Category: Ethanol

More Minnesotans are filling up with E85 and other higher ethanol blends

Sales of E85 and other fuels blended with higher amounts of ethanol above the standard 10 percent continue to rise.

According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, 15 percent more E85 — a fuel blend of 15 percent regular gasoline and 85 percent homegrown ethanol — was sold the first seven months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

So far in 2014, consumers have filled up with 7.2 million gallons of E85 compared to 6.23 million gallons last year.

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New column from MCGA President addresses food vs. fuel "debate"

The most recent “Corn Views” column from Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Ryan Buck appeared in the business section of Monday’s Star Tribune.

President Buck’s latest column covered the food vs. fuel “debate.” The word “debate” is in quotation marks because, at this point, it’s obvious that food vs. fuel is no longer a “debate,” more like a myth manufactured by ethanol’s detractors that has been debunked time and time again.

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Minnoco to add 18 stations offering E15 and other higher ethanol blends

It’s about to get easier to find E15 and other fuels blended with higher amounts of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol in the Twin Cities.

Minnoco has announced that 18 locations plan to switch to the Minnoco brand and offer consumers more choices the pump beyond regular gasoline.

Last fall, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association was part of a coalition that helped bring E15

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When corn prices plunge, food prices don't follow

Remember when high corn prices and ethanol were blamed for rising food prices during the drought of 2008?

Big Oil and the anti-ethanol zealots were out in full force, pushing the food vs. fuel myth and questioning why we use corn to make ethanol instead of food.

Today, corn prices have come down 50 percent from their peak. However, food prices haven’t budged. In fact, according to a new study from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA),

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Ethanol racing simulator reaches new audiences

Seeing a group of farmers gather around and watch each other play a video game is quite the sight. It also means that group of farmers might be onto something when it comes to reaching younger audiences with a positive message about clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

Jeff Beckman from the Minnesota Farm Bureau brought his ethanol racing simulator game to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) office on Aug. 27. Each farmer on MCGA’s Food and Bioenergy team  took a turn playing it,

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Talking ethanol at the Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is more than just corn dogs, Midway rides and sheep judging, it’s also an opportunity to connect with visitors about the benefits of ethanol fuels. The American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN) was at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair to share that message.

Those connections began on the opening day of the fair, when the ALAMN brought a flex fuel Ford Focus to the State Fair Parade. The parade,

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Talking ethanol and corn farming on KSMQ's "Farm Connections"

The crew from KSMQ’s “Farm Connections” came out to Deer Creek Speedway on July 18 to talk ethanol and corn farming during “Tasseldega Nights.”

You’ll hear from a Minnesota corn farmer, a race car driver who uses ethanol, and ethanol plant CEO and staff from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, which sponsored “Tasseldega Nights” to better connect with consumers and racing fans with a positive message about ethanol.

Thanks to KSMQ for putting together this interesting and informative series of stories on homegrown ethanol.

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Corn links: RFS, New York Times, Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s Monday, so let’s start the week off with an update on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a New York Times farming panel that doesn’t include any farmers and a corn-themed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Final RFS number coming soon?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is almost a year late in announcing final numbers for the 2014 RFS, legislation that sets targets for the amount of renewable fuels like ethanol to be blended in our fuel supply.

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Huffington Post blog provides actual insight instead of rhetoric on E15

The city of Chicago is considering a proposal that would bring E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — to every fuel station in the city. As this proposal gains momentum, no doubt we’ll see plenty of sensationalized claims and emotional articles pushed by Big Oil companies and parroted by the mainstream media about the “dangers” of E15.

That’s why it was refreshing to read this post on E15 at the Huffington Post blog from researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory. 

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Ethanol vs. Gasoline: Video shows how ethanol burns cleaner

The Illinois Corn Growers Association has released a great new video demonstrating how ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline.

Using ethanol instead of gasoline helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent, even when hypothetical land use emissions are factored in. In 2013, 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol were produced, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from on-road vehicles by 38 million metric tons — the equivalent of removing 8 million cars from the road.

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