Eastern Nebraska farmer Alan Tiemann, a grower from the Seward area, is being named the new chairman for the U.S. Grains Council.
Tiemann has spent more than 35 years in production agriculture and served as past chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board. He says one priority for the Grains Council is ethanol.
“We see that as a great opportunity to send corn out as a value-added product,” Tiemann says. “We’re really going to focus on key markets in Mexico and Japan and look at the huge potential markets in areas like China and India.”
Tiemann says there are several opportunities in developing markets for ethanol, including the byproducts from the process of making the fuel.
“As the ethanol industry expands, we look at distillers grains opportunities around the world,” he says. “We’ve developed that market and distillers grains is a big part of what we do at Grains Council.”
Tiemann says one of the biggest challenges confronting the Grains Council is dealing with public perception and misinformation.
“Probably perception and GMOs,” he says. “Getting synchronous approval around the world is something we’re really striving for, so everybody’s on the same page. Sound science should dictate what we do but too many times, GMO becomes a trade barrier — when it shouldn’t be.”
Prior to being elected as Grains Council chairman, Tiemann served as a delegate to the group while serving on the Nebraska Corn Board for the past ten years.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton