USGC Chairman Talks Ethanol With NCGA Delegates in D.C.

USGC Chairman

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners are working to aggressively promote U.S. ethanol exports with programs focused on the priority markets of China, India, Japan and Mexico, USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann told corn state stakeholders at the National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA's) Corn Congress this week in Washington, D.C.

Tiemann, a farmer from Nebraska, provided his update during the Congress' Wednesday general session, attended by NCGA delegates and farmers in town to set policy priorities before meeting with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Mexican Ethanol Producers Set Sights on Sorghum

Sorghum Trade Team

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of Mexican ethanol producers visited Kansas and Texas last week as part of program designed to engage interest in U.S. sorghum for production of the biobased fuel. The program, launched in partnership with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), gave participants the opportunity to tour facilities and learn more about the benefits of using sorghum as Mexican energy industry reforms continue.

TBT: The Trade Term, Not The Tweet

In the hip world of social media, TBT stands for “throwback Thursday,” and for one day a week, it is among the online universe’s most used hashtags. TBT is a staple of modern-day marketing campaigns, designed to conjure up nostalgia, encourage dialogue and induce consumer endorsement. It looks something like this:

#TBT. do u remember @Wendys “where’s the beef” ads? i still luv that little ole lady…and those burgers.

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.