USDA Leading U.S. Ethanol Trade Mission To Mexico

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Melissa Kessler,; Rachel Gantz,; and Michael Frohlich, 

WASHINGTON - USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse is leading a U.S. ethanol mission to Mexico on May 24-25 to explore trade opportunities between the two countries.

The mission participants include representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council who will attend meetings with government officials, legislators and the Mexican private industry.

As USDA explained, mission members will share their experiences with both ethanol production and the development of renewable fuels policies, with the goal of demonstrating how Mexico can implement its own renewable fuels program.

Assessment Mission Finds Japan Taking Steps Toward Ratification Of TPP

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Director of Trade Policy and Biotechnology Floyd Gaibler traveled to Japan last week to assess the economic and political environment for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and share results of two USGC studies on the agreement with local stakeholders.

The country initiated efforts to ratify TPP earlier this year, prompting the engagement with Japanese industry on the Council’s work to examine likely impacts on Japanese feed grains and livestock production, and in turn, U.S. exports of feed grains.

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Word from the Ground

Can You Wake Me Up At 5?

By: Luis Bustamante, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist for the Western Hemisphere

Something many thought was unthinkable happened this April when the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) escorted grain importers, embassy officials and high-ranking officials from Cuba to the United States for a mission to examine the U.S. grain export system.