Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that Vietnam will resume imports of dried distillers grains produced in the U.S. According to the North Dakota Ethanol Council, ethanol plants in the state produce approximately 1.4 million tons of distillers grain each year, with up to 90 percent being exported, depending on the demand for livestock feed in North Dakota.
“Dried distillers grains are a valuable commodity, and our state benefits from its abundant supply, whether it is helping support herds through times of drought or giving our nation a better balance of trade,” Hoeven said. “Having access to markets like Vietnam is important for our ag producers and value-added industry, especially when faced with an oversupply and falling prices. We continue working to ensure fair treatment and greater opportunity for our farmers and ranchers in markets around the globe.”
“The North Dakota ethanol industry is very pleased to learn that Vietnam will resume imports of American produced distillers dried grains (DDGS). As a top importer of American DDGS in past years, this is a very significant market. Domestic ethanol production continues to increase, as does DDGS production. Therefore, maintaining and developing export markets will continue to be essential. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Senator Hoeven and all others who were instrumental in making this happen,” said Jeff Zueger, ND Ethanol Council Chairman and Midwest AgEnergy Group CEO.
Vietnam previously served as the third-largest export market for U.S. dried distillers grains, valued at more than $161 million in exports in the 2015-2016 marketing year. Vietnam banned importation of U.S. dried distillers grains in 2016 as the result of reported detections of pests. In addition to lifting the suspension today, Vietnam is also easing fumigation requirements for U.S. corn and wheat.