WASHINGTON — The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) encourage U.S. suppliers of coarse grains and co-products, industry representatives and members of the grain trade to register now for Export Exchange 2016, to be held Oct. 24–26 in Detroit. Registration is available online via www.exportexchange.org. USGC and RFA members will be eligible for discounted pricing. The biennial event, co-sponsored by the Council and RFA, is expected to bring together 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products, including distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), with approximately 300 U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives. "This premiere event is focused on networking in order to establish connections between U.S. suppliers and international customers," said USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann, a farmer from Nebraska. "Our last Export Exchange in 2014 generated well over a billion dollars' worth of sales. We know the relationships built at this conference not only help our industry now, but also help build demand for the future." In addition to networking opportunities, the conference will have general sessions, which will address critical issues facing U.S. agricultural exports, offering the customers and sellers in attendance an increased awareness of the benefits of U.S. coarse grains and co-products. "The U.S. ethanol industry has emerged as a major producer of high quality animal feeds like DDGS and corn gluten feed," said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen. "The Export Exchange provides a venue to connect producers and marketers of those co-products with customers around the world." More information will be distributed in the coming months and will be available online at www.exportexchange.org or on social media using the hashtag #ExEx16. Those interested in receiving conference update should send an email to: [email protected]. Please visit www.grains.org for more information about the Council. For more information about RFA, visit www.EthanolRFA.org.