International Buyers Offer Insights on Quality To U.S. Corn Growers

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) sponsored international corn buyers from Korea, Colombia and Mexico at the 2016 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) in St. Louis this week to offer them an opportunity to discuss their perspectives on corn quality with U.S. corn growers.

Corn quality is a critical component of international buyers’ purchasing decisions - and one about which USGC's global staff works to educate global corn consumers. An example of this work is the release of the Council's annual quality reports, which are unique among major corn exporters.

Ethanol Export Promotion Program Swinging Into Action Around The Globe

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) are picking up momentum on promoting U.S. ethanol exports around the globe.

Examples of the work that the group has undertaken to build demand for U.S. fuel ethanol include a workshop in Japan aimed at paving the way for new market access, close coordination with a USDA mission to Mexico focused on local policy, an upcoming workshop in Korea and a future assessment in Vietnam.

USGC Looks to Ethanol Potential In Asian Markets

A team of U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and two ethanol industry representatives traveled to Japan, Korea and Taiwan last month to review the ethanol markets in these countries and evaluate potential for ongoing U.S. ethanol export promotion programs in the region.

The team visited quasi-governmental organizations, government agencies, industry experts and representatives to both network and discuss possible in-roads for U.S. ethanol.

Council Offers Technical Consultations on DDGS In Korea

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) visited 10 major distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) importers and commercial mixed feed manufacturers recently to carry out one-on-one consultations and review the current DDGS market situation with them.

Haksoo Kim, USGC director in Korea, along with Council DDGS consultant Soobo Shim visited five of Korea’s largest importers and an additional five feed millers representing a collective market share of more than 50 percent.

USGC, Korean Ag Industries Bid Farewell to Byong Ryol Min

Min retirement gig

The Korean grain industry honored retiring U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Korea office director Byong Ryol Min at a luncheon in Seoul last week as he prepares to retire after more than 35 years of service.

Mr. Min has been a dedicated employee of the Council since joining the organization in 1977. Beginning as a dairy management consultant, he has proven to be an excellent conduit for USGC’s mission to develop markets, enable trade and improve lives.

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.”

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