Up-and-Coming Council Leadership Infuses Energy Into USGC

As the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recognizes long-time leaders, it’s also important to honor the up-and-coming member representatives who will form the Council's talented leadership in the future. 

Examples of this are six grower leaders with five years of service who are already making their marks through the A-teams or on the Council’s Board of Directors:

Julia Debes Joins USGC As Communications Manager

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) welcomed Julia Debes to its headquarters staff on Thursday as manager of communications.

Debes comes to her new role with extensive experience in agriculture communication, including membership-focused communications and international market development.

She most recently worked as the communications director for the National Sorghum Producers, a USGC member, and previously in her own communications company and as assistant director of communications at U.S. Wheat Associates.

USGC Board of Directors Applications Due March 27

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is accepting applications for new members to its Board of Directors until March 27.

The Council is a non-profit association charged with promoting the export of U.S.-produced corn, barley, sorghum and their related products, including ethanol and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

Its membership is made up of more than 175 commodity checkoffs, agriculture industry organizations and agribusiness offering expertise and financial resources that are matched by funds from market development programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Smiley To Depart Council After 23 Years Working With Members

Please join the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in bidding farewell to Valerie Smiley as she leaves the organization to work closer to her family and her home in Maryland.

Smiley started at the Council in the role of executive assistant and transitioned in 2000 to her current role of manager of membership administration. In both roles, she has worked closely with the Council's many members and has become known for organizing details, maintaining essential records, keeping people on schedule and welcoming members with a smile to USGC meetings.

Sanchez Promoted to New Assistant Directorship in South, Southeast Asia

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce that Manuel Sanchez has been named to the new position of South and Southeast Asia assistant director in its Kuala Lumpur office. 

USGC’s Board of Directors voted to create this new position in September 2016 as part of an effort to more effectively serve the growing regional market for all feed grains and co-products. 

In this position, Sanchez will assist in identifying and addressing trade, technical and policy factors relevant to building and maintaining the market for U.S. coarse grains and co-products.