(Posted Mon. Apr 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Exports

The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, has released the 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report.   The Export Quality Report measures the quality of U.S. corn sampled at the point of loading for export, thus providing valuable information to buyers and other stakeholders around the world.   "There is always some variability year-to-year and by region," Sleight said. "This year, overall quality continues to be very good, with the average aggregate quality of export corn exceeding standards for U.S. No. 2 on all grading standards. In addition, the incidence of aflatoxin and DON (the vomatoxin deoxynivalenol) is very low.   "On the other hand, 2013 was a much wetter year, and the U.S. harvest had greater moisture, more drying, lower test weight, more stress cracks and more broken kernels. But the average is strong and, despite year-to-year fluctuations, remained well above U.S. No. 2."   Now in its third year, the report...

(Posted Mon. Mar 31st, 2014)

Keywords: Exports

During the last week, the officers of the U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association traveled to Colombia and Mexico and met with key customers and end-users, expressing appreciation for their business and reaffirming commitment to the export market. In both countries, customers anxious and excited to do business with the United States greeted the delegation.   For this marketing year, Mexico leads the world as the top U.S. corn export customer with accumulated exports of more than 216 million bushels from Sept. 1, 2013, to March 20, 2014, an increase of 253 percent over the same time period last year. Colombia is making a comeback as a regular buyer of U.S. corn, with accumulated exports totaling more than 59 million bushels from Sept. 1, 2013, to March 20, 2014.   NCGA President Martin Barbre commented that, "the simple comeback of the Colombian market after the free trade agreement is a true success story for both the Council and NCGA and highlights the fact...

(Posted Fri. Apr 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Exports Japan

Apr. 12: The National Corn Growers Association applauds today’s announcement that the United States has concluded preliminary consultations to approve Japan’s participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Japan announced its intention to join TPP last month. Since November 2011, U.S. negotiators have held discussions with Japan regarding the comprehensive, high-standard agreement. Japan must secure the approval of all current TPP members before it can participate in future rounds of talks. NCGA has consistently expressed support for Japan joining TPP negotiations as a full partner. In March, NCGA joined more than 70 agriculture organizations to send a letter to President Barack Obama urging the administration to work with Japan to facilitate Japan’s full participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership. “Japan’s interest in joining TPP represents a historic opportunity for U.S.-Japan trade relations,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chairman Jim...

(Posted Wed. Mar 27th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology Exports Trade

Mar. 27: Farmers looking for information about the approval status of U.S.-grown corn hybrids in certain export markets now have access to the most current data through the National Corn Growers Association’s Know Before Your Grow program. Recently updated, Know Before Your Grow, featured on the association’s website, provides a comprehensive look at this vital information in an easily accessible format. “It’s important for farmers and others to know where they can find good markets for their corn,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman. “Each year, we update our database so growers can stay informed and plan ahead. It’s also a valuable tool for others who want or need to track which markets are accepting a certain corn hybrid.” Know Before You Grow stems from NCGA’s firm commitment to the principle that U.S.-grown biotech hybrids not intended for some export markets should not be placed into export channels. Because not all hybrids are...