North and South American Corn Growers Unite

Cindy Zimmerman

As most agricultural eyes were on progress of the farm bill last week in Congress, some very prominent farmers were in another nation’s capitol below the equator signing a new agreement to create an alliance between North and South American corn growers. Leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), joined with maize producers …

Biotech, Corn, Farming, NCGA, USGC

Farm Bill’s Effect On US Grains

Jamie Johansen

You may believe the farm bill doesn’t effect you, but you might be surprised to find out that it covers more than you think. It was a hot topic during National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk. While sitting down with U.S. Grains Council’s President and CEO, Tom Sleight, I was reminded how intricate this farm bill is. “It’s an …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Grains, NAFB, Trade, USGC

Sleight Selected as USGC President and CEO

Melissa Sandfort

The U.S. Grains Council announced the selection of Thomas N. Sleight as president and CEO to replace the retiring Thomas C. Dorr. Sleight initially joined the Council in 1983 and has served in multiple capacities both in Washington, D.C., headquarters and overseas. After leaving for stints with other agricultural organizations, he returned to the Council in November 2010 as vice …

Agribusiness, Grains, USGC

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