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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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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