Leaders from the U.S. feed grains value chain traveled to Mexico to meet with longtime customers and incoming government officials. The annual mission brings together leaders from the U.S. Grains Council, as well as the national organizations that represent the feed grains the U.S.G.C. helps promote in international markets.
Officials from the National Corn Growers Association, the National Sorghum Producers, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, as well as the National Barley Growers Association all made the trip. Mexico is the top foreign buyer of U.S. corn, distiller’s dried grains with solubles, barley, and is a significant buyer of U.S. sorghum. The country also holds near-term potential for increased use of U.S. ethanol following energy policy changes in recent years.
Shipments of feed grains in all forms is an overall measurement of the grain purchased by a market as a commodity or in value-added products. In 2017/2018, shipments of all grains to Mexico hit a record 25.2 million metric tons. That’s a corn equivalent of almost one billion bushels. That sales figure was up 6.3 percent year-over-year based on competitive prices and strong logistics.