Photo Of The Week: Throwback To 2003 Barley Mission

Back in August 2003, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) worked with Washington Barley Commission (now, Washington Grain Commission) member Paul Williamson, far left, to host a group of Japanese feed barley importers and end-users to the United States. Williamson later became USGC’s chairman, in 2005. Japan is a major overseas user of U.S. food barley, importing around 22,434 MT (1.03 million bushels) in calendar year 2020. Servicing the trade by building strong, ongoing relationships with barley users in Japan will continue to help create new demand, build U.S. market share for the commodity and foster a better understanding of trading practices between the countries involved.