News & Events
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:
Houston - Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region.
The event is underway until Friday in Houston, Texas, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. These organizations and others in the U.S. agriculture and renewable fuels industries work together to promote the global use of ethanol and U.S. ethanol exports.
Washington, D.C. - A joint statement upon the conclusion of the fourth NAFTA negotiating round:
The fourth round of negotiations on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began in Washington, D.C., this week with a flurry of engagement between government and industry players as tensions on all sides appeared to increase.
South and Southeast Asia are regions ripe with potential for wholly new demand for U.S. grain and grain products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. Complex, vibrant and growing, countries in this area of the world are increasing both consumption and production of high-quality proteins and biofuel. Manuel Sanchez, the new director of the Council’s regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, discusses this potential and hot topics in the region here.
By Tom Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) staff and consultants around the world serve as the eyes and ears for our members. It is the personal responsibility of each of our staff members and industry leaders to build relationships with customers, hear about their challenges and bring back what we learn to farmers and agribusinesses who are focused on increasing export demand.
When trade policy works, the world wins. But how does trade policy happen?
In a new, four-part audio series, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) tackles this question as well as explaining why trade policy matters to U.S. agriculture, how trade negotiations work and why developing and expanding markets for U.S. coarse grains and co-products would not be possible without strong trade policy.