The American Coalition for Ethanol has spoken out to applaud the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voice vote on May 9 to confirm Gov. Terry Branstad as the U.S. ambassador to China. A full committee vote on his nomination is expected soon.
“We’re grateful for the speedy confirmation of Terry Branstad by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” said Brian Jennings, executive vice president of ACE. “We believe as the new U.S. Ambassador to China, Branstad will capitalize on his longstanding relationship with the President of China to continue to drive global demand for ethanol and coproducts, as well as advise the Trump administration on trade policy reform for the U.S. ethanol industry. When it comes to export efforts, this industry is facing both global tailwinds and headwinds. We’re hopeful Branstad will help battle headwind protectionist trade barriers being erected.”
Branstad, the current governor of Iowa, is the nation’s longest serving governor. He served in the post from 1983 through 1999, and was again named as the state’s governor in 2010, a position he still holds. Branstad is a long-time supporter of ethanol. In mid-2016, he was honored by leaders of the renewable fuels industry, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and the National Governors Association for his leadership in renewable fuels.
According to data published by the U.S. Grains Council, the U.S. exported nearly 190.52 million gallons of ethanol to China during the 2015-’16 marketing year, up from 14.35 million gallons the previous marketing year. The U.S. also exported approximately 3.37 million tons of distillers dried grains with solubles to China during the 2015-’16 marketing year, down from 5.37 million tons during the 2014-’15 marketing year and 6.18 million tons during the 2013-’14 marketing year.
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