Export Exchange 2022 Updates

Cindy Zimmerman

CEOs of Growth Energy, US Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and Growth Energy are firming up the agenda for Export Exchange 2022, October 12-14 at the Hilton Minneapolis.

This will be the first Export Exchange since 2018, after global pandemic restrictions dictated the cancellation of the international event in 2020 and again in 2021. With the exception of 2020, the event has been held in even-numbered years since 2010, bringing together international buyers and U.S. sellers of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), as well as other feed grain products. The conference in Minneapolis is expected to attract more than 350 attendees, including 150 from 50 countries participating as part of USGC trade teams.

While DDGS are the primary focus of Export Exchange, USGC also works with the ethanol industry groups on helping increase exports of ethanol itself, recently traveling to Japan on a group trade mission together.

USGC President and CEO Ryan LeGrand, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper, and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor toured a feed mill and port facility before meeting with industry and government officials to discuss the role ethanol has played in the United States, specifically highlighting the environmental benefits. Discussions also revolved around the current transition in the U.S. toward higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 and increased consumer and government adoption of bioethanol blends to mitigate both economic and environmental pressures.

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