Advisory Team Leaders

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In an effort to further encourage member participation in the U.S. Grains Council's export market development efforts, the organization has seven Advisory Teams, also known as A-Teams. These are Asia, Biotechnology, Membership and Communications, Middle East/Africa, Trade Policy, Value-Added Programs, and Western Hemisphere.

The U.S. Grains Council chairman appoints A-Team leaders each July following the Annual Board of Delegates Meeting.

A-Team leaders are charged with communicating the actions of their A-Teams to the Board of Directors. Each A-Team consists of representatives of the Council membership, as well as a Council Board liaison and a USGC staff liaison. A-Team members normally serve two-year terms and meet at least twice annually, plus additional times via conference call or in person as determined by each team.

The appointed leaders are as Follows:

Asia Programs

Dick Gallagher - Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Biotechnology

Jim Stuever - Missouri Corn Growers Association

Membership & Communications

Rex Martin - Syngenta

Middle East / Africa

Phillip McCoun - Kentucky Corn Promotion Council

Trade Policy

Steve Brody - DuPont Pioneer

Value-Added

Brian Arnold - DeLong Co., Inc.

Western Hemisphere

Bill Christ - Illinois Corn Marketing Board