Registration is now open for the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) 17th International Marketing Conference and 60th Annual Membership Meeting in Tampa, Florida. An important note for potential attendees is shifted days of the week for this meeting, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, and end on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.
This meeting is Council members’ annual chance to meet face-to-face with USGC staff and consultants from around the globe who cultivate and grow overseas markets for U.S. corn, barley, sorghum, ethanol, dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) and more.
“The Council’s global staff are vital resources to our industry,” said Darren Armstrong, USGC chairman and farmer from North Carolina, in a letter welcoming members to the meeting. “I hope you will engage and build relationships with them to deepen your understanding of the critical efforts they undertake for our industry around the world.”
At the meeting, the organization’s Advisory Teams (A-Teams) will review the Council’s Unified Export Strategy (UES) and help set direction and priorities for the year ahead. Sectors will meet to discuss issues of importance specifically for corn, barley and sorghum producers as well as agribusinesses and general farm organizations.
“Your direction will help us establish priorities in the coming year and incorporate them into the Council’s operational plans, including offering direction for the new Agricultural Trade Promotion – or ATP – programs the Council is undertaking to find and grow markets around the world,” Armstrong said. “I am proud of the work we continue to do. I am confident you will leave this meeting with a renewed dedication to the work that still remains to be done to make something happen for coarse grains and ethanol exports.”
More about the meeting, including registration and housing details, is available at grains.org/tampa.
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 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 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.