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.

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.

Audio: Outreach, Trade Schools Help Capture Market Throughout Western Hemisphere

While low prices are challenging to farmers, they are an opportunity for global grain buyers who can help boost the U.S. farm economy with their purchases.

To help spur demand in the Western Hemisphere among both experienced and new buyers, the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) office there has held a series of trade schools this fall.

Marri Carrow, director of the Western Hemisphere Office for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), recently discussed the exciting trade picture in her region with the with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB).

USGC Outreach Stokes FTA-Fueled Feed Grain Export Boom to Colombia

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms to Colombia reached a record high during the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analysis from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) - a milestone on which the Council is seeking to further capitalize with outreach to buyers who want to take advantage of the favorable trade agreement between their country and the United States.

Registration Open For USGC Winter Meeting in Panama

Registration is now open for the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) 14th International Marketing Conference and 57th Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled to take place in Panama City, Panama, from Feb. 13 to 15, 2017.

This meeting is members' annual chance to meet face-to-face with USGC's international directors who work tirelessly to develop critical markets, dismantle trade barriers and serve U.S. grain producers and their customers overseas.

Chart of Note: Healthy Start for U.S. Ethanol in 2016/2017 Marketing Year

Exports of U.S. ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

The top three customers of U.S. ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil and China, respectfully. Exports of U.S. ethanol totaled 99.6 million gallons (903,000 metric tons of corn equivalent).

Chart Of Note: Members of DR-CAFTA Set New Trade Records in 2015/2016

Several Latin American countries set U.S. grain import records in the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to recent data reported recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, illustrated in this Chart of Note.

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua have reached new records of U.S. corn imported while El Salvador and Honduras have new records of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imported.

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