STARTING THE YEAR WITH DOUBLE THE FUNDING AND AMBITIOUS PLANS

February 20, 2019

With our funding now fully in place for 2019, among all of the different programs including the new Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), with support from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), we are starting the year with over $3 million and several new activities. The ATP is a new funding source for export market development […]

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WORLD PULSES DAY CELEBRATED IN CANCUN

February 20, 2019

We were very excited to have the opportunity to celebrate World Pulses Day during our Mexico Bean Congress in Cancun on February 8 & 9. World Pulses Day (WPD) began with the momentum from the International Year of Pulses (IYOP) in 2016. After a recent formal declaration from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization […]

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MEXICO BEAN CONGRESS IN THE BOOKS

February 20, 2019

The 2019 USDBC Bean Congress wrapped up last week in Cancun, Mexico after two days of seminars, discussions, and one on one business meetings. It was an exciting moment for the U.S. dry bean industry to be able to conduct its board meetings and gather with the Mexican trade to celebrate numerous concurrent events such […]

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LOOKING AHEAD – BEANS IN FOOD AID 2019

February 20, 2019

Dry bean tonnage in U.S. government food aid programs picked up significantly at the end of 2018, logged as the first quarter of FY 2019. FSA call forwards for the first quarter of FY19 show over 10,000 MT of dry beans going into USDA school feeding programs in various countries and into USAID’s emergency  response […]

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USDBC TO STUDY CUBA MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN 2019

February 20, 2019

The 2018 Farm Bill allows for the first time, the use of FAS market promotion funding to conduct export development activities in Cuba. In the past, U.S. agricultural trade organizations have used private funding to promote trade with Cuba. Despite the fact that many of the financial and banking restrictions remain in place, this is […]

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2019 FUNDING WILL HELP U.S. DRY BEAN COUNCIL (USDBC) REACH NEW MARKETS

February 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2019 Portland, OR Support from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has helped USDBC to surpass historical export development funding levels, receiving over $3 million through various funding mechanisms for the 2019 program year.  This includes the Market Access Program (MAP), Foreign Market Development (FMD), the Emerging Markets Program (EMP), the […]

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Government Shutdown Delays Start of some 2019 activities

January 21, 2019

As the U.S. government shutdown hits the one month mark, USDBC is feeling the impact and rescheduling some February activities. The Mexico Bean Congress is not affected and will go on as scheduled. Every year, we receive our funding notification letter in September, detailing our annual allocation level for our global export programs. This year, […]

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Successful Trade Mission Reveals New Opportunities in Panama and Colombia

January 21, 2019

A trade team to Colombia and Panama visited with 19 different companies and organizations and the FAS representatives in both countries in late November 2018. In addition to meeting with loyal established customers, four of the companies told the trade team it was their first visit with USDBC representatives. Right after the trade mission, USDBC […]

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U.S. to face competitive disadvantage in Japan without trade agreement

January 21, 2019

The United States and Japan have announced they will begin bilateral trade discussions in late January 2019. Previously, Japan had insisted on a multi-lateral approach asking the US to rejoin the TPP (now CPTPP) group of 10 countries, which the US withdrew from. Hopefully, these new discussions will lead to a future agreement between the […]

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Food Aid Flowing in 2019

January 21, 2019

The 2019 market year is off to a strong start with several food aid tenders for different types of dry beans for a variety of destinations. Bids have been awarded for pintos, small reds, and a very large tender for Great Northerns to Yemen. Another tender for black beans to Guatemala was not filled due […]

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