivian Vice President Garcia Linera made the announcement during closing remarks at the event, reporting the government’s decision to implement an ethanol blend mandate starting at 10 percent in 2018 with goals of mid-level blends in coming years.

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