Tag: Trade

Ecuador livestock producers come to MN in search of alternative feed

A group of farmers from small to mid-sized poultry, swine and dairy farms in Ecuador visited Minnesota earlier this week for a close look at the production of American DDGS, as they explore the ethanol coproduct as an alternative feed.

While it produces its own corn, Ecuador has tight restrictions on corn imports. However the price of corn in the country is high, which led livestock producers to learn more about the production and safety of DDGS as a possible alternative to import.

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MN ag leaders promote the importance of free trade

AgriGrowth held its annual meeting last week in the Twin Cities, bringing together representatives from agriculture and the food systems industry. With the renegotiation of NAFTA front-of-mind for many in the ag sector, the meeting kicked off with a panel session on trade and what is at stake for U.S. agriculture.

The panel featured Devry Boughner Vorwerk, vice president of global corporate affairs at Cargill, Jeff Nawn, global grain trade and biotech affairs lead for DuPont Pioneer,

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U.S. corn operations welcome North African buyers for nationwide tour

Corn and feed grain buyers representing the North African countries of Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia visited Minnesota last week as part of a tour of American grain operations. While in Minnesota, the group visited Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board member Les Anderson’s farm in Cannon Falls.

At Anderson’s farm, the group took a tour of his corn fields, equipment and grain storage while discussing the quality assurance measures used on Minnesota farms.

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Ethanol exports, mid-level blends provide optimism for U.S. corn prices

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its outlook for 2017 U.S. corn, with September production and yield estimates up slightly from August. Just after the report was released, corn futures declined.

While demand for corn has struggled to keep up with record-breaking yields, international market share for U.S.-grown corn has decreased with additional countries entering the market. These factors and more have led to struggling corn prices and tight margins for Minnesota farm operations.

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South Korea corn purchasers tour all things Minnesota corn

Minnesota has been a popular summer destination for countries interested in developing new trade partners for grain. Last week, six corn purchase committee leaders from South Korea made their way through southern Minnesota corn operations, including farms, a grain inspection facility and a co-op.

By visiting the different stops along the journey for field corn, the South Korean representatives were able to see the process that leads to a high quality product. The group started on Lyle Rollag’s farm in Beaver Creek,

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Japanese ag official sees Minnesota grower leaders in action

Representing the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura visited Minnesota last week with a full agenda, experiencing nearly every corner of Minnesota agriculture. USDA offices, co-ops, ethanol plants, and of course many farms were all included during his week-long stay.

Organized by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Eura’s trip to Minnesota was planned with the objective to gauge crop conditions, supply and demand of Minnesota corn and its storage capabilities.

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MCR&PC member added to U.S. Grains Council board of directors

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council member Chad Willis was recently elected to the U.S. Grains Council board of directors, where he will help direct strategies that develop new trade markets.

Willis was elected at the Council’s latest meeting, which took place in Vancouver, Wash. Willis, who has been a U.S. Grains Council representative since 2013, looks forward to representing the interests of Minnesota corn growers and help develop relationships with potential trade partners.

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