TRADE MITIGATION PACKAGE PROVIDES NECESSARY SUPPORT TO US DRY BEAN INDUSTRY

May 23, 2019

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2019 Portland, OR U.S. dry bean growers and producers feeling the impact of ongoing global trade retaliation will soon feel relief with Secretary Perdue’s announcement of a new package of support to farmers. “While we remain hopeful that we can soon reach deals to resume trade flows, we […]

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KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON TRADE POLICY

May 21, 2019

It’s been a busy week in global trade policy. A few of the issues we are watching and weighing in on: The President has lifted immediately the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. This clears a major hurdle towards ratification of the USMCA. We will now focus together with our colleagues […]

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SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY IN TURKEY

May 21, 2019

With support from FAS’ Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), USDBC kicked off its social media campaign in Turkey with the goal of educating Turkish consumers about the full range of U.S. dry bean classes and increasing U.S. dry bean exports to Turkey. Although Turkish people consume dry beans virtually every day, few know that the […]

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USDBC LOOKS TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES ON COLOMBIA’S ATLANTIC COAST REGION 

May 21, 2019

Colombia has been a priority market for USDBC since the implementation of the US/Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The FTA granted preferential market access through reduced tariffs, giving us a competitive advantage in the years when Colombia’s domestic bean production falls short. This year, thanks to additional funding through FAS’s Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program […]

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USDBC MEETS WITH HIGH LEVEL CUBAN OFFICIALS

May 21, 2019

USDBC along with representatives from other agricultural trade groups, met with Ambassador Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, General Director for U.S. Affairs for Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, in Washington DC earlier this month. Despite the renewal of several regulations limiting trade with Cuba, Cuba remains interested in engaging with U.S. entities whose commercial activities are still permitted […]

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OPEN CALLS FOR PROPOSALS FOR FY’19 PULSE CROP HEALTH INITIATIVE

May 21, 2019

The Pulse Crop Health Initiative (PCHI) is seeking submissions for research proposals for fiscal year 2019 (FY19) funding. The goal of the Initiative is to use cooperative research on pulse crops, including dry beans, to provide solutions to the critical health and sustainability challenges facing the United States and the global community. The Initiative is […]

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MEXICO’S NEW AGRICULTURAL PRICE SUPPORT PROGRAM STARTS WITH A WHIMPER

April 19, 2019

The Mexican government’s new price support program, launched in Zacatecas and Durango, is reportedly off to a shaky start. The program was initiated later than the long standing price support programs. As a result, for the first time many producers waited longer than usual to sell beans to participating elevators to obtain price guarantees. The […]

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JAPAN MARKET REMAINS STRONG, NEW POSSIBILITIES TO DIVERSIFY

April 19, 2019

Content contributed by Nathan Sano The US Dry Bean Council sponsored a large delegation of five industry participants to visit Japan and meet with importers and end users in March. Japan is an important buyer of baby lima beans, buying up to 70% of production. While great northern beans may not rely as heavily on […]

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FIRST EVER USDBC BOOTH AT ANUFOOD BRAZIL IS A SUCCESS

April 19, 2019

USDBC’s booth at the first ANUFOOD food & beverage trade show from March 12-14, 2019 at the Sao Paulo Expo Center attracted 212 visitors and generated 28 focused meetings and 10 new business leads.  Overall the show attracted over 7500 visitors. In addition, the USDBC trade team attended the Sao Paulo dry bean Bolsinha trading […]

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THE US DRY BEAN INDUSTRY MEETS WITH KEY CONTACTS IN WASHINGTON DC

April 19, 2019

USDBC conducted a successful fly in to Washington DC in early April bringing a unified message on the need for additional investment in dry bean research and encouraging swift resolution of ongoing trade disputes and ratification of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The delegation consisted of eighteen representatives from most USDBC member organizations. Delegates […]

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