Ron Gray, former IL Corn Marketing Board Chairman from Graymont and current U.S. Grains Council Chairman, said that DDGS exports were a very positive spot for U.S. farmers.
During the U.S. Grains Council’s winter meeting last week, more than 250 delegates met to review the past year and understand export market opportunities.
Gray said, “At the end of the year, our exports were one of the highest years for DDGS on record. The Grains Council was instrumental in mitigating that process so that trade can continue.”
These record levels after a big concern in 2014 with exports to China. Thanks to the Grains Council, of which Illinois Corn is a member, for negotiating U.S. DDGS exports back into the positive.
Gray also indicated that U.S. sorghum picked up some exports to China last year to pick up the slack caused by the biotech trait issue with corn, but ultimately, it’s the growing demand for corn that is benefiting Illinois farmers.