USMCA SIGNED – A GOOD DAY FOR U.S. AGRICULTURE

November 30, 2018

The U.S. Dry Bean Council celebrates the signing of the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA).  USMCA will define and take our critical trade relationship with our North American partners, into the modern era. Mexico is the top single nation export destination for U.S. dry beans, making a strong trade agreement is critical to maintain our […]

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Mexican Dry Bean Production Numbers Revised

November 20, 2018

USDBC’s last dry bean production survey in Mexico earlier this month confirms that both drought and inclement weather in the form of Hurricane Willa, have further lowered yields and quality. In our first production assessment in October, we estimated that Mexico’s total bean production in the 2018 Spring Summer Cycle could reach 638,388 MT, 33.2% […]

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Sial is a Success for USDBC Despite Difficult Trade Environment

November 20, 2018

Despite the prolonged trade tensions with EU resulting in 25% tariffs levied on U.S. dry bean imports, there was no reduction in interest in U.S. dry beans at the SIAL 2018 food show in Paris, France. SIAL is one of the premier global food shows with 7,200 exhibitors from 119 countries. USDBC once again had […]

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Nutritional Seminars Generate Interest in US Dry Beans in Costa Rica

November 20, 2018

Earlier this fall USDBC held a series of nutritional seminars in Costa Rica designed to facilitate access to accurate information about the benefits of regular consumption of dry beans. Specifically the seminars provided training for the dry bean industry, food manufacturers, food service, government officials, food technologists, and food policy influencers in Costa Rica.  The […]

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USDBC Submits Request for New Funding under ATP

November 20, 2018

Earlier this month we submitted our request for new market development funding to USDA/FAS as part of the Agricultural Trade Program (ATP). The ATP is offered by USDA/FAS as a one-time allocation of funding to assist U.S. agricultural exporters develop new markets and mitigate the adverse effects of other country’s tariff and non-tariff barriers.  For […]

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USDBC’s Second Production Survey Shows Mexican Crop Decrease

October 18, 2018

As reported previously, USDBC is projecting a decrease in Mexican bean production for Spring Summer cycle. Now that we have had a chance to re survey the plantings and harvest we can confirm our numbers, which differ significantly from official SIAP (Mexican Agri food agency) numbers. This is why it’s critical for us to send […]

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Argentina’s Bean Campaign Off to Slow Start

October 18, 2018

Argentina current bean marketing year is off to an unusually slow start due to the small caliber of this year’s black bean crop. Drought during the growing season greatly impacted grain size and led to a decrease in exports to Brazil, historically Argentina’s top black bean buyer. Brazil prefers black beans of at least 4 […]

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USDBC Completes Initial Assessment of Korean Market

October 18, 2018

Given the strong trade and cultural ties between our two nations, an FTA (KORUS) in place, and an interest in importing high quality U.S. agricultural products, USDBC conducted an initial assessment of the Korean market.  USDBC met with four of the main dry bean importers/end users as well as the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) […]

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SaborUSA Continues to Make Inroads in Central America

October 18, 2018

USDBC continues to be a part of the SaborUSA campaign, most recently at an event organized by the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. The event was held at a popular high-end shopping center with booths displaying different types of U.S. foods and food products and a center stage for cooking demonstrations. USDBC’s booth featured recipes prepared […]

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Press Release – US Dry Bean Council Celebrates U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA)

October 2, 2018

Portland, OR Today the US Dry Bean Council (USDBC) is celebrating the successful tripartite agreement reached between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that replaces NAFTA with the USMCA. Previously, USDBC thanked the administration for its work on achieving a trade deal with Mexico but noted concern that Canada was not part of this deal. “This […]

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