Argentina Crop Survey Suggests Increased Production

July 17, 2017

USDBC’s recently completed initial survey of the Argentine bean crop projects an uptick in production numbers for this year. Plantings have responded to the high demand from Brazil last year particularly for black, cranberry, and dark red kidney beans. Despite the successful planting, the Argentine bean crop has had to deal with white mold due […]

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Waiting for the Rains in Zacatecas Mexico

July 17, 2017

Only 5 – 10% of the Mexican dry bean crop is grown on irrigated land. Planting in those areas is underway. 90% of total Mexican dry bean production is dry land grown and dependent on rains. While not much information is available as of this newsletter, the most important bean growing states of Zacatecas, Durango, […]

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Angola Bean Purchases are made by Elite Class Buyers

July 17, 2017

A recently concluded trade mission to Angola reveals that the country continues to struggle with access to currency as oil prices remain low and Kwnaza to dollar conversion is restricted. Historically Angola has been one of the world’s leading dry bean importers, buying 50-60,000 mt/yr of mostly pinto and black beans from Canada, USA and […]

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Annual Marketing Strategy Submitted to USDA/FAS

June 20, 2017

USDBC has submitted its 2018 Unified Export Strategy (UES) to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) requesting $2.2 million in export promotion funding. While we won’t have news regarding our actual funding levels for several months, there are new dynamics impacting our global outlook for the next year. One thing that hasn’t changed is the success […]

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Crop Forecasts Help Make Programming Decisions

June 20, 2017

One of USDBC’s programming goals in 2017 is to continue to improve our crop forecasting intelligence in competitor and principal export markets. This is a service we have always provided but with new challenges and opportunities in global trade, we are focused on improving this critical function. USDBC has just completed a crop survey in […]

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USDBC Launches New Central American Dry Bean Promotion Campaign

June 20, 2017

By: Ellen Levinson, USDBC International Representative Under a USDA Emerging Markets Program, USDBC is increasing the visibility of U.S. dry beans in DR-CAFTA countries. By 2020 those countries will have phased out tariffs on U.S. dry beans. USDBC has ramped up efforts to introduce consumers, retailers and food manufacturers to U.S. dry beans. Our strategy […]

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NAFTA Renegotiation Update

June 10, 2017

USDBC has submitted official commentary on the NAFTA renegotiation process to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  While our overall ask is to do no harm, as our industry has enjoyed both increased exports and income under NAFTA, we have made some minor suggestions that we believe will facilitate future trade with this top […]

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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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