Following USGC Engagement, South Africa Buys U.S. Sorghum, Open To U.S. Corn

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.

South Africa Approves Biotech Corn Events, Opening Door for U.S. Sales

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.

Word From The Ground: Sustainability's Complexity Offers Lessons For Strong Communication

Word From the Ground

By: Melissa Kessler, U.S. Grains Council Director of Communications

What is sustainability? And how do we know when we have achieved it - if it is even something that can be declared "achieved" in a field quite literally evolving all the time?

Those were the central questions for the more than 175 agriculture-focused journalists and communicators from more than 30 countries who converged last week for the annual conference of the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ) in and around Bonn, Germany.

MAIZALL, USTR Urge Cooperation on Biotech Trade at Global Agribusiness Forum

U.S. farmer-leaders of MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, spoke at the 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this week, calling on the agriculture sectors and governments of major producing and exporting countries to work together to solve the challenges hindering the advancement and adoption of new production technologies.

USGC Releases Videos Focused On 2016 U.S. Corn Planting Decisions, Progress

The first and second installments of a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) video series chronicling the 2016 U.S. corn growing season are now available online, highlighting pre-planting decisions and planting progress on farms in Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Most U.S. farmers began making their decisions for next year's growing season well before the crop year begins.

U.S. Farmers In EU Stress Need For Predictable Biotech Regulatory System

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) combined forces this week for a series of meetings in Brussels to raise concerns about delays in approvals for soybean and corn biotech events and exhorting the need for a predictable, transparent and science-based regulatory system in the European Union.

Premier Science Institutions Support Biotechnology

Recent developments from premier international science institutions reaffirm what the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), has long stated: that biotechnology is safe, and governments are imposing barriers to the adoption and trade of this technology that are not grounded in science.

A new, comprehensive analysis from the the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded that genetically engineered crops are safe for humans and animals, based on evidence accumulated over the past two decades.

Three USGC Delegates Honored for A Decade of Service

Three U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) delegates – Randy Ives of Gavilon; Ray Defenbaugh of Big River Resources; and Stan Garbacz from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture – were honored for 10 years of service to the organization at its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Montreal, Canada.

Asked about their experiences with the Council, the three told different stories but were unanimous in recognizing its value.

The highlight for Ives has been seeing the ethanol industry come together to meet challenges from antidumping cases to biotechnology acceptance.

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