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.

USGC Accepting A-Team Applications

Reminder: The U.S. Grains Council is currently accepting applications for Advisory Teams (A-Team) through 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.

USGC and NCGA Thank DuPont Pioneer

The U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association thanked DuPont Pioneer earlier this week for the donation of funds for the corn carpet in the joint Washington, D.C., offices.

USGC and NCGA collocated to 20 F Street NW in D.C. in early 2012 as a result of a combined effort from corn checkoff and membership organizations. This shared space allows for easier collaboration between the organizations to enhance member connections both domestically and internationally.

Council Membership Expands

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member Ace Ethanol LLC.

Ace Ethanol was the first large scale plant to produce ethanol in the state of Wisconsin, where production started in 2002. They produce approximately 46 million gallons of ethanol per year and 360 tons of distiller's dried grains with solubles per day. On site, Ace has enough room to store 2 million bushels of corn, equivalent to approximately 45 days of production.

Save the Date: Council Annual Meeting in Canada

The U.S. Grains Council's 53rd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting will be July 29-31, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. If you plan to attend the meeting you must have an up-to-date passport. If your passport expires before January 2014, now is the time to start the process of renewing it. Please visit the State Department website, www.state.gov, for information on obtaining or renewing a passport.

Information on the Board of Delegates meeting can be found at www.grains.org.

USGC Welcomes One Earth Energy

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member One Earth Energy, LLC.

Based in Gibson City, Ill., One Earth Energy is a committed and efficient producer of ethanol and distiller's dried grains with solubles. They strive to maximize returns and enhance the economic development of American agriculture. They are a 100 million gallons per year plant.

A Sweet Taste of Success: USGC Highlights Global Victories at Commodity Classic

As you make plans to attend the 2013 Commodity Classic, be sure to stop by the U.S. Grains Council's booth #1116 and 1118 for a sweet taste of global success. Throughout the course of the trade show, the Council will highlight successful programs in more than 11 countries over the past year and give you a chance to try some traditional sweets from each region.

USGC Congratulates Member on New Post

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in extending congratulations to Lucien Agniel on his recent post as president of the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA). Agneil serves as the Council delegate for Agniel Commodities LLC, a full service international brokerage providing sourcing and sales expertise in grains, oilseeds, cereal feed ingredients, and marine proteins and oils worldwide.

GATFA is an international trade association with expertise in grain contracting. The Council partners with GAFTA on a variety of projects, including market education efforts around the world.

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