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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.

Chairman Chip Councell, a farmer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and President and CEO Tom Sleight traveled to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Merida, accompanied by USGC’s Mexico Director Ryan LeGrand and Assistant Director Heidi Bringenberg. Continue reading

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Outreach by the U.S. Grains Council in South Africa over the past year has helped achieve export victories there, with recent sales of U.S. sorghum and biotechnology trait approvals that will allow imports of U.S. corn. Continue reading

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The U.S. Grains Council says China is attempting to restrict access to the U.S. dried distillers grain market by subjecting U.S. DDGS to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says the organization is “deeply disappointed” in the move. The announcement came just ten days after the Chinese government increased tariffs on imported U.S. ethanol from five to 30 percent. The Grains Council says that move effectively stops market growth for U.S. farmers and ethanol producers. Meanwhile, U.S. farmers also continue to wait for China’s approvals of biotech corn events, which last happened in 2014. Sleight says the protectionist trade restrictions by China are “based on false allegations” and do not benefit China or the United States.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.

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The 2016 Export Exchange hosted by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association comes to a close Wednesday. More than 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products from more than 35 countries were attending the event in Detroit, Michigan. Continue reading

The U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association expressed disappointment Wednesday with China’s preliminary determination regarding U.S. dried distiller’s grains. Continue reading

The U.S. Grains Council has ramped up its sorghum promotion work in Peru. The Grains Council says the market in Peru is seeing both a significant discount to corn and can now import unlimited quantities of U.S. sorghum duty-free under the existing U.S.-Peru free trade agreement. Continue reading

US Grains Council board directors-2016-17Tenth-generation farmer Chip Councell of Maryland was elected as the new U.S. Grains Council Chairman at the Board of Delegates Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading

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