Who We Are
Michael Dwyer serves as the chief economist for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
In this capacity, he provides trade, marketing, and policy analysis of developments in global supply and demand; helps the USGC staff and its members stay abreast of developments in the global market; and develops and maintains information on changing market conditions that will benefit the Council’s overseas contacts. Dwyer manages the Council’s worldwide ethanol market development activities and travels extensively in Asia, Latin America, and Europe, gaining first-hand knowledge of markets, current supply-demand factors, policies, decision-makers, and issues that impact global markets. He speaks frequently at professional conferences and to the news media in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, he serves on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee advising the Secretary of Commerce on matter pertaining to biofuels.
Prior to the Council, Dwyer worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for 35 years, most recently as its chief economist and as a director of global policy analysis. In these positions, he was responsible for conducting and coordinating trade and policy analyses on a wide variety of strategic issues that affected U.S. and world agricultural trade, including those that affected the emerging global biofuels market.
Dwyer holds a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College in international affairs and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University in agricultural economics with a specialization in international trade, marketing and econometrics.
The Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. feed grains and ethanol. The organization has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Support for the Council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) through programs authorized in the U.S. farm bill.