Council to Fill Korean Post with Experienced Grains Industry Professional

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce Haksoo Kim has joined the staff as assistant director in the Council’s Korea office.

“Mr. Kim is an innovative executive and marketing professional with experience in both the U.S. and Korean grain industries,” said USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight. “He has proven experience with establishing business, working and analyzing the grain industry and more.”

The Countdown Begins on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Passage last week of trade promotion authority (TPA) was an important step toward completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but significant negotiations and tough decisions remain to complete the landmark deal.

With the 2016 U.S. election season already looming, this summer is a key window of opportunity to finalize TPP. The pact among 12 Pacific Rim partners – a group that already accounts for 40 percent of world gross domestic product (GDP) – is intended to create a dynamic, free trade zone creating jobs and economic growth for all participants.

Officers Mission to Cuba: Digging Deeper Into Opportunities/Challenges

The Obama Administration’s efforts to normalize trade with Cuba continue, with an announcement this week that embassies will re-open in Havana and Washington this summer. However, many trade restrictions remain in place that can only be effectively addressed by the U.S. Congress – and that continue to stymie U.S. grain exports to Cuba.

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As Industry Develop Exports, U.S. A Dominant Biofuels Producer

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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working with partners including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy to develop and execute global market development programs for U.S. ethanol in select markets including Canada, China, Colombia, the European Union, Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. 

Word from the Ground

USGC Opens Doors for DDGS Distributors, End-Users in Southern Mexico

By: Javier Chavez, Marketing Specialist in Mexico, U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and consultants recently completed a tour of Southeast Mexico to make presentations promoting U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to 23 ranchers in Chiapas. The attendees were presidents and chairmen of local cattle producer associations and represent an estimated 1.1 million head of cattle, more than 40 percent of the total cattle in the area.