Trade School

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are pleased to be partnering with almost a dozen member organizations to offer a series of regional trade schools in the winter of 2019/2020.

Each of these events will feature a slightly different agenda covering the same basic topics:

  • the importance of trade to farmers and agriculture,
  • current issues on the trade agenda and
  • how to talk about trade in your communities and organizations.

Farmers and affiliated members should feel free to attend the event that works best for their calendars, regardless of host organization or geography.

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Melissa Kessler, director of strategic relations at USGC, at mkessler (at)

Upcoming Events:

Olathe, Kansas – Feb. 17, 2020
Moline, Illinois – Feb.  19, 2020
Burlington, Colorado – March 11-12, 2020

Feb, 17, 2020 – Olathe, Kansas

In partnership with Kansas Corn, Nebraska Corn, Missouri Corn and Iowa Corn  

When: Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, approximately 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lunch and coffee/snacks will be provided.


John Deere Ag Marketing Center
10789 S Ridgeview Rd.
Olathe, KS 66061

Registration: Registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please contact Melissa Kessler, mkessler (at)

Housing:  The block has now closed. If you need a room, please contact Melissa Kessler, mkessler (at)

Feb. 19, 2020 – Moline, Illinois

In partnership with Iowa Corn and Illinois Corn  

When: Wednesday, Feb, 19, 2020, approximately 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lunch and coffee/snacks will be provided.


John Deere Headquarters
One John Deere Place
Moline, IL 61265

Registration: Registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please contact Melissa Kessler, mkessler (at)

Housing:  rooms will be available for the nights of Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 at the John Deere preferred rate of $109/night (plus applicable taxes). All rooms will be self-paid.

Radisson On John Deere Commons
1415 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-764-1000

To book, call the hotel and ask for the USGC or NCGA rate.

March 11/12, 2020 – Burlington, Colorado

In partnership with Colorado Corn 

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, approximately noon to 4:30 p.m., continued Thursday, March 12, 2020, approximately 8:30 a.m. – noon.

Lunch will be provided on Thursday, as well as coffee/snacks during the event.


Burlington Community and Education Center
340 S. 14th St.
Burlington, CO 80807

Registration: Registration is free, however pre-registration is required no later than Monday, Feb. 24.

Register Here

Housing:  rooms will be available for the night of March 11 at the Colorado Corn preferred rate (plus applicable tax). All rooms will be self-paid.

Best Western Burlington
605 S Lincoln Street
Burlington, CO 80807

To book, call 719-346-7777 and ask for the Colorado Corn rate.

Before Feb. 17: queen/double – $94.49; king – $89.99
After Feb. 17: queen/double – $109.99; king – $104.99

Past Events In This Series

Dec. 11, 2019 – Kent Island, Maryland – In partnership with the Maryland Grain Producers Board

Jan. 21/22, 2020 – Indianapolis, Indiana – in partnership with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, with participation from the Ohio Corn Marketing Board, the Michigan Corn Marketing Program and the Kentucky Corn Promotion Council 

Looking to learn about trade but can't make it to trade school? Start here.

The Trade Toolkit includes talking points and resources.

Trade Toolkit

Learn more about the background on trade topics.

Trade Backgrounder Booklet

USGC and NCGA have conducted analysis done of the impact of trade by state. An interactive map with one-pagers to download.

Value of U.S. Grains Trade

Trade issues outside of ag are critical to learn about, too! We covered that – mostly manufacturing and impact on the broader economy – as well as NAFTA in a webinar in 2018.

Trade And The U.S. Economy

Trade issues change rapidly. Keep up with the latest trade news.