MCGA advocates for year-round E15 sales in EPA hearing

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Brian Thalmann provided testimony last week at a hearing for a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowing year-round sales of E15. On behalf of MCGA, Thalmann advocated for removing the outdated barrier to E15 by June 1 while avoiding additional reforms that could weigh down E15 sales.

A corn and soybean farmer from Plato, Thalmann shared in his testimony the success of E15 in Minnesota,

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Farmer input needed for year-round access to E15

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rule that has the potential to make the selling of year-round E15 a reality this year. However, comments from Minnesota’s corn farmers are needed to ensure the rule increases access to E15 while maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Currently, the proposed rule for E15 is paired with a complex proposal to change rules for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), the credits that demonstrate compliance with the RFS. 

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Legislative Update: Budget targets are revealed and key bills are on the move

By Amanda Bilek, senior public policy director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

As Minnesota’s legislative session enters the final eight week push, potential outlines of a two-year budget are coming into a little bit of focus, but intense negotiations among various differences give the legislature plenty to do with the remaining time.

Last week, Governor Walz presented a revised budget in response to the decreased February budget forecast.

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Free e-book details the remarkable rise of ethanol in Minnesota

In three short years, Minnesota went from 14 locations offering 88 Octane fuel, commonly known as E15, to over 300 retailers selling the cleaner-burning fuel. The expanded infrastructure combined with a number of other efforts helped Minnesota set all-time highs in ethanol sales last year.

Free to download, “The Rise of Ethanol in Minnesota” e-book details the multi-faceted approach to make Minnesota a national leader in ethanol-blended fuels.

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SE Minnesota farmers: Input is needed on potential nitrate study in karst region

At the end of Governor Mark Dayton’s term, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner John Linc Stine submitted a formal request to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to order a generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) to study and address nitrates in groundwater in southeast Minnesota’s karst region.

As a part of his proposed budget, Governor Tim Walz included a request of $643,000 for MPCA to conduct a scoping project as the first step in a GEIS focused on nitrates in groundwater for southeastern Minnesota.

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