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NCGA: Industry Succeeds in Marketing Ethanol Coproducts

In a letter submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) stresses the amount of success U.S. corn growers and ethanol producers have had in developing important coproducts from ethanol and finding markets for them with little government assistance.

When ethanol is fermented, the residual distillers grains make an excellent feed for livestock because of its protein, fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals, according to NCGA Chairman Ken McCauley, who wrote to comment on proposed rulemaking about the agency’s role in distillers grains marketing. In his letter, McCauley cited the strong success the industry has seen in marketing the grains.

“It is important to note that more than 30 million metric tons of U.S.-produced distillers grains have been traded effectively in the last five years with minimal government participation,” McCauley said....

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