Iowa State University-based Distillers Grains Technology Council to Host Research Symposium

April 24th, 2019

AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, administered at Iowa State University, will cover the latest research for industries that produce and use distillers grains at its annual symposium.

“Our goal is to bring together industry leaders to discuss the latest technologies, ingredients, processes and approaches to utilizing cereal grains for fermentation into alcohol, and ultimately 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.

The symposium is scheduled for May 15 and 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Distillers grains products have historically been used primarily for livestock and poultry feed, but new technologies are being developed to expand their use into other markets such as cellulosic ethanol, biochemicals and other value-added materials.

“With the advent of fractionation technologies to concentrate proteins, fibers and oils, new value-added animal feeds also are hitting the marketplace,” Rosentrater said.

The council was founded in 1945 as the Distillers Feed Research Council to assist the beverage distillery industry in developing uses for their non-fermentable waste materials. It is a nonprofit organization which serves the fuel ethanol industry, the beverage alcohol industry, the livestock industry and other affiliated organizations and individuals. More at:


Kurt Rosentrater, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, 515-294-4019,
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-2314,