This year has seen the U.S. Grains Council capitalize on lessons learned during the global pandemic that began in 2020. No longer are we unfamiliar with how to conduct meetings via Zoom or Teams, and our International Marketing Conference and annual meetings have been completely virtual and even hybrid during 2021.

Staff in every Council office have found ways to connect with buyers of U.S. corn, sorghum, barley, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol in their markets – oftentimes finding that top-level executives who otherwise would not be able to attend an in-person meeting would make themselves available for virtual calls and presentations – ultimately leading to impressive sales.

Because the Council’s work during the pandemic has never stopped or even slowed down, we can truly say it has played a significant role, resulting in the best export year of all time for grains in all forms for the marketing year 2020/2021 – up 28.3 percent from 2019/2020 levels.
From officially opening our new office in India and signing memorandums of understanding with key global trading partners to how the Council has managed COVID response and expanded staff around the world to capture demand for our products.

Beyond our worldwide success stories, you can read about commodity-specific high points – record sales of U.S. corn and sorghum to our top market, China; successful Kenyan feeding trials for U.S. sorghum; record-setting imports of barley to Mexico; global growth of DDGS in aquaculture; and worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction policies helping to grow the market for U.S. ethanol.

Sadly, we are not on the other side of the pandemic just yet; but that only means our innovative efforts on behalf of the commodities the Council represents continue as, Together in Trade, we seek to meet the demands for U.S. commodities around the world.

2021 Annual Report Mailer

Past Annual Reviews




The Council capitalized on virtual programming throughout the year.
Council showcases nutritional benefits of food barley to increase sales to Japan and South Korea.
Despite COVID challenges, U.S. ethanol had the fifth-highest U.S. export year.
The Council touted benefits of distiller’s dried grains with solubles in animal feed for potential customers.
China purchases more U.S. corn than any other country in history.
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">As the Mexican craft beer industry grows, U.S. barley farmers and malt producers see opportunity to supply the main ingredient.</span>
Council’s education and programming highlight benefits of ethanol when tackling GHG emissions.
Council efforts in Southeast Asia, Morocco and Mexico help expand distiller’s dried grains with solubles used for aquaculture.
China leads the way for U.S. sorghum purchases in 2020/2021.
Craft beer industry in the world’s largest beer market creates greater opportunities for U.S. malt.
Council’s efforts help deliver the first container shipment of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the Mediterranean region.
Study shows U.S.-origin corn outperforms crops of different origins in animal feed.
Feeding trials in Kenya show sorghum can substitute for corn in poultry feeds.
U.S. sorghum sales in Spain look positive following the trade mission.
The Council helps strengthen the trade relationship between the U.S. and India through educational engagement.