They’re being hosted by the U.S. Grains Council and Nebraska Corn Board.
Roger Berry, Director of Market Development for the Corn Board, says the visitors are seeing first-hand the full production and value chain of ethanol in Nebraska.
“We’re showing them how we do it here in the United States,” Berry says. “We feel we’ve got a good model. We’ve made mistakes as we’ve gone along the way and we’ve had a lot of successes. We share that with these teams so they can do the same thing in their country, realizing that they don’t have all the feedstock to produce all the ethanol that they need.”
He says Nebraska’s farmers are in a position to supply them the ethanol feedstock they need.
“We are explaining to them that we have the production capability here in the United States to help them fill that area that needs to be filled so that they can go ahead and start the policies through their governments to bring about cleaner air in their own countries, too,” he says.
Berry says the delegation toured the Siouxland ethanol plant near Jackson.
“One question that was asked is, ‘Why is there no steam coming from this plant anywhere, we don’t see anything escaping anywhere?'” Berry says. “They are amazed with the efficiencies we have in our plants. That’s one of the things they’re really interested in.”
Group members are from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
There are 24 ethanol plants in Nebraska that produce a total of more than two-billion gallons each year. Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producer behind only Iowa.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton