Jamaica/DR Trade Mission Solidifies Relationships with Trade

May 17, 2017

A USDBC trade team traveled to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic (DR) in mid March to meet with important buyers and investigate ongoing challenges and opportunities in these important Caribbean markets. Jamaica is the largest buyer of U.S. small red beans. In 2015/16, the U.S. exported 3,739 MT of dry beans to Jamaica and 82% […]

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Secretary Perdue Announces USDA Reorganization

May 17, 2017

Just a few weeks into his tenure, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced plans to reorganize the Executive level hierarchy of USDA. Most notable to the agricultural export community is the announced creation of an Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, in “recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American […]

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Increase Map and FMD Funds

May 17, 2017

The Market Access Fund (MAP) and Foreign Market Development Fund (FMD) have funded USDBC’s global marketing programs for decades. Funding for MAP has not increased from $200 million since 2006, and funding for FMD has not increased from $34.5 million since 2002. These programs are critical to U.S. global export development but have come under […]

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USDBC Summer Meeting

April 18, 2017

USDBC Summer Meeting July 21 & 22, 2017 at Horseshoe Bay, Texas in conjunction with the U.S. Dry Bean Convention. Register for the Convention here: http://www.usdbc.com/

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Trade Policy Update

April 18, 2017

U.S. trade policy remains a priority focus for USDBC to ensure that dry bean industry interests are represented at the highest levels of trade negotiations as the U.S. trade agenda continues to evolve. Dominican Republic – USDBC is in communication with the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to ensure compliance with and enforcement […]

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US Dry Beans Featured at Brazilian Culinary Expo

April 18, 2017

On March 28, USDBC participated in the U.S. Food Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil, an event sponsored by USDA’s local Agricultural Trade Office (ATO). U.S. Food Experience was the first of its kind, market promotion event for U.S. food, beverages, and culinary traditions at a dinner for 100 chefs, media, and opinion leaders. The event […]

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Priority Issues in a Challenging Trade Environment

March 17, 2017

This has been a busy month for USDBC responding to new trade proposals from the Administration and working in coalition with other like minded agricultural commodity groups to outline our priorities and asks to the Trump Administration. Here are some of the issues we’ve been working on and what we’ve been asking for: NAFTA – […]

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Efforts Continue to Cultivate Brazilian Market

March 17, 2017

The poor 2015/16 Brazilian dry bean harvest caused carioca prices to nearly triple from January (first harvest) to August 2016, reaching close to $2,500/MT. There was some elasticity reported by analysts and traders, with black bean purchases increasing due to the carioca shortfall. But 2017 is a different year and Carioca prices are falling with […]

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USDBC Debuts Argentina Planting Intentions Report

March 17, 2017

Due to the growing importance of Argentina in global bean trade coupled with increased U.S. dry bean interest in new market opportunities in Latin America, this year USDBC conducted its first planting intention survey. 2016 was a good year for Argentine bean growers with prices up 50% and exports up almost 70% due to Brazil’s […]

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Market Snapshots

February 20, 2017

USDBC is working on several new communications tools for 2017 including the launch of the revamped website, a new card with the supplier directory available through a Q/R code, and a global program evaluation. Some U.S. bean shippers have experienced cargo rejection in Colombia due to the detection of soil.  USDBC is working with U.S. […]

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