Could 2018 be the Year of the Bean?

January 17, 2018

2016 was the International Year of Pulses, a very successful campaign declared by the United Nations with the objective of heightening “public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition.” Building on that momentum, February 10, 2018 has been declared as International Pulse Day, […]

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New NAFTA Initiative Targets Swing States

January 17, 2018

The start of the new year has brought a new urgency to concluding NAFTA negotiations and getting a deal in place. The advocacy and lobbying efforts to get this deal concluded are kicking it up a notch and the agricultural sector is leading the way. There is only one confirmed round of talks planned for […]

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Dominican Republic Issues Dry Bean Tariff Quotas

January 17, 2018

In the first two months of the marketing year, the U.S. exported 4,602 MT of dry beans to the Dominican Republic. That compares to 4,941 MT over the first two months of 2016/17. Licenses for 2018 duty-free imports under the DR-CAFTA Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) were supposed to be issued on December 18 but were […]

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Turkey Bean Production on the Decrease

January 17, 2018

By Johanna Stobbs Production of all pulses in Turkey has been decreasing steadily over the last decade, making Turkey, once a net exporter of dry legumes, a net importer. The reasons for the decrease are numerous, including: lack of an effective national agricultural policy, the shrinking size of farms, seed degeneration, an absence of research […]

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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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