February 20, 2008
Distillers grains exports in 2007 set a new record and were nearly double export levels in 2006, according to data released this week by the Foreign Agriculture Service, Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) hailed this as important news for those interested in corn ethanol’s important coproduct.
“The export market for distillers grains continues to grow tremendously,” said Bill Hoffman, Chairman of NCGA’s Joint Trade Policy A-Team, which partners on trade issues with the U.S. Grains Council. “The strong demand for ethanol coproducts in foreign markets in 2007 demonstrates the significant nutritional and economic value of these products for livestock.”
The United States exported 2.36 million metric tons of distillers grains in 2007, up 88 percent from the 1.25 million metric tons exported in 2006. Export totals in 2007 were nearly triple 2004 levels.