USGC Helps Expand Export Potential for DDGS, Ethanol to Ecuador
(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Identifying how U.S. feed grains and co-products can meet the specific demands of a local market is the specialty of the U.S. Grains Council’s staff around the world. In Ecuador, the Council is successfully helping swine and poultry producers improve their feed formulations using U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and is exploring how U.S. ethanol can help the country meet its blend mandate.
Ecuador is a corn-producing nation, backed by a government self-sufficiency policy. In the past few years, however, the local corn crop has not been sufficient to meet domestic demand, resulting in expensive prices and government-issued import permits.
In contrast, Ecuador is able to import U.S. DDGS, though only a few livestock producers were aware of the feed ingredient before the Council commenced a flurry of activities to introduce it to local feed industries.
The Council invited government representatives and industry leaders from Ecuador to attend the Ethanol Summit of the Americas in October 2017. That conference brought together ethanol industry leaders from 15 countries across the Western Hemisphere to share experiences with and the potential for use of ethanol in their own domestic industries.
Following the Summit, the Ecuadorian industry reached out to the Council for assistance in increasing capabilities to meet their current blend mandate since local industry only produces enough ethanol to meet about 40 percent of that demand. The Council is encouraging the Ecuadorian government to look to the global ethanol market to realize their ethanol goals and save on the costs of government subsidies related to the import of finished gasoline.
As part of this educational effort, the Council facilitated meetings for an Ecuadorian delegation, including high-level government representatives, in its Washington, D.C. offices in April 2018 as part of the USDA’s Cochran Fellowship Program, which provides in-depth training opportunities for agricultural professionals in emerging markets.
The program included presentations from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service as well as the Council’s ethanol-focused staff and consultants. Speakers discussed policy opportunities for biofuels as well as the benefits of ethanol for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving human health.
The Council plans on expanding educational efforts for both ethanol and DDGS in the coming year, working hard to meet the needs of the Ecuadorian livestock industry and transportation sector. READ MORE