USCP, U.S. Grains Council hosting sorghum buying mission
The U.S. Grains Council, in conjunction with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, is currently hosting representatives from Mexico on a sorghum buying mission to Kansas. Participants will be in the state May 18 to 20.
The buyers, who represent large livestock feeders and co-ops, will travel from the Texas gulf coast to Kansas May 18 and will spend May 19 and 20 touring several central Kansas locations. The goal of the mission is to strengthen export markets to Mexico for the sorghum industry.
"Mexico is a major market for U.S. produced sorghum that is used by major feedlot operations in Mexico," said Virgil Smail, executive director of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, "The expanding sorghum use by feedlots in this area is important for growing the value of sorghum in today's market."
The mission in Kansas will begin May 19 with a tour of the ADM corporate headquarters. The group will continue on to the DeBruce grain facility in Abilene, Kan., and will also tour the ADM Farmland Grain Company site in Salina. In the morning May 20 the Mexican group will tour Cargill Ag Horizons then will travel to Assaria to visit with Clayton Short, a sorghum producer. They will also visit AgMark, a grain marketing organization in Concordia, Kan., and Scoular, an agriculture marketing company in Downs, Kan.
USCP and the U.S. Grains Council hope to build lasting relationships through the participation in this mission and future missions and hope to move more grain as a direct result. Upcoming missions will take buyers to Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana and back to Texas and Kansas.
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