Category: Ethanol

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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Corn Growers on RFS cuts: Today’s announcement a “step backward in American energy policy”

Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2016. EPA’s final 2016 RVO number cuts the amount of homegrown corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply by 500 million gallons below what Congress originally called for when passing the RFS in 2007.

The RFS 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 Update: Heading down the RFS home stretch

There is a lot of activity and rhetoric (mostly rhetoric) flying around about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) right now. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to finalize it’s adjusted RFS numbers on Nov. 30, which means Big Oil and its cronies are out in full force banging the anti-ethanol drum and doing whatever they can to get others to buy into the myths and misinformation they spread about cleaner-burning homegrown biofuels.

For this week’s Ethanol Update,

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Shame on these House members from corn-producing states for signing Big Oil's anti-ethanol letter

An oil industry lobbyist drafts an anti-ethanol letter. Members of Congress sign the letter. The letter is sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This practice isn’t uncommon — Big Oil and its deep pockets lead many organizations around by the nose as they strive to kill the Renewable Fuel Standard, roll back the use of homegrown biofuels and strengthen its monopoly on our fuel tanks and wallets.

But there’s no excuse for members of Congress from corn producing states to fall into Big Oil’s anti-ethanol trap.

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