Category: Ethanol

USDA: Ethanol produces twice the amount of energy it consumes

The crowd that’s always trying to tear down ethanol constantly pushes the myth that ethanol requires more energy to make than it creates. The myth has been disproven time and again, but that’s never stopped the anti-ethanol zealots before.

Well, maybe a new USDA study finally slow them down.

The report is called “2015 Energy Balance For The Corn-Ethanol Industry” and concludes that ethanol has, on average a 2:1 energy ratio.

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Agriculture and water quality in Minnesota: Is it all doom and gloom?

When it comes to water quality in Minnesota, agency report after agency report and media story after media story paint a bleaker and bleaker picture. If you read enough of these reports and stories – and we read them all here at the Minnesota Corn office – you feel like Minnesota’s water quality is beyond repair.

The finger is pointed at agriculture as a major cause of water degradation in almost all of these reports or media pieces.

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The farmer’s perspective: Answering questions about agriculture’s impact on water quality

Here at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, we receive questions every day about farming, water quality and the efforts of farmers to protect and improve our states lakes, rivers and streams.

We decided to take some of the most commonly asked questions and answer them here on the blog. If you have questions that we didn’t answer in this post, hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

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Karl Duncanson, Tim Gerlach and Al Juhnke receive MCGA awards at MN Ag EXPO 2016

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recognized three individuals for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and corn farming recently at MN Ag EXPO 2016 in Mankato.

Karl Duncanson and Tim Gerlach were named co-recipients of the Golden Kernel Award, which is awarded to individuals who were at one time directly involved with Minnesota Corn. Duncanson was a third-generation farmer in Mapleton who served on the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC).

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Attention Ted Cruz (and others): Ethanol is not subsidized

Even though the Iowa caucuses are now over, ethanol will likely remain a topic during the presidential campaign — especially if notoriously anti-ethanol and pro Big Oil candidate Ted Cruz continues to perform well.

Ethanol and homegrown biofuels will also remain in the news as the Senate recently began discussing the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which seeks to reestablish the federal government’s scope of authority across the national energy sector.

Unfortunately,

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Al-Corn Clean Fuel’s position within a changing ethanol marketplace

AlCornAnyone involved in agriculture knows that the sector is not immune to the up-and-down cycles of the marketplace. Domestic and global market demands, weather, public policy decisions and the political environment are but a few of the variables that can impact a producer’s bottom line.

That is why there is great value in the cooperative model for agricultural producers. The processing of members’ corn adds significant value to their crop. Both members and their local communities benefit when farmers have additional income to spend on local goods and services.

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MN ethanol industry will ride through time of ‘tight margins’

With continuing low cost gasoline erasing much of ethanol’s price advantage, this is a time of belt tightening for the ethanol industry, according to industry representatives in Minnesota. They speculate that these conditions may last anywhere from the next 12 months to two years. Even with corn reaching very low prices, profit margins for ethanol are tight.

On Dec. 14, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a reduction in the ethanol volume requirements for fuel blenders who are obligated under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Ethanol Update: Auto dealers, Reid vapor pressure, E15 and the RFS

This week’s Ethanol Update is short, but as always, packed with some great info. When you’re traveling this Holiday season, be sure to fill up with cleaner burning, renewable, homegrown ethanol fuels!

Auto dealer resources
Our friends at Growth Energy have put together a resources page for auto dealers to address misconceptions about ethanol. The page, which includes a video, showroom posters and facts about ethanol fuel, can be viewed here.

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More Minnesotans than ever before are filling up with E15

EthanolPerhaps you’ve heard about it on the radio. Maybe you’ve seen an ad in the newspaper. Or maybe your neighbor has talked about saving a few bucks by filling up with a new fuel at the station down the street.

E15 is taking off in Minnesota, and it’s popularity will likely continue to rise in the coming years.

In October, Minnesota drivers filled up with 472,172 gallons of E15.

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Where does Minnesota corn go?

By Tim Rasmussen, MCGA Agvocate

My favorite season is wrapping up in Minnesota, corn fields are harvested and corn is being delivered to on-farm or off farm storage. My family farm is located in northwest Minnesota in Fergus Falls, MN (Ottertail County) and we recently completed an early plentiful corn harvest. As I was sitting in the seat of the combine some thoughts ran across my mind. Where will the corn be going next after harvest?

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