Expanding the ethanol market south of the border

Last week, a USDA-led group of ethanol industry leaders visited Mexico as both countries continue exploring opportunities to expand their respective renewable energy sectors. The U.S. Grains Council was part of those discussions, and USGC’s director in Mexico Ryan LeGrand says the delegation left with many action-items to follow up on. “The (Mexican) government regulators… Read more »

Nebraska ethanol plant has new owner

A central Nebraska ethanol plant has a new owner. The 50-million gallon Cornhusker Energy ethanol plant in Lexington has been purchased by Grand Island-based Chief Industries. This purchase expands Chief’s presence in the ethanol industry. Its plant in Hastings, Nebraska was the state’s first dry-mill ethanol plant and produces 70 million gallons of ethanol annually…. Read more »

Peterson meeting with “Big Oil” to find middle ground

As the debate rages on over the Renewable Fuels Standard, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee has begun meeting with lawmakers from Big Oil states to find middle ground. Congressman Collin Peterson says too much is being made of EPA’s recent announcement of renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2018. “I’ve already had some… Read more »

Organization says EPA issues another road block to corn market

The president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association says the organization is disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard. As Ohio farmers struggle to get their cops in the ground Preble County farmer Chad Kemp says the EPA put up another roadblock to farmers’ access… Read more »

RFA: EPA renewable fuels volumes “fall short”

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The EPA has released its proposed 2017 biofuels volume requirements and the Renewable Fuels Association says they fall short for ethanol. “They set the conventional number at 14.8, so they’re within 200-million gallons! Now, there’s just no reason for them to not have gotten to the statutory level,” RFA CEO Bob Dinneen tells Brownfield the… Read more »

Bill would cap ethanol blends below 10%

The Renewable Fuels Association has come out strongly against a bill introduced in the U.S. House that would cap ethanol blends to a level below 10%. The bill, cosponsored by Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte, would place the ethanol blend cap at 9-point-7%. RFA president Bob Dinneen says the bill would gut the Renewable Fuels Standard… Read more »

Jobe exits National Biodiesel Board

Joe Jobe has left the National Biodiesel Board.  For nearly 20 years Jobe has been with the organization and has been CEO since 1999.  Since then he helped lead the industry from 200,000 gallons of biodiesel use to over 2 billion gallons projected in 2016. “I want to thank the National Biodiesel Board for giving… Read more »

Ethanol executive sees brighter days ahead

Ethanol producers have been dealing with low profit margins for several months. But the president and CEO of Omaha-based ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. sees brighter days ahead. Todd Becker says one of the reasons for his optimism is the growing number of gas stations that are offering E15. “To give you an example, Kum… Read more »

Alverson: Corn deserves more ‘carbon reduction’ credit

A South Dakota farmer and ethanol industry leader says corn ethanol continues to be unfairly penalized in low carbon fuel markets. Ron Alverson, president of the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors, says current carbon intensity models for biofuels do not fully recognize the positive effect that corn has on soil organic matter. “They… Read more »

Ethanol gains favor as climate focus intensifies

As the focus on carbon reduction and climate change intensifies around the world, ethanol seems to be gaining favor. A debate has raged for years over ethanol’s carbon footprint and whether or not it plays a positive role in fighting climate change.  But U.S. corn ethanol fuel production has experienced significant energy use and greenhouse… Read more »