Corn Crop Lower But Ethanol Stays Steady

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn production for this year was cut by four percent in the latest forecast out this morning from USDA, a bigger drop than expected by the industry. Corn production is now forecast at 12.7 billion bushels, down 3 percent from last year’s record production of 13.1 billion bushels. Yields are now expected to average 155.8 bushels per acre, down 6.7 …

Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA, USDA, USGC

Politics of U.S. Energy Policy

Chuck Zimmerman

The politics of U.S. Energy Policy was the luncheon topic at the Export Exchange 2010 DDGS conference. Our presenter was Sara Wyant, President, Agri-Pulse Communications. Her company is a diversified communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Little Rock, Arkansas, and Camdenton, Missouri. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is well recognized on Capitol Hill as well as with …

Audio, Energy, politics, RFA, USGC

RFA President: DDGS and Ethanol Markets Inextricably Linked

Chuck Zimmerman

The President/CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association addressed the Export Exchange 2010 today and highlighted the importance of U.S. ethanol policy and expansion into foreign markets which is critical for the DDGS industry. You can read his full remarks here as well as listen to them below. In his remarks, Dinneen said, “As a nation, failure to continue the growth …

Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International, RFA, USGC

NCGA President Says DDGS Sales Conference Critical

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the attendees I spoke with this morning at the Export Exchange 2010 conference is the President/CEO of the National Corn Growers Association, Rick Tolman. I asked Rick what he thought about the conference and its importance to the industry. Rick says it’s critically important and that the DDGS export market is one of the bright spots in the …

Audio, corn, Distillers Grains, NCGA, RFA, USGC

Export Exchange Trade Show

Chuck Zimmerman

There is a trade show element to the Export Exchange 2010 here in Chicago. Here’s out sponsor, Renewable Fuels Association, doing some business on a break in sessions. RFA is our sponsor for coverage of this event. We really do have a very large and diverse crowd attending the conference this year. There are at least 7 translators working to …

Distillers Grains, RFA, USGC

Challenges and Opportunities For DDGS Trade Growth

Chuck Zimmerman

Our keynote speaker at the Export Exchange 2010 is Dr. Robert L. Thompson, Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy. He is a Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and serves on the USDA-USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the International Food and …

Audio, Distillers Grains, Exports, International, RFA, USGC

The Business of Grain Trade and DDGS

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning the Export Exchange 2010 program got started in earnest with opening remarks from Tom Dorr, USGC President/CEO. He says we have nearly 500 attendees from 33 countries. The proceedings will be translated into 7 languages. Tom says that the opportunity to trade across borders helps to improve lives. That opportunity needs to be done in a transparent way …

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Export Exhange Conference Kicks Off

Chuck Zimmerman

The Export Exchange 2010 got off to an official and social start this evening with welcoming remarks from U.S. Grains Council President/CEO Tom Dorr (left) and Renewable Fuels Association President/CEO Bob Dinneen. The conference is focused on connecting international buyers of DDGS and coarse grains with the U.S. market. I don’t know what the attendance totals are here but we …

Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International, RFA, USGC

Ethanol Report on Export Exchange

Cindy Zimmerman

This edition of “The Ethanol Report” features comments from Renewable Fuels Association (RA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen and U.S. Grains Council (USGC) CEO and president Tom Dorr about promoting exports of the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The two organizations are working together on the upcoming “Export Exchange” conference that will focus on increasing U.S. exports …

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Ethanol Co-Product Exports Climbing

Cindy Zimmerman

Distillers grains exports are hitting new highs. Exports of the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) hit a new record in July of 886,300 metric tons – which is more than was exported in the entire year in 2004. Total exports this year so far are 4.95 million metric tons, getting close to the total last year of …

Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, RFA, USGC