MALTA- The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently convened its 13th annual corn quality seminar in Malta, drawing representatives from nearly 20 countries spanning Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

With attendance from nations such as Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, among others, the event, organized by the Council’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regional office, attracted 75 attendees.

Ramy H. Taieb, USGC EMEA Regional Director, underscored the significance of the quality rollouts orchestrated by the Council. 

These initiatives, strategically held at pivotal junctures in the corn marketing calendar, aim to disseminate critical information regarding current crop conditions and quality. 

Such insights play a pivotal role in shaping purchasing decisions, while also affirming the transparency and reliability of the U.S. corn export market.

The seminar showcased the findings of the Council’s Corn Harvest Quality Report and delved into various trade and technical topics. 

Discussions encompassed global and U.S. feed grains supply and demand, freight trends worldwide, challenges in Suez Canal logistics, and the cost, availability, and nutritional value of corn co-products in feed formulations. Additionally, presentations on starch and storage USGC programs in the region were featured.

The seminar’s success was attributed to the active participation of members, with contributions from industry experts such as Ryan Meyerkorth of Missouri Corn, Mark Mueller of Iowa Corn, Patty Mann of Ohio Corn, and John Hagios of The Andersons.

A focal point of the seminar was the Council’s Corn Sustainability Assurance Protocol (CSAP) and Sustainable Corn Exports (SCE) platform. 

These initiatives enable U.S. corn producers to showcase their sustainable farming practices, aligning with the growing emphasis on climate-conscious markets globally and bolstering international sales of U.S. corn and its co-products.

Ana Ballesteros, USGC Deputy Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East, highlighted the positive feedback from participants, who valued insights into U.S. corn and corn co-products quality. 

Special appreciation was expressed for the DDGS nutrition symposium, while discussions on the higher starch extractability of U.S. corn compared to other origins piqued the interest of feed producers.

In addition to the seminar sessions, the event facilitated one-on-one meetings with key importer companies, resulting in negotiations for over 110,000 metric tons (4,330,480 bushels) of corn and corn co-products for the region.

Looking ahead, the USGC plans to sustain its communication efforts by providing updates to counterparts on the status of the U.S. corn market and this year’s crop quality. These ongoing engagements aim to foster buyer confidence in considering U.S.-origin purchases, thereby fortifying the U.S. position in the global corn market.

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