Nearly 700 guests representing the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), other U.S. agricultural cooperators and stakeholders in China celebrated U.S. Constitution Day on September 17 with an event at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
The U.S. Embassy coordinated with U.S. agricultural cooperators to provide food, drinks and entertainment for the event. Attendees enjoyed “Tuanjie Hu” beer, roughly translated as “Harmony Lake,” in honor of the metro station in Beijing near the old embassy district. The Council coordinated the brewing of this beer specifically for this event, that used U.S. malt, hops and yeast as ingredients. Nebraska Corn also provided compostable cups made from polylactic acid (PLA) produced in Nebraska using U.S. corn.
U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad was present, providing a chance to thank him for his service as he prepares to step down from the position in October. Other attendees included officials from the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce.
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.