USGC Welcomes New Member Al Dahra ACX Inc.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Al Dahra ACX Inc. as a new member.

Al Dahra, headquartered in Wilmington, California, specializes in the cultivation, production and trading of animal feed and food commodities including rice, flour, fruits and vegetables. Al Dahra owns and operates a land bank of 200,000 acres, eight forage processing and production plants, four rice milling plants and two flour milling plants. 

USGC Board of Directors Meets In Mexico

The full U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Board of Directors is meeting in Mexico City, Mexico, this week to discuss the trade relationship between U.S. producers and Mexican end-users. 

“We felt it was really important for the board, and the board felt it was important, to meet with their customers face-to-face and hear what they have to say,” said USGC President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Sleight. “That physical presence means a lot to our Mexican trading partners.”

Schuler Starts Summer Internship In USGC's Washington Office

David Schuler started his summer internship at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday May 30. 

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with USGC,” he said. “I have gained a passion for involving myself in public service and agriculture, and I look forward to working with an organization that promotes agricultural commodities and family farms.” 

Enke Joins USGC Mexico For Summer Internship

Stephen Enke. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Corn Board.

Stephen Enke joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) office in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, May 15, as the summer international intern, sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board. 

“Collaborating with the USGC Mexico office will offer a diverse perspective on policymaking,” Enke said. “This internship is an opportunity to further my own development, appreciate Mexico and its culture, and share the good our state and country offers the world.” 

Joy Zhang Departs From USGC Beijing Office

Joy Jin Zhang, USGC Beijing office and program manager.

Joy Jin Zhang, USGC Beijing office and program manager, will leave U.S. Grains Council (USGC) this week after nearly 17 years of service to the organization. 

Zhang started with the Council in August 2000 as secretary. She advanced to administrative secretary then to her current position as office and program manager. In her current position, Joy manages key components of the Council’s Beijing office as well as coordinating policy programs and travel and itineraries for trade programs. 

Young Recognized For 10 Years of USGC Service

USGC President and CEO Thomas Sleight presenting Tommy Young with a plaque in recognition of 10 years of service to the Council.

An Egyptian dairy farmer sparked 10 years of involvement with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) for one Arkansas farmer.

Tommy Young of Newport, Arkansas, represented the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board on a USGC mission to Morocco and Egypt back then, where he met an Egyptian dairy farmer who had started his operation with five cows in downtown Cairo and expanded to the countryside with 50 cows in four years.

Staff in Tunis, Taipei Recognized For Years Of Steadfast Service

Hela Rezouga, USGC program coordinator for Middle East and Africa

International staff serve as the eyes, ears and hands for U.S. farmers in the global offices of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). Two of them - Hela Rezouga, program coordinator for Middle East and Africa office in Tunis, Tunisia, and Gloria Chou, financial administrator for the Taiwan office - were recently recognized for their years of service to the organization. 

In her 10 years working in Tunisia, Rezouga has added stability and strong programmatic support to the Council’s efforts, her supervisors report. 

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