News & Events
New engagement by U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and members in South Africa over the past year has helped achieve export victories there, with recent sales of U.S. sorghum and biotechnology trait approvals that will allow imports of U.S. corn.
In 2015 and 2016, as a result of El Nino, the country suffered a severe drought, leading its feed industry to import U.S. corn for the first time in almost a decade. South Africa uses both yellow corn for animal feed and white corn for a staple food known locally as pap or mieliepap.
As the initial grant funding period for the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) Food for Progress program in Tanzania approaches completion at the end of this year, the Council is looking ahead to an intensive and constructive 2017 program meant to ensure its ongoing success.
The Tanzania project launched in 2014 with the goals of promoting quality feed formulations for poultry; developing self-sufficient industry associations for poultry producers and feed manufacturers; and improving local broiler and layer production through training seminars.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramy Taieb to the position of Middle East and Africa Director in its Tunis office.
Taieb has served as the commodity purchasing manager for Poulina, Tunisia's largest grain importer and poultry company, for the past 12 years, working with the company in total for more than two decades.
In that position, he participated in numerous Council marketing programs and gained familiarity with Council operations as well as global grain markets.
South Africa's government announced this week it is eliminating import restrictions on some biotech corn products, likely opening it for additional imports of U.S. corn.
The list of products, or events as they are described by the scientific community, announced by the country's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) that were previously ineligible for import includes several grown by U.S. corn producers either in single-event varieties or stacked varieties.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently supported the Poultry Association of Tanzania (PAT) as it hosted the second annual Tanzania Poultry Show to present innovative production techniques and exhibit new equipment to local industry members from international and local companies.
The theme of the show this year was "An Egg a Day" to support promotion of egg consumption in Tanzania, and it was held in conjunction with a World Egg Day celebration sponsored by Novus International.
This week's Chart of Note illustrates the record breaking exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the Middle East and North Africa in the 2015/2016 marketing year.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) latest trade data report, the United States exported more than 1.14 million metric tons of DDGS to these countries last marketing year, a new high.
U.S. corn sales to Algeria are making a strong showing in 2016, doubling 2014/2015 marketing year imports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) export sales report for Aug. 18, 2016, showed 527,000 metric tons (20.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn being exported to Algeria in the 2015/2016 marketing year, more than double sales last marketing year of 238,000 metric tons (9.3 million bushels).
Neema Minja, owner of Kebag Corporate Limited in Tanzania, and Anne Zaczek, manager of global development programs, spoke directly to U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates at the organization's summer board meeting last week, offering a unique view of the impact USGC's programs in that country have had on local producers.
The Food for Progress program, launched in 2014, offers regional support systems for Tanzanian feed producers and farmers with the goal of improving the quality of feed available to farmers and ultimately creating demand for coarse grains.