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 …

Little is Sweet About Sugar Cane Ethanol

In Current News, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, General, International, Land Use, Politics by Mark

A recent study attempted to make the case that if the U.S. government allowed the ethanol tax credit to expire it would have very few adverse consequences for the U.S. industry. The fact the study was funded by the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry was dutifully avoided. Anti-ethanol folks, who have been receiving a lot of attention on this blog of …

Agriculture’s Role in Deforestation Minimal

In Environmental, General, International by Mark

A recent initiative in one of South America’s largest agricultural areas shows deforestation is not being driven by expanding soybean acres. The findings of the GTS Soy Work Group show that less than ¼ of 1 percent of land use change over the 3 year time frame studied was due to additional soybean acres. From a corn grower perspective the …

Perspective From China At CUTC

In Audio, CUTC, International by Chuck

The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference has international participants. We have quite a few from China. I had an opportunity to speak with Li Bin, CEO, Xin Jiang Tianda Biotechnology Co., Ltd., pictured here with Linyi Li, Novozymes China, my interpreter. Thank you Linyi! I asked him what stimulated his interest in participating. He says that corn utilization in China …

Brazil Wants Our Ethanol Market

In Ethanol, International by Cindy

Post Update: The Brazilian ethanol industry’s planned promotional event in Washington D.C. has been abruptly canceled, according to a news release. First, they took over the IndyCar Series, after the U.S. ethanol industry worked hard to get the series to switch to 100 percent ethanol – now Brazil wants to take over our domestic ethanol market that has taken decades …

Why not Send the Best to Haiti?

In Farming, International by Cindy

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and today nearly 2.4 million Haitians still lack adequate access to food five months after the earthquake. The need for food is desperate. To help, Monsanto is donating $4 million worth of seeds to the country. “The Haitian Ministry of Agriculture approved a donation from U.S.-based Monsanto Company to Haitian farmers …

A Future Look at International Trade

In Audio, International, Markets by Chuck

The U.S. Grains Council just held it’s International Marketing Conference and the keynote speaker was the Hon. Carole L. Brookins, Managing Director of Public Capital Advisors, LLC. Her topic was “Growing Grain Markets in a (Sustainable) Brave New World.” “We are moving into a new era of focus on global public goods, including money, trade, climate and environment. With that …