Forecasts for agricultural exports project nearly a $15 billion dollar increase from 2006's record $68.6 billion to the $83.5 billion expected for 2008. Ken Hobbie, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council says that shows the increasing demand for
"By way of sharing information and educating our trade partners, the Council has helped producers establish a reputation for providing high-quality feed grains," said Hobbie. "Thanks to farmers responding to intensifying demand, we are known as a reliable and trustworthy partner."
Kirk Miller, general sales manager of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, says there are several factors that contributed to the recent export forecasts, among them the fact that
"We cannot ignore the significant contributions being made by the U.S. Grains Council, which is a leading cooperator with FAS, on behalf of
According to Kevin Natz, USGC director of trade policy, free trade agreements will significantly increase markets for