USGC Welcomes New Member Western Plains Energy, LLC

Western Plains Energy

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.

USGC Statement On Potential Withdrawal From KORUS

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.

Beef, Barley and Ethanol Teams From Mexico Explore U.S. Market Collaboration

USGC Teams from Mexico

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.

USGC, Growth Energy, RFA Statement On Brazil Decision To Impose U.S. Ethanol Import Tariff

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.

Media Team Captures NAFTA’s Story For Viewers, Listeners, Readers

NAFTA media team in Mexico

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. 

USGC, Growth Energy, RFA Statement on Delay of Decision to Impose U.S. Ethanol Import Tariff

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:

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