Following the Ethanol Summit of the Asia-Pacific held this week in Minneapolis, visitors from more than 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are touring the US Midwest to learn how the US ethanol industry developed and helps meet the country"s, and the world"s, biofuels goals.

Four teams of producers, traders, government officials and business people are in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin, hosted by state corn organisations and local ethanol facilities, sponsored by the US Grains Council (USGC), which works to develop overseas demand for US feed grains and their products, like ethanol.

Their visits follow the Summit activities, hosted with Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, that offered participants access to high-level US ethanol industry members and extensive information on how ethanol is used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), improve air quality, and provide economic benefits to ethanol stakeholders.

"We appreciate our state partners hosting these important groups of high-level officials from Asia so they have a better understanding of our ethanol story in the US," said Deb Keller, US Grains Council Chairman and Iowa farmer. "Allowing these representatives to see the entire ethanol value chain – from farmers to industry – will give them a clearer idea of how ethanol contributes meaningfully to the environmental, human health and economics benefits of those who use them."

The post-Summit tours provide an on-the-ground experience including stops at gas stations, feedlots, farms and, of course, ethanol plants.

A team including participants from China, Korea and Taiwan is visiting Iowa; a team including participants from India, Bangladesh and the Philippines is visiting Kansas; a team with participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam is visiting Nebraska; and a team with participants from Australia, Myanmar, Pakistan and New Zealand is visiting Wisconsin.

"The US Grains Council has been working with many of our Asian partners for years, and while there are occasional trade hurdles to surpass, each understands how important open and ongoing trade efforts are, especially regarding ethanol," said Ms Keller. "We appreciate just how helpful our Asian partners are in developing the ethanol markets in this region of the world," said Ms Keller.

The US Grains Council is working strategically in international ethanol market development with partners including Growth, RFA, corn state checkoffs and others in the US ethanol industry. This builds on nearly 60 years of work in overseas offices building demand for US corn, sorghum and barley growers as well as ethanol and DDGS producers.

"The combination of global presence, market access and market development works to ensure this long-standing partnership between the United States and our Asian trading partners is here to stay," said Ms Keller.

For more information visit the USGC website, HERE.

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