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Registration Open For USGC Board of Delegates Meeting ... July 29-31 ... Ottawa, ON

Date Posted: May 20, 2013

The world’s longest undefended border won’t be the only thing shared between the United States and Canada this summer.

Join more than 200 U.S. corn, barley, sorghum farmers and agribusiness representatives as they discuss trading insights and perspectives with their Canadian counterparts in Ottawa, Ontario, for the U.S. Grains Council’s 53rd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting July 29-31, 2013.

“This year, the Council’s there is ‘Smaller World, Bigger Markets,” said Don Fast, USGC Chairman, “and U.S. markets don’t come much bigger than Canada.”

For centuries, these two nations have weathered trade disputes, environmental concerns and market competition.

Nevertheless, trade continues to expand, furthering each other’s economic stability.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, bilateral trade between the United States and Canada is the equivalent of $1.6 billion a day in goods.

Canada is the second-largest export market for U.S. agricultural, fish and forestry products, reaching a record $23.8 billion in 2012, 15 percent of total U.S. exports.

“Canada, in fact, is the top export market for 35 of the States. Our meeting in Ottawa is a great chance to get better acquainted with our neighbor to the north, a great customer, great partner, great competitor and a great place to visit this July,” Fast said.

Online registration is now available by clicking here.

“We will take time to explore the dynamics of Canadian agriculture and U.S.-Canadian agricultural trade.

"We will review the latest developments on key issues, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and the international acceptance of biotechnology.

"We will take time for a farmer-to-farmer dialogue with our Canadian cousins. Last, but not least, Advisory teams will meet to review the Council’s strategies and priorities for the year ahead.”

Some travel rules and restrictions apply when crossing the border.

Check out the Council’s website for details.

Be there this July and register today!

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