Michael Dwyer serves as the chief economist for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
As chief economist, Dwyer provides trade, marketing, and policy analysis of developments in global supply and demand and helps the USGC staff and its members stay abreast of developments in the global market. Dwyer also directs the Council’s worldwide ethanol market development activities. He travels extensively in Asia, Latin America, and Europe and speaks frequently at professional conferences and to the news media in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, he serves on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee advising the Secretary of Commerce on matter pertaining to biofuels.
Prior to the Council, Dwyer worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for 35 years, most recently as its chief economist and as a director of global policy analysis. In these positions, he was responsible for conducting and coordinating trade and policy analyses on a wide variety of strategic issues that affected U.S. and world agricultural trade, including those that affected the emerging global biofuels market.
Dwyer holds a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College in international affairs and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University in agricultural economics with a specialization in international trade, marketing and econometrics.
Founded in 1960, the U.S. Grains Council works to promote exports of U.S. grains and related products through a network of 10 overseas offices and 30 in-country representatives. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture's profitability. Support for the Council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) through programs authorized in the U.S. farm bill.