Last Day For Ken Hobbie

Chuck Zimmerman

My first stop at the NAFB Trade Talk was the U.S. Grains Council booth. I interviewed Ken Hobbie and Rick Fruth, Chairman. Today is Ken’s last day on the job as President/CEO. Let’s all wish him well as he starts “relaxing.” In my interview they talk about the current activities of USGC, including international trade development. Speaking of which, I’ll …

Ag Group, Audio, NAFB, USGC

Grains Council China Corn Tour

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is blogging and Flickring through this year’s China Corn Tour, taking place right now. These great photos and many more have been posted on the USGC Flickr account by Erick Erickson, special assistant to the president, who has also been blogging about the trip on The Grain Board. In one post Erick wrote about the …

Corn, International, USGC

Grains Council Starts Council Cast Podcast

Chuck Zimmerman

Add another farm podcast to your list. The U. S. Grains Council has introduced Council Cast. A team of Egyptian nutritionists traveled to the United States this week for a short course at the International Grains Program at Kansas State University, designed to educate the participants on the inclusion of U.S. sorghum in feed rations. Chris Corry, U.S. Grains Council …

Ag Group, Audio, Podcasts, USGC

USDA Goes On a Rural Tour

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA has kicked off their Rural Tour: Renewing America’s Promise. They’ve not only got a website but are doing the whole social media thing. The Rural Tour is crisscrossing the country to listen to residents in small towns and get their thoughts on revitalizing our nation. Together, we can strengthen rural communities. We need your ideas to get the job …

Blogging, New Media, Social Networking, USGC

Grains Council CEO Looks Back and Ahead

Cindy Zimmerman

Ken Hobbie has been with the U.S. Grains Council for 34 of the organization’s nearly 50 year history and things have changed quite a bit over those years. “When I first came to the council, we were focused on two primary market regions, Western Europe and Russia, they were taking more than 50 percent of the grain that we exported …

Audio, Grains, USGC

Corn Growers Work With Grains Council

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders from the National Corn Growers Association were among those in attendance at the U.S. Grains Council delegates meeting this week in San Diego, including First Vice President Darrin Ihnen of South Dakota and Chairman Ron Litterer from Iowa. I talked to Darrin about a number of topics, including how NCGA works with USGC. “We work very well together,” Darrin …

Audio, Corn, NCGA, USGC

Students Share Experiences of Grain Mission Trip

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Grains Council’s 49th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting luncheon on Monday featured two college seniors who shared their experiences as participants of the recent International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) annual mission to Vietnam and China. Amy Berry, senior at the University of Wyoming, and Michelle Euken, senior at Iowa State University, told more than 300 attendees of their …

Audio, Grains, International, Trade, USGC