Q: Who runs the Council?

A: A 14-person Board of Directors comprised of individuals from our member organizations who represent the corn, barley and sorghum sectors and agribusiness, oversee the Council's programs. Further support comes from the Council's staff of about 60 people around the globe.

Q: Where is the Council located?

A: The Council's headquarters are located in Washington, DC. Additionally, the Council maintains nine overseas offices in:

  • Beijing, China
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Seoul, Korea
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tunis, Tunisia
  • Panama City, Panama
Q: When was the Council Founded?

A: 1960

Q: What work does the Council do for wheat, cotton, rice and other commodities?

A: The Council sustains a close working relationship with organizations that specialize in export market development for other U.S. commodities.

Q: What does the Council do?

A: The Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their related products in over 80 countries. Learn more about the Council and its activities in the most recent Annual Report.

Q: Is the Council hiring?

A: Information about working at USGC and open positions can be found in our employment opportunities section.

Q: Is the Council a U.S. government agency?

A: No. The Council is a private, non-profit organization. Membership funds trigger matching market development funds from the U.S. government through the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program, both administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Q: How do I buy U.S. barley, corn or sorghum?

A: We provide some information on purchasing U.S. barley, corn or sorghum on our website. Click on "Buying/Selling" in the top navagation for more information.

Q: Does the Council lobby the U.S. Congress?

A: No. The Council does not lobby U.S. Congress on any issues. We are prevented from doing so in our bylaws. The Council's members such as the National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, National Barley Growers Association and agribusinesses lobby congress on U.S. domestic issues. We do work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Administration on issues related to trade, such as free trade agreements and trading standards.