U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico have quintupled since the ink dried on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than 20 years ago. And Mexico’s animal agriculture and feed manufacturing industries want to keep buying even more U.S. corn, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and other products, according to a team of Mexican grain buyers, livestock and feed processing representatives who traveled to Nebraska and Washington, D.C., this week.
Stephen Enke joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) office in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, May 15, as the summer international intern, sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board.
“Collaborating with the USGC Mexico office will offer a diverse perspective on policymaking,” Enke said. “This internship is an opportunity to further my own development, appreciate Mexico and its culture, and share the good our state and country offers the world.”
On Thursday, the Trump Administration formally informed Congress it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Below is a statement from Chip Councell, chairman of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and a farmer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland:
By Tom Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council
Some days don’t go how you expect them to go.
I have had many of those in my career, but few like this Wednesday, when we thought for 12 hours that we could soon see action from our own government to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Immediately and obviously we – and the larger agriculture community – knew how critical this situation could be.
Selling 50 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may seem minor, but Javier Chávez, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Mexico marketing specialist, views these small sales to cattle and dairy producers in southeastern Mexico as the start of another big opportunity for U.S. feed grains.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently released a new batch of online videos highlighting the importance of building and maintaining trading relationships and the work the Council does in grain markets around the world.
U.S. grain farmers are voicing their support and appreciation for trade with Mexico, a message U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chairman and Maryland farmer Chip Councell carried with him when he traveled to meet with Mexican buyers in March.
“If you look at the logistics of Mexico, no other country can replace it as a customer for U.S. grain,” Councell said this week to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting about the mission. “The logistics by rail, truck and boat give the United States such a huge advantage.”
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) leaders traveled to Mexico this week to hear customer concerns about the state of trade relations between the two countries and offer reassurances about U.S. grains producers’ dedication to their market.
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and consultants participated in this month’s annual meetings of Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), highlighting both the overseas market potential for U.S.-produced ethanol and the partnership between the three organizations helping to build that demand.