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Leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) called for the continuation of strong partnerships built under the framework of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other Western Hemisphere free trade agreements while at a joint regional buyers conference this month in Mexico.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently participated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agricultural trade mission to India, led by new Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. As part of that mission, the Council led an ethanol delegation that included Council members and ethanol industry association leaders.
Washington, D.C. - Exports of U.S. feed grains and related products provide critical support across the U.S. economy, offering billions in economic direct and indirect economic benefits to farmers, rural communities and the nation as a whole.
Tim Tierney joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as director of strategic marketing/ethanol, North Asia, on Monday. Based in Signapore, this new position will seek to capitalize on longstanding relationships as well as emerging opportunities for biofuels in North Asia.
Tierney’s position reflects efforts to build and align global resources for the Council's work to capture near-term demand for U.S. feed grain sales and build long-term demand for ethanol among global customers.
By Tom Sleight, USGC President and CEO
Inattention, indifference and inaction are no longer options for those in agriculture with regard to our nation’s foreign policy. Just as producers must watch daily their weather, crop conditions and commodity prices, so too must they track policy developments around the world that will make or break the markets for the bountiful crops they are so efficient at producing.
Statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s comments on U.S. ethanol export policy:
Washington, D.C. - A joint statement upon the conclusion of the fourth NAFTA negotiating round:
The fourth round of negotiations on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began in Washington, D.C., this week with a flurry of engagement between government and industry players as tensions on all sides appeared to increase.
When trade policy works, the world wins. But how does trade policy happen?
In a new, four-part audio series, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) tackles this question as well as explaining why trade policy matters to U.S. agriculture, how trade negotiations work and why developing and expanding markets for U.S. coarse grains and co-products would not be possible without strong trade policy.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is gaining two new leaders - and agriculture trade is gaining two new advocates - with the confirmations this week of Steve Censky as deputy secretary and Ted McKinney as the newly-created undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.
The U.S. Senate confirmed both the non-controversial nominees late Tuesday evening Washington time.