Advisory Team Leaders


In an effort to further encourage member participation in the U.S. Grains Council's export market development efforts, the organization has seven Advisory Teams, also known as A-Teams. These are Asia, Biotechnology, Ethanol, Middle East/Africa, Trade Policy, Value-Added Programs, and Western Hemisphere.

The U.S. Grains Council chairman appoints A-Team leaders each July following the Annual Board of Delegates Meeting.

A-Team leaders are charged with communicating the actions of their A-Teams to the Board of Directors. Each A-Team consists of representatives of the Council membership, as well as a Council Board liaison and a USGC staff liaison. A-Team members normally serve two-year terms and meet at least twice annually, plus additional times via conference call or in person as determined by each team.

The appointed leaders are as Follows:

Innovation and Sustainability

Duane Aistrope - Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Western Hemisphere

Fred Miller - Ohio Corn Marketing Program

Trade Policy

Jeffrey Nawn - DuPont Pioneer


Jim Galvin - Lakeview Energy, LLC

Middle East / Africa

Martin Kerschen - United Sorghum Checkoff Program


Paul Jeschke - Ililnois Corn Marketing Board

Asia Programs

Ryan Wagner - South Dakota Corn Utilization Council