News & Events
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)
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.
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.
Grain exports are a bright spot in the current farm economy and can grow even further through outreach to the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside U.S. borders, leaders of the U.S. Grains Council said at the at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention this week in Kansas City.
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).
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).
Over the late summer and early fall months, Iowa corn farmer Greg Alber maintained a positive outlook for his 2015 crop. However, minor set backs included fungal disease and lack of moisture in his fields.
Animal nutritionists regularly contribute to U.S. Grains Council (USGC) programs and their research findings are often applied to international livestock production systems. The following leading nutritionists shared their insights for this month’s edition of the Grain News.
Gerald Shurson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota