LUBBOCK, Texas – A team of leading Chinese sorghum importers and feed millers will visit the U.S. on Monday to July 1 to tour major sorghum growing areas as well as continue to strengthen well-established relationships with U.S. suppliers.
Members of the team were hand-selected by U.S. Grains Council staff in China and represent organizations that purchased 2.5 million metric tons (98 million bushels) of China’s total U.S. sorghum imports in the 2014/2015 marketing year.
“China remains an important market for U.S. sorghum,” said Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff executive director. “Strengthening relationships with these influential buyers is key to maintaining their confidence in the United States’ ability to provide them with a reliable supply of high-quality sorghum.”
The tour will include visits to sorghum suppliers, sorghum producers and ports in Kansas, Texas and Louisiana, as well as Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service office in Kansas City, Missouri. The team’s visits will focus on U.S. sorghum production, marketing and export logistics.
“These buyers will leave with a better understanding of U.S. sorghum production, helping build future sales to China,” Lopez said. “This trade mission is a great reflection of how organizations such as the USGC, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, the Sorghum Checkoff and other state organizations work together to build and maintain market opportunities for U.S. farmers. Such activities have led to Chinese purchases of more than 249 million bushels this marketing year.”