Badger State Ethanol to export coproduct to China

By Gov. Scott Walker's office | May 08, 2013

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced that Badger State Ethanol of Monroe, Wis., has signed a letter of intent with a Shanghai feed company to establish future business agreements. It is one of the first trade agreements between China and Wisconsin signed during Walker’s April trade mission.

“This letter of intent between Badger State Ethanol and Shanghai DingNiu Feed Co. illustrates the high regard Wisconsin agriculture has globally,” Walker said. “Wisconsin agriculture has a tremendous capacity for producing livestock feed right here, and in China.”

Erik Huschitt, General Manager of Badger State Ethanol, signed the letter of intent with Yu Qian, General Manager of Shanghai DingNiu Feed Co., establishing a long-term partnership and cooperation between the two companies. The unique agreement will also be integral to developing future bilateral trade relations.

The agreement expresses the intent of Shanghai DingNiu Feed Co; Ltd to purchase animal feed products, such as DDGS, over the next three years from Badger State Ethanol. This animal feed is a high-protein co-product made during the ethanol production process; it is a more effective and health beneficial feed alternative than traditional corn feed.

“Badger State Ethanol is very proud and grateful to have the opportunity to join Governor Walker and Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel on this trade mission,” Huschitt said. “While we value and strive to supply our local feed markets in the great state of Wisconsin, it is vital that we expand our markets and find new opportunities. Today’s letter of intent shows that the demand for our high-quality, innovative products expands far beyond the state line, and again proves, that ethanol is both fueling and feeding the world.”

“This letter of intent gives Wisconsin another chance to showcase the high-quality products we have in our state that can be shipped anywhere in the world to help meet the needs of food security,” said Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel.