Enke Joins USGC Mexico For Summer Internship

Stephen Enke. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Corn Board.

Stephen Enke joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) office in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, May 15, as the summer international intern, sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board. 

“Collaborating with the USGC Mexico office will offer a diverse perspective on policymaking,” Enke said. “This internship is an opportunity to further my own development, appreciate Mexico and its culture, and share the good our state and country offers the world.” 

Joy Zhang Departs From USGC Beijing Office

Joy Jin Zhang, USGC Beijing office and program manager.

Joy Jin Zhang, USGC Beijing office and program manager, will leave U.S. Grains Council (USGC) this week after nearly 17 years of service to the organization. 

Zhang started with the Council in August 2000 as secretary. She advanced to administrative secretary then to her current position as office and program manager. In her current position, Joy manages key components of the Council’s Beijing office as well as coordinating policy programs and travel and itineraries for trade programs. 

Young Recognized For 10 Years of USGC Service

USGC President and CEO Thomas Sleight presenting Tommy Young with a plaque in recognition of 10 years of service to the Council.

An Egyptian dairy farmer sparked 10 years of involvement with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) for one Arkansas farmer.

Tommy Young of Newport, Arkansas, represented the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board on a USGC mission to Morocco and Egypt back then, where he met an Egyptian dairy farmer who had started his operation with five cows in downtown Cairo and expanded to the countryside with 50 cows in four years.

Staff in Tunis, Taipei Recognized For Years Of Steadfast Service

Hela Rezouga, USGC program coordinator for Middle East and Africa

International staff serve as the eyes, ears and hands for U.S. farmers in the global offices of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). Two of them - Hela Rezouga, program coordinator for Middle East and Africa office in Tunis, Tunisia, and Gloria Chou, financial administrator for the Taiwan office - were recently recognized for their years of service to the organization. 

In her 10 years working in Tunisia, Rezouga has added stability and strong programmatic support to the Council’s efforts, her supervisors report. 

USGC Welcomes United Wisconsin Grain Producers As Returning Member

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to welcome United Wisconsin Grain Producers (UWGP) as a returning member. 

Based in Friesland, Wisconsin, UWGP started production in 2005 and today processes grain into high-quality biofuels and resultant feed products while maximizing energy value. 

UWGP products include ethanol, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), crude corn oil and A+ pro-yeast (50 percent protein feed that contains 25 percent spent yeast). 

USGC Advisory Team Application Window Open Until April 28

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is now accepting applications for the organization’s Advisory Teams, commonly known as A-Teams. 

A-Teams are committees of subject matter experts who provide input on the direction, priorities and activities of the Council as well as further encourage member participation in USGC export market development efforts.