USGC Welcomes New Member Western Plains Energy, LLC

Western Plains Energy

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Western Plains Energy, LLC as a new member.

Western Plains Energy, LLC is an agricultural-based, renewable energy production company that focuses on profit, people, partners and productivity.

Formed on July 10, 2001 and located in Oakley, Kansas, this fuel-ethanol facility was originally created to improve the value of local grain. Western Plains Energy utilizes both corn and grain sorghum to produce approximately 50 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year.

USGC Statement On Potential Withdrawal From KORUS

A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC): 

"The Council strongly opposes withdrawal from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), an action that will lead to immediate and sustained losses in sales to our third largest corn customer.

"South Korea is an example of the transformational partnership available to U.S. grain farmers and their global customers through strong trade policy and overseas market development.

USGC Statement On End Of Vietnam Suspension Of U.S. DDGS

A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight on the announcement that Vietnam will lift its suspension of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imports and ease fumigation requirements for U.S. corn and wheat imports: 

“We are very pleased to hear the news from Vietnam overnight that, as of today, import permits will be issued for U.S. DDGS and new phosphine fumigation protocols will be acceptable for shipments of U.S. corn, DDGS and wheat. 

Beef, Barley and Ethanol Teams From Mexico Explore U.S. Market Collaboration

USGC Teams from Mexico

At first glance, cattle feeders from Mexico may not appear to have much in common with Corona beer or the Mexican media. Yet each has a common reason for traveling to the United States in late August: learning more about the potential for collaboration and increased business between the United States and Mexico.

Sorghum For Pet Food Represents Growing Niche Market In Mexico

Sorghum pet food presentation in Mexico

Not just for cows, but cow dogs too, sorghum has the right attributes to expand beyond traditional livestock feeding into the high margin, value-added pet food market in Mexico. A series of activities with Mexican grain buyers and pet food manufacturers, organized by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), is sharing the ins and outs of how U.S. sorghum fits in the pet food formula. 

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