Issues to Own
Agriculture is one of America’s most dynamic export sectors – proof that our nation is an effective competitor and relationship builder in the global economy.
The U.S. Grains Council recognizes that relationship building is a key to increasing exports with current and prospective international customers. In partnership with corn, sorghum and barley farmers – through their checkoff organizations – the Council serves as a catalyst for free trade policy and agricultural advancement that helps countries better serve their consumers, increase economic growth and enhance their food security. The Council offers international customers a bridge to American grain and its value-added products, which offer a food-supply capacity that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
The Council is working to encourage adoption of policies that advance consistent, fair, rules-based systems for trade and that encourage acceptance of agricultural biotechnology. Achievement of these objectives will help U.S. agriculture gain a larger market share of global grain exports, while helping international customers provide lower costs, higher quality, expanded variety and enhanced food security for their populations.
Trade means that a country does not have to be self-sufficient in agriculture to be food secure.
Trade can guarantee food security for countries that cannot produce enough food to feed themselves. It helps nations reduce food costs, diversify diets, increase food quality and achieve a level of prosperity that improves the quality of life for their people as well as greater political and social stability.