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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 106

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U.S. Grains Council Previews A Changing Vision of World Food Demands in 2040

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 febbraio 2012

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Washington, D.C.The sophisticated food demands of newly affluent consumers in China and other developing nations are likely to cause major change in U.S. farming and food production, Asian food policy and world trade, according to Food 2040, a new study of emerging food trends in Asia by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). USGC President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas C. Dorr presented a preview of Food 2040 today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.“Growing affluence in China could change people’s diets and the global food system. Consumers will expect more choice, quality, convenience and safety in their food purchases,” Dorr said.Food 2040 also reveals important implications for agricultural trade policy between the United States and Asian nations. “We are seeing China become more open to acceptance of new technology, such as agricultural biotechnology, which can help meet the needs of the Asian middle class in a sustainable manner through trade,” Dorr said.U.S. attitudes about feeding the world are likely to change too. “Many of the agribusinesses and agricultural organizations that comprise the U.S. Grains Council are starting to review possibilities for meeting the needs and capturing the economic value that ascendency of the Asian middle class represents,” said USGC Chairman Dr. Wendell Shauman, an Illinois corn farmer and member of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. “Working together with trading partners around the world to understand emerging trends, we can use a convergence of science, technology and policy reform to meet changing food demands and capture the economic potential of new Asian consumers.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is assisting the Council with the launch of Food 2040 in Japan. “Japan and the United States are longstanding trading partners, and we understand each other well. Now, our two nations must learn more about China and develop an understanding of how this emerging mega-market will influence the global food system and our two nations’ participation in it,” said Geoffrey Wiggin, USDA’s FAS Minister-Counselor in Tokyo.Food 2040 outlines the following possibilities for significant change in the global food system.

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Export Exchange 2012 Set for Minneapolis

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 ottobre 2011


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Washington, D.C.The U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association are pleased to announce dates for the Export Exchange 2012, an international trade conference focused on the export of U.S. coarse grains and co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten. The conference and exhibition will be held Oct. 22-24, 2012, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. The Export Exchange is uniquely focused on connecting international buyers of U.S. coarse grains and DDGS with U.S. producers, suppliers and exporters. This event will bring together international buyers and end-users of U.S. DDGS and coarse grains with U.S. producers and agribusinesses. U.S. grain farmers and ethanol producers continue to reap benefits from last year’s highly successful meeting in Chicago. Sales negotiations were conducted at the conference and confidentiality was respected, yet one Taiwanese team announced a purchase of $2.6 million in DDGS at the conference. Further discussions and contacts also led to one of Morocco’s largest feed milling operations buying U.S. DDGS directly from a Midwestern ethanol plant. The plant representative ensured specific transportation for his buyer and since the initial transaction in October, the Moroccan company has purchased three additional vessels, each carrying 12,000-15,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS. Purchases like these are a direct result of U.S. farmer-funded programs and events.“The Export Exchange series is an invaluable opportunity to foster greater understanding and establish new market opportunities for ethanol feed products,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen.Additional information regarding the Export Exchange 2012 will be posted at as it develops. Contact USGC membership coordinator Lyndsey Erb-Sharkey at to be added to a mailing list to automatically receive conference updates.
The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of farmers and agribusinesses committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and their products. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Financial support from our private industry members, including state checkoffs, agribusinesses, state entities and others, triggers federal matching funds from the USDA resulting in a combined program value of more than $28.3 million.

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Sorghum Harvest Bleak

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2011

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Thirty-three percent of the U.S. corn crop has been harvested so far this year, compared to a five-year average of 32 percent, according to USDA’s Crop Progress Report, indicating the harvest is right on schedule. Corn condition for the 18 states surveyed, representing 94 percent of the U.S. corn crop, is reported at 53 percent in the good to excellent range. Nebraska reported 19 percent harvested compared to the 20 percent five-year average. This trend is also seen in other states including Illinois, with 49 percent harvested compared to the 46 percent five-year average, and South Dakota, with 18 percent harvested compared to just 14 percent harvested five-year average. According to U.S. Grains Council At-Large Director Alan Tiemann, a corn farmer in Seward, Neb., “The crop in Nebraska is looking good. A rainy past few days has slowed progress a bit but overall yields are good and moisture is about where you want it to be, around 15 percent. Quality is looking good and I’m anxious to get back out as soon as the field dries.” News is bleak for Texas sorghum farmers in the panhandle, however, with only 50 percent of planted acres deemed worthy of harvest.
Of the 11 states surveyed, which represent 99 percent of the planted acres, the harvest is reported at 37 percent compared to the 43 percent five-year average, with 60 percent being in good to excellent condition.

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U.S. Grains Council

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2011

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Washington, D.C. Leaders from Taiwan’s Feed Industry Association (TFIA) have signed a formal letter of intent today announcing plans to purchase from 7.7 million metric tons to as much as 10.5 million tons (303-413 million bushels) of U.S. corn and a half to three-quarters of a million tons of corn co-products such as distillers dried grains and corn gluten in 2012 and 2013. “For U.S. farmers, Taiwan is a long-established and deeply valued customer and partner,” said U.S. Grains Council Past Chairman Terry Vinduska, who signed the letter on behalf of the Council at a formal ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. “Taiwan is the sixth-largest export market for U.S. agriculture, and our fifth-largest corn market,” he noted. “This letter of intent is the latest in Taiwan’s unique tradition of goodwill missions to announce its plans. It represents a promise of more than 300 million, maybe as much as 400 million bushels of corn exports.” The value of the Taiwanese corn purchase commitment is estimated to total from $2.47 to as much as $3.39 billion. TFIA Chairman Yau-Kuen Hung represented the Taiwanese association. The delegation, which also included representatives from Taiwan’s oilseed processing association and flour millers’ association, signed similar letters outlining their intent to purchase 3 to 3.2 million tons (110-118 million bushels) of U.S. soybeans and 1.7 million tons (62 million bushels) of U.S. wheat. After formal visits in Washington, the delegation will travel to Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa for meetings with producer groups and state officials. Taiwan, with the second-highest per capita consumption of U.S. agricultural products in the world, imported 2.4 million tons (94 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the 2010/2011 market year.

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