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Tom Sleight, President U.S. Grains Council - 7/31/2016

This week's guest on Open Mic is Tom Sleight, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council. On the sidelines of the group's summer meeting last week in Louisville, Sleight was optimistic about market growth for not only bulk commodities but for "feed grains in all forms" including ethanol, DDGS, and meat. Sleight counters much of the "trade bashing" that's been taking place on the presidential campaign trail, pointing out that the U.S. has lost more jobs to technology than to trade. He also makes the case that trade agreements build opportunities for industry and farmers as well as build relationships between nations.

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Bill Buckner, Pres. Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Bill Buckner, Pres. Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

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