Iowa Makes $2.8B Grain Deal with Taiwan

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A trade team from Taiwan visited Iowa last week and signed letters of intent to purchase $2.8 billion worth of U.S. grains over the next two years. The deal includes corn, soybeans, wheat, and the ethanol co-product distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS). Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) Director Mark Heckman signed the letter of intent between ICPB and the …

AgWired Energy, Corn, distillers grains, Ethanol, Feed, Trade, Wheat

Vietnam to Resume Imports of U.S. DDGS

Cindy Zimmerman

The government of Vietnam has notified the U.S. that it will resume imports of American distillers dried grains (DDGS), which were suspended in December 2016 after reported detections of quarantine pests in U.S. shipments, according to USDA. Prior to the suspension, Vietnam was the third-largest market for U.S. DDGS, with exports valued at more than $230 million in 2016. The …

Corn, Ethanol, Exports, Feed, Grains

ZimmCast with NGFA Communications

Chuck Zimmerman

With this week’s program I’m starting a series of podcasts with the communications directors of agricultural organizations. I thought it would be interesting and hopefully entertaining to talk with the people who are helping communicate their organization’s message to various audiences, which includes their own members. I hope they will share some of the methods they are employing to get …

Ag Group, Audio, Feed, Grains, ZimmCast

Bringing Smart Farming to Aquaculture

Lizzy Schultz

Farmers across the livestock production sectors have begun to have increased access to smart farming technology on their operations, including the booming global aquaculture industry. Rully Setya Purnama is the Chief Operating Officer of eFishery, a company offering integrated feeding solution for fish and shrimp farming that allows operators to control their fish/shrimp feeding performance directly from a smartphone or …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Alltech, Aquaculture, Audio, Feed

#IPPE17 Featured Some Farm Policy Talk

Chuck Zimmerman

Attendees at the International Production & Processing Expo were able to listen to an outlook on farm policy in this new government administration year. I sat down with Joel Newman, President/CEO, American Feed Industry Association, to get some takeaways from his presentation. As we look at this new administration we see that there are some opportunities there but also some …

Audio, Farm Policy, Feed, IPPE

Alltech Helping to Future-Proof Food

Cindy Zimmerman

A human nutritionist by trade, Nikki Putnam, is a registered dietitian nutritionist for Alltech. Her focus is to help bridge the gap between producers and consumers. We are seeing a ‘consumer-push’ for natural or traceable production and antibiotic-free functional foods. So, what does the future look like for food companies? Nikki shared some insight into what Alltech is doing to …

Alltech, Audio, Feed, Food, NAFB

Addressing Sustainability with International Buyers

Kelly Marshall

Addressing the issue of sustainability with international buyers of U.S. grains at the Export Exchange 2016 was Field to Market data and technology director Paul Hishmeh. Field to Market focuses on quantifiable sustainability in agriculture and Hishmeh brought an overview of what that looks like to the conference, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable …

Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Feed, Grains, RFA, USGC

Megatrends Offer Agribusiness Opportunities

Cindy Zimmerman

A number of global megatrends can mean new opportunities for agribusiness moving forward, according to Chris Nolan with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who gave the keynote address this week at the 2016 Export Exchange co-sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the U.S. Grains Council. Nolan identified five global megatrends – demographic shifts, global economic power shifts, accelerating urbanization, resource scarcity, …

Audio, Ethanol, Feed, Grains, USGC

How Will Election Impact Trade?

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen had the challenge of talking about the U.S. presidential election to an international audience at Export Exchange 2016 this week in Detroit. “I know half of you are sick to death of the election and just want it over, and half of you are watching in somewhat bemused amazement wondering what is …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Exports, Feed, politics, RFA

Why Chinese Choose #USSoy

Jamie Johansen

During the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Indianapolis, buyers from China committed to buy nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of new crop U.S. soybeans. Several of these commitments were made official at a signing during the event, hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). Sherwin Li, Vice General Manager, Chinatex Grains …

Agribusiness, Audio, Exports, Feed, Food, Soybean, USSEC