U.S. Grains Council president and chief executive Tom Sleight to retire

USA – President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Thomas Sleight has announced plans to retire in the summer when his successor will be appointed by the firm’s Board of Directors. Tom was named president and CEO of the firm in 2012 after Thomas C. Dorr who also retired from USGC. He joined the U.S.G.C. in 1983 and has held various roles both in the Washington headquarters and overseas. He left the Council in 1999 to lead the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ marketing…

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U.S Grains Council unveils training to build poultry capacity in West Africa

MOROCCO – The US Grains Council (USGC) in collaboration with the Moroccan Federation of Poultry Associations (FISA) have unveiled a training program to build regional poultry capacity in West Africa, possibly for imports. The programme involves producers in West Africa who will be trained on how to improve their businesses including imports of feed grains and co-products from sources like the United States. Sales have already started to Senegal and Nigeria, which imported 245,000 metric tons of U.S. corn in the 2016/2017 marketing year, according to USGC. The Council has…

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USGC gets funding for feed manufacturing training in North Africa

USA – USDA has approved a US$1.3 million funding to the US Grain Council (USGC) for establishment of the Regional Center for Feed Manufacturing for North Africa, in a bid to enhance feed manufacturing training in the regions. USGC said that the centre will be headquartered in Tunisia and it will not only serve the region, but also the Middle East. USGC plans to create a Centre for Feed Manufacturing was announced in January by Ramy Hadj Taieb, USGC regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. He said…

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US Grains Council, sorghum industry respond to China anti-dumping rules

CHINA – The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and sorghum industry led by the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) have acted in response to new anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations launched against imported U.S. sorghum by China. The response came a week after the sorghum markets reacted as farmers and the trade became concerned about market access in China. NSP CEO Tim Lust and USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight noted in media interviews that the market in China is not shut down and, to the industry’s knowledge, sales contracts continue to be…

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US Grains Council rolls out corn harvest quality information in Tunisia

TUNISIA – The US Grains Council (USGC) has rolled out corn quality information in Tunisia, following an event where more than 90 feed millers, poultry and livestock producers, importers and end-users from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa region attended in Tunisia. Ramy H. Taieb, USGC regional director for the Middle East and Africa, provided opening remarks along with Nabil Maouia, agricultural specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. Danielson Castillo also provided an overview of the key findings of the 2017/2018 Corn Quality Harvest Report, including that…

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