Measurement and Information: The Currency of Grain Quality
Researchers and industry stakeholders from around the globe discussed ways to discover and market value-added qualities while keeping end-user utility in mind at last month's International Grain Quality and Technology Congress.
Anyone who doesn't buy into the fact that we operate in a truly global marketplace is only fooling themselves.
That point was clearly reinforced as I sat down for the opening luncheon at the 2008 International Grain Quality and Technology Congress. Joining me at the table were two Argentine researchers, a South African grain industry representative, our keynote speaker representing a Dutch-based financial giant that is a major player in U.S. agribusiness, and all of this, taking place in Arlington Heights, IL. Now that's global.
With the express purpose of bringing together some of the brightest minds from the public, private and regulatory sectors to discuss cutting-edge research and the trends driving those efforts, the Congress seemed to have executed their design to near perfection.
“We are extremely pleased with the depth and breadth of expertise represented here at the Congress,” said Dr. Dirk Maier, department head, Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, and a co-organizer of the event.-
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Southeast Asia will have to embrace genuine trade liberalization, in all aspects — sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and import authorizations, in addition to tariff removals — if it wishes to see its full potential for food security and economic prosperity. Currently, non-tariff trade barriers (NTTBs) are becoming the norm, as nations are willing to liberalize on paper, but not on the ground.
The U.S. grain industry has anticipated the completion of the Panama Canal expansion since the project was announced nearly a decade ago. It is a vital trade route for agricultural commodities shipped from the East Coast and the Mississippi River destined for Asia and western South American countries.