NEW U.S./JAPAN AGREEMENT COULD BOOST US DRY BEAN EXPORTS

October 21, 2019

On October 7, 2019 the U.S. and Japan signed a trade agreement with the explicit goal, according to the USTR “to open markets and support expansion of U.S. food and agricultural exports, increase farm income, generate more rural economic activity, and promote job growth.” A trade agreement with Japan has always been a top U.S. […]

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GEARING UP FOR WORLD PULSES DAY 2020

October 21, 2019

Last year we celebrated the first annual World Pulses Day (WPD) on February 10, 2019. As the declaration of WPD was made in January 2019, without a long lead time, we celebrated at our annual Mexico Bean Congress in Cancun. This year, in anticipation of the event, we applied and received special funding through the […]

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MEXICO BEAN HARVEST AND PRODUCTION POST BIG DECREASES

September 20, 2019

We have been reporting on the possibility of a diminished dry bean harvest in Mexico as a result of weather challenges. Our August Planting Intentions report confirms that the extended drought in Mexico during the critical planting period resulted in an almost 50% decrease in bean planting surface and a production drop of over 56% […]

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CHINA PULSE CONFERENCE PRESENTS UPDATED PRODUCTION NUMBERS

September 20, 2019

The China International Pulse Conference in late august presented updated dry bean production estimates with more definitive projections of volume expected at the end of this month following harvest. Production estimates for various types of dry beans are presented below: Both planting and harvest area for black beans has been significantly reduced due to a) […]

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ANNUAL GLOBAL TRADE MISSION VISITS DRY BEAN COUNTRY

September 20, 2019

Our annual reverse trade mission visited with US dry bean growers and dealers in Michigan, North Dakota, and Nebraska from September 7 – 13, 2019. This year’s mission began in Michigan with a tour of field evaluation, receiving and processing facilities and one on one business networking before moving on to Fargo, North Dakota. In Fargo […]

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USDBC in Havana, Cuba to attend Agribusiness Conference

September 20, 2019

The U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba (USACC) together with FocusCuba hosted an agricultural business conference in Havana, Cuba from September 10 – 13, 2019 to discuss future trade prospects. Cuba has a history as a significant market for exports of U.S. agricultural goods, including dry beans, despite the prolonged embargo. However, with very little liquidity […]

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USDBC Presses for Immediate Ratification of USMCA

September 17, 2019

USDBC Presses for Immediate Ratification of USMCA – Read the Letter [PDF] September 13, 2019 Ambassador Robert Lighthizer U.S. Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Ambassador: I am writing on behalf of the US Dry Bean Council to ask you to find a way forward and ensure ratification of the U.S., […]

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Inaugural “Art of Beans” Workshop Kicks off in Medellin.

August 20, 2019

This year, we are conducting technical workshops in four Colombian cities under the banner, “The art of beans, a superfood that takes you to another level.” The workshops are designed to attract chefs from top restaurants, hotels and culinary schools as well as leading food media influencers. The first two hour workshop was held in […]

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CHINA DRY BEAN PRODUCTION AND EXPORTS CONTINUE TO DECREASE

August 20, 2019

Our on the ground consultant in China has produced the first planting and production report for 2019 indicating that bean planting areas in major Chinese production regions has continued to decline. According to the report, China’s total bean production is expected to be 166,000 MT, a decrease of 23% from 2018. Additionally, Chinese exports of […]

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