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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Press Release – USDBC Strongly Opposes Potential NAFTA Withdrawal Order

April 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2017 Portland, Oregon The U.S. Dry Bean Council expresses strong rejection of this morning’s news of a potential Executive Order directing withdrawal from NAFTA. USDBC Executive Director Rebecca Bratter emphasized “We are distressed by this development, as well as the potential impact on U.S. agriculture as a whole, and the […]

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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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USDBC Expresses Strong Opposition to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid

April 6, 2017

The Honorable Mick Mulvaney Director Office of Management and Budget Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20503 Dear Director Mulvaney: The United States has a long history of leadership in the international fight against global hunger. The United States commitment to alleviate hunger and increase global food security not only reduces suffering but helps build a safer […]

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USDBC Expresses Strong Opposition to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid

April 6, 2017

The Honorable Robert Aderholt The Honorable Sanford Bishop Chairman Ranking Member Subcommittee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Agriculture House Committee on Appropriations House Committee on Appropriations Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Bishop: As drought and conflict persist around the world, 2017 has brought an unprecedented need for food assistance […]

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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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