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State Corn Growers to Travel Overseas to Promote Grain Quality
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/19/2016

Two Wisconsin corn growers will promote the quality of U.S. corn before importers and end users at conferences in Japan, Korea, Egypt and Morocco this month. The trips are being hosted by the U.S. Grains Council, where Ken Rosenow, Oconomowoc, and Jim Birchman, Fennimore, will participate in the Corn Quality Rollout conferences.

Rosenow will travel to Morocco and Egypt on January 24-29. Birchman heads to Japan and Korea from January 24-30. Both are representing the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, which has the mission of expanding sales of Wisconsin corn.

"Exports are so important to our marketing and to the price we receive for our corn, so we need to keep strong relationships with foreign buyers and users of U.S. corn through these corn quality conferences," Rosenow said. "We have a great story to tell about the quality and volume of the 2015 corn crop."

Rosenow and Birchman, along with corn growers from other states, will present the Council's Corn Harvest Quality Report to provide traders, feed millers, major livestock producers and government officials information on U.S. corn quality, supply, production and demand, and changes in future corn supply and demand. These conferences help foreign buyers make informed purchases and build confidence in the quality of this year's U.S. corn crop.

Japan is the largest export market for U.S. corn, which represents 90 percent of the corn Japan imports. The U.S. exports 10 percent of its corn to Korea, which is about 50 percent of the corn Korea imports.

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