Building An Ethanol Market At Home and Abroad: USGC Recognizes Craig Floss For 20 Years Of Service

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.

After 20 Years Of Service, Richardson Recalls South Dakota’s Rise As Warehouse Of 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.”

Future Focus Drives Brunkhorst’s Work On Trade As USGC Recognizes Him For 15 Years of Service

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.”

In USGC Tenure, Rekeweg Balances Critical Access To Markets With Critical Access To Technology

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.

Working With The Council, Zook Helps Convince Michigan Corn Farmers To Focus On Trade

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.

Russell Helps USGC Educate International Customers On Logistics, Quality Through Trade Team Engagement

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.