Seven feed millers and one swine producer, each from different parts of Japan and relatively new to their industries, participated in a trade team visit to Iowa and South Dakota in October organized by the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) office in Japan.
Exports are brokered across continents, but customers still appreciate the opportunity to talk face-to-face with their suppliers – particularly U.S. farmers.
Ask Dick Gallagher how to maximize the most benefit from a U.S. Grains Council membership and he will give a one-word answer: “Participate!”
And he would know, based on 10 years of representing the Iowa Corn Promotion Board at the USGC.
Iowan Deb Keller is just months from assuming the U.S. Grains Council chairmanship, but she said her work with the Council for the last 10 years has already changed her life.