USGC highlights 2013 achievements in annual report

By Erin Voegele | February 21, 2014

The U.S. Grains Council recently published its 2013 annual report, highlighting achievements made over the past year. The report notes that U.S. corn production set a new record last year, as did the export of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

Despite reduced ethanol production, the UCGS reported that sales of U.S. DDGS were up 16 percent through September of last year. “Clearly the council’s work in educating buyers about this nutrient-rich ingredient and building relationships between buyers and sells has been successful,” the USGC wrote in its report.

Sales DDGS to China were up more than 50 percent last year, making the country the top global buyer. Sales to South Korea increased 3 percent, sales to Taiwan increased 14 percent and sales to Thailand increased by 39 percent. Exports to Ireland and Turkey also increased, by respective rates of 250 percent and 120 percent.

The report notes that 2013 marked the first sales of DDGS to Saudi Arabia and Algeria. The achievement in Saudi Arabia came as a result of UGCS efforts in 2011 that added the ethanol coproduct and other commodities to the country’s import subsidy list, which the council said was essential in eliciting interest from importers. According to the annual report, the UGCS worked with feed millers and poultry and livestock producers to educate them about DDGS, resulting in last year’s sales.

The U.S. exported a total of 8.195 million metric tons of DDGS during the marketing year ending Aug. 31. Approximately 34.2 percent, or 2.808 million metric tons of that volume, went to China. Mexico was the second top purchases or U.S. DDGS, with 15.5 percent of exports or 1.277 million metric tons. Canada, Japan and South Korea rounded out the top five importers, with a respective purchase levels of 523,858 metric tons, 397,702 metric tons and 376,165 metric tons.

The U.S. was the world’s top producer of corn last year, with 31.7 percent of global production. China produced 23.8 percent of the world’s corn, followed by Brazil with 9.3 percent. In the U.S., an estimated 41.8 percent of corn went to ethanol and byproducts.

The report also highlights the November launch of MAIZALL, a partnership of national corn producer organization in Argentina, Brazil and the U.S. According to the USGC, the partnership is an alliance of the world’s top three corn exporting countries, working together to advocate for the elimination of trade barriers, the acceptance of modern agricultural technology and enhancement of food security through trade.