June 10, 2016

AMARILLO – The Texas Wheat Producers Board (TWPB) will to host an African Trade Team consisting of flour milling executives from South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana on June 12-15, 2016, in Corpus Christi, Texas. During their visit to the U.S., the team will be accompanied by U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) staff from Cape Town, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria.

The team members are influential individuals from countries that pose a significant market opportunity for an increase in U.S. wheat exports. Nigeria is one of the world’s largest importers of all six classes of U.S. wheat, while South Africa continues to demand a high-quality and consistent supply of U.S. and Texas wheat to supplement its own wheat production.

“Hosting the South Africa and Nigeria trade team is part of the ongoing market development efforts of the TWPB,” said Rodney Mosier, executive vice president of Texas Wheat. “The event is designed to maintain and increase wheat exports, reducing carryover stocks and strengthening wheat prices.”

The African Trade team will visit with Texas wheat farmers and export elevator professionals, while also receiving guided tours of important export facilities. These experiences are geared to help the team gain a better understanding of the U.S. wheat production and marketing system.

One of the topics to be discussed during the team’s visit will be the quality of American wheat, especially that of Texas hard red winter (HRW) wheat. The TWPB will demonstrate and explain the steps the U.S. wheat industry has taken to meet its customers’ buying specifications. These steps include information about the breeding process, grain inspection process and the industry’s marketing system.

The TWPB in partnership with USW hopes the team’s visit to the U.S. will result in more U.S. and Texas wheat exports to the African continent for years to come.

For more background information and current market trends in countries represented by the African Trade Team, visit the USW website at www.usw.org and the Texas Wheat website at www.texaswheat.org.

The Texas Wheat Producers Board is a statewide board funded by a voluntary two cents per bushel checkoff program. Checkoff funds are used for research, market development and education to further the wheat industry in Texas and support the profitability of wheat producers. For more information, visit http://www.texaswheat.org.

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