Trade teams from South Korea have met face-to-face with U.S. farmers and grain suppliers in eight states in the last three months - all part of work by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to secure and expand U.S. exports to the third largest market for U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
The 2017 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team season is in full swing with more than two dozen teams from around the world scheduled to traverse U.S. farm states throughout the summer and fall.
Trade teams are critical components of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) work with overseas customers that help to build relationships and instill long-term confidence in the U.S. grain export system.
The Council has a busy summer and fall planned this year with more than 30 trade teams scheduled to visit the United States, starting with a team from Taiwan this week focused on learning about swine production and the U.S. coarse grains value-chain.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be busy escorting 27 trade teams to the United States this summer, an essential annual outreach used by the Council to accomplish its mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.
In this week’s Global Update, we asked Kimberly Atkins, USGC director of global programs, to expound on USGC trade teams and programs. Watch for more about USGC trade teams in future editions of Global Update and local ag press.
Q: What are trade teams and their purpose?