Lucas Szabo, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) manager of ethanol export programs, departed the Council on Sept. 18 to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA’s FAS) as an international trade specialist.
“Please join us in congratulating Lucas as he takes the next step in his professional journey,” said Brian Healy, USGC director of global ethanol market development. “We will miss his valued contributions but are glad he will remain in the ag family, working toward the common goal of expanding trade of U.S. agricultural products and improving the lives of U.S. producers.”
Szabo joined the Council as the global strategies coordinator, where he supported the global strategies, trade policy and biotechnology departments and provided administrative support.
He moved into the organization’s ethanol department in 2017 as manager of ethanol export programs, transitioning to the manager of global ethanol market development in 2019. In this capacity, Szabo assisted developing and managing implementation of export strategies, market development programs and policy engagement in the Council’s worldwide ethanol program.
“Lucas made substantial contributions to the Council’s three ethanol summits, deepening his technical knowledge and positioning himself to work directly with key ethanol members and drive industry positions and strategy,” Healy said. “Just as critically, he worked to further cohesion and integration of the global ethanol effort across all of the Council’s program areas and offices, a critical element for long-term success.”
The Council’s leadership thanks Szabo for his service. Please join the Council in wishing him farewell!
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.