Serving Customers Leads To Success: Q&A With USGC Japan Director Hamamoto

Tommy Hamamoto, USGC Director in Japan

Japan is one of the largest and most loyal markets for U.S. feed grains, often the top purchaser of U.S. corn as well as an important buyer of U.S. sorghum, barley and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Since opening an office there in 1961 - just one year after the organization’s founding - the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has worked closely with Japanese grain buyers and end-users to develop their industry to serve increasing demand for meat, milk and eggs. Today, that work is led by Tommy Hamamoto, who discusses the priorities for his office here. 

Council Delegates Head To Vancouver For Summer Meeting

USGC to meet in Vancouver, WA

More than 300 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) members, delegates and guests will meet in Vancouver, Washington, next week for the organization's 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. 

Speakers scheduled will offer deep dives into emerging ethanol opportunities, China’s growing influence in global trade and the U.S. approach to trade policy negotiations, including the coming modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


USGC Bids Farewell To Regional Director Kevin Roepke

Kevin Roepke, USGC Regional Director of South and Southeast Asia

Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) regional director of South and Southeast Asia, will depart the Council in August to join the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) as the regional director for the Americas, based in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

“Kevin’s excellent insights into markets and strong background in trade made him a valued member of our international staff,” said Cary Sifferath, USGC senior director of global programs. “He helped enhance the Council’s overall global market development programs in a highly competitive marketplace.” 

USGC Welcomes New Manager Of Global Trade Alejandra Danielson Castillo

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. 


Michigan Corn Growers Association Joins As USGC Member

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome the Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA) as a new member.

Officially launched in 1972, the MCGA is a grassroots organization of grower members dedicated to increasing the profitability of corn production. MCGA’s efforts include marketing seminars, educational meetings, research plots and tradeshows.

Click here for more information on the Michigan Corn Growers Association.


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