The Iowa Corn Promotion Board® (ICPB) along with the U.S. Grains Council hosted a trade team from Mexico last week. The team was composed of representatives from the feed milling industry, service providers, traders, grain and DDGS customers. During their three-day visit, the yellow corn trade merchandiser team witnessed harvest first-hand and learned about corn and corn co-products, specifically dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), corn quality, and crop conditions from Iowa farmers.
“I had the great opportunity of hosting the corn trade team on my farm during their time in Iowa,” said ICPB director and farmer from Woodward, Iowa, Rod Pierce. “I’ve been farming for 48 years and one of my favorite aspects about it is sharing my operation with export buyers and seeing their faces light up the first time they step foot on my farm.”
In addition to visiting corn farms, the customers met with corn and DDGS merchandisers, toured an ethanol plant and the Iowa State University Biosecurity Research Farm. Representatives also met with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney as well as Iowa Corn staff.
“ICPB proudly invests checkoff dollars with the U.S. Grains Council to protect and expand markets for corn and corn products around the world,” said ICPB President and farmer from Primghar, Iowa, Kelly Nieuwenhuis. “Having our customers visit Iowa corn farms and ethanol plants first-hand provides trusting, strong relationships.”
Brandi Strautman, Public Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-225-9242