Council Welcomes Phoenix Commodities

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member Phoenix Commodities.

Phoenix Commodities is a global value chain manager of commodities in the food staples and natural resources industries. They currently have 16 offices around the globe, and are able to handle about seven million metric tons of commodities with a turnover in excess of $740 million originating and distributing to over 30 countries.

Farewell to Michael Zorger

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in bidding farewell to Michael Zorger as he leaves the Council to pursue new professional opportunities.

Zorger joined the Council in 2010 as executive assistant before being promoted to manager of global strategies in 2011. He brought great energy and tenacity to Council projects. Zorger will maintain his keen interest in agriculture, but is excited to broaden his horizons beyond agriculture and also view agricultural processes from new perspectives.

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Joins Council

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming Farm Credit Services of Mid-America as its newest member.

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is a $19 billion agriculture lending cooperative serving more than 95,000 farmers, agribusiness and rural residents across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. They provide loans for farm real estate financing, operating loans, and equipment and livestock.

Reminder: Applications for USGC Board and Officer Positions

Applications are due by Jan. 20, 2013, from U.S. Grains Council delegates interested in standing for election at the USGC 53rd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Ottawa, Canada, on July 31, 2013, to fill expiring Board of Directors positions, or to become the next USGC officer.

The Nominating Committee will consider all applications received by the due date and announce the slate of candidates in Ottawa on Feb. 13, 2013.

USGC Membership Continues to Grow

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member Rail Transfer Inc.

Based out of St. Paul, Minn., Rail Transfer specializes in the loading of bulk containerized exports and has handled loading several bulk commodities including: corn, distiller's dried grains with solubles, and soybean meal. They also handle the loading of corn oil, logs, and recycled plastics.

USGC Recognizes Chip Councell's Five Years of Service

At the U.S. Grains Council's 10th International Marketing Conference and 53rd Annual Membership Meeting in Charleston, S.C., Chip Councell will be recognized for his five years of service to the Council. Councell currently serves as USGC corn sector director and is the board liaison to the Asia Advisory Team (A-Team). He previously served as the leader of the Trade Policy A-Team.

America Chung Nam Joins USGC

The U.S. Grains Council welcomes America Chung Nam (ACN) as its newest member.

Founded in 1990, ACN is currently the largest U.S. foreign trade (via ocean containers) exporter, with a customer base in the United States, Asia and Europe. ACN exports a wide range of recovered paper grades, including mixed, ONP, office paper, and more to China's largest containerboard manufacturer. They are interested in using their container shipping expertise to move into the agricultural realm.

Iowa Corn Delegates Mark Five Years of Service

At its 10th International Marketing Conference and 53rd Annual Membership Meeting in Charleston, S.C., in February, the U.S. Grains Council will recognize Dick Gallagher, Larry Klever, and Kevin Rempp from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for their five years of service as delegates of the Council.

All have actively attended Council annual meetings since joining and participated in Council programs around the globe.

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