Several Texas corn farmers are set to continue leadership at the international level through the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Advisory Teams (A-Teams).  Grain producers and agribusiness representatives serve together on the USGC’s seven Advisory Teams that identify opportunities, set priorities and chart the course for the USGC every year. A-Teams leverage the perspective, experience, insight and leadership of grassroots membership that is critical for USGC’s success.

Texas Corn Producers representatives reappointed for these positions are:

Asia A-Team: Bruce Wetzel from Grayson Co.
USGC’s Asia A-Team works alongside leaders to maintain current markets and develop new ones for feed grains in all forms. This team also works with USGC staff in the region on different types of grain issues, as well as other value-added concerns. While also advocating for trade policy and sanitary and Phyto-sanitary issues in the region.

Western Hemisphere A-Team: Charles Ring from San Patricio Co.
The Western Hemisphere A-Team reviews all USGC grain- and ethanol-related programs. It also examines opportunities and challenges in the region and provides guidance on areas of focus and priority.

Ethanol A-Team: Wesley Spurlock from Sherman County
The Ethanol A-Team is dedicated to expanding the use and trade of U.S. ethanol and feed products. The Ethanol A-Team recognizes the division of ethanol markets into priority markets, second-tier markets and frontier markets. This team supports the USGC’s market development efforts to create and maintain market access in priority ethanol markets.

A-Team members meet in person twice a year at the USGC’s annual meetings. During these meetings, team members review the USGC’s Unified Export Strategy (UES) and set directions and priorities for the year ahead. Members also communicate throughout the year to review new developments that affect USGC work around the world. A-Teams conduct in-depth sessions to help set USGC global strategies and hear from the USGC’s global staff members. To learn more about USGC, its A-Teams and efforts click HERE.

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