A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight:
"As formal renegotiation discussions for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin in Washington, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be engaging closely to help achieve a conclusion that provides our members and our customers long-term certainty and creates a new platform for growth and integration of our regional feed and fuel industries.
U.S. trade negotiators should make every effort to do no harm to U.S. agriculture when modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and should proceed quickly to help allay uncertainty felt by both customers and U.S. grain producers, USGC Chairman Chip Councell testified this week before a panel assembled by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
On Thursday, the Trump Administration formally informed Congress it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Below is a statement from Chip Councell, chairman of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and a farmer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland:
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.
WASHINGTON - Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in submitting comments in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Discussion Paper on a Federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS).
By Tom Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council
Some days don’t go how you expect them to go.
I have had many of those in my career, but few like this Wednesday, when we thought for 12 hours that we could soon see action from our own government to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Immediately and obviously we – and the larger agriculture community – knew how critical this situation could be.
With an output of 1.8 million head of cattle per year, Alberta is the heart of Canada’s beef industry and an area the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has identified as a potential growth market for sales of U.S. barley and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
At a recent Council-sponsored conference on the use of supplements in Canadian beef production, the organization and its partners introduced a new tool for evaluating DDGS to some of the largest producers in Alberta.
A team of Canadian buyers and end-users of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as well as a Canadian agriculture journalist visited the United States this week on a learning journey co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan.
Their travel focused on exploring additional ways to cut logistical costs and increase demand for U.S. DDGS and corn and included a tour of an ethanol plant, which was a highlight for some of the Canadian participants who had never seen ethanol production.
Join the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from July 27 to 29, 2015, for its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. All sessions will be held at Le Westin Montreal, located near the many downtown restaurants, galleries, boutiques and historic sites that epitomize Quebec's rich history.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce that the Westin Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada will serve as the location of its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting on July 27-29, 2015.
The summer meeting had been originally scheduled for the same dates in Denver. However, the host hotel is undergoing unplanned renovations, necessitating a change.