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Last month, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) led an assessment mission of feed technology, animal nutrition and trading industry professionals to develop a roadmap for program engagement in Vietnam and Thailand.

The group included Gerald Shurson, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota; Kim Koch, Northern Crops Institute; and Randy Ives, The Gavilon Group, LLC. The Council was represented by Kurt Shultz, USGC director of global strategies, and joined by Kevin Roepke, USGC regional director of South and Southeast Asia, in Thailand. 

As two of the most important and rapidly developing livestock industries in Southeast Asia, the focus of the mission was aquaculture and dairy in Vietnam and poultry and aquaculture in Thailand. To date these industries have stimulated billions of dollars in foreign investments.

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As lawmakers are moving on Trade Promotion Authority, The U.S. Grains Council sees TPA as a tool to help trade.  U.S. Grains Council Chairman Ron Gray says trade policy, like TPA, is important for the nations farmers because it’s a tool that helps negotiations for trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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This U.S. Grains Council (USCG) led a delegation to Cuba last week to examine both opportunities and challenges in opening that market to increased imports of U.S. coarse grains and co-products. USGC’s Director of Global Strategies Kurt Shultz reflected on this and more in the below audio clip upon his return.

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This U.S. Grains Council (USCG) led a delegation to Cuba last week to examine both opportunities and challenges in opening that market to increased imports of U.S. coarse grains and co-products. USGC’s Director of Global Strategies Kurt Shultz reflected on this and more in the below audio clip upon his return.

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