Distillers Grains Technology Council hosts 26th annual symposium in Omaha, May 11-12

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AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, administered at Iowa State University, will highlight the latest in research and practice for industries that produce and use distillers grains at its 26th annual symposium, May 11-12, 2022, in Omaha, Nebraska.

The symposium will provide state-of-the-art information and will discuss key issues related to expanding markets for distillers grains, supply chain management, processing technologies and government regulations.

“We’re pleased to be back together again in person, as a forum for industry leaders to discuss the technologies, ingredients, processes and approaches to utilizing cereal grains for fermentation into alcohol, and on the properties, value and uses of the nonfermentable co-products, known as distillers grains,” said Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State.

New technologies for distillers grains are being developed to expand use of this resource beyond livestock and poultry feed into markets such as cellulosic ethanol, biochemicals, pet foods, fish foods and other value-added materials.This year’s symposium will features presentations that include a focus on topics, including:

  • Sales and marketing trends for distillers grains
  • New uses and processes, from pet foods to bioenergy
  • Sustainability and life-cycle analyses for DGTC products
  • Managing risks, testing and analytics for feed products
  • News from DGTC committees and initiatives

The event will take place at the Marriott Hotel, in Omaha’s downtown Capitol District. It begins Wednesday, May 11, with a buffet breakfast at 7:00 a.m., and the program starting at 8 a.m. The symposium ends Thursday, May 12, at 3:45 p.m. A networking reception will be held Monday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Additional activities include axe throwing and a brewery/distillery tour. All sessions will be held in person.

The council was founded in 1945 as the Distillers Feed Research Council to assist the beverage distilling industry in developing uses for their non-fermentable waste materials. The nonprofit also serves other related industries, businesses and affiliated organizations. In 2013, the DGTC relocated to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University.

Find more details and registration information at https://distillersgrains.org/symposium/