Commentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel Tank
by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today) … Another aspect of U.S. agricultural exports that is changing is ethanol and its byproduct DDGs. In the past 3 years, U.S. exports of ethanol have grown significantly. Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs with the U.S. Feed Grains Council, says 70% of the world trade in ethanol involves U.S. ethanol, most of which is produced here in the Midwest. He added that U.S. ethanol is the cheapest source of octane in the world. The U.S. even sells ethanol to Saudi Arabia that they use to blend with low octane gasoline. The Grain Council, which has traditionally promoted U.S. grain exports, now spends a good deal of time and effort promoting the sale of U.S. ethanol. The byproduct of ethanol production, DDGs, is also a growing U.S. export. Both Indiana and China have recently improved imports of this livestock feed. USGC has also stepped up its efforts to promote exports of DDGs.
We need to move from being the grain bin of the world to being the pantry and fuel tank to which the world turns. We need agricultural policies and programs that help promote this change. READ MORE