Elanco on Food Production Challenges at #ExEx16

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the speakers at Export Exchange 2016 last week was Todd Armstrong, Senior Director of Global Market Access at Elanco Animal Health, who talked about balancing customer expectations with the realities of a growing population. Armstrong discussed some of the major challenges facing food producers today, such as the population growth, technology convergence, and sustainability concerns, and considered how …

Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Export Exchange, Exports, livestock feed, RFA, USGC

#ExEx16 Panel on Global DDGS Utilization

Cindy Zimmerman

A panel of U.S. Grains Council consultants traded international perspectives on the utilization of the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains (DDGS) in various countries during Export Exchange 2016. The panel included (pictured left to right) Indonesia consultant Dr. Budi Tangendjaja, Moroccan consultant Dr. A. Ait Boulahsen, USGC Global Trade manager Alvaro Cordero and moderator Kevin Roepke, USGC regional director for …

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Supply Demand Outlook for DDGS at #ExEx16

Cindy Zimmerman

At Export Exchange 2016 in Detroit this week, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper delved into the supply-demand outlook for U.S. ethanol industry co-product exports, with a focus on distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). “We’re looking at record ethanol production this year, so obviously we’re going to be producing a record amount of distillers grains as …

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Cattle Producer Talks DDGs at #ACE2016

Lizzy Schultz

The growth of the ethanol industry and the use of dried distillers grains (DDGs), a co-product of ethanol production, as livestock feed have both harnessed significant controversy and skepticism from livestock producers through the years, and the use of distillers grains as livestock feed was a major topic of discussion at this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Conference, held …

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RFA Submits Comments on Animal Feed Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday on the supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The act outlines regulations for animal feed, which includes the ethanol co-product dried distillers grain. RFA submitted comments earlier this year following the initial …

Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, livestock, livestock feed, RFA

Evolving Distillers Grains: Take the Survey

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa State University is looking at how the use of distillers grains have changed in the United States over the past several years. Interested growers are invited to participate in a survey currently being conducted by Iowa State University Assistant Professor Dr. Kurt Rosentrater. The survey findings will create a better overall picture of the roll distillers grains play in …

Agribusiness, corn, Distillers Grains, livestock feed, NCGA

Ag Subcommittee Hears Pros and Cons of RFS

John Davis

The food versus fuel debate arose once again in front of Congress. At last week’s U.S. House Ag Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., opponents and proponents of the Renewable Fuels Standard presented their arguments on the RFS and its impact on the livestock industry. One of the biggest opponents of the RFS is the poultry industry. Their members argued that …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, Food prices, Government, Legislation, livestock, livestock feed, RFS

Global Farmers Learn Value of Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Each year during World Food Prize week, the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Roundtable brings farmers from all over the world to visit Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa. Owner Bill Couser not only produces cattle, he also grows plenty of corn on his operation and is a big proponent of ethanol as a means of getting the …

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Impact of RFS on Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Increased ethanol production has been good for corn growers, bad for poultry producers, but has overall helped increase farm income to record levels according to some testimony given in a House hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is doing exactly what it was intended to do,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam …

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Beef Ranches as Biodiesel Refineries

John Davis

The next set of biodiesel refineries will probably continue to be in rural America, but they might be part of livestock operations. This article from BeefProducer.com says Arkansas State University researcher Kevin Humphrey sees real potential for ranchers to produce their own biodiesel from oil seed crops, waste oil or tallow: “If all you want to do is extract oil …

Biodiesel, Farming, livestock, livestock feed