Tierney Joins USGC As Director Of Strategic Marketing/Ethanol, North Asia

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Tim Tierney joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as director of strategic marketing/ethanol, North Asia, on Monday. Based in Signapore, this new position will seek to capitalize on longstanding relationships as well as emerging opportunities for biofuels in North Asia. 

Tierney’s position reflects efforts to build and align global resources for the Council's work to capture near-term demand for U.S. feed grain sales and build long-term demand for ethanol among global customers. 

Feed & Grain Global Connection: Ag Must Answer Call To Defend Trade

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By Tom Sleight, USGC President and CEO

Inattention, indifference and inaction are no longer options for those in agriculture with regard to our nation’s foreign policy. Just as producers must watch daily their weather, crop conditions and commodity prices, so too must they track policy developments around the world that will make or break the markets for the bountiful crops they are so efficient at producing.

USGC Outlines Importance Of Trade Policy In Audio Series

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When trade policy works, the world wins. But how does trade policy happen?

In a new, four-part audio series, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) tackles this question as well as explaining why trade policy matters to U.S. agriculture, how trade negotiations work and why developing and expanding markets for U.S. coarse grains and co-products would not be possible without strong trade policy. 

Trade Advocates Confirmed To Leadership Roles At USDA

Left: Stephen Cenksy, USDA Deputy Secretary; Right: Ted McKinney, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is gaining two new leaders - and agriculture trade is gaining two new advocates - with the confirmations this week of Steve Censky as deputy secretary and Ted McKinney as the newly-created undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. 


The U.S. Senate confirmed both the non-controversial nominees late Tuesday evening Washington time. 

Northern Neighbor Top Market For U.S. Feed Grains, Co-Products

U.S. exports of feed grains in all forms to Canada since implementation of NAFTA

Canada - the host of the just-concluded third round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and co-products like ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy.

Canada - the host of the just-concluded third round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and co-products like ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy.

MAP and FMD Help Ensure Sun Never Sets On USGC Work To Promote U.S. Exports

Staff and members of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) like to say the sun never sets on the Council's work around the world to promote U.S. feed grains and co-products.

That work is made possible by member support and the strong public-private partnership created by two long-term government initiatives - the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program - funded through the farm bill.

Taiwan Imports Most U.S. Corn In Seven Years, Pledges More During Goodwill Mission

10 Year Corn Exports To Taiwan

Members of the 2017 Agriculture Trade Goodwill Mission pledged Wednesday to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between 2018 and 2019, echoing a rebound of U.S. corn sales to this long-term trading partner. 

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