Vinduska elected v.p. of U.S. Grains Council

Terry Vinduska, Marion, was elected vice chairman of the U.S. Grains Council this week.

Vinduska represents the Kansas Corn Commission on the Council. Vinduska served as U.S. Grains Council treasurer during the 2008-09 term. He has been on the USGC board of directors for six years.

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for corn, grain sorghum, barley and related products.

Vinduska has been a strong proponent of the council?s efforts and continues to encourage work to build exports of corn, according to Sue Schulte, director of communications for the KCGA.

?Informa Economics has determined that the return on investment for the Grains Council is $50 for every dollar that the corn commission invests,? Vinduska said.

?So, for every dollar our Kansas Corn Commission puts into the Grains Council, we get $50 worth of corn exports through the council?s work. I think that is a phenomenal return on investment for our growers.?

In addition to Vinduska, the 2009-10 USGC officers are: chairman, Rick Fruth, Ohio Corn Marketing Program; treasurer, Wendell Shauman, Illinois Corn Marketing Board; secretary, Don Fast, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee; and past chairman, Jim Broten, North Dakota Barley Council.

Founded in 1960, the USGC is a private, non-profit corporation with nine international offices and programs in more than 50 countries.

The Kansas Corn Commis?sion is a nine-member grower board that invests a half-cent per bushel corn checkoff in research, market development, education and promotion.

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