Central America Marketing Efforts Bear Fruit

October 18, 2017

Our latest analysis shows that U.S. dry bean exports to our key markets in Central America continue on an upward trend. Exports to Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, and Guatemala are all up significantly as of the latest FAS/GATS report. In some cases, the numbers are quite significant. U.S. dry bean export to Panama are […]

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Mexico Dry Bean Harvest Shows Slight Increase

October 18, 2017

USDBC completed its post planting dry bean survey in Mexico estimating total production for the 2017 agricultural year will increase 10.4% compared to 2016, surpassing 1 MMT but still 17.4% smaller than the 2012-2016 average. Our technical consultant estimates that production is about 8% lower than Mexican Government (SIAP) estimates. Dry bean planting surface in […]

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Ready for Another Successful Year of Partnership with USDA/FAS

October 18, 2017

USDBC has received its Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program allocations for the 2018 year. After a tough budget fight to ensure these programs stay funded, this was very welcome and encouraging news. Our allocation, not including the GBI Program and Emerging Markets program is about $1.1 million, more or less […]

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Another Successful Reverse Trade Mission in the Books

September 18, 2017

Our annual reverse trade mission with fifteen participants from seven countries concluded their tour of dry bean country last week. The group kicked off their visit in Michigan with visits to the University of Michigan, dry bean farms, and processing plants, before moving on to North Dakota to tour bean harvest and finishing up in […]

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Mexico Harvest Report Delayed Due to Rain

September 18, 2017

USDBC produces its initial Mexico dry bean planting report mid to late August and resurveys the planting progress in early September to give a more accurate picture of anticipated production numbers. As of this publication, our resurvey tour is behind schedule and just now concluding due to unpredictable and unstable weather systems that have brought […]

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Policy Shifts in China Make an Impact

September 18, 2017

USDBC’s latest market intelligence from China suggests that agricultural policy changes are having an impact. Corn subsidies have been eliminated resulting in a decrease in corn acreage, soy subsidies are up to US$100/acre and resulting in an increase in soy acreage in bean country. Our on the ground team reports an “overall negative tone about […]

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Mexico Bean Planting Wraps Up

August 23, 2017

News from the field in Mexico confirms that the spring/summer bean planting season is ending, allowing USDBC to complete our planting projections report.  Traditionally planting should have ended by the first week of August but most important bean growing states were behind schedule due to the late arrival of rains in dry land areas.  USDBC […]

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Brazilian Government Revises Bean Production Down

August 22, 2017

In mid-to-late May, persistent rains hit crops in the south of Brazil, causing some losses and lowering overall crop quality in the main black bean growing state of Parana. Consequently, in July, Conab (Companhia Nacional de Abatecimento, “National Supply Company”) estimated the black bean crop would be 11.5% lower than it expected in June (16.5% […]

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USDBC to Enhance Food Aid Work in 2018

August 21, 2017

USDBC has a long history of commitment to and engagement in global food assistance programs.  Reflecting a strengthened commitment to feeding vulnerable communities across the globe, USDBC’s Board of Directors has approved the re-establishment of a consulting position with the sole focus of engaging with humanitarian organizations, the World Food Programme, USAID, and USDA in […]

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