U.S. Grains Council works to promote ethanol

U.S. Grains Council works to promote ethanol

Focus is on markets in China, India, Japan and Mexico because of their air quality concerns and growing fuel demand.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners are working to promote U.S. ethanol exports with programs focused on the markets of China, India, Japan and Mexico, USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann, a Nebraska farmer, told stakeholders at the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA’s) Corn Congress last week in Washington, D.C.

He described the strategy underlying the outreach being undertaken by USGC, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and USDA, with the first tier of countries selected because they have growing fuel demand and significant air quality concerns. This combination makes U.S. ethanol, which has established greenhouse gas emissions benefits, an attractive option.

U.S. Grains Council works to find export markets for corn, ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles. (Photo: darcy maulsby/Thinkstock)

Outreach is also happening in additional markets including Colombia, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Canada.

“We are excited to be focused on this vibrant, vital and growing area for U.S. feed grains promotion, ethanol exports,” Tiemann said. “While our traditional feed grain marketing and market development programs continue in 50 countries, this is a critical new piece of work for us and our industry.”

Activities the groups are undertaking vary by market based on local needs and include information sharing; facilitating relationship building within country and regional energy sectors; and engagement with stakeholders working on policy issues including fuel mandates.

USGC is the feed grain’s industry’s export market development organization, working globally to promote products including U.S. corn, ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The group works closely with NCGA, the corn industry’s domestic advocacy association, on trade, biotechnology, sustainability and consumer outreach issues.

Source: U.S. Grains Council

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