U.S. Wheat Associates.
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) develops international markets for U.S. wheat on behalf of American wheat farmers. Through its market development work in more than 120 countries, USW works to increase wheat consumption and U.S. market share for all classes of U.S. wheat.
Farm to Port.
U.S. Wheat Information. Includes basic information for those interested in trading, exporting or importing American-produced wheat, from production to export. The information is taken from U.S. Wheat: Quality, Variety, Dependability, a U.S. Wheat Associates publication.
In the international wheat market, the U.S. wheat producer is regarded as one of the most innovative and productive in the world. Currently, more than half of the U.S. wheat produced is exported to overseas customers, and those exports often account for a third of the wheat that crosses international boundaries each year. This unique role in the world wheat trade results from several factors. U.S. producers have the capacity to respond to the world's need for food. The United States is the only dependable supplier of a wide variety of wheat classes and qualities. This dependability allows the U.S. wheat industry to vigorously meet the challenge of the international wheat market with a quality and price competitive product. Finally, the United States has the most sophisticated and extensive storage and transportation infrastructure in the world. The possibility of shipping from the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf and St. Lawrence ports enables an unhindered flow of wheat into export channels throughout the year. U.S. marketing logistics and port facilities are second to none.
Key officials from government, grain purchasing agencies and representatives of the milling and baking industries from around the world regularly visit the United States to study and tour the wheat production and marketing systems. As the overseas market development organization for the U.S. wheat producer, U.S. Wheat Associates welcomes the opportunity to show these representatives all aspects of the industry.
Through the years, U.S. Wheat Associates has found that the interests of visiting overseas delegations fall into fairly definite patterns--wheat production, domestic marketing, export marketing, transportation, utilization, technology, U.S. government programs and commodity exchanges. This is information and data, that when applied at home, can prove useful and profitable in buying the types of wheat best suited to the needs of the milling and baking industries.
This brochure is based on experience gained in helping such visitors. It attempts in a broad way to assemble and summarize the kind of information most often requested. U.S. Wheat Associates hopes it will be useful to every reader who, through trade, has a link with the U.S. wheat industry.
This information is designed to serve only as an introduction to the U.S. wheat industry. Readers desiring additional information will find a useful list of references at the end of the publication. U.S. Wheat Associates will, of course, be glad to supplement such information through correspondence or first-hand assistance from its overseas offices.
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