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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) promoted Lucas Szabo to manager of ethanol export programs, starting on June 19. Szabo, who is extensively familiar with USGC policies and programs, is working closely with the outgoing manager, Ashley Kongs, leading up to her departure for graduate school next month.
“I am excited Lucas is filling this position,” said Mike Dwyer, USGC chief economist. “Lucas has demonstrated proficiency and flexibility in supporting USGC programs, and we are excited to add him to the ethanol team.”
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Kansas Ethanol, LLC as a new member.
Founded in 2005, Kansas Ethanol, LLC is located in Lyons, Kansas.
The company produces fuel-grade ethanol utilizing corn and grain sorghum and offers wet and dry distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) tub and cube products as feed to livestock producers.
Click here for more information on Kansas Ethanol, LLC.
Registration is open for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) 57th Annual Board of Delegates meeting, scheduled for Vancouver, Washington, from July 31 to Aug. 2.
“Our program at this meeting will help you learn about the critical issues impacting our ability to increase export markets and respond to growing demand for U.S. coarse grains and co-products,” said Chip Councell, USGC chairman and farmer from Maryland, in a letter inviting delegates to the meeting.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Al Dahra ACX Inc. as a new member.
Al Dahra, headquartered in Wilmington, California, specializes in the cultivation, production and trading of animal feed and food commodities including rice, flour, fruits and vegetables. Al Dahra owns and operates a land bank of 200,000 acres, eight forage processing and production plants, four rice milling plants and two flour milling plants.
The full U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Board of Directors is meeting in Mexico City, Mexico, this week to discuss the trade relationship between U.S. producers and Mexican end-users.
“We felt it was really important for the board, and the board felt it was important, to meet with their customers face-to-face and hear what they have to say,” said USGC President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Sleight. “That physical presence means a lot to our Mexican trading partners.”
Kaitlyn Tykhonovska joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as global programs coordinator in the Washington, D.C., office on May 30. In this role, she will handle details, logistics and follow-up needs associated with USGC programs and consultants.
David Schuler started his summer internship at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday May 30.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with USGC,” he said. “I have gained a passion for involving myself in public service and agriculture, and I look forward to working with an organization that promotes agricultural commodities and family farms.”
Stephen Enke joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) office in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, May 15, as the summer international intern, sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board.
“Collaborating with the USGC Mexico office will offer a diverse perspective on policymaking,” Enke said. “This internship is an opportunity to further my own development, appreciate Mexico and its culture, and share the good our state and country offers the world.”
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recognized four Washington, D.C.-based staff members for five years of service during the Council's winter membership meeting in Panama City, Panama: Lyndsey Erb, Andrew Conner, Jon Weiss and Sunxing “Stella” Qian.
Larry Byrd returned to the receptionist and administrative assistant position for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) on Monday.