Defending ethanol ‘a never-ending struggle’

The latest attempt in Congress to weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) leaves Jerry Mohr shaking his head. Like many corn growers, Mohr—a farmer from Eldridge, Iowa and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association—is frustrated by the introduction of a Senate bill called the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act. “It’s obviously introduced by people… Read more »

Misguided legislation to undercut RFS

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Another attempt to undercut the Renewable Fuels Standard. Senator’s Feinstein of California and Toomey of Pennsylvania have introduced legislation that the head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) would seriously undermine the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by costing jobs, raise gasoline prices and slow innovation of advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol. Bob Dinneen, president… Read more »

Biochemicals are ‘the next frontier’

The Iowa Biotechnology Association—also known as IowaBio—is planning a “Partnering for Growth” forum to be held in Ankeny on April 1st. Joe Hrdlicka, executive director of IowaBio, says one of the main topics of discussion will be renewable biochemical production. Because Iowa has established itself as a leader in renewable fuels, Hrdlicka says, the state has the… Read more »

Ohio Rural Development to hold REAP workshops

USDA Rural Development in Ohio will provide agricultural producers and small business owners interested in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) an opportunity to learn more about REAP during four information sessions and application workshops during March. REAP will pay up to 25% of the total project costs for an energy efficiency or renewable… Read more »

Young farmer says RFS helped him return to farm

A young farmer from central Nebraska credits the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for helping him return to the farm just over two years ago. Twenty-nine year old Tim Davis of Wood River farms with his father and uncle. He says the increased demand and higher prices for corn, driven by the growth of the ethanol… Read more »

Grassley calls for RFS action

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is among a group of 32 senators calling on the EPA to set production levels under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). “The EPA has been dragging its feet on determining the renewable volume requirements for biodiesel and ethanol,” Grassley says. “It’s been well over a year since they should have been… Read more »

Senators call on EPA to finalize RVOs

A bipartisan group of 32 senators have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to release Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2014-2016.  Even though the Renewable Fuels Standard requires EPA establish annual RVOs for biodiesel producers 14 months in advance, EPA has not released standards since 2013.  The Senators note that… Read more »

Near-record ethanol production last year.

The Renewable Fuels Association says U.S. ethanol production hit 14.3 billion gallons last year and 836 million of those gallons were exported. RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen says U.S. ethanol was sold to 51 countries with Canada, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and India the top-5 customers. The numbers are contained in… Read more »

RFS reform bill introduced in the House

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Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 704: The RFS Reform Act of 2015 on Wednesday. The bill would eliminate the corn-based ethanol requirement, caps the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent, and requires the EPA to set cellulosic biofuels levels at production levels.  Goodlatte says, “With the EPA’s continued failure… Read more »

Brazil to boost level of ethanol in gasoline

Brazil’s government is proposing a two percent increase in the percentage of sugar-based ethanol that can be blended into gasoline. If Brazil’s president approves the plan, all gasoline sold in Brazil will have to contain at least 27 percent ethanol, up from the current minimum of 25 percent. According to a Fox News Latino report,… Read more »