Northern Crops Institute

DDGS Procurement Course

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DDGS Procurement Course

Course Details:

Dates: August 26 - 30, 2024
Location: Begin at Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, ND and complete course in Minneapolis, MN
Registration Fee: $1,900.00
Registration Deadline: August 1, 2024

Course Overview:

Ethanol production has increased dramatically since the early 2000s, driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard established by Congress in 2005. In addition to ethanol’s significant impact on U.S. corn usage, refining ethanol produces several coproducts that are commodities in their own right.  This five-day course will focus on Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, or DDGS, which are the most significant coproduct from ethanol production, in both size and value.

Daily lectures and tours will be held both in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area as well as at NCI and Barry Hall on the NDSU Campus in Fargo. Academic and industry authorities will guide you through the full complexity of the international DDGS markets.  This course provides an overview of the U.S. DDGS handling and marketing system and discusses the tools available to assist buyers in purchasing U.S. DDGS that meet their quality needs at the best value.

This course will be held in Fargo, North Dakota from August 26 – 28, and in Minneapolis/St. Paul from August 28 – 30, 2024.


  • Learn from experts from both academic and industry professionals on DDGS markets.
  • Meet with ingredient suppliers and hear of their experiences in dealing with the complexities of the international DDGS markets.
  • Learn best practices on livestock ration formulation using U.S. DDGS.
  • Experience the DDGS handling system through tours of a farm, an ethanol production plant, and an intermodal rail loading facility.
  • Participate in trading exercises.

Major Topics:

Review of Corn Market/Industry

  • Discussion on DDGS and corn procurement
  • Overview of barge network
  • Logistics of ingredient handling
  • Discussion on market trends/opportunities
  • Uses of DDGS in diets for pigs and poultry
  • Introduction to futures markets
  • Tour ethanol plant
  • Storage and handling of DDGS
  • Use of DDGS through a feed mill
  • Trading on nutrient value
  • Report on corn milling study by NCI

Who Should Attend:

International procurement managers, purchasing managers, agricultural marketing specialists, R&D staff, business managers, chief marketing officers, feed manufacturing managers, and anyone with interest in importing DDGS from the United States.

How Do I Register?

This course will be offered in-person only, and registrations are limited to 30 participants. Space will fill up quick, so we encourage you to enroll early!

Registration Fee: $1,900.00
Registration Deadline: August 1, 2024

Click on the “Enroll” button to pay by credit card. For group registrations and alternate methods of payment, please contact

Included in the registration fee are course materials, lunches and refreshments during the course and one evening dinner banquet. Airfare, hotel rooms and other meals are not included in the registration fee.

Hotel Information:

Information on hotels for the course will be provided to you upon registration. A valid credit card is required upon check-in at each hotel to cover your room expenses. Hotel rooms ARE NOT included in the course registration fee.


Participants will fly into Fargo International Airport on Sunday, August 25, 2024 and will fly out of Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport (MSP) on Saturday, August 31, 2024.

NCI will provide transportation during the course.

Cancellation Policies:

Requests to cancel a registration must be received on or before August 12, 2024 to receive a full refund. Requests to cancel a registration on or after August 13, 2023 will receive credit for a future NCI course that is good for 1 year. If NCI is forced to cancel this course, all registered participants will be immediately contacted, and each will receive a full refund within 10 business days. Substitutions may be made up to 3 days before the course begins. To read our full Event Refund & Cancelation Policy, click here.

30 seats available.
Price: $1,900.00

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