Building, Keeping Overseas Grains Markets A Coming Highlight At NAFB’s Trade Talk

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) will conduct its annual Trade Talk event next week during the organization’s annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be on-hand to discuss both the record-setting marketing year for U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms and the necessity of long-term trade policy and market development work to keep sales robust.

USGC Chairman Jim Stitzlein and USGC President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Sleight will talk with farm broadcasters from across the country during the event on Nov. 8. Both are leaders in global market development and trade policy issues for U.S. corn, sorghum, barley, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol.

For many U.S. grain producers, international demand for their products – in one form or another – continued to rise in the 2017/2018 marketing year amidst challenging trade policy conditions. Overall, the United States exported nearly 120 million metric tons of feed grains in all forms (GIAF), translating into roughly 4.75 billion bushels, or a third of U.S. production. The results demonstrate the work by the Council and partner organizations to develop markets, enable trade and improve lives through capitalizing on short-term opportunities and building long-lasting and loyal trading relationships.

NAFB Trade Talk provides the opportunity for U.S. agricultural industry organizations to reach local and regional audiences through NAFB’s member stations and networks. NAFB estimates more than 2,500 interviews are conducted during Trade Talk by about 120 farm broadcasters canvassing organizations representing the depth and breadth of U.S. ag stakeholders.

To arrange interviews in advance of the event, please contact Bryan Jernigan, USGC director of communications, at or on site in Kansas City.