October 17, 2011
Japan convinced by US high quality corn crop
Japanese corn industry representatives travelled to the US to take a first hand look at the high quality corn crops in a visit organised by the US Grains Council (USGC).
"It was encouraging for the corn buyers in the team to see the good condition," said Tommy Hamamoto, USGC director in Japan. "The US maintains over 80% market share in Japan mainly due to the reliable supply of high quality corn. The visits further ensured the industry's willingness to purchase US corn."
The team visited a Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) field office to learn about grain quality assurance standards for both domestic and export use. The team also toured the Chicago & Illinois River Terminal Elevator, the CGB Naples elevator and the Zen-Noh export elevator in New Orleans. Finally, the team met with Monsanto to learn about new developments in biotechnology and breeding.