Council Attends Commodity Classic

Projections of record-setting attendance numbers exceeded expectations as over 6,000 farmers, member associations, agribusinesses and media descended on the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn. today. Hosted by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association (ASA), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and National Sorghum Producers (NSP), the Commodity Classic is an annual convention and trade show where conference participants network with top industry leaders to discuss and develop current policy challenges on a variety of issues.

Among the presenters was U.S. Grains Council President and CEO, Thomas C. Dorr, who delivered an analysis of the fast growing Vietnamese market. "Vietnam illustrates the choices faced by many developing countries today," Dorr noted. "A fast growing economy and rising demand are colliding with production constraints. The prospects for increased trade are good, and the Council is working to ensure that U.S. producers are able to compete."

Also representing Council at the event are Board Officers Wendell Shauman, Don Fast and Terry Vinduska, together with Tom Sleight, USGC Vice President of Operations and Membership, who will share insight and Council persective on key issues including value of trade, food security and export expansion.

"The Council is always looking for new markets in countries that are just achieving lift-off," Shauman said. "Vietnam has come a long way, and we are eager to help meet their rapidly growing dietary needs."