Combining downloadable market data from dozens of countries and regions, plus highlights of Council activities in 2013, the U.S. Grains Council's most recent Annual Report offers production and demand insights for global grain interests.
The report, housed at www.usgcannualreport.org, includes spreadsheet data regarding 2013 grain imports, exports and feed consumption for 60 countries.
"Add in web-based country and regional overviews that include everything from gross domestic product to market growth potential to highlights of Council activities, and it's a great tool to see just some of the Council's data and resources, and how we put them to work for members," Rex Martin, leader of the Council's Membership and Communications Advisory Team.
Market data by country is located in the "Market Profiles" section, while the "Success Stories" tab emphasizes high-points with accompanying videos. Photo-based highlights and additional notes complete the online report.
A printed companion piece is being mailed to all Council members, with additional copies available at many Council meetings and tradeshows, including the Council's booth at Commodity Classic in late-February.
A PDF version of the printed report is also available online by visiting the report website and clicking on the corresponding link in the upper-right section of any page.
"(The Council) is continuously piecing together the possibilities of ever-changing global markets while promoting sound trade policies, building relationships that support members and forming partnerships that help ensure a more food-secure world," Martin says. "The Council's Annual Report is a great way to note the achievements while providing useful data to members."