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

Grains Council Opens Office in Panama

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Grains Council has officially opened a new international office in Panama City, Panama to serve Latin America and the Caribbean Region. USGC Chairman Rick Fruth commented, “By establishing an office in Latin America and the Caribbean region, the Council is strategically positioning itself to defend U.S. markets while simultaneously enhancing the quality of life of our trading partners.” Kurt …

International, USGC

U.S. Grains Council Announces Global Food Security Symposium

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC ) made a significant announcement during a press conference at Commodity Classic last week with the announcement of key speakers for the upcoming Global Food Security Symposium, which is sponsored by the organization. USGC Chairman Rick Fruth confirmed that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is expected to deliver the keynote address at the symposium, …

Audio, Biotech, Commodity Classic, Corn, Events, International, sorghum, USGC

Need For More Exports

Chuck Zimmerman

The new U.S. Grains Council senior vice president of operations and industry relations is Keith Heffernan, pictured in the middle here. He was chief of staff for the Farm Credit Administration. Keith was also the first executive director for the Iowa Corn Growers Association; director of public affairs for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; assistant director for the Center of …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, Grains, USGC

International Grain Marketing Overview

Chuck Zimmerman

Here at the International Marketing Conference and Membership Meeting of the U.S. Grains Council we received an international program overview which consisted of presentations from various country directors. Seen here is Dr. Hussein Soliman, Egypt Director. Each presenter gave an overview of their region, the projects they’re working on and the outlook for the future. I have recorded their presentations …

Ag Day, Audio, Grains, USGC