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Dear friends,

Registration is now open for the U.S. Grains Council’s 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington. The conference is scheduled for July 31 – Aug. 2, and I am hopeful you will be able to attend this meeting.

The Council meetings are an important time for members. During this meeting, delegates will participate in Advisory Team meetings and consider strategies to meet new challenges in the new year and an always-competitive global market.  

We will have our annual Spouse/Guest Welcome Breakfast to welcome everyone to the “Original Vancouver” as well as we are adding an extra spouse/guest networking session for others to discuss what each one does, their role on the farm (if they have one), plus something they may like to learn.

The following group tours and events are being offered:

Sunday, July 30
Sturgeon Fishing Derby
Start Sunday morning early with Sturgeon Fishing. Teams of 4-6 people compete to see who catches and biggest fish in weight and height while spending the day on the Columbia River.
Cost: $230 per person*
Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation, lunch, Oregon one-day fishing license. 
*non-refundable and non-transferrable

Portland Weekend Market
Portland Saturday Market is open all weekend. Take a stroll down row-upon-row of unique handcrafted items, chat with artisans and choose from a variety of different foods all while listening to live music.
Cost:    $20 per person
Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation

Monday, July 31
Agriculture Boat Tour
Take to the water for a different perspective on grain trade as this boat tour explores the ports and elevators on the Columbia River. Offering a coveted view of the workings of transporting and storing our crops, the tour promises to be both educational and enjoyable. See you on-board.
Cost: $60 per person
Tour Includes: Boat tour and lunch

Tuesday, Aug. 1
Bethany Winery
Enjoy an outdoor lunch, private wine-tasting and exclusive tour at Bethany Winery, where the best traditions of wine-making are combined with the nearly perfect growing climate of southwest Washington.
Cost: $65 per person
Tour Includes:  Roundtrip transportation, lunch and admission

Wednesday, Aug. 2
Private Portland Scenic Boat Cruise
Relax and enjoy the sights and beauty of Portland from the water during this private boat cruise on the Willamette River. Featuring lunch with local cuisine and a narrated tour of some of the city’s highlights, this is sure to be a memory-making event.
Cost:  $85 per person
Tour Includes: Roundtrip transportation, private charter cruise, guided tour, snacks and beverages

With all of our tours and events, casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes should be worn. Don’t forget sunscreen! Tuesday evening is casual.

If you have any questions about any of the tours or events, please call Abigail Appleton at 202-326-0602 or send an email to aappleton@grains.org

I look forward to seeing all of you for a wonderful time in Vancouver, Washington.

Sincerely,

Lori Tiemann
Wife of Alan Tiemann, USGC Past Chairman