In an effort to further encourage member participation in the U.S. Grains Council's export market development efforts, the organization has seven Advisory Teams, also known as A-Teams. These are Asia, Biotechnology, Membership and Communications, Middles East/Africa, Trade Policy, Value-Added Programs, and Western Hemisphere.
The U.S. Grains Council Board of Directors appoints team leaders for the organization A-Teams each July following the Annual Board of Delegates' Meeting.
A-Team leaders are charged with communicating the actions of their A-Teams to the Board of Directors. Each A-Team consists of representatives of the Council membership, as well as a Council Board liaison and a USGC staff liaison. A-Team members normally serve two-year terms and meet at least twice annually, plus additional times via conference call or in person as determined by each team.
The appointed leaders are as follows:
|Asia Programs||Dick Gallagher
Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Missouri Corn Growers Association
|Membership & Communications||Rex Martin
|Middle East/Africa||Phillip McCoun
Kentucky Corn Promotion Council
|Trade Policy||Steve Brody
DeLong Co., Inc.
|Western Hemisphere||Bill Christ
Illinois Corn Marketing Board