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A cadre of international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products from more than 35 countries are scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis next week for Export Exchange 2018, ready to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain.
Export Exchange is an educational and trade forum for U.S. feed grains that will host approximately 200 participants organized into 21 USGC trade teams. The biennial conference, scheduled for Oct. 22 to 24, is sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy.
“At a time when we have just agreed to a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, highlighting the importance of international trade can be no better illustrated than by Export Exchange and the trade team visits before and after the event,” said Tom Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council. “It is essential for us to strengthen the bonds between suppliers and partner countries, and the connections made at this critical event will not only help propel our industry this year, but for years to come.”
The Export Exchange conference is the conduit between buyer teams from countries interested in purchasing U.S. feed grains and U.S. suppliers. The meeting brings these groups together to help each broaden their networks and forge new relationships by facilitating trade of U.S. corn, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), sorghum and other commodities.
“Next week’s event allows producers to promote the many benefits of ethanol and its coproducts like DDGS to key foreign markets like Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, South Korea and many others,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “We’re excited for the opportunity to tell the story of how they are produced and how they can support agriculture at home and abroad.”
During the conference, speakers – including Roger Watchorn, Group Leader at Cargill, Dr. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Kelly Davis, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the Renewable Fuels Association will speak about the state of the agricultural supply chain, the 10-year PS&D outlook for feed grains and food safety regulations for DDGS manufacturers, respectively, among other topics including transportation options for U.S. feed grains.
“Trade is incredibly important to our industry, as nearly one out of every three tons of animal feed produced by the U.S. ethanol industry is exported,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “The Export Exchange provides an excellent opportunity for U.S. producers to strengthen relationships with current customers in the international market, as well as to cultivate new partnerships. We’re looking forward to another exciting and productive event.”
Before and after the conference, trade teams from countries around the globe will travel to various grain-producing states where they will engage in specialized farm visits, tour the 2018 corn harvest, as well as explore ethanol plants and get a better understanding of transloading facilities so they have a clear picture of the U.S. value chain for these commodities.

Siouxland Ethanol today welcomed a visit from the E15 Now bus, during an ETHANOL PROMOTION DAY at Jackson Express in Jackson, Neb. The bus is traveling across the heartland to rally support for quick action on the president’s promise to unleash E15 ethanol blends, made with 15 percent ethanol, a grain-based biofuel. The bus is part of a nationwide campaign, led by biofuel supporters at Growth Energy, that is working to end outdated restrictions against the summer-time sale of lower-cost, higher-octane biofuel blends that are only currently available during the spring, winter, and fall.

Neb Senator Lydia Brasch, Bancroft, Chair of the Legislature’s Agriculture Committee and Neb Senator Joni Albrecht, Thurston, Chair of the Business & Labor Committee were also in attendance today.

“E15 is cleaner, greener and cheaper. It improves the quality of air we breathe. At Siouxland Ethanol, we manufacture a fuel that lowers greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30% and today costs almost $1 per gallon less than gasoline. At a time when agriculture is waking up to headline after headline of actions that are destroying demand for our products, it’s time this Administration puts forth a rule making that enables new demand. The reid vapor pressure restrictions on E15 and higher blends are exactly the type of ridiculous regulations President Trump promised he would dismantle.” Pam Miller, Director of Industry and Investor Relations, Siouxland Ethanol LLC.

Click below to hear an interview with Pam Miller about the day’s events…..


– Siouxland Ethanol turns area corn into 85 million gallons of homegrown biofuels each year

– With E15, consumers can save up to 10 cents on every gallon, while supporting local farmers and a stronger rural economy

– Farm income has fallen 47 percent over the last few years, but new markets for American biofuels can help turn things around



Sen. Joni Albrecht, Siouxland Ethanol Pres. & CEO Nick Bowdish, NeCGA Chairman Larry Mussack, Sen. Lydia Brasch, & Siouxland Ethanol Commodities Mgr. Casey Rathke.   -Photo by Debbie Borg


“Rural America is counting on the Trump Administration to open up new domestic markets for homegrown fuel so we can have cleaner, more affordable options at the pump,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Nationwide adoption of E15 could drive billions of gallons of new ethanol demand, creating a much-needed market for two billion bushels of American corn. We’re calling on policymakers to make certain that 2018 was the last summer that drivers are denied a chance to save money on fuel while supporting local farmers. Our bus tour is helping spread the message at fairs, campaign rallies, and community events across the heartland that rural America wants action on E15, and we want it now.”

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) has been recognized as a 2018 High Octane Champion by Renewable Fuels Nebraska, the trade association for Nebraska’s ethanol industry. The award was developed by the RFN membership as a way to recognize public policy leaders that strongly support Nebraska’s $5 billion ethanol industry.

“Nebraska’s ethanol industry is proud to recognize Adrian Smith as a biofuels leader in the US House of Representatives and as one of this country’s stalwart supporters of the ethanol industry,” said RFN Executive Director Troy Bredenkamp. “At a time when Washington’s political climate for ethanol remains a challenge at best, Representative Smith continues to be a leader in the House on our behalf. This award is a small token of our appreciation and a way to recognize him for all that he does for us.”

Smith has led the legislative effort in the US House to resolve the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver issue and allow for year-around E15 sales nationwide. This week, the bi-partisan House Bio-fuels Caucus sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to act swiftly on E15 regulatory reform and Representative Smith was a leader in this effort. If the EPA fails to initiate the rule-making process on the RVP waiver, then there is a high likelihood that the US ethanol industry and consumers will once again see restricted E15 availability for the 2019 summer driving season.

“Knowing how important year-around E15 sales would be to grow the US ethanol industry, Representative Smith introduced legislation that, if passed, would resolve the RVP waiver issue and force the EPA to allow for uninterrupted sales of E15 year around,” said Bredenkamp. “It is this kind of support that needs to be recognized and Nebraska’s ethanol producers want Representative Smith to know we appreciate everything he has done, and continues to do, on behalf of Nebraska and America’s ethanol industry.”