Lori Feltis Recognized for 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 Lori Feltis for her five years of dedicated service as a delegate to the Council representing Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council. Feltis has been an active member of the Council since joining in 2007. She has participated in many Council activities and programs around the world, including the China Spring Corn Planting Tour and a market assessment in Egypt.

Council Welcomes Global Industries Inc. to its Membership

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to announce its newest member Global Industries Incorporated.

Headquartered in Grand Island, Neb., Global Industries has six divisions across Nebraska and Kansas. All divisions are inner-related and manufacture grain storage and handling equipment, metal buildings and water treatment systems. MFS/York/Stormor, Global Treatment Systems, and Brownie Systems are also located in Grand Island, Neb. NECO is located in Omaha, Neb., Sentinel Building Systems in Albion, Neb., and Hutchinson/Mayrath can be found in Clay Center, Kan.

USGC Tunisia Office Becoming Regional Hub

The U.S. Grains Council office in Tunis, Tunisia, is assuming a broader role as a regional hub serving the Middle East, as well as both North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Tunis office will also manage the programs formerly housed in the Council's Amman, Jordan, office, which was phased out over the summer and formally closed as of September 1.

The expanded Tunis office is managed by Cary Sifferath, the U.S. Grains Council Mediterranean and Africa Regional Director.

Accenture Joins USGC

The U.S. Grains Council welcomes Accenture as its newest member, with two delegates.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company founded in 1989 and currently serving clients in more than 120 countries. Accenture combines deep experience and broad analytical capabilities across all industries and business functions, as well as extensive research on the world's most successful companies. It collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

Councell Farm Gives USGC DC Staff Insight into Member Life

Earlier this week, a handful of U.S. Grains Council Washington, D.C. staff had the opportunity to tour the family-owned farm of USGC Board of Director's Corn Sector Director Chip Councell. This trip provided a unique experience to help USGC staff with little farming experience understand intricacies of farming and that the first step in international product marketing starts on the farm.

Council Expands Membership

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member MID-SHIP Group, LLC.

MID-SHIP, based in Port Washington, New York, provides a full spectrum of transportation services, representing the leading edge of technology in the dry cargo transportation business. They continually gather information from around the world and from other brokers, shippers, suppliers, governments, and port authorities to ensure they customize the specific transportation needs for each of their clients.

Smaller World, Bigger Markets theme for 2012-13

“All of us understand that 95 percent of the world’s people live outside the United States and that many are making great strides economically. Our world is getting smaller and our markets are getting bigger,” said Don Fast, chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, at the 52nd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Wash.

“That’s the reality we face, and that’s why we’ve chosen ‘Smaller World, Bigger Markets,’ as the theme for the coming year,” said Fast, a farmer from Montana.