Increased Demand for Ethanol By-Product

In Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Livestock by Cindy

Export opportunities for the ethanol by-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are increasing as the industry continues to grow. That was the main message to more than 500 who attended the second the U.S. Grains Council’s International Distillers Grains Conference this week in Indianapolis. “The reason we’re holding this conference is that we are confident the U.S. ethanol industry …

International Focus on Distillers Grains

In Ethanol, Exports by Cindy

Distillers grains are often called the “best kept secret” about the ethanol industry – the one-third of corn that comes back as livestock feed as a result of ethanol production. DDGs have also become a major value-added export for the United States. Exports of DDGs expected to hit 3 million metric tons valued at an estimated $600 million this marketing …

More Exports Than Ever

In Exports by Cindy

Despite all the hue and cry about food shortages, the United States is exporting more corn than ever before. According to the latest USDA forecast, U.S. agricultural exports are expected to reach a record $108.5 billion for fiscal year 2008. The new numbers represent a $7.5 billion increase from February’s previous record forecast and $26.5 billion above the final 2007 …

World Food Conference to Focus on Biotech and Biofuels

In Administration, Biotechnology, Current News, Ethanol, Exports, Food Prices, Trade by Cindy

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer will present a three pronged strategy to deal with rising food prices, climate change and energy security when he travels to Rome next week for the conference on World Food Security being held by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Schafer says the strategy is basically to “provide food and other support …

Riding a Cornbread Wave in Japan

In Exports, Farming by Cindy

The Japanese are getting into soul food these days. According to the U.S. Grains Council, cornbread has become a hot new food trend in Japan among professional and home bakers. In an attempt to ride the wave of cornbread’s popularity in the country, the Council’s Corn Food Promotion Program has initiated a Web site dedicated to informing Japanese customers about …

Senate Vote Coming on WRDA

In Current News, Exports, Transportation by Cindy

The Senate is expected to follow the lead of the House Thursday and override the presidential veto of the Water Resources Development Act, better known as WRDA. The House vote on Tuesday was 361-54 with 18 members absent, well over the two-thirds needed for the override. Late Wednesday, the Senate was debating the measure with most speaking in favor of …

Trading Places

In Current News, Exports, General, Trade by Cindy

The majority of U.S. agricultural organizations are strongly in favor of free trade, whether it be global or bilateral. The “level playing field” phrase is most often used as the reason for that support. Exports are a significant part of the agricultural economy of our nation, and therefore of the economy as a whole. According to USDA, agricultural exports hit …