Category: Ethanol

Minnesota corn farmers stand up and speak out at RFS hearing

No distance is too far to travel to speak out in favor of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

Once again, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to cut the amount of conventional corn ethanol blended in our fuel supply below what Congress called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The proposed cuts are a major blow to drivers, corn farmers and anyone who enjoys breathing cleaner air.

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7,000 people attended ethanol-fueled Tasseldega Nights at Elko Speedway

The engines were loud, the smiles were wide, and the ethanol information was prevalent on Saturday at Tasseldega Nights 2016 at Elko Speedway. More than 7,000 people turned out to watch a night of ethanol-powered racing, with free admission sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

If you weren’t able to attend, hopefully you have a good excuse. To bring you up to speed on what you missed, here are photos and a few stories from the evening:

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Past MCGA President and Northfield farmer Bruce Peterson addressed the capacity crowd before racing began on Saturday.

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Reaction to EPA's 2017 RFS proposal

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule to set Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. EPA proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 18.8 billion gallons, including 14.8 billion for corn ethanol.

The numbers are an increase from 2016 RVO levels, but still fall short of the numbers set by Congress in the RFS, which is legislation that sets annual targets for the amount of cleaner-burning biofuels like corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

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Ethanol-fueled “Tasseldega Nights” coming to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway

For the third consecutive year, racing fans at Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway will receive free admission during “Tasseldega Nights,” a special family event brought to you by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to promote clean, renewable, homegrown ethanol fuel.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on June 4 at Elko Speedway. On July 16 at Deer Creek Speedway near Rochester, pit gates open at 2 p.m.,

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Legislative Update: Drones, ethanol, transportation and more

Written by Anna Boroff, Senior Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA)

It sounds like Minnesota farmers are making great progress this planting season. As of last week, 45 percent of the state’s corn crop was in the ground, two weeks ahead of the five-year average.

As you continue making progress, we want to make sure you’re staying up to date on the latest agriculture legislative and policy happenings in Washington D.C.

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Fueling the truth: Taking down ethanol haters myth by misguided myth

If you have a friend who remains skeptical about ethanol’s air quality benefits, or you know a local mechanic who clings to the belief that ethanol damages engines, you’ll want to send them to FuelingTheTruth.com.

The new website from the Urban Air Initiative cuts through all the myths, misinformation and confusion put out there by ethanol’s critics and gets right down to the facts.

You want videos?

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Reduced-fat distillers grains…a new way to grow a dairy heifer

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Research sponsored by Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCRPC) and Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) indicates rations high in reduced-fat distillers grains (the high protein ethanol co-product) fill the bill as a feed for young dairy heifers. It’s economical, it’s efficient,
and dairy producers end up with a sturdy, lean replacement heifer.

Jill Anderson, a dairy scientist at South Dakota State University,

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Our View: The small engine industry needs to change with the times

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which represents the small engine industry, just released their annual survey results concerning consumer knowledge of small engine fuel options. Based upon the results of the survey, corn farmers and small engine manufacturers can agree that consumers need and deserve more information about today’s fuel options. We know from our own consumer research that consumers are hungry for information about the positive effects of ethanol blended fuels.

Further,

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Legislative Update: Buffers, property taxes and Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway

Property tax relief for farmers continues moving forward, there are new developments with buffer legislation and a Vikings linebacker expressed his support for ethanol. All of that, and more, in this week’s legislative update, so let’s get right to it:

Buffers
Let’s start this legislative update off the way we start most updates: With news about buffer legislation.

The House had two committee hearings on buffer legislation last week, one in the environment committee and one in the agriculture committee.

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Ethanol Update: The RFS, ethanol's economic impact, oil subsidies and more

It’s been a while since we’ve updated everyone on the happenings in the world of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol. So, we’ll forgo the chit-chat and get right into the update.

Reform instead of repeal?
It looks like “Big Oil” is shifting it’s strategy from trying to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to reforming it. However, part of those “reforms” include repealing the corn ethanol portion of the RFS.

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