Grain Export Enhancement
The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) contracts with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to expand corn marketing opportunities abroad. Approximately 15 percent of the U.S. corn production is exported annually.
USGC develops export markets for U.S. corn, barley, grain sorghum and related products, providing leadership, information and innovation. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability.
Founded in 1960, the Council is a private, non-profit corporation with 10 international offices and programs in more than 80 countries. Its unique membership includes producer organizations and agribusinesses with a common interest in developing export markets. Membership funds trigger matching market development funds from the U.S. government and support from cooperating groups in foreign countries to produce an annual development program valued at over $20 million.
The Council tailors its corn export programs to meet individual countries’ cultures and needs. Technical programs teach livestock and poultry producers how to use feed grains effectively and manage their operations efficiently. Trade servicing educates potential and current customers about the U.S. marketing system, including financing, government programs, U.S. feed grains quality and prices. Trade policy initiatives identify foreign barriers to U.S. feed grains exports.
Meat Export Enhancement
The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) also contracts with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to identify and develop international markets for beef, veal, pork and lamb. Meat export markets boost both feed grain and soybean utilization in the U.S. The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is a non-profit trade association headquartered in Denver, Col. USMEF maintains a global network of 13 foreign offices and international representatives around the world.
In 1996, U.S. red meat exports hit a record $4.2 billion, eight times greater than when USMEF first opened its doors 20 years ago. As high-quality U.S. beef and pork have taken the lead position in international markets, these markets have come to play a more prominent role in industry growth and prosperity.