About Us

Goals of the USFEC

USFEC members meet regularly to improve the US forage export industry.
  • Remove trade obstacles to create new & larger markets
  • Ensure a science-based and rational approach to international forage trade
  • Educate and promote the USFEC Safety Story

The USFEC…

  • Stands for safe forage backed by high standards, from the field through storage and processing, to shipment to overseas customers.
  • Is recognized by US and foreign entities as the “GO TO” organization representing the broad interests of the US forage export industry.
  • Is an official Cooperator with the US Department of Agriculture, accessing federal funds to open and expand markets, as well as conduct research and promotion.
  • Partners with other organizations to maintain and expand global agricultural trade, including the Agriculture Transportation Coalition and other US commodity groups.
  • Is a collaborative effort of businesses dedicated to the health of the export forage industry, all contributing a wide range of experiences and expertise.

USFEC Successes

USFEC members are committed to safe, high-quality forage.
  • Opened the Chinese market for alfalfa, working closely with US and Chinese governments to conduct inspection tours and negotiate fair market access.
  • Re-established trade access to China for transloading facilities by organizing inspection tours and establishing reasonable standards.
  • Increased funding from the US Department of Agriculture for research, education and promotion, helping expand global sales the US forage export industry.
  • Developed a strong organizational structure, providing every member open access.
  • Established communication channels to end-users in Japan through articles in trade magazines targeted to the beef and dairy industries.
  • Enhancing the visibility and reputation of the US forage industry by organizing inbound trade missions and exhibiting at trade shows in Asia and the Middle East.
  • Current activities:
    • Working for market access in China for grass hay and straw
    • Supporting efforts to open the UAE straw market
    • Contracting for an Economic Value Study on US forage exports
    • Conducting research on forage opportunities in Asia and the Middle East
    • Working with USDA on new projects for 2013-14

USFEC prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USFEC.