Category: Ethanol

Minnesota Corn Growers Association President: Don’t mess with the RFS

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed slashing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reducing the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply by almost 4 billion gallons from 2014-16. The cuts amount to the loss of nearly a billion and a half bushels in corn demand compared to original RFS targets.

Northfield farmer and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Bruce Peterson issued the following statement after EPA announced its proposal:

“Today’s announcement from EPA is bad news for farmers,

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Ethanol Update: RVO announcement, Food vs. Fuel myths, U.S. ethanol demand and RINs

EthanolLots of great information in this week’s Ethanol Update, including a U.S. Senator taking down food vs. fuel myths on the senate floor, the real story about U.S. ethanol demand and information on RINs and gas prices.

RVO announcement coming today
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will likely announce renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 as called for the in Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at a news conference this morning.

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Ethanol update: Increasing efficiency, ethanol in boat motors and new billboards

Every week, we’ll bring you the latest news on and notes on ethanol and biofuels from Minnesota and throughout the country. This week’s update covers the growing efficiency of ethanol production, fuels seminars that focus on ethanol and using ethanol in marine engines.

Efficiency increasing
A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that corn ethanol yields continue to improve. “As the industry has grown, it has become more efficient,

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Foul poles at new Saints stadium symbolize corn and baseball partnership

The St. Paul Saints and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) have teamed up to make the foul poles at the new CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul the coolest in all of baseball.

Both foul poles at the new stadium feature an original design that merges corn with baseball. Since CHS Field is being heralded as “farm field meets baseball field,” it’s only fitting that the stadium’s foul poles feature corn,

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Free racing! Ethanol-themed “Tasseldega Nights” returns to Elko Speedway on June 6

2015 ElkoSpdwy-FB Event Cover

Minnesota’s corn farmers are bringing their ethanol-fueled free racing promotion back to Elko Speedway this summer. On June 6, fans receive free admission to Elko Speedway as part of “Tasseldega Nights,” presented by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Gates open at 5 p.m. and all the action kicks off at 6 p.m.  In addition to some of the best auto racing in the Midwest,

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27th Supermileage Challenge featured 17 E85 cars (and 1 was painted like a corn cob)

Supermileage -- Stewartville corn

Hosanna Biffert (left) and Amelia Welter turned heads at the 2015 Supermileage Challenge earlier this week with their E85 car painted like a corn cob. This was the first time Biffert and Welter have participated in Supermileage Challenge, held annually at Brainerd International Raceway and sponsored, in part, by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

“We liked the idea behind ethanol and corn,” Biffert said. “We wanted to show our support for corn,

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Ethanol update: E15, RFS, an ethanol pioneer and higher "renewable content"

ethanolplantThere’s a lot happening in the world of ethanol and biofuels these days. Whether it’s new developments in the battle to maintain a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) or the growing popularity of E15, there’s no shortage of news about ethanol.

In order to cover as much of it as we can and keep corn farmers up to date, we here at MinnesotaCornerstone.com plan to do regular “Ethanol Update” posts to highlight the most newsworthy ethanol items from the previous week.

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Alden-Conger wins big in Detroit, ready for Supermileage Challenge next week

After another strong showing at the Shell Eco marathon Americas in Detroit, Alden-Conger is ready for the Supermileage Challenge in Brainerd.

The best way to describe the Supermileage Challenge is this: Teams of high school students design go-kart type vehicles and modify the engines so they travel as far as possible on a single gallon of fuel. Classes of competition include E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol fuel and regular gasoline),

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With support from corn farmers, E15 gaining popularity in Minnesota

The support of Minnesota’s corn farmers is fueling a rise in popularity of E15, which is a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline approved for use in vehicles model year 2001 or newer.

In January and February of 2015 (that’s all we have data for so far), nearly 300,000 gallons of E15 were sold in Minnesota by retailers who received funding support from a broad coalition that included the Minnesota Corn Growers Association to install flex-fuel pump infrastructure.

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