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MAIZALL: Exporters Alliance Swinging Into Action

02 September 2013
U.S. Grains Council

GLOBAL - MAIZALL is on the move. Earlier this year, the U.S. Grains Council joined the National Corn Growers Association, and MAIZAR and ABRAMHILO, the leading corn producer's organizations in Argentina and Brazil, in announcing a strategic alliance focused on food security, market access, and biotechnology.

Since then, the partners have worked hard on governance issues, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and funding. And now, after two years of discussion and a year of concentrated effort, MAIZALL is lifting off.

"It is always exciting when an idea moves from concept to reality," said Julius Schaaf, USGC chairman and MAIZALL's first president. "I want to thank our partners in Argentina and Brazil, our funding partners, and our staff here in the United States for all the work they've done to turn the concept into a tangible, functioning partnership. I also want to acknowledge the Foreign Agricultural Service for its important support for the MAIZALL initiative."

Schaaf, USGC Vice Chairman Ron Gray, and NCGA President Pam Johnson will head the U.S. team next week in Panama, as the MAIZALL board of directors formalizes articles of incorporation and plan the organization's first mission, which will visit Korea and China in October. While in Korea and China, the team will meet with buyers and government officials to discuss regulatory and technology issues, and will participate in the China Food Security Strategy Summit in Beijing.

"The MAIZALL concept is simple," said Schaaf. "In a typical year, Argentina, Brazil, and the United States together account for more than three quarters of the world's corn exports. We are strong competitors, but as major producers and exporters, we also share common interests in market access, regulatory harmonization and streamlining, and global acceptance of biotechnology. MAIZALL will allow the major producers to work together to better serve global customers."

Panama was chosen as MAIZALL's home because it is a neutral location equally convenient to both North and South American participants. Argentina, Brazil, and the United States have each named three directors to MAIZALL's board. Funding is shared equally among the three countries.


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