BBI plans third annual distillers grains conference

By Erin Voegele | October 06, 2008
Web exclusive posted Oct. 8, 2008 at 10:23 a.m. CST

The 2008 International Distillers Grains Conference and Trade Show will be held in Indianapolis on Oct. 19-21. More than 300 participants have preregistered for the event. In addition, the U.S. Grains Council and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service will sponsor approximately 140 major foreign buyers, nutritionists and feed ingredient importers to attend the event. More than 600 people are expected to attend the conference.

The event is designed to give U.S. distillers grains exporters the opportunity to network with numerous international buyers in one location. Translators will be on hand during the International Meet and Greet Reception prior to the grand opening of the trade show, giving attendees the opportunity to mitigate any language barriers they might encounter.

Dan Keefe, the manager of international operations (DDGS) for the U.S. Grain Council, assisted with the event's agenda and selection of speakers. He hopes attendees will learn about the production trends of distillers grains and be educated on the economic benefits of using distillers grains in feed. In addition, he hopes attendees will be able to establish business relationships with suppliers of distillers grains. Ultimately, the goal is to have attendees leave the event understanding distillers grains are a safe and effective feed ingredient.

According to conference organizers, speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, from nutritional information of the product to economic considerations and information on foreign markets. The program will also outline the potential for distillers grains markets around the world. Potential buyers will receive information specifically pertaining to feed used for a wide variety of livestock, including cattle, swine, poultry, aquaculture and small ruminants.

To register for the 2008 Distillers Grains Conference and Tradeshow, visit the event's Web site: