For All the Corn in China

In Exports, International by Cindy

By all accounts, China is producing a record amount of corn this season, but still not enough to meet their domestic demand, which means they are also expected to import a record amount of corn. According to the latest USDA supply-demand forecast, corn production for China this year was increase 4.0 million tons to a record 182.0 million tons. That …

Unemployed? Feeling Broke? Urge Congress to Pass Pending Free Trade Agreements

In Administration, Current News, Exports, General, International, Legislation, Politics, Trade by Cathryn

The majority of average Americans are still painfully cognizant of the recession’s impact upon their lives.  With high levels of unemployment and little disposable income, regular Americans wonder what the government has done to bail them out.  Right now, Congress has a chance to improve the lives of 22,500 people while improving the economy as a whole simply by passing …

Export Exchange Brings DDG Buyers/Suppliers Together

In Audio, Distillers Grains, Exports, International by Chuck

The Export Exchange 2010 is taking place in Chicago, IL. This event brings in international buyers and U.S. suppliers of DDGS and coarse grains. The attendance has met if not exceeded expectations. There are nearly 500 attendees, with about 180 of them coming from another country and there are 33 countries represented. On hand is the President/CEO of the National …

It’s Time to Change Our Relationship With Cuba

In Current News, Exports, Food, government, International by Mark

  “Deepening pain and unrest in Cuba are provoking bold actions that the U.S. government should note,” according to an editorial in the St. Louis Post Dispatch today. After decades of economic stagnation even Fidel Castro recently noted “the Cuban model doesn’t work anymore.” What spurred Castro’s comment and the editorial is the dramatic change taking place 90 miles from …

Distillers Grains Exports Piling Up

In Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Exports by Cindy

Distillers grains exports keep piling up. Exports of the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) hit a new record in July of 886,300 metric tons – which is more than was exported in one year prior to 2005. Total exports this year so far are 4.95 million metric tons, getting close to the total last year of 5.65 …

Midwest Corn Farmers Impress Japanese Group

In Exports, Farming, State Groups by Cindy

Biotech crops and meeting the demand for food and fuel are the main reasons why a group of Japanese reporters and professors was traveling around the Midwest this week, but what really seemed to impress them was family farmers themselves and how they run their operations, according to the Missouri Corn Growers Association. In Missouri, the media representatives from Japan’s …

Agriculture is Bright Spot in US Economy

In Exports, Farming, Trade, USDA by Cindy

In the face of bad news for the general economy in the United States, agriculture is looking pretty good. Last week we heard that U.S. economic growth dropped to just 1.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared to 3.7 percent for the first three months, and some say it could be below one percent next quarter. Meanwhile, …

Experts at Export Exchange

In Distillers Grains, Exports by Cindy

Anyone involved in the production of corn should be planning to attend the upcoming Export Exchange 2010, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Oct. 6-8, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel in Chicago. The event will focus on increasing exports of both coarse grains and the emerging growth market of the …

The Rest of the World Wants U.S. Ethanol, Why Don’t We?

In Ethanol, Exports by Cathryn

According to a recent Renewable Fuels Association report, the U.S. became a net ethanol exporter in 2010.  A rise in global demand has many countries, including Brazil and some in the Middle East, looking for a low cost ethanol source which America capably provides. In light of this, the consequences of the arbitrary 10 percent cap on ethanol currently imposed …