Future Focus Drives Brunkhorst’s Work On Trade As USGC Recognizes Him For 15 Years of Service

Whether it is the next international market opportunity or the next generation of agricultural leaders, Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, is focused on the future. And after representing his state at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) for 15 years, his outlook for both is bright.

“When I started as staff, my interaction with the Council was a cooperative partnership and seeing the various programs they undertook,” Brunkhorst said. “And I see that partnership as extending the farmers’ reach from their first purchaser into the world market.”

In USGC Tenure, Rekeweg Balances Critical Access To Markets With Critical Access To Technology

Matt Rekeweg started working with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) five years ago after taking over as U.S. industry relations leader for Dow AgroSciences from a retiring colleague. From the very first meeting, he realized the value of the partnership between the Council and members of the broader grain supply chain.

Working With The Council, Zook Helps Convince Michigan Corn Farmers To Focus On Trade

Jim Zook always knew he wanted to work in agriculture, but he never imagined his experiences in agronomy, finance, ethanol - even his father’s work as a DeKalb dealer - would lead him to working on international trade and farm policy as the executive director of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan.

Now, as he passes the five-year milestone participating in the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), he knows he has made great progress in convincing Michigan farmers to focus on the increasing value of exports to their bottom lines.

Russell Helps USGC Educate International Customers On Logistics, Quality Through Trade Team Engagement

Each year, many trade teams tour The Russell Marine Group’s facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, to discuss quality certification and grain handling logistics. The group’s president, Thomas Russell, said that during his five years of formal involvement as a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegate, he has viewed that educational effort as part of his responsibility to the larger U.S. agricultural industry.

Council Delegates Head To Vancouver For Summer Meeting

USGC to meet in Vancouver, WA

More than 300 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) members, delegates and guests will meet in Vancouver, Washington, next week for the organization's 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. 

Speakers scheduled will offer deep dives into emerging ethanol opportunities, China’s growing influence in global trade and the U.S. approach to trade policy negotiations, including the coming modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


USGC Bids Farewell To Regional Director Kevin Roepke

Kevin Roepke, USGC Regional Director of South and Southeast Asia

Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) regional director of South and Southeast Asia, will depart the Council in August to join the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) as the regional director for the Americas, based in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

“Kevin’s excellent insights into markets and strong background in trade made him a valued member of our international staff,” said Cary Sifferath, USGC senior director of global programs. “He helped enhance the Council’s overall global market development programs in a highly competitive marketplace.” 

USGC Welcomes New Manager Of Global Trade Alejandra Danielson Castillo

Alejandra Danielson Castillo joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as manager of global trade in the Washington, D.C., office on July 17. 

In this role, Danielson Castillo will provide trade servicing expertise to the Council, strengthen the Council’s relationships with U.S. and global traders and further the export marketing interests of U.S. feed grains and co-products. 


Michigan Corn Growers Association Joins As USGC Member

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome the Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA) as a new member.

Officially launched in 1972, the MCGA is a grassroots organization of grower members dedicated to increasing the profitability of corn production. MCGA’s efforts include marketing seminars, educational meetings, research plots and tradeshows.

Click here for more information on the Michigan Corn Growers Association.