The U.S. Grains Council is working with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association to assess how best to promote ethanol exports during market development programs overseas.
Earlier this year, USDA announced ethanol could be marketed under Market Access Program funding.
USGC Manager of Ethanol Export Programs Ashley Kongs recently spoke about the Council’s work to assess new markets for ethanol in an audio interview.
The U.S. Grains Council helped organize, and participated in, a group of ethanol industry representatives that visited China May 10-13. The team was part of a larger International Trade Mission to China led by USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse.
“China is clearly a potential market for U.S. ethanol,” says Bryan Lohmar, USGC director for China. “Policy makers in China are committed to improving air and water quality as well as reducing public health hazards. Based on these criteria, ethanol as an oxygenate additive in transportation fuel has superior qualities compared to the additives currently being used in China.”
The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to announce that Ashley Kongs is returning to the Council as manager of ethanol export programs.
Kongs will be responsible for the development and implementation of ethanol export strategies and programs. In this capacity she will work closely with the Council's ethanol members, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy.
Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member Advanced BioEnergy, LLC.
Advanced BioEnergy, headquartered in Bloomington, Minn., has two ethanol production facilities that have a combined capacity of approximately 85 million gallons per year. Their facilities also produce approximately 225,000 tons of dried distiller's grains with solubles annually.
Advanced BioEnergy's mission is to be a low cost producer of ethanol through the management, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art renewable fuel production facilities.
By: Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa
The U.S. corn market share in Morocco fell to zero this past marketing year as a result of high U.S. prices due to the drought and strong competition from South American origin corn. Consistent customer servicing in Morocco is necessary to regain Moroccan confidence and create demand for U.S. corn.
By Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan
Although distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is well established in Taiwan, there is still room for growth. The Taiwanese feed sector currently undervalues the advantages of utilizing DDGS for reasons including the cost of storage due to limited storage capacity. But these considerations may be offset by outreach and buyer education on the advantages of the U.S. ethanol co-product.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Grains Council hosted a Regional Course Grains and Co-Products Conference, where Latin American buyers and end-users were reassured of the U.S. commitment to regain a significant part of the export market to the region. Latin America is an important region for U.S. grain exporters, as the region typically imports more than 16 million metric tons (629.8 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 2.3 million tons of co-products and 900,000 metric tons (35.4 million bushels) of sorghum.
Keynoting the 2012 Feed Latina Congress in Punta del Este, Uruguay, U.S. Grains Council Vice Chairman Julius Schaaf emphasized that competition does not preclude cooperation on common priorities. For U.S. and South American feed grains producers, such issues include market access, greater understanding and acceptance of food security through trade, and increased international acceptance of biotechnology.
Ethanol plants in the United States, which also produce the feed ingredient distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), continue to upgrade equipment to extract non-food grade corn oil during the ethanol production process.
While regular DDGS may contain 10-15 percent oil, the low-oil variety contains much less and has different characteristics and feeding values than regular DDGS.
Of the roughly 200 corn dry mills that produce ethanol, about 90 have oil extraction capabilities, and 105 plants will by this summer.
As more U.S. ethanol plants add oil extraction capacity either at the front end or back end of their processes, the supply of lower-oil distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is increasing, and with it, the need to educate foreign DDGS users about its different characteristics.