Dr. Kurt Rosentrater
Executive Director and CEO
Dr. Rosentrater is a faculty member at Iowa State University in the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Food Science and Human Nutrition. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. He has spent the last decade researching various aspects of distillers co-products, ranging from production to processing to end use. From 2004 – 2011 he led the USDA-ARS’s research program devoted to distillers grains research, and he has continued this work in his role at ISU. Rosentrater succeeded Mr. Charlie Staff, who retired in 2013. Staff had been serving as the CEO and Executive Director since 1996.
We are a non-profit organization which serves the fuel ethanol industry, the beverage alcohol industry, the livestock industry, and other affiliated organizations and individuals. Our work focuses on improving the quality, value, and utilization of distillers grains for use in animal feeds. We serve as the principle voice on nutrition, safety, and regulatory issues affecting the production and use of distillers grains, and provide educational and technical services on distillers grains for the industries we serve.
We were founded in the 1940s as the Distillers Feed Research Council (DFRC) to assist the beverage distillery industry develop uses for their non-fermentable waste materials. These efforts paid great dividends and farmers began using these materials as livestock feeds throughout the 20th Century.
In 1996, our Board of Directors recognized the need to expand our work to also address the growing needs of the expanding fuel ethanol industry, and our official name was changed. Thus was born the Distillers Grains Technology Council (DGTC).
The goals of our organization encompass a broad interest in current issues affecting the beverage, fuel, and livestock industries.
- Service Support
To provide educational and technical services to member producers and users of distillers grains.
To be the principle voice on nutrition, safety, and regulatory issues affecting distillers grains.
- Market Development
To encourage, administer, and support research and promotion into new and existing market opportunities for distillers grains, and advancing the awareness of co-product value.
If the DGTC can be of assistance to you, or if you need any information related to distillers grains, please contact us.