News & Events
The agricultural sector in Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, is undergoing dramatic, positive changes, and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is setting the stage for future demand for U.S. feed grains and co-products there.
Increasing U.S. exports is not just a matter of capturing existing market share. Finding new markets creates additional demand, and helping build those markets secures a preference for U.S. feed grains and value-added products. In West Africa, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is engaging with training programs poultry producers, establishing a brand-new market for U.S. corn.
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) programming helped one poultry producer in Tanzania shift her burgeoning poultry business into a full-blown brand of frozen chicken.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Moroccan Poultry Association (known as FISA) sponsored the first in a series of training programs for West African poultry producers this month in Casablanca, with FISA and the Senegalese Poultry Association further cementing their relationship through a new memorandum of cooperation.
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.
The U.S. Grains Council's annual corn harvest quality report is now available to global customers, who will receive in-depth reviews of its results over the next two months at a series of conferences and consultations in major corn importing 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.
Generating interest in U.S. sorghum around the globe, including in places like the European Union and South Africa, is a priority for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) as they work to create steady, long-term demand for this coarse grain.