Council Bids Farewell to Two Valued Employees

Christina Shorter

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in bidding farewell to Christina Shorter and Sha Sha Xiao as they leave the Council to pursue other endenvous.

Christina is moving to London this summer to pursue a master's degree in international relations. For the past year, Christina served as the Council's membership and communications coordinator, dedicated to communicating the value of international trade in the United States and abroad. Her hard work ethic and communication skill set has been a valuable asset to the organization. Her last day is Friday, June 28. Good luck Christina!

Council Welcomes Perdue Farms Inc.

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member Perdue Farms Inc.

Perdue Farms is the family-owned parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Formed in 2010, Perdue AgriBusiness is the international marketing arm of the company. They use their expertise and resources in grain merchandising, storage and transportation, combined with their global experience and relationships, to export and import corn, barley, soy meal and oil and other agricultural commodities.

Farewell to Sha Sha Xiao

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in bidding farewell to Sha Sha Xiao as she leaves the Council to concentrate her efforts on the CPA exam.

Xiao joined the Council in 2012 as the accounting assistant, and has made many contributions to the department during her year here. Her last day with the Council will be June 28.

Best of luck on your studies and a successful completion of all parts of the CPA exam, Sha Sha!


USGC Welcomes Katelyn Parsons to Staff

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest hire Katelyn Parsons.

Parsons joins the U.S. Grains Council as the new membership and communications coordinator. In this capacity, she will assist with the overall communications efforts, including updating and maintaining the USGC website, the development and distribution of Council news and publications and membership outreach and administration.

Council Welcomes Summer Intern Bryce Vaughn

Each year, the Nebraska Corn Board selects five students and places them with cooperators around the country to gain professional experience in the agriculture sector. This week, the U.S. Grains Council welcomed its summer intern Bryce Vaughn.

Bryce is from Alliance, Neb., and is a senior in agriculture economics with a focus on public policy and a minor in international studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This summer, he will be working on trade policy issues and assisting with incoming international trade teams and other Council programs.

Welcome aboard Bryce!

A-Team Application Deadline Approaching

Reminder: The deadline to apply to be on a U.S. Grains Council Advisory Team (A-Team) is April 30.

The A-Teams provide insight and guidance to the Board of Directors on the direction and activities of the Council. A-Team members serve a two-year term, renewable without limit at the discretion of the Board. Current delegates whose terms expire in 2013 must resubmit applications if they wish to continue to serve on an A-Team. Interested Council delegates not currently serving are encouraged to apply.