Grains Foundation Auction a Success

Attendees at the U.S. Grains Council’s 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Omaha, Nebraska had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction that included items like hand-crafted jewelry, signed copies of Howard G. Buffett’s 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, a set of golf clubs and a hand-crafted signed bottle of bourbon-whiskey.

These offerings and more proved to be a significant draw, with attendees bidding generously.

China Dominates Discussions at USGC Summer Annual Meeting

China Discussion

China's new certification requirements for imports of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and their impact on worldwide DDGS trade were critical topics of conversation at the U.S. Grains Council's 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting, held last week in Omaha, Nebraska.

The new requirements call for a certification from the U.S government guaranteeing that the shipment is free of the biotech trait MIR 162.

Howard Buffett: Getting Ahead of the Conservation Curve

Addressing attendees of the U.S. Grains Council’s 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting, farmer and philanthropist Howard Buffett emphasized the need for U.S. agricultural producers to proactively address growing public and political pressures on farming methods. He emphasized that U.S. farmers need to place a higher priority on conservation practices in order to remain globally competitive.

Larry Groce Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Larry Groce

With more than 40 years of service dedicated to American agriculture, Illinois native Larry Groce has seen a lot of changes – but he’s never just been a bystander. He’s worn many hats, several of them in leadership roles, in his work to fulfill the ever-evolving U.S. Grains Council mission of “developing markets, enabling trade, improving lives.”

Last week, the Council recognized Groce’s long-time commitment and service with its highest honor, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

See You in Omaha for Record-Breaking USGC Summer Meeting


The U.S. Grains Council’s 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, starts Monday, July 28. More than 250 members, grain industry representatives and others have registered for the sessions, surpassing the mark set last February in Long Beach, California.

The Council has planned an exciting meeting, featuring many renowned speakers who will build on this year’s theme, Partnerships and Possibilities. Key speakers are set to include

Council Set to Honor Hammes, Heckman and Prager

Three 10-year members round-out the roster of U.S. Grains Council delegates who will be honored at the 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, July 28-30, 2014, for their service to the organization: Dan Hammes, representing Quality Technology International Inc.; David Heckman, from Elanco Animal Health; and Larry Prager, of SCAFCO Grain Systems.

Hammes offers an example of how the Council membership experience evolves with longer service:


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