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Iowa State ABE associate professor receives BBI’s Award of Excellence

Kurt Rosentrater, executive director and CEO of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, is the 2021 recipient of BBI International’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the fuel ethanol industry through their research, technical advisory and/or development activities.


For nearly 20 years, Rosentrater’s unique approach to research has helped overcome challenges and improved the utilization of distillers grains coproducts. Specifically, his work has helped improve material handling and storage of distillers grains. He was the first to develop a commercially viable method to pelletize 100 percent distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Rosentrater has also helped develop new market opportunities for distillers grains in aquaculture.


“We are excited to recognize Kurt with our 2021 Award of Excellence,” Tom Bryan, president of BBI International and editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine said. “His two decades of work to advance ethanol coproducts has helped our industry overcome difficult technical challenges while opening new market opportunities. Kurt has also been generous with his time, benefiting industry members by taking on a variety of speaking and teaching roles that have greatly benefited the U.S. fuel ethanol industry.”


“Receiving this award is such an honor. To be recognized by one’s peers and the companies that I have aimed to serve is a testament to the importance of the work,” Rosentrater said. “That I have had the opportunity to contribute to the growth and improvement of this industry is truly humbling. There is still so much work to do in the coproducts and feed ingredients space, and this work is critical to the long-term sustainability and profitability of alcohol production.”


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