NDSU STUDY CONFIRMS – EU TARIFFS HURT OUR BUSINESS

August 20, 2019

A USDBC commissioned study from North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Center for Agricultural Policy & Trade Studies Agribusiness and Applied Economics concluded that EU retaliatory tariffs have put U.S. farmers at a price disadvantage in international markets, resulting in reduced exports and potentially lost export markets in the future.   The study looked at the impact […]

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RAINS BEGIN IN MEXICO BUT IS IT TOO LATE?

August 20, 2019

Over the past few weeks we have been reporting on dry conditions in Mexican dry bean country and offering projections about the potential impact on this years’ production levels. As the lack of rain occurred during a critical time in the planting process, most reporting, combined with the observations of our own agronomist, make it […]

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SUMMER BOARD MEETING COVERS NEW GROUND

July 24, 2019

USDBC’s Summer Board meeting took place July 19 and 20 in Snowmass, CO in conjunction with the US Dry Bean Convention. This year’s meeting included a heavy focus on USDBC’s response to the current trade environment and the downturn in global exports. The Agricultural Affairs and International Promotion Committees (IPC) both discussed and defined several […]

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SECOND TRANCHE OF ATP FUNDING WILL ALLOW FURTHER MARKET EXPANSION

July 24, 2019

USDBC has received a second tranche of global export promotion funding under USDA’s Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program. The second allocation of $615,000 is in addition to the first tranche of $1.4 million. To date, USDBC has received a total of just over $2 million in new ATP funding. Together with our annual allocation of […]

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USDBC SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS GO GLOBAL

July 24, 2019

Over the past year we have worked to create and enhance our social media presence by making full use of twitter, facebook, and most recently Instagram. While these have been launched in the US, it’s easy to have a global impact with social media regardless of location.   Todo Con Frijol in the Americas. To […]

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MEXICO WEATHER VERY DRY AT START OF BEAN PLANTING SEASON

July 24, 2019

Mexico is currently behind in precipitation for the spring summer dry bean cycle and experiencing above average temperatures. Planting season in the five states we follow: Zacatecas, Durango, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi and Guanajuato is delayed, due to the lack of precipitation. Although planting dates in Zacatecas, Durango and Chihuahua can be extended after the […]

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Promising Niche Market Opportunities in Peru

July 24, 2019

USDBC recently concluded a fact finding mission to Peru. The US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement of 2009 (TPA) has had a positive impact on market access and trade. US agricultural exports increased from $424 million in 2008 to $1.3 billion in 2018,  Currently, the US is the largest agricultural product supplier with 31% market share (Peru […]

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A Seat at the Table Talking Trade Mitigation Funding

June 19, 2019

Following the announcement in May of a second tranche of trade mitigation assistance in response to ongoing global trade tensions, USDBC was invited, along with four other agricultural trade groups, to Washington, DC to meet with USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, Under Secretary for Farm production and Conservation Bill Northey, and USDA Chief Economist Rob […]

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Pushing Into New Dynamic Markets

June 19, 2019

Support from USDA/FAS’ Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) is allowing USDBC to expand its outreach and global presence in several new and underexplored markets. Despite the fact that the tonnage of dry bean exports to the Southeast Asia region remains relatively small given the population size, this is one of the most economically dynamic regions […]

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