At the 55th Annual U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates meeting in Montreal, Canada last week, Deb Keller was elected to serve as secretary-treasurer of the organization. Keller, who represents the Iowa Corn Promotion Board on the USGC board, is a second generation farmer from Clarion, Iowa. Her election to the USGC board of directors marks the first time a woman has served on the executive committee in USGC's history. She will rotate through the officer positions in the next two years and become the organization's chairman.
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"I am honored to be elected to the officer rotation of the USGC," says Keller. "Exports of corn, sorghum, barley and ethanol are extremely important to all Iowans. Ag exports are what keep our economy going strong. I look forward to helping to enable trade and increase the demand for corn, ethanol and its coproducts. I am excited to be a part of the executive committee as the USGC begins its newest program of marketing ethanol to international customers."
Keller represents Iowa Corn Promotion Board on USGC board
Keller has been working toward becoming an officer of the U.S. Grains Council for the last nine years. She is the past chair of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and has served on Iowa Corn's Research & Business Development Committee and the Exports & Grain Trade Committee. She has led the U.S. Grains Council "Rest of the World" Action Committee and served as a member of the National Corn Growers Association's Research & Business Development Action Team.
"Deb has given a lot of time and leadership as an advocate for agriculture at the local, state, and national level," says Craig Floss, the ICPB's chief executive officer. "I have no doubt she will do an outstanding job representing Iowa's corn growers in a leadership role with the USGC."
A second generation farmer from Clarion is making history
Her election to the USGC board of directors marks the first time a woman has served on the executive committee in USGC's history. She will rotate to the organization's chairman position in the next two years.
Keller farms 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans with her husband, Gary, near Clarion in north central Iowa. They have three children. One of their daughters and son-in-law, as well as Gary's brother, farms with them.
Also at last week's USGC meeting, Dick Gallagher was re-elected as the Corn Sector director on the USGC Board. Gallagher farms in Washington, Iowa, and has served as ICPB chairman and currently serves on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board's Exports Committee and it's Grain Trade Committee.
A Nebraska farmer is elected new chairman of USGC
Also at the meeting, Alan Tiemann, a farmer from Nebraska, was elected USGC chairman. Tiemann farms in Seward, Neb., and has spent more than 35 years in production agriculture.
"Markets don't just happen, we have to work to make them happen," Tiemann said in his first speech to USGC delegates as chairman. "The council has been successfully doing that for more than 55 years and has developed a level of excellence in its work that I want to focus on this year."
He added, "That is why our theme this year is Excellence in Exports. I have found the council displays excellence in its membership, its global staff team, the relationships it fosters, the collaboration it has with its partners and its dedication to developing and keeping strong export markets. All of these areas have been key in making the council the successful organization it is today."