Andrew Conner is the manager of global biotechnology for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn and sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). In this capacity, Conner helps develop and execute USGC initiatives related to biotechnology, pesticides, and sustainability aimed at ensuring market access globally for U.S. grain and grain products.
Prior to joining the Council in 2011, Conner served as a legislative and regulatory assistant at D.C. Legislative and Regulatory Services.
Conner received a master’s of science in agriculture economics from Purdue University and a master’s in business administration from Indiana University. He also graduated cum laude from Middlebury College, where he majored in history and minored in Spanish.
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.