USGC Conference Connects U.S. Suppliers To Buyers In European, MENA Regions

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) corn and co-products conference in Rome, Italy

End-users in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa are purchasing increasing amounts of U.S. co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed/meal, thanks to advantageous pricing in recent years. 

Building on these cost competitive deals, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) conducted a conference in Rome, Italy, last week to connect end-users from both regions with U.S. farmers, grain suppliers and technology companies for education and the opportunity to make or negotiate sales.

USGC Education Mission Focuses on Growing Ireland and Israel Markets

Grain trade experts from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) visited Ireland and Israel late last year to meet with customers in those markets, which have become increasingly important if non-traditional importers of U.S. corn and co-products.

Ireland has imported 95,000 metric tons (3.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the first three months of this marketing year, which is nearly half the amount it imported the prior marketing year, 170,000 metric tons (6.7 million bushels). Israel imported 386,000 metric tons (15 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the last marketing year.

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.

USGC Offers Farewell To Hassanein, Continues Engagement In MEA Region

Hesham Hassanein has stepped down as the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) regional director of the Middle East and Africa, as of June 5. Despite this staff change, the Council remains committed to its presence and programs in the Middle East, Africa and Europe region and is assessing options to maintain USGC representation in this critical area of the world.

USGC Outlines Key Policy Priorities At T-TIP Stakeholder Event

President Barack Obama’s announcement in Germany earlier this week that he believes the United States and European Union can strike a deal on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) by the end of 2016 put additional focus on the latest round of U.S.-EU negotiations happening in New York.

As part of the negotiations, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) participated in a U.S.-EU Direct Stakeholder Engagement Event and chief negotiators briefing on April 28, focusing on the EU’s authorization system to approve biotech events.

Trade Policy Agenda Hits High Gear: USGC in Brussels for T-TIP Talks

With the U.S. election season fast approaching, the time pressure for progress on two pending trade negotiations is increasing. U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Director of Trade Policy and Biotechnology Floyd Gaibler is in Brussels this week for the latest round of United States-European Union negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

“Market access and progress on biotechnology issues continue to be our key objectives in T-TIP,” Gaibler said. “The recently-proposed opt-out legislation is a good example of the kinds of issues we face.”

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