Bill Kubecka Hangs Up His Grains Council Hat

For Bill Kubecka, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program is just the latest sorghum organization he has represented at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). Now retiring after some 30 years of involvement, Kubecka has an exceptionally long perspective on the Council's work.

"We've had some challenges with our funding through the farm program, but Tom [Sleight, the current USGC president and CEO] has done a wonderful job watching our money," Kubecka said.

He sees an advantage to hard times.

Jim Tobin Reflects On 16 Years with USGC

Wrapping up six years on the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) board of directors and 16 years of work with the Council, Monsanto's Jim Tobin can't emphasize enough how impressed he is with USGC's work around the world.

"I think the Council has done a terrific job of getting ahead of the issues and answering questions from traders and foreign governments about why U.S. farmers use biotechnology and what it means," he said in an interview.

Chart of Note

Chart of Note: Global Survey Demonstrates Scale Of Feed Market

Global feed tonnage reached 995.6 million tons in 2015, according to the 2016 edition of an annual global feed survey by agriculture supplier Alltech.

The survey, conducted in December 2015, gathered data from 131 countries, 32,341 feed mills, and several feed industry associations.

Over the past five years, global feed tonnage has increased by 14 percent and, in the past year alone, tonnage increased by 2 percent, the survey showed. The data reflects a worldwide increase in the demand for protein and the global need for feed production.

Word from the Ground

Word From The Ground: Sustainability's Complexity Offers Lessons For Strong Communication

Word From the Ground

By: Melissa Kessler, U.S. Grains Council Director of Communications

What is sustainability? And how do we know when we have achieved it - if it is even something that can be declared "achieved" in a field quite literally evolving all the time?

Those were the central questions for the more than 175 agriculture-focused journalists and communicators from more than 30 countries who converged last week for the annual conference of the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ) in and around Bonn, Germany.