The U.S. Grains Council Hosts Conference on U.S. Ethanol Policy and Corn Co-Products:
On May 9, 2013, the U.S. Grains Council hosted a conference on U.S. ethanol policy and corn co-products in Tokyo. The purpose of the conference was to provide an update on U.S. corn and co-products to Japanese importers and users of U.S. corn. Special emphasis was given to respond to Japanese concerns over the possible negative impact of U.S. ethanol policy on global grain supply. The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Senior Agricultural Attaché, Elizabeth Autry, made opening remarks, in which she noted, “DDGS, has become an important part of feeding livestock in the U.S. and overseas.” Ms. Kelly Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Renewable Fuels Association stated that the United States has enough capacity to produce and supply corn for both feed/food and fuel uses. The conference was attended by approximately 200 people representing Japanese trade, government, and media. The United States is Japan’s largest corn supplier.