News & Events
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Western Plains Energy, LLC as a new member.
Western Plains Energy, LLC is an agricultural-based, renewable energy production company that focuses on profit, people, partners and productivity.
Formed on July 10, 2001 and located in Oakley, Kansas, this fuel-ethanol facility was originally created to improve the value of local grain. Western Plains Energy utilizes both corn and grain sorghum to produce approximately 50 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year.
Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the U.S. Grains Council are calling upon the U.S. government to develop an immediate response to Brazil’s newly implemented tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports, a trade barrier that threatens over $750 million in U.S. exports and American jobs.
A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC):
"The Council strongly opposes withdrawal from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), an action that will lead to immediate and sustained losses in sales to our third largest corn customer.
"South Korea is an example of the transformational partnership available to U.S. grain farmers and their global customers through strong trade policy and overseas market development.
At first glance, cattle feeders from Mexico may not appear to have much in common with Corona beer or the Mexican media. Yet each has a common reason for traveling to the United States in late August: learning more about the potential for collaboration and increased business between the United States and Mexico.
Saudi Arabia has nearly doubled purchased of U.S. corn this marketing year due to a combination of favorable government policy shifts, competitive prices and market development work by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Blairo Maggi tweeted this afternoon that CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, has approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota. Local media are reporting this TRQ would be in place for the following two years, stymying access to a large and growing market for U.S. ethanol exports.
As negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada began talks this week to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is undertaking new and creative efforts to educate stakeholders at home and abroad about its importance to the continued growth of global agriculture trade.
Exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms (GIAF) are up 20 percent year-over-year from September-June to 96.9 million metric tons, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).
The Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, announced Tuesday a 30-day delay of a decision on a pending proposal to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports. The proposal would allow 500 million liters (132.1 million gallons) annually of U.S. ethanol imports before triggering the tariff.
The following is a joint statement on this action from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor:
India’s new tax structures for 1,200 goods and 500 services, in place as of July 1, are intended to simplify the country’s complex and hard-to-administer tax code but could have mixed effects on imports of U.S. ethanol.