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The global market for gluten-free products has been on the rise in recent years and is expected to reach $6.2 billion by 2018, according to MarketsandMarkets, a U.S. based global market research company. To meet the increasing demand, food manufacturers are relying on gluten-free ingredients to produce baked goods, cereals, snacks and other products that meet consumer demands.
Sorghum: A Gluten-Free Whole Grain
Sorghum is recognized as an important farm crop in the United States and has expanded to become one of the top five crops grown worldwide.
Although sorghum has been predominately grown for livestock feed and ethanol production in the United States, it is mainly used for human food elsewhere in the world. This is partly because the crop can grow in harsh environments with drought conditions where other grains do not typically perform as well.
Barley has been a long-time ingredient in animal feed rations and beer, a beverage enjoyed worldwide. But this ancient grain is also garnering attention by health professionals for its nutritional benefits for human health.
Three U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) delegates – Randy Ives of Gavilon; Ray Defenbaugh of Big River Resources; and Stan Garbacz from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture – were honored for 10 years of service to the organization at its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Montreal, Canada.
Asked about their experiences with the Council, the three told different stories but were unanimous in recognizing its value.
The highlight for Ives has been seeing the ethanol industry come together to meet challenges from antidumping cases to biotechnology acceptance.
Jerry Wang, delegate for Living Water Integra Trade Inc., and Russ Hurlbert, delegate for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation were honored for five years of service to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) during the organization’s 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held this week in Montreal, Canada.
For both men, their years of service to the Council have brought practical rewards.
“It’s been an excellent experience working with the Council, and especially with the value-added Advisory Team (A-Team),” Wang said. “I learned a lot and also gave a lot of insights I have in the grain industry. The Council always listens to the members’ opinions.”
Nearly 240 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates and members are departing Montreal, Canada, the site of the Council’s 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held this week, committed to a year celebrating the theme Excellence in Exports and focused on the work the Council needs to do to build demand, remove trade barriers and provide customer service to overseas buyers.
Kimberly Atkins, a longtime staffer and current director of global programs for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), will be the next vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of the organization.
In her new role, she will oversee the daily operations and management of the Council including relationships with strategic and member partners and oversight of the Council’s strategic plan. Atkins has been with the Council for 10 years, working in roles focused on management and execution of the Council’s global operations. She will assume the VP/COO role as of Aug. 1.
Representatives of Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) traveled to Tokyo this week to follow up on an industry market assessment of the potential to export U.S. ethanol to Japan. Over the next two years, the government of Japan will be undertaking a full review of its national energy policies, including biofuels, potentially opening up opportunities for additional ethanol exports there.