During one of multiple stops on his first official visit to Spain, FAS Administrator Ken Isley joined Spanish importers and the U.S. Grains Council at the Port of Tarragona to learn about opportunities for U.S. sorghum in the country. With Spain’s highly variable grain yields and large livestock sector, it relies on imports to meet domestic feed demand.
Recently, unfavorable weather conditions delayed the development and harvest of Spain’s crop, spurring an opportunity for growth in U.S. grain exports to the country. As a result, competitively priced U.S. sorghum has helped Spanish feed compounders fulfill their immediate needs. Spain, the European Union’s main grain importer, has now become the fourth -largest destination for U.S. sorghum with exports soaring to $26.4 million in the first 10 months of 2018.