Kurt Shultz, USGC, and Wayne Cleveland, Texas Sorghum Association, meeting with Spanish Industry representatives at the Barcelona grain exchange. Photo: USGC

Nov 12, 2021

USGC Promotes U.S. Sorghum Use in Spain

Spain produces approximately 36 MMT of compound feed annually

source: U.S. Grains Council (USGC)

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Texas Department of Agriculture visited Spain last week to meet with Spanish grain importers and compound feed producers, assessing the opportunities for U.S. sorghum and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports in the upcoming year.

“Spain produces approximately 36 million metric tons (MMT) of compound feed annually; the country is also the largest pork producer in the European Union (EU),” says Paige Stevenson, USGC manager of global trade.

“Spain is historically a significant buyer of U.S. sorghum, so this mission allowed USGC and Texas sorghum exporters to engage in a dialogue with their customers and to ensure that U.S. sorghum is not overlooked as the Spanish market makes its purchasing plans for the upcoming year.”

Kurt Shultz, USGC senior director of global strategies, Loyola Toran, USGC regional consultant in Spain and Stevenson represented USGC on the mission. Additionally, Bret Befort, DDGS export trader at Valero; Wayne Cleveland, executive director of the Texas Sorghum Association; Benjamin Smith of Attebury Grain; Cris Brown of West Plains; and Dan Hunter, assistant commissioner at the Texas Department of Agriculture, took part in the mission.

The team had one-on-one meetings with Spanish grain importers, feed producers and hog producers while there. The meetings allowed U.S. exporters to offer importers a better understanding of how grain flows throughout the Spanish market. Overall, Spanish importers hold U.S. sorghum in high regard and are interested in gaining knowledge about its multiple uses.

“As a result of our meetings, we were immediately getting follow-up calls from the Spanish industry asking for price and quality specifications,” Stevenson said. “That highlights the importance of these missions, sitting down face-to-face with your customers leads to sales and we are optimistic we will see U.S. sorghum sales to Spain this marketing year as a result of this mission.”

In addition to sorghum and DDGS, corn was a topic of conversation during the team’s time in Spain.

The visit was particularly timely as the U.S. and the EU announced the previous week an agreement to remove a 25 percent duty it had placed on U.S. corn imports.

“Prior to the 232 tariffs imposed on EU steel, the U.S. exported over 2 million metric tons (78 million bushels) of corn to the EU,” Shultz said. “This mission was perfectly timed to promote U.S. sorghum sales and to get the attention of the Spanish feed industry that exports of U.S. corn are back in play.”

Learn more about USGC's work in Spain.

Recently Added to Buyer's Guide

Ribbon Blenders

  • 5-cubic-foot unit features special three-piece grate designed with angled and pitched profile
  • All three sections of the grating have position sensors which interlock with the control panel, ensuring operator safety while running

Infinifeed Loop

  • Continuous feed loop system
  • Capacities available up to 1,800 bushels/hour

Loop Conveyor System

  • Can be used to fill and empty grain bins and flat storage structures or applied to feed processing and other conveying applications
  • Available in 8-, 10- and 12-inch diameters with capacities up to 10,000 bushels/hour


  • 5-minute ELISA testing kit
  • Use a common extraction protocol for ease of use

Q-Sage Air Screen Cleaners

  • Separates grain by length and size to specifications
  • Numerous flow patterns available to accommodate each unique product and processing need

Vertical Blender

  • For reliable, gentle mixing of friable solids, abrasive materials and shear-sensitive products
  • For processing large volumes where floor space is limited


Marketwatch: Aug, 18

US Corn Price Idx: ZCPAUS.CM

open: 6.6945
high: 6.737
low: 6.6326
close: 6.6866

US Soybean Price Idx: ZSPAUS.CM

open: 14.3219
high: 14.4169
low: 14.2107
close: 14.3029

US Hard Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: KEPAUS.CM

open: 8.3035
high: 8.351
low: 7.9626
close: 8.0508

US Soft Red Winter Wheat Price Idx: ZWPAUS.CM

open: 7.3573
high: 7.4048
low: 7.0429
close: 7.0505