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.
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.
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 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.
Free trade agreement (FTA) partners purchased half of all exports of feed grains in all forms (GIAF) in 2016/2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
Trade is an essential component of any national ethanol policy seeking to develop a domestic ethanol industry and achieve the economic, environmental and public health benefits biofuels support.
The sixth round of negotiations on the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is happening this week, with U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff leadership on the ground in Montreal to share the importance of NAFTA relationships to exports of U.S. coarse grains and co-products.
The government of Algeria has lifted a value-added tax (VAT) on U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed (CGF) for 2018, affording new opportunities this marketing year.
The Council recently conducted an on-the-ground assessment of the growth potential for Myanmar’s animal and feed manufacturing sectors - and how that growth could translate into increased exports of U.S. feed grains and co-products.
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.