Experts told participants of the Renewable Fuels Association’s 14th Annual National Ethanol Conference Feb. 23-25 in
“DDGS is the best part of the fuel ethanol industry currently. If it wasn't for distiller’s grains, given where we are right now with profit margins, there wouldn't be an ethanol industry,” said Staff.
Despite the ethanol slowdown, the DDGS output continues to increase making marketing efforts of the U.S. Grains Council pertinent to the industry, according to Scott Richman, senior vice president for Informa Economics. He said DDGS production is reaching “ever higher levels.” He said 26 million tons of U.S. DDGS were produced in 2008 and 29 million tons, possibly 30 million tons, will be generated this year. This is representative of a 10 percent growth in DDGS output each year. Richman said the increase is making exports of DDGS “more and more” important for the U.S ethanol industry and corn growers as the
“Exports have increased significantly as production has reached new heights. The tremendous increase is due to the efforts of the U.S. Grains Council who has substantial programs going on in different countries around the world.
Source: U.S. Grains Council