Category: Ethanol

EPA lands another blow to ethanol

With public comments on its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard currently under review, the Environmental Protection Agency has dealt yet another blow to ethanol. The agency announced yesterday that it will switch its test fuel from the proposed E15 to E10 as the certification fuel for new emissions standards to be in place by 2017.

(E15 is gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. E10 is blended with 10 percent ethanol.)

EPA says it’s doing this because E15 isn’t widely available on a national scale.

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Record breaking year for Commodity Classic

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

By just about every measure Commodity Classic grew by leaps and bounds in 2014. Held in San Antonio, Texas, the national annual farm gathering for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers drew 7,322 attendees — more than a thousand above last year’s total.

Organizers attribute much of the growth to a changing demographic that included 1,151 first-time attendees (a record) — many of them young farmers.

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Video: Support for the RFS rang out across Minnesota

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline, corn farmers took action.

Over 7,000 corn farmers and renewable fuels supporters wrote letters to EPA about saving the RFS and continuing to support homegrown ethanol. Not only did corn farmers and their allies make their voices heard in letters, they also spoke out on radio,

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EPA administrator hints about changes to Renewable Fuel Standard proposal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy dropped a few hints yesterday that changes could be coming to its proposal to slash the RFS, which would reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“I have heard loud and clear that you don’t think we hit that right,” McCarthy told a crowd of about 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture winter conference in Reston,

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Minnesota corn farmers put their support for the RFS in writing

This is our final plea reminder: You have about 36 hours left to let the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) know how damaging its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline would be to farmers, rural communities and our wallets.

EPA is accepting public comments until 10:59 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, Jan. 28. If you haven’t submitted comments yet, you can do so by clicking here.

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Corn Links: Corn farmers keep fighting to preserve the RFS

Minnesota corn farmers are getting support from throughout the state and in Washington D.C. as they work to convince the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ditch it’s damaging proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline.

Below are a selection of stories about the fight to preserve the RFS that have appeared in Minnesota media outlets. You have until Jan. 28 to submit your own comments to EPA about its misguided RFS proposal.

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Minnesota well-represented at RFS Hearing in Des Moines, IA

A wave of farmers, business owners and renewable fuels supporters made the trek to Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday to take a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline.

“Hearing in the Heartland” was organized by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt after EPA refused to hold a public hearing on its RFS proposal in Iowa,

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Klobuchar, Franken and other leaders rally support for the RFS

Whether they’re in the White House meeting with President Obama or at the Bushmills Ethanol plant in Atwater, Minn. meeting with farmers, Minnesota’s top elected leaders are fighting hard to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“This proposal is wrong for our state and it’s wrong for America,” U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar told a room full of farmers and renewable fuels supporters on Monday at the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville, Minn.

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Is your "Don't mess with the RFS" letter in this stack of thousands?

EPA RFS Letters MinnesotaWhen the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it’s proposal to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and slash the amount of the ethanol blended in gasoline, Minnesota corn farmers got angry.

And started writing letters. Thousands of letters, actually, with more coming in every day.

The letters (some are pictured above, stacked high) tell EPA “Don’t mess with the RFS” and should start arriving on EPA’s doorstep next week.

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Restaurant industry enjoys record profits while trying to tear down the Renewable Fuel Standard

While the restaurant industry continues pedaling myths about ethanol and lobbying Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s raking in record profits.

According to a National Restaurant Association forecast, sales will jump 3.6 percent in 2014 to a record $683.4 billion. This will be the fifth consecutive year of growth for the restaurant industry.

Restaurants are enjoying these record profits despite making sky-is-falling claims about ethanol driving up food costs and hurting their bottom lines.

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