Northern Michigan corn grower Ed Breitmeyer was recognized recently by the U.S. Grains Council for five years of service to the group as a council delegate focused on expanding export markets for U.S. grains.
Breitmeyer was honored at USGC's 10th International Marketing Conference and 53rd Annual Membership Meeting in Charleston, S.C. Since becoming a member, Breitmeyer has attended numerous council meetings and participated in many hands-on assessments of production, market development and maintenance, and domestic and international transportation assessment.
In 2012, Breitmeyer was part of the council's 16th Annual China Corn Harvest Tour, which is comprised of teams of industry experts who visit China's seven top corn production provinces in the North China Plain and Northeast China. He is also an active member of the USGC's Membership and Communications Advisory Team and serves as chairman of the Michigan Corn Growers Association.
"In China we assessed their crops, their demand, their reserves and decided whether they would buy corn," says Breitmeyer. "This assessment plays a major role in determining how much effort is put into this market. From China and other foreign markets we have learned that transparency of our corn crop is important to the export business. Telling the true story of a 'good-or-bad' corn crop is the best policy in our trade with them."
"After working with Ed for many years as a fellow board member and witnessing his work ethic and passion in support of Michigan's corn industry, it's no surprise that he has been recognized for his efforts in helping expand U.S. corn exports," says Pat Feldpausch, President of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan. "Ed's video presentation about the China Tour at the last board meeting was very informative and gave our growers here in Michigan a good idea of how important our farming work is not only here in the U.S., but globally as well."
In 2011, Breitmeyer joined another team of agriculture experts to tour the multi-million dollar expansion of the Panama Canal.
"Panama is increasing the size of the canal to accommodate the larger post-paramax ships, which is vital to shipping U.S. grains around the world. Providing high-quality grain and high-value export products, like dried distillers grains and corn gluten, are two important components for future success," Breitmeyer says. "Many countries, like China and Japan who import grain from the U.S., are improving their ports and building facilities to accommodate their increasing needs.
"At home here in the U.S. we also studied port depth, railroad and water transportation to these ports, and recognized the need for better bulk and container facilities. We then compared the new Panama Canal and the Suez Canal and how, together, they will help benefit U.S. trade."
Source: U.S. Grains Council