GREELEY, Colo. — Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) board member Jim Lengel recently took part in a U.S. Grains Council export mission to Mexico. Joined by representatives from five states and from Mexico, Jim toured agricultural trade offices, ag-processing facilities and other locations, while conversations focused on trade relations, livestock, biofuels, exchange rates, guest-worker programs and infrastructure.
Jim — who works for the CHS Inc. office in Yuma as a grain merchandiser — noted that two of his biggest takeaways from the trip were the concerns of Mexico government officials regarding president-elect Trump’s views on the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the recognition of the two countries’ mutual dependence on one another, in terms of their respective trade needs and economic impacts.
Founded in 1960, the U.S. Grain Council (USGC) is a private, non-profit corporation with 10 international offices and programs in more than 50 countries, working to develop export markets for U.S. corn, barley, grain sorghum and related products, including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles.
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee this year became a member of USGC. While the vast majority of corn produced in Colorado goes to local livestock operations, Colorado Corn staff and board members see the value in supporting efforts to expand grain exports, both in terms of helping feed and fuel the world, and in strengthening markets for U.S. farmers.
— Colorado Corn Growers Association
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