U.S. Grains Council, Panama Canal Authority Sign MOU Before Canal Tour

Panama City, Panama - More than 350 attendees had a firsthand look at the new Panama Canal expansion on Monday to kick off events at the U.S. Grains Council 14th International Marketing Conference & 57th Annual Membership Meeting in Panama City, Panama.

The tour of the Agua Clara locks in Colon, Panama, was a unique opportunity to see trade in action, and an important reminder of the dynamic global trade environment for those who last visited the Canal shortly after construction on the new locks began.

USG Multimedia Essay: Cracking the Coconut Opens Training Center In India

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) officers and key staff traveled throughout India and Myanmar last month to examine the potential for development and U.S. grain sales in those growing and complex markets.

USGC Chairman Chip Councell, a farmer from Maryland, and Vice Chairman Deb Keller, a farmer from Iowa, also had the opportunity to help open a new dairy research and training facility in Kaira District with a uniquely Indian tradition of cracking the coconut before revealing a plaque naming the building.

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.

Talking Trade: Trade Has Served the United States Well

By the Numbers

• $1.5 trillion: Increase in real incomes due to liberalizing trade efforts since World War II (Peterson Economics)
• $82 billion: Annual economic output in 2014 due to exports of feed grains and grain products (Informa Economics)
• 371,536: Number of full-time equivalent jobs linked directly or indirectly to grain and grain product exports in 2014 (Informa Economics)

USGC Mission Shares Corn Quality Data With Taiwanese Customers

Farmer and staff representatives of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently traveled to Taiwan to support the organization's local office in presenting the results of the 2016/2017 Corn Harvest Report to customers in this important U.S. corn market.

Clover Chang, director of the USGC Taiwan office, hosted a conference for corn buyers from across Taiwan as a part of a series of rollout events scheduled by the Council to present the new quality report information.

Shareables: Where In The World Are Your Grains Going?

U.S. feed grains saw a near-record level of exports in the 2015/2016 marketing year - a story that's critical to tell in farm country and easier to communicate with a new set of infographics available from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

In the last corn marketing year, which ran from September 2015 to August 2016, the top overseas customers of U.S. corn were Mexico, Japan, Colombia, South Korea and Peru, respectively. In the previous marketing year, Japan was the top U.S. corn destination, with Mexico ranking second.

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