USGC Hires and Bids Farewell to Staff in Washington, Korea

Please join the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in welcoming two new employees, Emily Byron to its Washington, D.C., headquarters and Young Jin Lee to its office in Korea.

Byron joins the Council as the new global programs coordinator. In this capacity, she will handle the many details, logistics and follow-up needs associated with programs undertaken by her department and USGC consultants.

Korea: Corn Rebounds Strong; Contributes to U.S. Ag Export Record


A sharp rebound in U.S. corn exports to Korea helped power overall U.S. agricultural exports to that nation to $6.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, a new record. Including manufactured goods and services, Korea is the sixth largest U.S. trading partner internationally, just behind Germany and ahead of the United Kingdom and France.

USGC Conducts Webinar for Korean Poultry Nutritionists and Feed Formulators


By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea
Although almost 80 percent of Korean mixed feed manufacturers have tried U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in livestock and poultry diets, they have not continuously used the products. A few of them have incorporated it into their feed formulations, but with a lack of experience with the nutritional value of DDGS, they are hesitant to use the product in their rations.

Discovering the Market Potential for Ethanol Exports

In September, the U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy conducted the first of three initial missions to explore the possibilities for U.S. ethanol exports overseas. The missions will travel to different markets to meet with energy sector leaders and learn about local biofuel and energy needs.

While abroad, the team will explore areas of common interest and the specific biofuel requirements in each region. The team also hopes to demonstrate to contacts the growing affordability of ethanol and its potential as a clean fuel alternative to gasoline.

Exploring Markets for U.S. Ethanol Exports

Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy traveled this week to Japan and Korea to explore the potential for U.S. ethanol in those markets.

The trip is part of a wider look at potential overseas markets for this renewable fuel, which is in increased demand due to mandates for cleaner fuel and its overall affordability.

Providing Key Information to Korea’s Swine Sector

By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea

The U.S. Grains Council recently held a webinar to educate Korean swine nutritionists and feed formulation specialists on the benefits of using U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), covering topics as wide ranging as DDGS production, digestibility, energy and proper inclusion rates of DDGS in various swine diets.

Biofuels Mandates as Driver of Potential Ethanol Demand

This Chart of Note shows the theoretical volume of ethanol demand by non-U.S. markets with existing biofuels mandates. If countries enforced existing biofuels mandates using ethanol, their gasoline use in 2012 would suggest that the top 10 ethanol consumers would require 3.5 billion gallons of the renewable fuel. The next 10 would add another 393 million gallons of demand.


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