Looking Ahead to the Upcoming Year in Mexico

July 18, 2018

As we get ready to begin our Spring Summer Planting and Harvest Survey in Mexico next month, we wanted to look at some trends we are anticipating in the coming marketing year. Below are the Mexican Government’s (SAGARPA’s) projections for the 2018 dry bean planting cycle compared to last year: According to our on the […]

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The Show Must Go On – Trade Promotion in Hight Gear in the EU

July 18, 2018

On June 4, 2018, USDA’S Foreign Agricultural Service in Paris hosted a special event to promote U.S. food products at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. At the U.S. Food & Beverage Nutrition and Health Event, the Ambassador welcomed some 200 French importers and end-users of U.S. foods, including buyers from major retail food chains. The FAS […]

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Making Our Voice Heard On Trade Concerns

July 18, 2018

The reality of trade retaliation has begun to set in, In the wake of the administration’s imposition of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum. Since the tariffs were imposed in June, the U.S. agricultural sector has faced retaliatory tariffs from Mexico, Canada, the EU, China, Turkey, and India among others. The U.S. dry bean […]

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Argentine Bean Crop Production Stable, USDBC eyeing export targets

June 20, 2018

During the first week of June, USDBC conducted a brief survey of the Argentine bean harvest in order to determine production levels. Production estimates cover the June 2018 – May 2019 marketing year and are based on field visits, government statistics, and meetings with farmers, processors and traders. A very preliminary report based on field […]

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Annual Funding Strategy Submitted to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

June 20, 2018

On June 8, USDBC submitted its 2019 Unified Export Strategy (UES) to FAS. The UES is our blueprint for overseas activities and is a comprehensive global strategy that lays out export targets, market dynamics, challenges and opportunities. We requested around $2.2 million for our combined Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) request. […]

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USDBC to launch App for Overseas Buyers

June 20, 2018

After moving our global Suppliers Guide to an online format for the last two years, based on feedback from our buyers, it’s time for an upgrade to a more modern platform that can be readily accessed by our global customers. With support from our partners at USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), we are developing an app […]

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Trade Retaliation will Impact US Dry Bean Exports to the EU

June 20, 2018

Several nations, including some of our most important trade partners have announced plans and have published detailed lists of punitive tariffs that will be applied to U.S. agricultural imports in response to the U.S.’ decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs of 25% and 10% respectively. This comes in the midst of an already challenging […]

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Trade Opportunities and Developments

June 20, 2018

Our trade team application for the 2019 calendar year is out and we will be accepting applications through July 14, 2018. If you have not received the application, please reach out to your USDBC board delegate. Delegates and alternates for each mission will be assigned at the Summer Board Meeting in late July. A trade […]

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USDBC Wows the Crowd at Almentaria with New Display and Cooking Demos

May 21, 2018

USDBC debuted an enhanced display in a prime location at this year’s Alimentaria show in Barcelona Spain from April 16 – 19, 2018. The booth location on the main aisle of the hall was an advantageous spot and as part of the USA Pavilion, gave industry members additional meeting space. The display also featured a […]

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USDBC Expands Global Promotion Budget Through New Grant Proposals

May 21, 2018

Every year USDBC relies on funding of around $1.2 million, from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) through the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development Program (FMD) for the global promotion of U.S. dry beans. Over the years, USDBC has sought to expand this base funding through ancillary promotion funds also offered through FAS […]

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