Category: Ethanol

Free racing! Ethanol-themed “Tasseldega Nights” returns to Deer Creek Speedway on July 11

Minnesota’s corn farmers are bringing their ethanol-fueled free racing promotion back to Deer Creek Speedway this summer. On July 11, fans receive free admission to Deer Creek Speedway as part of “Tasseldega Nights,” presented by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Grandstands open at 2 p.m. for free kids activities, live music and other attractions. Racing starts at 6 p.m. Deer Creek Speedway is located about 15 minutes south of Rochester on Highway 63.

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Ethanol Update: All RFS, all the time

This week’s Ethanol Update is all about the efforts of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and many, many more organizations and individuals to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard).

That’s a whole lot of acronyms. Before we confuse you further, let’s get straight to the update:

Demmer testifies
Jerry Demmer, a corn farmer in Clarks Grove,

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Minnesota corn farmer stands up for ethanol at national RFS hearing

Jerry Demmer never misses an opportunity to stand up and speak out for clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol, even if he has to travel over 350 miles to do so.

Demmer, a corn farmer in Clarks Grove, is heading to Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday to represent Minnesota corn farmers at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on the agency’s proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended in our fuel supply below what Congress originally intended.

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Minnesota Corn Growers to EPA: Don’t mess with the RFS

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is urging corn farmers, anyone who drives a car, anyone who wants to breathe cleaner air, renewable energy supporters and others to speak out against a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply.

If EPA gets its way, ethanol blending targets set by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be reduced by nearly 9 billion gallons over the next two years.

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Ethanol Update: RFS comments, Obama petition, oil industry shills

There’s a lot going on in the ethanol world this week, so let’s get right to the Ethanol Update.

RFS comment period opens
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting comments on its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply by 4 billion gallons in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Comments will be accepted through July 27,

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Ethanol Update: The good, the bad and the ugly

There’s some good, a lot of bad, and plenty of ugly in this week’s Ethanol Update. To better cover each category, we’ve enlisted The Man With No Name to help us.

As you probably know by now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally released renewable fuel levels for 2014-16 as called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Unfortunately, the agency has proposed slashing the amount of homegrown ethanol by about 4 billion gallons.

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Ethanol-powered driver ready for MCGA's Tasseldega Nights at Elko Speedway

When Joe Garofalo zooms around the track during Tasseldega Nights this Saturday at Elko Speedway, his car will be powered by a combination of E85 and racing fuel.

Garofalo has been racing since the mid-90s and remembers being involved with racing ever since he was a kid.

“Once you start with racing, you’re never done with racing,” Garofalo says.

Last summer, Elko Speedway and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) teamed up to put on “Tasseldega Nights,”

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association President: Don’t mess with the RFS

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed slashing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reducing the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply by almost 4 billion gallons from 2014-16. The cuts amount to the loss of nearly a billion and a half bushels in corn demand compared to original RFS targets.

Northfield farmer and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Bruce Peterson issued the following statement after EPA announced its proposal:

“Today’s announcement from EPA is bad news for farmers,

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Ethanol Update: RVO announcement, Food vs. Fuel myths, U.S. ethanol demand and RINs

EthanolLots of great information in this week’s Ethanol Update, including a U.S. Senator taking down food vs. fuel myths on the senate floor, the real story about U.S. ethanol demand and information on RINs and gas prices.

RVO announcement coming today
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will likely announce renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 as called for the in Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at a news conference this morning.

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Ethanol update: Increasing efficiency, ethanol in boat motors and new billboards

Every week, we’ll bring you the latest news on and notes on ethanol and biofuels from Minnesota and throughout the country. This week’s update covers the growing efficiency of ethanol production, fuels seminars that focus on ethanol and using ethanol in marine engines.

Efficiency increasing
A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that corn ethanol yields continue to improve. “As the industry has grown, it has become more efficient,

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