Distillers Grains Will Be Focus at Export Conference

Distillers Grains Will Be Focus at Export Conference

Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with US Grains Council to explore international trade aspects of DDGS and coarse grains.

The Renewable Fuels Association and the U.S. Grains Council are announcing the Export Exchange 2010, an international trade conference focused around the export of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles and coarse grains. This co-sponsored event will bring together more than 150 international buyers of U.S. DDGS and coarse grains with more than 300 U.S. producers and agribusinesses. The conference will be held on Oct. 6-8, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel in Chicago, Ill.

"The opportunity to educate foreign buyers about high quality, U.S.-produced DDGS could not come at a better time," says RFA president Bob Dinneen. "At current dietary inclusion levels, distillers grains consumption is nearing saturation in the United States. Increasing U.S. exports of distillers grains will be instrumental in helping the industry avoid running into a 'feed wall.' "

He adds, "Fortunately, markets around the world are rapidly opening, creating demand for approximately 15% to 20% of all distillers grains produced today. We look forward to fostering continued growth in export markets and we are excited to co-sponsor the premier forum for connecting international feed buyers with U.S. producers of distillers grains."

Will address critical issues facing export of U.S. distillers grains

The Export Exchange 2010 is uniquely focused on connecting international buyers of DDGS and coarse grains with the U.S. market. The U.S. Grains Council is providing sponsorship for the attendance of targeted international trade teams from more than 25 countries. These participants represent nearly 80 percent of the global export market for DDGS and coarse grains. The conference will address critical issues facing U.S. exports and seek to educate and build awareness of U.S. DDGS and coarse grains among international buyers.

"We are excited to have the Renewable Fuels Association co-sponsor the Export Exchange 2010," says USGC president and CEO Thomas C. Dorr. "The burgeoning world population is demanding more meat, milk and eggs. U.S. DDGS and coarse grains continue to play an important role in livestock and poultry feed rations globally. We have to educate and connect our buyers and sellers to continue to grow vital markets for the United States."

For information and updates about Export Exchange 2010 visit www.grains.org.

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