U.S. Ethanol Exports Up 85 Percent In First Quarter of 2016/2017 Marketing Year

Exports of U.S. ethanol are off to a strong start for the first quarter of the 2016/2017 marketing year and are at their highest levels during that time frame over the past five years, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

Exports totaled 353.2 million gallons for the months of September, October and November 2016, the first quarter of marketing year 2016/2017.

Amid Recent Sales, South Korea Seminar Outlines Benefits For U.S. Grains In 2017

More than 185 buying officials, feed manufacturers, corn millers, traders and end-users gathered in Seoul, South Korea, recently to improve their understanding of the U.S. grain supply and demand outlook for the coming year.

The annual feed grains trade seminar builds upon the established relationship between the U.S Grains Council (USGC) and the Korean Feed Association (KFA). USGC has been active in South Korea since opening an office in Seoul in 1972, and South Korea remains one of the United States' most important export markets for coarse grains and related products.

Workshop In Korea Offers Background On Ethanol As Fuel

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its domestic industry partners, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA’s FAS), have had a busy year so far engaging with potential global customers of U.S. ethanol, including at a workshop held last week in Seoul, Korea.

U.S. Corn Sales Upswing Hits New High

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates the recent upswing in sales of U.S. corn to countries around the globe. This is good news after months of struggling corn exports due to a strong U.S. dollar and larger-than-expected global corn supplies.

Mexico remains the top market for U.S. corn this marketing year, with Japan – the traditional top market – catching up with sales of 256,700 metric tons (10.1 million bushels) of U.S. corn this week.

International Buyers Offer Insights on Quality To U.S. Corn Growers

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) sponsored international corn buyers from Korea, Colombia and Mexico at the 2016 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) in St. Louis this week to offer them an opportunity to discuss their perspectives on corn quality with U.S. corn growers.

Corn quality is a critical component of international buyers’ purchasing decisions - and one about which USGC's global staff works to educate global corn consumers. An example of this work is the release of the Council's annual quality reports, which are unique among major corn exporters.

Ethanol Export Promotion Program Swinging Into Action Around The Globe

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) are picking up momentum on promoting U.S. ethanol exports around the globe.

Examples of the work that the group has undertaken to build demand for U.S. fuel ethanol include a workshop in Japan aimed at paving the way for new market access, close coordination with a USDA mission to Mexico focused on local policy, an upcoming workshop in Korea and a future assessment in Vietnam.

USGC Looks to Ethanol Potential In Asian Markets

A team of U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and two ethanol industry representatives traveled to Japan, Korea and Taiwan last month to review the ethanol markets in these countries and evaluate potential for ongoing U.S. ethanol export promotion programs in the region.

The team visited quasi-governmental organizations, government agencies, industry experts and representatives to both network and discuss possible in-roads for U.S. ethanol.

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