Renewable Fuels Standard due June 1.

The Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to finally deliver a Renewable Fuels Standard by June 1st.  They are to announce the proposed standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Renewable Fuels Association senior vice president Geoff Cooper says EPA and the White House have been very quiet on this so they have no idea what the… Read more »

Buis says the RFS is working

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says he wants farmers tell their legislators that the Renewable Fuels Standard is working. He says farmers need to engage with elected officials and explain how important renewable fuels are to the agricultural economy.  “Commodity economics is real simple,” he says.  “If you have one bushel too much you have a… Read more »

Ethanol industry pressures administration on RFS

The ethanol industry is stepping up its pressure on the Obama administration in hopes of obtaining a favorable outcome on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The industry is launching a major advertising campaign this week in the nation’s capital. It’s trying to sway the administration as it contemplates the biofuels volume requirements in the RFS…. Read more »

Ethanol plays vital role in Indiana economy

A recent study, funded by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council shows the ethanol industry plays a vital role in the state’s continued economic success.  Ken Parrent, director of biofuels for ICMC says in 2014 the ethanol industry contributed nearly $1 billion to the state’s economy. In addition, he tells Brownfield, it is a job creator. … Read more »

Racing with ethanol

This is the second year for the American Ethanol Super Truck Series in Wisconsin.  Pete Raskovic says they run E-98 in his son’s truck sponsored by the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board.  He says the truck has tremendous power and the engines are exceptionally clean when torn down at the end… Read more »

Smithsonian exhibit on agriculture opens July 1

U.S. agriculture will be part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The United Soybean Board was approached four years ago about being a partner in the exhibit and USB Chairman Bob Haselwood, a soybean farmer in Kansas, says the timing was just right. He tells Brownfield… Read more »

Nebraska biodiesel plant to open later this year

The owners of a biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska say they will begin producing fuel later this year following a major retrofitting of the plant. Duonix Beatrice is a joint venture between Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch (coke) Industries, and Benefuel. They purchased the plant in 2011 and have spent the past two… Read more »

MSU increases green energy

Since 2009, Michigan State University has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent. This month the MSU power plant announced plans to stop burning coal by the end of 2016, relying instead on natural gas and biofuels. MSU plans to be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy, utilizing the university’s anaerobic digester which transforms campus… Read more »

Major Midwest retail chain to sell E15

One of the Midwest’s largest convenience store chains says it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Iowa-based Kum & Go will begin selling E15 at its Windsor Heights, Iowa location on April 30th.  Over the next two years, the company says it plans to make E15 available at more than 65 stores across… Read more »

Senators want EPA to maintain a strong RFS

A bipartisan group of 37 senators is calling on the EPA to maintain a strong Renewable Fuels Standard. In a letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators urged the agency to reverse course from its 2014 proposed rule which would lower the biofuels volume requirements in the RFS.  The senators said such a reduction… Read more »