USDBC Recruiting for Director of The Americas and Emerging Markets

September 19, 2016

We are recruiting for a Director of the Americas and Emerging Markets. This is a contractor position that serves as an international representative that covers USDBC’s FAS funded export development programs in CAFTA/DR, Mercosur, Caribbean, and various emerging and competitor markets. The position will start end of 2016 to train with the current Representative for […]

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US Origin Dry Beans Shipments to Dominican Republic Held up in Customs

September 19, 2016

Over the last month, several US dry bean exporters have experienced problems with their shipments to the Dominican Republic. At issue is recognition of the U.S. origin of dry beans that are transshipped through Canada. Under the CAFTA/DR free trade agreement, U.S. dry beans, along with most U.S. origin agricultural commodities, enter the DR at […]

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USDBC is Seeking an International Representative – Emerging Markets/Americas

September 9, 2016

US DRY BEAN COUNCIL (USDBC) INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE – EMERGING MARKETS/AMERICAS Reports to: USDBC Executive Director The U.S. Dry Bean Council is seeking an International Representative to lead programs for The Americas and Emerging Markets. This includes strategic vision, direction and implementation of dry bean export development and marketing programs in the following regions: Mercosur, CAFTA/DR, […]

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Press Release: U.S. Dry Bean Council Supports the U.S. Government Trade Agenda

August 5, 2016

August 4, 2016 Miami, Florida The U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC) unequivocally supports the U.S. Government’s trade agenda. As an industry that depends on exports for a significant percentage of sales, we support trade agreements that level the global playing field and provide new opportunities that result in robust export markets. It’s common sense, as […]

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Sustainability Increasingly Important for Agricultural Trade

July 8, 2016

A few weeks ago, USDBC received a request from a European customer about our farming practices. Their interest was primarily in determining how we regulate various farming inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides and how we ensure compliance with the EU’s own food safety requirements. EU food safety standards are some of the most stringent […]

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GMO Labeling Bill Moves Through the Senate

July 8, 2016

Fighting off ongoing attempts to create a state by state food GMO labeling protocol, the Senate has passed a national mandatory GMO labeling bill that will create a uniform standard. While many food industries remain opposed to mandatory food labeling, trying to comply with diverse state by state requirements, would create confusion and logistical complications […]

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Argentina/Brazil Trade Mission Confirms Shortfalls

July 8, 2016

A recently concluded USDBC trade mission and crop tour to Argentina and Brazil confirms crop shortfalls in both countries. Argentine dry bean plantings are down from 2015 but still above historical averages. Yields are significantly lower than last year, color is good but caliber is smaller than average. At the same time, Brazil, the largest […]

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Long-time USDBC Staff Member Randy Duckworth is Moving On

June 13, 2016

After over a decade dedicated to expanding global markets for U.S. dry beans, Randy Duckworth will step down from USDBC at the end of the year to begin his new tenure as Executive Director of the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC).  Randy was steeped in the world of global agricultural trade and export expansion before he […]

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