Council’s Summer Meeting Continues, Focused on Global Trade Successes

The second day of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) 62nd Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Sacramento, California, highlighted Council program successes, offered insight into the coming Farm Bill and began a refresh of the Council’s strategic plan.

During the morning general session, USGC Vice President, Cary Sifferath gave an around-the-world update on Council activities in markets in which the Council has a presence.

“The Council has done a great job of establishing connections and relationships with industries and governments abroad,” Sifferath said. “As the industries have changed their focus, the Council continues to adapt with them on behalf of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.”

Following Sifferath, attendees heard from selected directors and managers who shared Council success stories from around the globe.

Emily Byron, USGC director of global programs, shared China’s sorghum purchases and Indonesia’s purchases of DDGS for the poultry industry. USGC manager of global ethanol market development, Stella Qian, discussed the United Kingdom’s move to implement E10 ethanol standard to develop a net zero transportation sector. Katy Wyatt, USGC manager of global strategies reviewed how sorghum and DDGS feeding trials in Africa are changing the feed industries there. USGC marketing director for the Latin America region, Ana Ballesteros, shared how implementing an extensive manufacturing training course has led to the modernization of Columbia’s feed industry. Sadie Marks, USGC manager of global programs, discussed how the Council’s work with a major Mexican brewer has increased barley sales and encouraged future growth.

The morning session also featured National Corn Growers Association CEO, Jon Doggett, who discussed the outlook for the coming Farm Bill that houses the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD), both of which help fund the Council’s work overseas.

In the afternoon, led by USGC Director of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement Melissa Kessler, attendees began work on USGC’s strategic plan, a guiding document that helps direct the Council’s actions over the next few years. Attendees discussed the priorities of each stakeholder group and how the plan should evolve over time.

The organization also held member sessions including agribusiness, general farm organizations, barley, corn and sorghum sectors that took up issues of importance about the commodities the Council represents.

The meeting concludes tomorrow with attendees participating in the Board of Delegates meeting where they will elect USGC officers and Advisory Team (A-Team) and sector leaders will offer their recommendations and reports regarding the future direction of the Council.

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