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.

Following USGC Engagement, South Africa Buys U.S. Sorghum, Open To U.S. Corn

New engagement by U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and members in South Africa over the past year has helped achieve export victories there, with recent sales of U.S. sorghum and biotechnology trait approvals that will allow imports of U.S. corn.

In 2015 and 2016, as a result of El Nino, the country suffered a severe drought, leading its feed industry to import U.S. corn for the first time in almost a decade. South Africa uses both yellow corn for animal feed and white corn for a staple food known locally as pap or mieliepap.

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)

Shareables: Where In The World Are Your Grains Going?

U.S. feed grains saw a near-record level of exports in the 2015/2016 marketing year - a story that's critical to tell in farm country and easier to communicate with a new set of infographics available from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

In the last corn marketing year, which ran from September 2015 to August 2016, the top overseas customers of U.S. corn were Mexico, Japan, Colombia, South Korea and Peru, respectively. In the previous marketing year, Japan was the top U.S. corn destination, with Mexico ranking second.

Stronger Demand Leads To Brisk Exports Of U.S. Grains As Marketing Year Begins

Exports of U.S. feed grains have a promising outlook after the completion of the first quarter of the 2016/2017 marketing year, according to recently published U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data.

Total exports of feed grains in all forms in September, October and November 2016 reached 27.9 million metric tons (1.1 billion bushels), up 32 percent from the same quarter last year.

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