A team representing some of the largest livestock and poultry operations in Taiwan is currently in South Dakota to assess the quality and quantity of this year’s corn crop. The U.S. Grains Council organized the tour and Taiwan Director Clover Chang says top officials with these companies want a first-hand look at the corn they’re buying due to concerns about this year’s drought-striken crop.
The group also toured the Dakota Ethanol Plant near Wenworth to examine the DDGs being produced out of that facility. Taiwan is a larger buyer of the U.S. biofuels byproduct and is worried about mycotoxins.
Chang says as a result the Taiwanese buyers feel confident about the quality of the DDGs they’re purchasing from U.S. ethanol plants. The group also toured a Hutterite colony, SDSU livestock research facilities and the Mark Gross farm near Bridgewater.