Distillers' grains exports in 2007 set a new record and were nearly double export levels in 2006, according to data released by USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service, the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“The export market for distillers' grains continues to grow tremendously,” Bill Hoffman, chairman of National Corn Growers Association, said of the co-product of corn ethanol. “The strong demand for ethanol co-products in foreign markets in 2007 demonstrates the significant nutritional and economic value of these products for livestock.”

The United States exported 2.36 million metric tons of distillers' grains in 2007, up 88 percent from the 1.25 million metric tons exported in 2006. Export totals in 2007 were nearly triple 2004 levels.

According to NCGA estimates, approximately 14 percent of U.S.-produced distillers' grains were exported in 2007.