USGC Congratulates Cordero on his US Citizenship

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in recognizing and congratulating Alvaro Cordero, USGC global trade manager, on his very special milestone of becoming a citizen of the United States of America.

Cordero has been promoting American products all over the world on behalf of the U.S. farmer for many years, through his current position with the Council and his prior career as senior trader/merchandiser for Louis Dreyfus in Wilton, CT. Cordero is a Rutgers University graduate with extensive international trading and management experience.

Council Bids Farewell to Summer Intern James Keating

Please join the U.S. Grains Council in bidding farewell to summer intern James Keating.

Keating came to the Council through the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB), as part of their internship program to provide select students with unique agricultural experiences around the country. He was a huge asset to the entire Council. Over the course of the summer he worked with various departments at the Council, including membership, communications, and global programs. Most recently he assisted with the coordination of a biotechnology team from Japan, who came to the U.S. early August.

UGC Joins Council Membership; Adds Sponsorship

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to announce its newest member United Grain Corporation (UGC). Based in Vancouver, Washington, UGC has established itself as one of the leading wheat export companies in the Pacific Northwest, and will expand this fall to export corn and soybeans. They operate the Vancouver Export Terminal, which has more than 200 storage bins, and allows them to segregate inbound grain better than any other export facility in order to meet customers' grade specifications.

Council Congratulates Pelkey on Engagement

Please join the Council in extending congratulations to Anne Pelkey, USGC manager of programs and planning, on her recent engagement to Bryan Zaczek. Anne and Bryan met at Rochester Institute of Technology where Anne studied international relations and Bryan studied imaging and photographic technology. These Buffalo, New York, natives moved to Washington, D.C., in 2010, where Anne began working for the Council. The wedding will be planned for early Spring. Congratulations Anne!

Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC Joins Council Membership Community

Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC was formed by local people to add value to the agricultural community. Located in Palestine, IL, operations began in 2004 after almost five years of planning and has operated successfully since. The company strives to be a leader in dry grind ethanol operation and to be excellent neighbors and environmental stewards. We are here to serve farmers, shareholders, and employees.

Delegate: Eric Mosbey, General Manager ejmosbey@lincolnlandagrienergy.com

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