Grain Standards for Distillers Grains

NGFA warns standards could negatively impact availability of products.

Published on: Jan 9, 2008

In comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Grain and Feed Association advised against developing standards for biofuels byproducts. In a statement to USDA's submitted to USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, the NGFA said existing procedures for approving feed ingredients, as well as the NGFA’s own Grain Trade Rules, Feed Trade Rules and Arbitration System, already provide parameters for the trading of distillers grains and other products from biofuels production.

NGFA believes "additional government standards for the inputs of ethanol production and distillers grains at this time could have the negative impacts of stifling the rewards of innovation, reducing the number and quality of products available in the marketplace and ultimately limiting the opportunities for either buyer or seller to capture optimal value for these products," said NGFA Biofuels Committee Chairman Michael F. Malecha, ethanol manager for NGR Development Co. Inc., a biofuels company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn.

Source: Feedstuffs