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.

U.S. Grains Council Statement on China Actions

A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight:

"The announcement Tuesday by China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) that it will subject U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVDs) is the latest in a rash of measures taken by the Chinese government to restrict access to that market for U.S. feed grains and related products, specifically corn, distiller's dried grains (DDGS) and ethanol.

Preventative Measures Pay Off For Corn

An image taken by a drone of corn harvest at Greg Alber's farm in Northeast Iowa. Photo courtesy of Greg Alber.

It was a good, dry harvest season for Greg Alber on his family’s Iowa farm. With ideal weather conditions, harvest finished the first week of November, two weeks ahead of the 2014 harvest. Additionally, most of the crop dried down to desired moisture levels for storage, and the corn quality is good, Alber said. This year, the farm’s corn recorded test weights of 62 pounds per bushel (79.8 kilograms per hectoliter).

Pesticides And Fertilizers: Farmer Certification Process

When the need arises to apply chemicals to crops in the United States, not just anyone can do it. Pesticides, which include insecticides and herbicides, have both federal and local regulations governing private applicators.

Certifying agencies differ across the country, and the certification process differs from state to state, but all fall under the regulation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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