Phillip “Chip” Councell currently serves as the chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). In this capacity, Councell serves as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors and core leadership team.
Councell’s family farm is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and consists of 2,850 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, fresh market vegetables and timber. The farm includes an agri-tourism operation offering a fruit and vegetable stand, an annual straw maze, and a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch.
Councell has been involved with Council since 1998 and in 2009 became a USGC delegate representing the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB). He current serves on the MGPUB as a national director. He also is a director of the Talbot County Farm Bureau. He is a past president of Maryland Grain Producers Board and also served as the Council’s Trade Policy Advisory Team (A-Team) leader in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011.
Councell’s family includes his wife, Jo Ann, and two children, Melissa and Jason. His entire family is actively involved on the farm.
He and his family were inducted into the Maryland governor’s Agriculture Hall of Farm in 2014 for undertaking significant work on behalf of Maryland’s farming community. In addition, the Tri-County Ruritan club, which is a community service organization, presented the Councell family with a citizen of the year award for community support and involvement in 2010. The Talbot Soil Conservation District also named Councell Farms the 2010 cooperator of the year for its conservation practices. He was recognized in 2016 by the Maryland Grain Producers Association with the Dr. James R. Miller Award, given annually for eceptional and long-term contributions to the grain industry.
The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. feed grains and ethanol. The organization has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Support for the Council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) through programs authorized in the U.S. farm bill.