USGC Welcomes New Member Interstate Commodities

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Interstate Commodities as its newest member.

Incorporated in 1947, Interstate Commodities is engaged in the origination, merchandising, logistics and risk management of grain and feed ingredients for producers and consumers domestically and internationally. 

Headquartered in Troy, New York, its mission is to provide unparalleled value to customers and suppliers through expertise in logistics, marketing, risk management and customer service. 

Share Your Crop Updates Today On USGC’s Grow Corn Facebook Page

With the growing season well underway, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) needs farmer and state organization posts about local corn crops on its overseas-targeted Facebook page Growing the 2016 U.S. Corn Crop.

This page is a direct channel for communication between farmers and overseas customers about the condition and quality of the 2016 U.S. corn crop.

ICYMI: USGC Elects Councell As Chairman, New Board of Directors

The U.S. Grains Council elected new officers and new members for its board of directors during its 56th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this past week in Louisville, Kentucky.

Chip Councell, a 10th generation farmer from Talbot County, Maryland, was elected as the new chairman, taking the helm after many years of service in community and farm organization leadership positions both locally and nationally.

USGC Welcomes New Member CHS Renewable Fuels

 The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome CHS Renewable Fuels as its newest member.

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations.

After 30 Years With USGC, Gary Marshall Still Looks Ahead

As the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) honors him for 30 years of involvement, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council Chief Executive Officer Gary Marshall shows he's still looking to the future.

"I think we're on the threshold of blowing open the international market for ethanol – we're in the vanguard of a new market the Council helped create," Marshall said when asked to reflect on USGC and his long tenure with the organization.

Tilstra, Barlow See Unique Council Strengths

Long-serving delegates to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) are quick to share the Council's strengths. After 15 years, Harold Tilstra of Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, said he sees the Council's focus on exports as key.

"So many organizations have all kinds of diverse political agendas," he explains. "Once you understand how the Council works, you figure out that this is not the organization where you bring those agendas. You're here because you believe in the importance of promoting and servicing exports. That single focus helps our functionality."

State Organization Execs Agree on Council’s Value

State checkoff executives play a unique role within the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), from newer executives like Jill Barnhardt of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Greg Krissek of the Kansas Corn Commission - both being recognized for five years of service - to veterans like Virginia Corn's Phil Hickman and Maryland Grain Producers' Lynne Hoot.

When asked about their USGC experiences, Hickman and Hoot offer similar perspectives on the Council's value.