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Phoenix -- Feb. 27, 2015 -- A statement from U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight following remarks by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix:
“We appreciate the Secretary’s call today at Commodity Classic for renewed engagement in trade policy by U.S. farmers and completion of game-changing agreements currently being negotiated, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) work often calls for a long-term effort. With 10 years of service, four current Council delegates can point to major Council achievements, while still noting challenges on the horizon.
Bill Christ of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board cites the Council’s success with distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) promotion overseas.
Given the integration of the North American markets, buyers in Mexico are among the most responsive customers to shifts in U.S. markets. Timely and accurate information is valuable to sophisticated buyers, and the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) annual Corn Harvest Quality Report and Corn Export Cargo Quality Report have found eager audiences in the Mexican feed and livestock industries.
Two months after the Obama Administration made a splash with the announcement it would seek to normalize trade relations with Cuba, the U.S. grain industry is making moves to seize the opportunity for increased exports there.
The Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board’s Ken Rosenow and Dave Adams bracketed the list of service recognitions at last week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) winter annual meeting – Adams with five years as a delegate and Rosenow with 30 years – but when asked about their Council service, both start by praising the people they’ve met.
“If you’re new, try to visit as many of the different A-Teams (Advisory Teams) as possible,” Adams said. “It really gives you a feel for what’s going on and what everyone is trying to do.”
Rosenow echoed Adams sentiment.
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Word from the Ground
By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs