Environmental and rural development issues strike a common chord between U.S. and Brazilian ethanol producers, says National Corn Growers Association President Ken McCauley.

Those common interests, he says, pave the way for future cooperation between corn and sugar producers.

McCauley was invited to speak to the annual UNICA Conference of sugar cane producers and processors recently in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was struck by how the discussions at the conference paralleled those taking place in the United States.

“Everyone's talking about the rural development aspect (of ethanol production) and bringing profit back to remote areas,” McCauley said. Brazil has developed its ethanol industry over the last three decades, he noted, and ethanol proponents are looking beyond just economic benefits.

Brazilians are interested in all aspects of U.S. ethanol, observed McCauley.