Ron Gray, Claremont, IL corn farmer and Illinois Corn Marketing Board District XIII Director, was elected Secretary of the U.S. Grains Council today during their 51st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week.
Gray’s position as Secretary allows him to eventually become Chairman of the Council.
The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit corporation that seeks to develop export markets for corn, barley, and grain sorghum. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. It uses 10 international offices and programs in more than 50 countries to accomplish these goals.
As an officer of the Council, Gray will have input into the development of export markets around the world and will help guide the organization to quickly and efficiently increase export market opportunities for Illinois corn farmers. Illinois exports more than half of its corn crop annually.
The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is a major funder of the U.S. Grains Council, donating approximately $850,000 annually.