The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), brought together U.S. and Japanese leaders in government, agribusiness, economics and biotechnology for the first-ever Global Food Security Symposium. The U.S. Grains Council, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to creating markets for U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and their co-products, sponsored the Global Food Security Symposium in partnership with FAS.

The event, which is part of the “Partners in Agriculture” celebration, showcased how successful public and private partnerships worldwide can leverage technology and strategic policy to achieve food production goals for a fast-growing world population. These events commemorate the exponential growth of the agricultural trade relationship between the United States and Japan. In addition, the events celebrate the strong, historical ties that will continue to foster successful trade for agricultural products in the years to come.

USGC President and CEO Thomas C. Dorr delivered the opening and closing remarks at today’s symposium. “Some of the world’s finest minds gathered together today to discuss how to leverage past successes in international agricultural cooperative programs between the U.S. and Japan, plus today’s emerging technologies, to provide proper nutrition and economic strength and stability for our world’s growing population,” he said.

Policy leaders and technology experts from around the world delivered remarks and participated in panel discussions at the Global Food Security Symposium, including:

• The Honorable Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
• The Honorable Hirotaka Akamatsu, Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
• The Honorable Koichi Takemasa, State Secretary, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Ambassador John V. Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
• Dr. Kenneth Quinn with the World Food Prize Foundation

USGC Chairman Rick Fruth, an Ohio grains producer, moderated a panel discussion focused on the topic, “Feeding a Growing World”, featuring noted industry and academic experts. “From the dual perspective as the Grains Council chairman and a crop producer, being a part of today’s discussion was a powerful experience,” said Fruth. “Crop producers are hungry for the technology that will allow us to help feed the world’s growing population. The dialogue we created today lays the foundation for achieving that goal through a combination of the right policy and the strategic application of technology.”