More than sixty countries were present to learn how U.S. ethanol can deliver on the shared goal of finding fuels that deliver environmental and human benefits while also making economic sense at the Global Ethanol Summit hosted by the U.S. Grains Council in Washington, DC this week.
Visitors from Egypt, Ecuador, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic specifically joined IL Corn staff following the summit to tour Illinois farms and ethanol plants as they seek more information and consider importing U.S. ethanol.
Jim Rapp, a corn farmer in Bureau Co, IL and a past IL Corn Director hosted the group on Wednesday. Jim helped explain how the feedstock for U.S. corn-based ethanol is grown and nurtured, as well as describing the benefits of ethanol production to the local rural economy.
The group also toured Marquis Energy in Hennepin to learn more about their strategic placement on the Illinois River which allows them a competitive advantage to sell U.S. ethanol into the global market.
IL Corn is invested in connecting international customers with first purchasers of Illinois corn like ethanol plants and grain merchandisers, and regularly hosts trade teams like this one on tours of the state.
U.S. Grains Council President and CEO explained in his comments at the summit, “My hope for you is that no one walks away from this meeting wondering if ethanol will work for your country. The answer, as we hope to show, is yes.”