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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Central Life Sciences as a new member.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) thanks Logan Britton for his hard work as he completes his year-long fellowship with the Council this week.
His state had no farmer-owned ethanol plants in operation when Craig Floss first joined Iowa Corn as its new chief executive officer. This week, as the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recognizes Floss for 20 years of service, Iowa is the top ethanol producing state, and Floss’s attention has turned to helping build demand for U.S. ethanol exports around the world.
South Dakota refers to itself as the “warehouse of the world” for U.S. corn, and Lisa Richardson, executive director of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, whom the Council recently recognized for 20 years of service, wants the international market to know it is open for business.
“We are the warehouse of the world,” Richardson said. “In other words, the last markets to move are us. So we have a lot of storage capacity in the state, and we are building substantially more. When there is a huge carryover in corn, a lot of that resides in our state.”
Whether it is the next international market opportunity or the next generation of agricultural leaders, Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, is focused on the future. And after representing his state at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) for 15 years, his outlook for both is bright.
“When I started as staff, my interaction with the Council was a cooperative partnership and seeing the various programs they undertook,” Brunkhorst said. “And I see that partnership as extending the farmers’ reach from their first purchaser into the world market.”
Matt Rekeweg started working with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) five years ago after taking over as U.S. industry relations leader for Dow AgroSciences from a retiring colleague. From the very first meeting, he realized the value of the partnership between the Council and members of the broader grain supply chain.
Jim Zook always knew he wanted to work in agriculture, but he never imagined his experiences in agronomy, finance, ethanol - even his father’s work as a DeKalb dealer - would lead him to working on international trade and farm policy as the executive director of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan.
Now, as he passes the five-year milestone participating in the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), he knows he has made great progress in convincing Michigan farmers to focus on the increasing value of exports to their bottom lines.
Each year, many trade teams tour The Russell Marine Group’s facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, to discuss quality certification and grain handling logistics. The group’s president, Thomas Russell, said that during his five years of formal involvement as a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegate, he has viewed that educational effort as part of his responsibility to the larger U.S. agricultural industry.
Vancouver, Washington - Experts on the year’s most pressing topic for U.S. agriculture - trade - stirred the thoughts of U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates during the first day of the 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington.