Annual Report 2016


Key USGC Priorities and Initiatives

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is the voice of U.S. producers in overseas markets. In 2016, the Council prioritized enabling trade through ramping up U.S. ethanol export promotion, engaging in trade policy discussions and hosting Export Exchange 2016, to name a few of our activities. 

Export Exchange 2016, co-hosted with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), constituted one of the largest efforts to date to engage global buyers. More than 200 international buyers and end-... Read Story

Capturing and Building Demand

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) works to both maintain long-term relationships with the world’s top grain buyers and capitalize on opportunistic demand for grain demand. 

Sharing Unique Information on Quality 
In a series of conferences, seminars and one-on-one meetings, the Council worked in 2016 to provide accurate and timely information about the quality and availability of the U.S. corn and sorghum crops, offering... Read Story

Commodity Spotlight: Barley

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has pinpointed niche markets for both food barley and brewing barley as key focal points for barley promotion.

A USGC-sponsored team of food barley end-users from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan visited North Dakota, Washington and Idaho in September 2016 to learn about U.S. barley production and procurement. The Council designed this activity to engage potential buyers, allow them to learn from each other’s... Read Story

Commodity Spotlight: Sorghum

The United States exported more than 8.5 million metric tons (335 million bushels) of sorghum valued at $1.7 billion during the 2015/2016 marketing year, with top buyers including China and Mexico. While China remains the big-importer of U.S. sorghum, having purchased more than 80 percent of the United States’ total sorghum exports, the Council continues to look for new and developing markets for this coarse grain.

Among other activities, USCG and the United Sorghum... Read Story

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