Seeking Opportunity And Solving Problems: Q & A With USGC Southeast Asia Director Sanchez

South and Southeast Asia are regions ripe with potential for wholly new demand for U.S. grain and grain products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. Complex, vibrant and growing, countries in this area of the world are increasing both consumption and production of high-quality proteins and biofuel. Manuel Sanchez, the new director of the Council’s regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, discusses this potential and hot topics in the region here.

Op-Ed: Grain Quality Is A Shared Responsibility And A Customer Demand

Tom Sleight, USGC President and CEO

By Tom Sleight, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council 

The U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) staff and consultants around the world serve as the eyes and ears for our members. It is the personal responsibility of each of our staff members and industry leaders to build relationships with customers, hear about their challenges and bring back what we learn to farmers and agribusinesses who are focused on increasing export demand.

USGC Outlines Importance Of Trade Policy In Audio Series

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When trade policy works, the world wins. But how does trade policy happen?

In a new, four-part audio series, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) tackles this question as well as explaining why trade policy matters to U.S. agriculture, how trade negotiations work and why developing and expanding markets for U.S. coarse grains and co-products would not be possible without strong trade policy. 

Trade Advocates Confirmed To Leadership Roles At USDA

Left: Stephen Cenksy, USDA Deputy Secretary; Right: Ted McKinney, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is gaining two new leaders - and agriculture trade is gaining two new advocates - with the confirmations this week of Steve Censky as deputy secretary and Ted McKinney as the newly-created undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. 


The U.S. Senate confirmed both the non-controversial nominees late Tuesday evening Washington time. 

Workshops In Singapore, Malaysia Share Value Of U.S. Grains And Soybeans

Workshops in Southeast Asia

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) joined forces this month to put on two one-day workshops for Southeast Asian buyers looking for the latest in market and harvest information and details about how U.S. agricultural products can benefit their businesses.

Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for South and Southeast Asia, provided timely insights on the 2017/2018 coarse grains outlook, while other presenters provided outlooks on the global overview for grains and oilseeds.

Infographic: Global Action Equals Global Success For U.S. Grains

USGC Success Stories

Around the world and around the clock, the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC) staff and consultants are working on behalf of the organization's members to help U.S. agricultural exports reach new levels of demand and growth. A selection of success stories on the Council’s website chronicles the Council's push to find new buyers for a bountiful harvest in up-and-coming markets as well as maintain demand with our long-term trading partners. 

USGC Works To Expand Ethanol Use In Africa As Part Of Global Demand Strategy

Ethanol potential in Africa

Individual markets in Africa vary greatly, but the continent as a whole offers significant potential demand for U.S. ethanol exports. 

Brian Healy, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) manager of ethanol export market development, recently traveled to Kenya to evaluate and develop opportunities for U.S. ethanol in the continent and speak at a regional ethanol and sugar conference. There, he was able to engage with senior agricultural, energy and environmental ministry officials to learn more about ethanol production, use and trade across the region.

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