Category: Ethanol

MN Capitol

Biofuels, tax policy headline 2020 legislative priorities

By Amanda Bilek, senior public policy director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Today the second session of the 91st Minnesota Legislature convened. In the second year of a biennium, the legislative session usually has a focus on capital investment or public works projects and policy initiatives.

Last year, the Legislature adopted a two-year budget for the state but after the February forecast, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are expected to submit a supplemental budget request.

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E15

Minnesota ethanol sales again break records in 2019

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’ year-end report on ethanol-blended fuels again showed building momentum for E15 at the pump.

More than 78 million gallons of ethanol were sold in Minnesota last year, shattering the previous record high of 59.4 million gallons set in 2018. The 2019 total is more than a 300-percent increase from 2017 when a little more than 19 million gallons of E15 were sold at the pump.

Retailers offering E15 also rose in 2019,

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Better Fuel Initiative supports a future of better transportation fuel

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is building a future of better transportation fuels for all Minnesotans by launching the Better Fuel Initiative. The initiative will promote the adoption of state policies, raise awareness, drive research and increase infrastructure with the aim to meet environmental goals through the use of biofuels.

The Better Fuel Initiative builds on the momentum for biofuels in Minnesota. Stations offering E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline,

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MCGA booth to focus on biofuels at MN Ag EXPO 2020

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will again be located in booth 58 at MN Ag EXPO, which is set to take over the Mankato Civic Center Jan. 22-23. This year, MCGA will be focused on sharing current and future efforts promoting biofuels across the state.

Attendees are encouraged to stop by and chat with MCGA grower leaders and staff about efforts aimed to further increase awareness, understanding and usage of biofuels in Minnesota.

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E15: Act Now!

Final RVO rule falls short of protecting the RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations rule, setting renewable fuel volume requirements for the upcoming year. The final rule uses a three-year average of the Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers as an estimate for 2020 waivers rather than an average of actual gallons waived by the EPA, as advocated for by corn farmers and biofuel producers

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Les Anderson released the following statement in response to today’s rule:

“In the more than 350 comments submitted by Minnesota’s corn farmers to the EPA,

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MCGA submits comments calling for EPA to follow the law

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking biofuel gallons waived through small refinery exemptions are accurately accounted for under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Submitted in response to the EPA’s supplemental proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), the comments focused on the proposed methodology to account for waived biofuel gallons.

Currently, the proposed rule would use a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers.

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500-plus auto technicians receive ethanol education in 2019

Old school thought and the same tired myths pushed by anti-ethanol groups continues to spread doubt about the safety of ethanol-blended fuels. Fuel consulting company MEG Corp sets out to address those misconceptions with an influential group—auto mechanics.

With support from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), MEG Corp Founder Hoon Ge has been traveling to technical schools to present a fuel-focused curriculum for more than seven years. During the 2018-2019 school year,

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MCGA’s Thalmann named to Governor’s Biofuels Council

(The executive order establishing the Governor’s Biofuels Council was signed on the Thalmann farm in September)

Minnesota Corn Growers Association board member Brian Thalmann was named to the Governor’s Biofuels Council by Gov. Tim Walz on Friday. In the role, Thalmann will represent Minnesota’s corn farmers in the shared mission to expand the use of biofuels in our state.

Thalmann is a corn and soybean farmer from Plato,

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Corn farmers use grassroots efforts to demand EPA commits to the RFS

Minnesota’s corn farmers have made their voice heard in response to actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that have undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). To date, hundreds have submitted comments demanding the EPA accounts for the billions of ethanol gallons removed from the nation’s fuel supply due to refinery exemptions.

Haven’t had a chance to submit your comments? The deadline to demand the EPA starts following the law set by the RFS is Nov.

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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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