The Renewable Fuels Association and the U.S. Grains Council are the co-sponsors and hosts of the biennial Export Exchange, but dozens of other companies and organizations help make it happen with their support.
CHS, Inc. markets ethanol co-products for animal feed from two of their own plants and 21 others. “We market somewhere around four million metric tons,” said CHS DDGS Marketing Manager Sean Broderick. “So it’s important for us to maximize for the plants we market the best markets for them to go to – whether it’s down the road or the other side of the world.”
Broderick says Export Exchange has been very beneficial for CHS and their members. “It’s a great place for us to see a lot of people all at once,” he said. “It really helps us to both expand and continue to educate our export partners.”
Listen to my interview with Broderick here: Interview with Sean Broderick, CHS, Inc.
Tate & Lyle, which markets the co-product corn gluten feed, stepped up to the sponsor level for this year’s Export Exchange. “There’s a large exposure base for potential customers for by-products of our wet milling process,” said Dan Smith, director of co-product and ethanol sales for Tate & Lyle. “We’ve had a lot of people stop by that maybe heard the Tate & Lyle name but didn’t realize that we supplied corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal.”
Smith is pictured here on the left with others on the Tate & Lyle team at Export Exchange. Interview with Dan Smith, Tate & Lyle
With Kansas looking at a huge corn crop this year, finding new markets is more critical than ever for the Kansas Corn Commission, which is why they were exhibiting at Export Exchange. “We knew we were going to have a record,” said CEO Greg Krissek. “We didn’t know we were going to get over 700 million bushels, which is 23 percent more than our record has ever been.”
Kansas Corn partnered with Kansas Sorghum, the state department of agriculture, and KSU’s IGP Institute to have a presence at Export Exchange and afterward hosted a group of distillers and corn buyers from Peru and Columbia.
Learn more in this interview: Interview with Greg Krissek, Kansas Corn