10/29/21 • Trade

CRA Celebrates Launch of Agriculture Trade Education Council (ATEC)

October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is excited to announce its partnership as a Board member of the newly launched Agriculture Trade Education Council (ATEC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit that will be a resource for education on the value of agricultural trade policies, practices, and structures. Chaired by agriculture leaders with decades of experience, the ATEC will facilitate education on trade policy on a variety of topics to grow support for and engagement in a rules-based trading system.

“The Agriculture Trade Education Council is uniquely positioned to foster a deeper understanding of the global trade landscape and the benefits of more robust trade policies for our agriculture stakeholders,” said John Bode, President and CEO of CRA. “CRA is proud to be a core member of these efforts and enhance trade education to help empower U.S. agriculture producers, workers, and leaders.”

“A more robust understanding of the benefits of trade, market structures, and trade rules empowers agriculture producers to compete and adapt to an increasingly competitive global marketplace,” said Michael Anderson, ATEC Board Member and Vice President of CRA. “ATEC was established expressly for the purpose of deepening the understanding of trade’s benefits and international trade’s vital role in the agriculture community.”

More information on the ATEC can be found at www.agtradeeducation.org. Follow ATEC on Twitter at @agtradeedu to stay up-to-date on their latest education and advocacy efforts.


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.

The Agriculture Trade Education Council (ATEC) ATEC is a 501(c)(3) non-advocacy educational organization formed in 2020. ATEC seeks to empower people in U.S. food and agriculture by providing consistent, understandable, and reliable information about trade structures, policy, and practice.