The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has a long-standing tradition of supporting our state’s pioneering ethanol industry. That support continues today and is highlighted in a new 6-page publication that focuses on ethanol and co-product projects backed by Minnesota’s corn farmers.
Since 2008, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested $18 million to build ethanol infrastructure, support groundbreaking biofuels research, and develop and improve co-products from the biofuels-making process.
“From the very beginning, Minnesota corn farmers have played a major role in helping expand the use of biofuels,” said Northfield farmer and MCGA President Bruce Peterson. “We’re proud of all we’ve done to support biofuels, whether it’s continually growing the availability of higher ethanol blends throughout our state or helping Minnesota become the first state to blend 10 percent ethanol in its entire fuel supply. We’ve also backed innovative research that develops new uses for ethanol by-products.”
MCGA was part of a broad coalition last Fall that helped bring E15 – a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent regular gasoline – to the Twin Cities. With MCGA’s continued support, there will soon be 25 fuel stations in the Twin Cities Metro area that offer E15 and other higher ethanol blends.
Helping install the necessary infrastructure to deliver higher ethanol blends isn’t anything new for MCGA. Back in 1998, there were only two fuel stations offering E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Today, thanks to the support of Minnesota’s corn farmers and partner organizations like the American Lung Association of Minnesota, there are almost 300 stations dispensing E85 throughout the state.
MCGA also played an important role in helping Minnesota become the first state to blend all of its fuel supply with 10 percent ethanol in the mid-1990s.
As detailed in the new publication, Minnesota corn farmers are the primary funders on 58 biofuels-related research projects that focus on fuels and emissions, corn utilization, agronomy, livestock and soil fertility. For example, one study is developing a method at increasing the efficiency and reducing emissions in diesel engines by using hydrous ethanol.
Other projects focus on increasing the nutritional value of dried distillers grains (a high-protein livestock feed and a by-product of the ethanol process) and adding value to other corn co-products. There are even projects that study the biofuels potential of algae and wind energy.
Finally, MCGA partners with and supports over 40 organizations and events that promote ethanol at both the local and national level.
You can check out the entire MCGA Biofuels & Co-Products Initiatives publication here. The Biofuels & Co-Products publication is the latest in several new publications from MCGA. There is also the 2014 Research Directory, Nitrogen Initiatives Publication, Beef Initiatives and the Pollinator Guide.