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August 19, 2015 | Elise Schafer
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A Small World

New Feed & Grain column highlights our connection to the world market

A Small World

Our view is that economic isolationism is the wrong way to go. Vibrant, successful growing economies that advance the interests of their citizens engage the global economy.” — John W. Snow, CEO of CSX Corp. from 1989 to 2003 and 73rd U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

Few people understand the importance of a global economy as much as those involved in the feed, grain and allied industries.

Demand for animal protein and feed grains in growing economies throughout the world have a direct impact on your businesses, profit margins  and livelihood. 

Recognizing how crucial the world economy is to our readers, I am proud to announce a new recurring column you’ll find in the pages of Feed & Grain magazine, called Global Connection. 

Written by a different staff member of the U.S. Grain Council each issue, this column will deliver updates on the Council’s trade missions and their impact on your grain handling or feed milling operation at home.   

In the column’s first installment (see pg. 24, “Bringing Customers Back to You and Sales Back to the U.S.”) Kimberly Atkins, USGC’s vice president and chief operating officer, writes about the trade teams the USGC organizes to bring overseas grain buyers, researchers and regulators to see the Midwest in person. 

“These team journeys not only educate decision makers in export markets but also allow members of the U.S. industry to build personal relationships with their customers that can solidify long-term business and prompt new sales,” Atkins said.

Overseas corporations are also showing a growing interest in American agricultural companies. 
One example hits close to home in this issue with our cover story — “Part of the Bigger Picture” on pg. 14 — featuring Cargill Pork’s new feed mill in Hedrick, IA. 
Marking the first time that a cover story subject has changed ownership (pending approval) between my visit and the publishing of the issue, Cargill Pork announced that JBS USA-Pork, a subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., will take over its pork business.
With the acquisition, the largest meat processing company in the world will move to the No. 2 pork producer spot in the U.S. 
As Snow said, economic isolation is not the way to go. I’m thankful for organizations like the USGC that work on your behalf to showcase U.S. agriculture to the global economy. 

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