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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) presented a roadmap for increasing the production, use and trade of ethanol as a transport fuel across the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region during meetings in Bangkok, Thailand, this week.
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) officers and key staff traveled throughout India and Myanmar last month to examine the potential for development and U.S. grain sales in those growing and complex markets.
USGC Chairman Chip Councell, a farmer from Maryland, and Vice Chairman Deb Keller, a farmer from Iowa, also had the opportunity to help open a new dairy research and training facility in Kaira District with a uniquely Indian tradition of cracking the coconut before revealing a plaque naming the building.
In the shadows of Mt. Everest, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) recently held the inaugural Asia Subcontinent Trade Exchange as a forum for business networking and deal-making between U.S. sellers and regional buyers.
More than 100 attendees were part of the inaugural event that showcased the nations of South Asia, consisting of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
A delegation led by Malaysia's Minister of Agriculture Dato Sri Ahd Shabery Bin Cheek recently traveled to the U.S. Midwest and Pacific Northwest to become better acquainted with the corn supply chain and understand how a bushel of grain moves from the field to feed mill.
"Currently, Malaysia adopts single source corn origination, which can be very problematic in the event of supply shocks and other market disruptions," said USGC Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia Kevin Roepke, who is based in Kuala Lumpur.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of automobile manufacturers, ethanol policy regulators, fuel distributors, and ethanol producers from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the gasoline pool.
As Thailand has already gone to a nationwide ethanol blending program, with almost 50 percent of retail outlets offering E20, Thai automobile producers were central to the team's work and able to share their experiences and successes with higher blend rates with colleagues from other countries.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently held a series of roadshows throughout Southeast Asia that invited broiler and layer integrators and growers to learn about the advantages of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and to challenge them to use higher inclusions in their formulations.
The roadshows were held in conjunction with a larger conference organized by Asian Agribiz, the publishers of many poultry and hog feed magazines in the region, and received significant regional attention.
A team of Vietnamese government officials and grain importers have been traveling with U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff throughout the United States for the past week to learn about insect control for distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
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.
By Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director For South And Southeast Asia
China’s recent pork shortage is reverberating around the world and especially in its southern neighbor, Vietnam, contributing to record pork prices and an increasingly insatiable appetite for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in that market.