WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has launched a significantly enhanced website at grains.org that includes the latest news and data relating to the U.S. and global grain trade, the USGC said on Feb. 28.

The site includes charts that present current FOB reference prices and market spreads for several commodities at port, as well as top U.S. export customers and additional information that is helpful for foreign buyers and those monitoring grain markets and exports.

“The U.S. Grains Council gathers a significant amount of information every week, and this new website helps us present that information to members and interested parties in a more timely and more organized fashion,” said Don Fast, USGC vice-chairman and barley farmer from Glasgow, Montana, U.S. “We also highlight key issues and policy positions taken by the Council to make it clear what the Council and its members believe —  that open, liberalized trade of all goods and services is vital to the prosperity of the world economy.”

Included on the site are details from each of the council’s 10 foreign offices, as well as a market overview, supply and demand information and market growth potential for more than 25 countries.

“News and information is integrated throughout the site and our new Word from the Ground post offers a place for our professional staff and consultants to provide additional insight on pressing issues on a daily basis,” said Fast.

A new members-only area will debut later this year. The My USGC member center, formally known as The GRAIN Center, will allow members to renew membership, update information, register for events and download members-only documents from the Council’s extensive resource library.