By Tom Sleight, USGC President and CEO
Inattention, indifference and inaction are no longer options for those in agriculture with regard to our nation’s foreign policy. Just as producers must watch daily their weather, crop conditions and commodity prices, so too must they track policy developments around the world that will make or break the markets for the bountiful crops they are so efficient at producing.
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 teams from South Korea have met face-to-face with U.S. farmers and grain suppliers in eight states in the last three months - all part of work by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to secure and expand U.S. exports to the third largest market for U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC):
"The Council strongly opposes withdrawal from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), an action that will lead to immediate and sustained losses in sales to our third largest corn customer.
"South Korea is an example of the transformational partnership available to U.S. grain farmers and their global customers through strong trade policy and overseas market development.
At first glance, cattle feeders from Mexico may not appear to have much in common with Corona beer or the Mexican media. Yet each has a common reason for traveling to the United States in late August: learning more about the potential for collaboration and increased business between the United States and Mexico.
As negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada began talks this week to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is undertaking new and creative efforts to educate stakeholders at home and abroad about its importance to the continued growth of global agriculture trade.
A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight:
"As formal renegotiation discussions for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin in Washington, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will be engaging closely to help achieve a conclusion that provides our members and our customers long-term certainty and creates a new platform for growth and integration of our regional feed and fuel industries.
The 2017 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team season is in full swing with more than two dozen teams from around the world scheduled to traverse U.S. farm states throughout the summer and fall.
Alejandra Danielson Castillo joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as manager of global trade in the Washington, D.C., office on July 17.
In this role, Danielson Castillo will provide trade servicing expertise to the Council, strengthen the Council’s relationships with U.S. and global traders and further the export marketing interests of U.S. feed grains and co-products.