Serving Customers Leads To Success: Q&A With USGC Japan Director Hamamoto

Tommy Hamamoto, USGC Director in Japan

Japan is one of the largest and most loyal markets for U.S. feed grains, often the top purchaser of U.S. corn as well as an important buyer of U.S. sorghum, barley and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Since opening an office there in 1961 - just one year after the organization’s founding - the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has worked closely with Japanese grain buyers and end-users to develop their industry to serve increasing demand for meat, milk and eggs. Today, that work is led by Tommy Hamamoto, who discusses the priorities for his office here. 

Hot Topics: Cuban Embargo Will Hurt Grain Trade Despite Continued Engagement

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Recent moves to again harden the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba will block near-term sales of U.S. feed grains as well as stymie long-term market development. Despite these factors, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) plans to continue its long-time work in Cuba, driven by members’ core belief that trade is critical for improving U.S.-Cuba relations and the welfare of the Cuban people. 

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.

ICYMI: USGC Chairman Urges That NAFTA Modernization Do No Harm To U.S. Ag

U.S. trade negotiators should make every effort to do no harm to U.S. agriculture when modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and should proceed quickly to help allay uncertainty felt by both customers and U.S. grain producers, USGC Chairman Chip Councell testified this week before a panel assembled by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

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