Reporters Attending NAFB’s Trade Talk Can Arrange Interviews With Council Staff Now

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s (NAFB’s) 2020 Trade Talk event is going virtual this year on Nov. 19. While the online event will certainly look and feel differently than the Westin ballroom, it won’t stop the U.S. Grains Council staff from participating – offering trade insights from around the globe to news and agricultural reporters who attend the event.

USGC President and CEO Ryan LeGrand, USGC Chairman Jim Raben and USGC Strategic Relations Director Melissa Kessler will discuss import topics, including:

  • trade deals;
  • trade promotion and emerging markets;
  • U.S. grain and co-product exports;
  • the Council’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • the value of trade in a complex, global environment; and
  • market recovery worldwide.

In addition, the Council’s Director in China Bryan Lohmar will also be on-hand to discuss the latest news regarding corn, sorghum and barley purchases in one of the current top grain export markets.

“It’s always a pleasure to spend time with the reporters who cover our issues day after day,” LeGrand said. “We appreciate them continuing to share the importance of global trade and what it means to our farmers and agribusinesses in the U.S., and we look forward to speaking with them during this important event.”

Each Council subject matter expert will have a set schedule when they will be in the virtual booth. For that reason, pre-arranged appointments are encouraged:

  • Ryan LeGrand: 9AM ET/8AM CT – 1PM ET/12PM CT
  • Jim Raben: 1PM ET/12PM CT – 3:30PM ET/2:30PM CT
  • Bryan Lohmar: 8AM ET/7AM CT – 10:00 AM ET/9AM CT
  • Melissa Kessler: 8AM ET/7AM CT – 10:30AM ET/9:30AM CT and 12PM ET/3:30 PM ET/2:30PM CT

    To arrange interviews in advance, please contact Bryan Jernigan, USGC director of communications.