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The U.S. Grains Council is adding a new strategic director in Asia and assistant director in Southeast Asia as part of a global resource expansion meant to capture near-term demand for feed grain sales and build long-term demand for ethanol among global customers.
By Tom Sleight, USGC President and CEO
Inattention, indifference and inaction are no longer options for those in agriculture with regard to our nation’s foreign policy. Just as producers must watch daily their weather, crop conditions and commodity prices, so too must they track policy developments around the world that will make or break the markets for the bountiful crops they are so efficient at producing.
A short hour north of the Montana border, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is exploring the geographic advantage of unit trains carrying U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Canadian feedlots around Lethbridge, Alberta.
Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) manager of global development programs, will depart the Council at the end of October.
Three ethanol trade teams consisting of ministry and industry delegates traversed the U.S. ethanol value chain from the field to the pump ahead of the Ethanol Summit of the Americas. The three teams included representatives from 12 countries that explored the U.S. ethanol industry in Missouri, South Dakota and Ohio.
The U.S. Grains Council collaborated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA’s FAS) and the Amman Chamber of Commerce to organize a grain standards workshop in Jordan last month.
The workshop included representatives from key importers, the Jordan Food and Drug Administration as well as the Jordan’s ministries of agriculture, industry, trade and supply. The workshop discussed contract terms, U.S. grains specifications and standards and Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) rules and arbitration system.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has added two new consultants in the Middle East and North Africa region this fall, increasing its presence in an area of the world with significant potential for future demand.
Statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s comments on U.S. ethanol export policy: