Meeting Growing Export Demand

Chuck Zimmerman

At the recent NAMA Trends in Agriculture conference one of our panel discussions featured Tom Dorr, U.S. Grains Council. The panel topic was “Meeting the Growing Demand for Exports for Trade.” Thanks to Paulsen Marketing for supplying this video clip with Tom. Much of American agriculture is dependent on international trade. What does this mean for the future if the …

Agency, Audio, Trade, USGC

Reaction to USDA Crop Forecast

Cindy Zimmerman

Both corn and soybean production for this year were cut in this month’s crop report out this morning from USDA. Corn production is forecast at 12.7 billion bushels, down 4 percent from the September forecast and down 3 percent from last year’s record production of 13.1 billion bushels. Soybean production is forecast at a record high 3.41 billion bushels, down …

AFBF, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Grains, USDA, USGC

Connecting International Buyers With U.S. Producers

Chuck Zimmerman

After leaving the NAMA Trends in Agriculture conference I headed on down the agriblogging highway to another conference of importance to U.S. grain producers. This is the Export Exchange 2010 which got off to an official and social start this evening with welcoming remarks from U.S. Grains Council President/CEO Tom Dorr (left) and Renewable Fuels Association President/CEO Bob Dinneen. The …

Ag Group, Audio, Ethanol, RFA, USGC

Register for Export Exchange 2010 Before It’s Too Late

Joanna Schroeder

Export Exchange 2010 is 10 days away but it’s not too late to register. You have two days to take advantage of pre-registration for the event which will connect DDGs (dried distillers grains) and course grain buyers with domestic sellers. Export Exchange is being held in Chicago and will be the place to get answers, make contacts and build your …

Corn, Ethanol, RFA, USGC

Interact With International Grains Buyers

Chuck Zimmerman

One of my upcoming stops on the agriblogging highway will be the U.S. Grains Council and Renewable Fuels Assocation, Export Exchange. The event is taking place October 6-8 in Chicago, IL. If you’re in the grains business, especially dealing with DDGS then this is the place to meet with international buyers. I spoke with USGC CEO Tom Dorr about the …

Ag Group, Audio, Ethanol, Grains, International, RFA, USGC

Distillers Grains Export Opportunities

Cindy Zimmerman

Distillers grains exports are climbing to new heights. Exports of the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) hit a new record in July of 886,300 metric tons – which is more than was exported in the entire year in 2004. Total exports this year so far are 4.95 million metric tons, getting close to the total last year …

Audio, Ethanol, RFA, USGC

Register for Export Exchange

Cindy Zimmerman

Registration is now open for the Export Exchange 2010, an international trade conference focused around the export of U.S. coarse grains and the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The event is co-sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association and the U.S. Grains Council and will bring together more than 150 international buyers of U.S. DDGS and coarse grains …

Ethanol, Grains, RFA, USGC

Grains Council Elects New Officers for Golden Anniversary

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is moving into its second half century with a brand new slate of officers and directors. At the U.S. Grains Council’s 50th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Boston this week, Terry Vinduska, a corn farmer representing the Kansas Corn Commission, was elected chairman for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Other officers elected include Wendell Shauman, …

Corn, Grains, NCGA, USGC

USGC Streaming Live From Japan

Chuck Zimmerman

I am so proud of Marri Carrow, U.S. Grains Council, who is streaming live from Japan as I write this post. We had a very short phone walk through of right before she left and she got it. Well done. I think we’ll see more groups using this great tool. I think I hear her snapping photos too! I’m …


Nicholson Kovac Selected By USGC For Public Relations Campaign

Chuck Zimmerman

Nicholson Kovac has been selected by the U.S. Grains Council as its integrated marketing communications agency for their 2010 “Partners in Agriculture” international public relations campaign. Nicholson Kovac will provide public relations services, including media relations and event coordination, for a series of commemorative events that will take place in Japan in 2010. These events, part of the “Partners in …

Ag Group, Agency, USGC