Category: Ethanol

Interactive map shows benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Ever wonder how much of an economic impact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has made for Minnesotans? A new interactive map from Fuels America has you covered.

According to the map, Minnesota’s biofuel sector supports 48,506 jobs and is responsible for $11.7 billion of economic output. Nationally, the biofuels sector supports over 852,000 jobs and generates $184.5 billion in economic activity.

Those are some impressive numbers.

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Want a chance to win $100? Enter the MN Bio-Fuels Association's E15 contest

Want to win a $100 fuel gift card? All you have to do is take a picture of yourself filling up with E15 and get your friends to vote for your smiling face.

The contest is being sponsored by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. Complete details and more information can be found on the contest’s Facebook page.

You’ll definitely be smiling after filling up with E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent regular gasoline.

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Don't blame ethanol for that expensive hot dog

It’s a point that’s been made often in this space over the last couple of months, but it’s worth repeating.

While corn prices continue to plummet, food prices keep going up. And the food vs. fuel crowd is silent.

These latest numbers come from the Commerce Department: Over the last year, food prices have increased 2.2 percent.That’s the largest annual gain since June of 2012.

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New campaign and website bring a FlexFuel message to Twin Cities

If you listen to Twin Cities radio, see Metro Transit buses on the road or peek at digital billboards in the metro area, you’ve probably noticed some brand new FlexFuel and E15 advertising.

Coming off a summer where sales of higher ethanol blends like E85 and E15 spiked, now is the perfect time to showcase the environmental and economic benefits of ethanol to as many potential new users as possible.

The campaign includes radio spots and contests on Cities97 and Buzn 102.9.

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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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