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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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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Despite Improved Production, Trade Projects Brazil Will Buy from U.S. Again

February 20, 2017

Due to a significant domestic production shortfall, Brazil’s 2015-16 dry bean imports increased by 62% to 256,942 MT.  With both Argentina and China experiencing their own production shortfalls, the U.S. was able to establish a foothold in the Brazilian market with imports reaching over 18,000 MT according to USDA’s Trade database. The Brazilian Agricultural Supply […]

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USAID Warns of Unprecedented Threat of Famine in Four Countries in 2017

February 20, 2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Famine Early Warning System (FEWSNET) is predicting an unprecedented global famine in 2017. Based on field visits, surveillance, and data, FEWSNET notes, “Given persistent conflict, severe drought, and economic instability, FEWSNET estimates that 70 million people, across 45 countries, will require emergency food assistance this year.”  Specifically, FEWSNET […]

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India’s Insistance on Methyl Bromide Fumigation Disrupts Trade

February 20, 2017

As previously reported, Indian Plant Protection authorities continue to insist on the use of methyl bromide for fumigation of agricultural imports.  Methyl Bromide (MB) is no longer used for fumigation except in critical cases, in many parts of the world, including the US. Indian authorities have given until April 1, 2017 for the trade to […]

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