USDBC Receives Technical Training Grant for Columbia

December 19, 2017

We have been approved to continue our work to grow market share in Colombia through technical training activities on U.S. dry beans. We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service which has granted a continuation and new funding for work begun under the Emerging Markets Program in 2015. This program provided […]

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Dario Bard Joins USDBC as Regional Representative for the Americas

December 19, 2017

USDBC welcomes Dario Bard as Regional Representative for the Americas programs (not including Mexico), based in Argentina. Dario is a seasoned public relations and promotion professional with over twenty years of experience in the U.S. and Latin America. Most recently he was a global reporter for the International Food Trader Magazine where he covered pulse […]

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Final Mexico Bean Harvest Review Indicates Smaller Crop 2017 Spring – Summer Cycle

December 19, 2017

USDBC completed its final review of the Mexican Spring/Summer bean crop last month and projects further decreases in total Spring/summer harvest as well as overall production numbers. In the previous harvest survey, USDBC projected total production of 755,352 MT for the spring/summer cycle, 15.8% less than the production estimated by SAGARPA-SIAP. As the harvesting progressed […]

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Undersecretary McKinney to Headline Mexico Bean Congress

December 19, 2017

USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Mexico Bean Congress which takes place in Cancun, February 8 – 11. Ted McKinney Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs[/caption], 2018. Secretary McKinney is the first USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs after this position was created […]

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“High Stocks, Low Prices in Brazil”

November 21, 2017

by Ellen Levinson According to CONAB’s (Brazilian National Supply Company) October 2017 Crop Survey, Brazil’s 2016/17 (Sep. through Aug.) dry bean production totaled 3,399,000 MT, with the following breakdown by bean class: colored beans, of which about 98% are carioca beans (2,178,000 MT); black beans (508,000 MT); and cowpeas (713,000 MT). Total production was down […]

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Record US Dry Bean Exports Continue in Central America

November 21, 2017

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) most bean prices throughout Central America and the Caribbean fell in September on news of good harvest prospects beginning this month. The region continues to be a standout for exports of U.S. dry beans. U.S. dry bean exports to Costa Rica have shown explosive growth reaching 9,884 […]

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Enhanced Food Aid Program Planned for 2018 Based on Study

November 21, 2017

USDBC has commissioned a study on food aid trends in an effort to find increased opportunities for U.S. dry beans as a critical part of food rations in ongoing and future U.S. food assistance programs. A first draft of the study looked at malnutrition and food security in five Sub Sharan African countries: Tanzania, Kenya, […]

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Farm Exports Surge in FY 2017

November 7, 2017

View the Farm Exports Surge in FY 2017 infographic, compiled by the USDA Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade. Visit www.fas.usda.gov for more information.

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Central America Marketing Efforts Bear Fruit

October 18, 2017

Our latest analysis shows that U.S. dry bean exports to our key markets in Central America continue on an upward trend. Exports to Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, and Guatemala are all up significantly as of the latest FAS/GATS report. In some cases, the numbers are quite significant. U.S. dry bean export to Panama are […]

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Mexico Dry Bean Harvest Shows Slight Increase

October 18, 2017

USDBC completed its post planting dry bean survey in Mexico estimating total production for the 2017 agricultural year will increase 10.4% compared to 2016, surpassing 1 MMT but still 17.4% smaller than the 2012-2016 average. Our technical consultant estimates that production is about 8% lower than Mexican Government (SIAP) estimates. Dry bean planting surface in […]

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