USGC: NAFTA Modernization Efforts Should Seek to Ease Uncertainty For Customers, U.S. Farmers

Concerns about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have disrupted relationships with longstanding customers of U.S. grains and caused significant concern in farm country, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chairman Chip Councell testified Tuesday to a panel of government officials examining priorities ahead of NAFTA renegotiation talks.

Councell, a farmer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, spoke at the hearing to provide information and offer personal insights into the impact of NAFTA changes to the U.S. corn, sorghum and barley industries.

Building A Billion Gallon Market For Ethanol In Mexico

Increasing U.S. ethanol exports requires building new markets from square one with industry partners and government regulators. This market development work, undertaken by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and partners including Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), requires time and persistence to achieve huge potential payoffs. 

USGC Congratulates New Manager of Ethanol Export Programs Lucas Szabo

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) promoted Lucas Szabo to manager of ethanol export programs, starting on June 19. Szabo, who is extensively familiar with USGC policies and programs, is working closely with the outgoing manager, Ashley Kongs, leading up to her departure for graduate school next month. 

“I am excited Lucas is filling this position,” said Mike Dwyer, USGC chief economist. “Lucas has demonstrated proficiency and flexibility in supporting USGC programs, and we are excited to add him to the ethanol team.”

USGC Welcomes New Member Kansas Ethanol, LLC

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Kansas Ethanol, LLC as a new member.

Founded in 2005, Kansas Ethanol, LLC is located in Lyons, Kansas.

The company produces fuel-grade ethanol utilizing corn and grain sorghum and offers wet and dry distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) tub and cube products as feed to livestock producers.

Click here for more information on Kansas Ethanol, LLC.

Trade Agreements A Good Deal For U.S. Feed Grains

Trade equals huge success for exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms, particularly to the 20 countries with which the United States has a free trade agreement (FTA). 

Exports of feed grains in all forms to FTA partner countries have increased by nearly 24 percent over the last 10 marketing years (2006/2007 to 2015/2016), according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). 

Ethanol Activities In South Korea, Vietnam Highlight Importance Of Policy’s Role In Trade

Brian Healy, USGC manager of ethanol export market development, discusses potential for ethanol in South Korea.

Developing markets for U.S. ethanol involves a complex combination of trade policy and marketing work. Two U.S. Grains Council (USGC) activities this past week aimed to not only provide insights on ethanol policy development with a role for trade, but also exchange information with government officials, traders and even consumers about the environmental, health and economic benefits of increased ethanol use. 

Mexican Grain Team In Nebraska, D.C.: NAFTA Is A Good Deal For U.S. Agriculture

Mexican Grain Team with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Corn.

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico have quintupled since the ink dried on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than 20 years ago. And Mexico’s animal agriculture and feed manufacturing industries want to keep buying even more U.S. corn, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and other products, according to a team of Mexican grain buyers, livestock and feed processing representatives who traveled to Nebraska and Washington, D.C., this week. 

U.S. Ethanol Weighs In On Proposed Canadian Fuel Standard

The Canadian government has set an aggressive goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 megatons by 2030 - and U.S. ethanol is a proven and economically viable tool to help achieve that objective. A U.S. ethanol industry mission delivered that message and more information about the benefits of U.S. ethanol during a mission to Canada in April, followed by formal comments on the proposed Canadian Clean Fuel Standard. 

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