The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) sadly shares the passing of Bill Kubecka, a long-time Council delegate and sorghum farmer from Palacios, Texas.
“Bill was a calm and dedicated voice for sorghum over the decades, and I always enjoyed his counsel and friendship,” said Tom Sleight, USGC president and chief executive officer. “We all miss Bill, and the industry has lost a great leader.”
Kubecka served as the sorghum sector representative on the Council’s Board of Directors in 2011, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, representing the United Sorghum Checkoff Program. However, his involvement with the Council began much earlier; he first attended a USGC market assessment mission to Canada and Mexico in 1993. He also hosted trade teams at his farm, was an active member of several of the Council’s advisory teams and participated in overseas missions to Germany, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Belgium, Kenya and South Africa.
Kubecka retired from the Council in July 2016 following 30 years of dedicated service to the mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.
“Any time you go through adversity together, it brings people together. I think it’s done wonders for us as a group,” he said during his retirement remarks, noting his respect for the Board’s ability to meet the challenges required to maintain a strong presence for U.S. grain around the world.
The Council’s leadership will miss Kubecka’s wisdom and extends deep condolences to his family and friends.
More information on funeral services and memorial donations for Kubecka is here.
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.