The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is optimistic about future export markets following reports of a 32,000 metric ton shipment of U.S. corn to Iraq in January.

“This shipment represents an excellent first start at rebuilding the economy of Iraq,” says Doug Boisen, chairman of the NCGA and U.S. Grains Council Joint Trade Policy A-Team. “The whim of one government can no longer affect total corn exports the way it did in the early- to mid-'70s when we basically had just two major export customers. Every overseas market, large and small, is important to U.S. corn producers.”