COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas Wheat Producers Board (TWPB) hosted a trade team consisting of flour milling executives from Brazil from June 25-27 in College Station. During their visit to Texas, the team was accompanied by U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) staff from Santiago, Chile.
The visit coincided with the recent announcement that Brazil would implement a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat under their World Trade Organization commitments. The agreement gives the U.S. the opportunity to compete for 750,000 metric tons annually under the TRQ.
“Hosting the Brazilian Trade Team is part of the ongoing market development efforts of the board,” said Rodney Mosier, executive vice president of Texas Wheat. “The event is designed to maintain and increase wheat exports, which will reduce carryover stocks and strengthen wheat prices.”
The trade team had the opportunity tour the wheat research facilities at Texas A&M University. The objective was to demonstrate the quality of U.S. wheat, while discussing advancements in breeding techniques, genetic research and improved milling and baking characteristics led by scientists in Texas.
The TWPB continues to work with USW to establish closer relationships with international customers, including Brazil, and keep them informed of the high quality selection provided by growers in the U.S. and Texas.
For background information on the Brazilian Trade Team, visit the USW website at www.usw.org and the Texas Wheat website at www.texaswheat.org.
–Texas Wheat Producers Board
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