Category: Ethanol

Peru trade group explores DDGS in Minnesota

A team of buyers and nutritionists from Peru’s livestock industries visited Minnesota last week to learn about the distiller’s dried grains (DDGS) production process and usage in poultry and cattle diets.

Organized in partnership with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the all-inclusive tour brought the group from the corn farm to the ethanol plant to the livestock farm and feed mills.

Already a top-five importer of American corn,

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Call-to-Action: Tell the EPA to finally account for actual gallons waived

Minnesota’s corn farmers must once again make their voice heard and demand the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) follows the law set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The Trump Administration announced in October that the EPA would finally replace ethanol gallons waived through refinery exemptions moving forward. Unfortunately once details were released on how that reallocation would happen, the nation’s corn farmers were greatly disappointed.

While the EPA will begin to account for waivers to keep the RFS whole,

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MCGA’s Thalmann defends the RFS in EPA hearing on waivers

(MCGA Chairman Brian Thalmann (second from right) testified at the EPA hearing today)

Minnesota Corn Growers Association Chairman Brian Thalmann testified in Ypsilanti, Mich., earlier today calling on the EPA to follow the law and accurately account for expected refinery waivers in the 2020 RFS volume rule. Thalmann testified on behalf of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as a member of NCGA’s Ethanol Action Team.

Thalmann interrupted harvest work on his Plato farm to testify in the EPA hearing to review the agency’s supplemental proposal to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rulemaking.

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County organizations step up for banner year of ethanol promotion

County corn organizations stepped up across Minnesota to organize fuel promotion events raising awareness of the benefits of ethanol-blended fuels and offering discounts on E85 and E15. More events were held across Greater Minnesota over the summer driving season than ever before, reaching thousands of drivers in outstate communities.

In all, 33 fuel promotion events were held over the last six months, resulting in nearly 7,000 gallons of E15 and more than 13,000 gallons of E85 pumped.

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Next steps following the Trump administration’s biofuel announcement

UPDATE (10/15): The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the supplemental proposal to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) today, detailing how the EPA will account for small refinery waivers in biofuel requirements.

The supplemental proposal states the EPA will account for future exemptions based only on recommendations by the Department of Energy (DOE), not the actual number of gallons waived under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA has ignored previous DOE recommendations on waivers in the last three compliance years.

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MCGA: Trump Admininstration announces positive first step to restore ethanol markets

President Donald Trump announced today he would be directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow the law set by the Renewable Fuel Standard and offset damage caused by the EPA’s actions to date.

Under the Trump administration, the EPA has removed more than four billion biofuel gallons from the nation’s fuel supply through small refinery exemptions that were issued at an unprecedented rate. Today’s announcement reopens the rulemaking for the 2020 RFS volumes to account for waivers in the volume requirements and outlines other actions that will promote higher blends of ethanol,

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Biofuels to have role in state’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Gov. Walz addresses the crowd at the Thalmann farm prior to signing an executive order forming the biofuels council.

In mid-September, Gov. Tim Walz visited the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann to announce the formation of a biofuels council tasked with promoting the use of renewable fuels in Minnesota. Shortly after the announcement, the Minnesota Department of Transportation released a report detailing how biofuels will be part of a larger plan to reduce carbon emissions.

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What you need to know about waivers and the ethanol industry

Ethanol has made a lot of headlines over the last month, but unfortunately it has not been good news for rural Minnesota. Actions by the Environmental Protection Agency have undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by removing ethanol from the nation’s fuel supply, hurting a major market for corn farmers.

Here is a quick rundown to catch you up on an issue that will continue to be a major topic over the coming days:

The Law: Under the RFS,

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Grassroots efforts demand action in response to EPA waivers

The power of grassroots efforts came through last week when Minnesota’s corn farmers submitted more than 700 comments, over 300 to both President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding actions are taken to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The passionate response from the ag community followed news in late July that the EPA would approve 31 small refinery waivers, removing an additional 1.43 billion gallons of U.S. biofuels from the nation’s supply.

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Your help is needed to protect the RFS

President Trump’s commitment to farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is being undermined by actions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

With last week’s announcement of 31 additional small refinery waivers approved, the EPA has now reduced RFS requirements by 4.04 billion gallons through retroactive refinery exemptions. We need your help today to protect the RFS from EPA actions that threaten the president’s commitment to support renewable fuels and farmers.

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