Syngenta Enogen Footprint Growing

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Syngenta Enogen team at National Ethanol Conference

In the past two months, Syngenta has announced two agreements with major ethanol producers to use Enogen® corn enzyme technology at their plants, continuing to grow the footprint of this biotech corn output trait designed specifically to enhance ethanol production.

In December, Green Plains Inc. of Nebraska partnered with Syngenta to expand its use of Enogen® corn across its 1.5 billion gallon production platform, and last month CHS Inc. signed on to use Enogen® corn at its 130-million-gallon ethanol plant in Rochelle, Illinois.

“Enogen is rapidly gaining popularity because of the value it delivers to ethanol producers and the opportunity it provides corn growers to be enzyme suppliers for their local ethanol plants,” said Jeff Oestmann, head of Bio-fuels Operations for Enogen at Syngenta. “We are proud to have made a significant investment to bring this game-changing technology to market to help make ethanol more sustainable and to help plants differentiate their offerings and support their local communities by keeping enzyme dollars local.”

Oestmann was at the National Ethanol Conference last week where Syngenta Enogen was a sponsor and I interviewed him to learn more about the expanding footprint of this trait. Interview with Jeff Oestmann, Syngenta Enogen

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Minnesota Ethanol Industry Remains Strong

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A new study by ABF Economics shows the Minnesota ethanol industry contributed $2.17 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2017.

The industry produced 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.9 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles and 256 million pounds of corn oil, which in turn generated $7.13 billion in gross sales for the state’s businesses, while supporting nearly 19,000 jobs.

“This study illustrates, once again, the importance of the ethanol industry to Minnesota’s economy,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

The industry in Minnesota has also experienced job growth, with full-time jobs supported by the ethanol industry 11.6 percent higher in 2017 than in 2016, according to the ABF Economics study. Direct spending by ethanol plants also supported jobs in non-agriculture industries like engineering, accounting, rail transportation and others.

The full study is available here.

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Nebraska Ethanol Board to Host Emerging Issues Forum

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Registration is now open for the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s Emerging Issues Forum, scheduled for April 12-13 in Omaha.

Agenda topics on the program include:
Biofuel Policy Panel Discussion: Trump Administration Impacts on Ethanol Production and Marketing
Carbon Counting and Accessing LCFS Markets: Agronomic Input Modeling and Accounting
Fractionation and Separation Technology Options
Bio-Based Products and Projects
Trade Policy and the Impact on Ethanol and DDG Exports
Ethanol Marketing Challenges – 2018 and Beyond
RINs and the Impact on Obligated Parties
Octane and Higher Ethanol Blends: Meeting Vehicle Performance Standards
Evaluating Investment in New Technologies
Biofuels and Public Health

Those registering before Friday, Mar. 9 will receive the Early Bird Rate of $335 per person. Ethanol producers may receive one free registration with your first paid registration. Special room rates are available at the Courtyard Marriott by booking under the room block “Nebraska Ethanol Board” by March 20, 2018. Call (402) 339-4900 to make a reservation or book online.

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NEC Hosts International Ethanol Buyers for Third Year

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More than 150 business-to-business meetings between domestic ethanol producers and international buyers from five countries were held at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio last week.

It was the third year for the conference to host the event through the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP), a joint government-industry effort to promote U.S. export sales. The five countries represented were India, Mexico, Colombia, South Korea, and Jamaica.

“IBP is vitally important to help connect U.S. ethanol sellers and foreign buyers from new and existing foreign markets, and this year’s event was a rousing success,” said RFA General Counsel Ed Hubbard. “We greatly appreciate the Department of Commerce helping to stimulating business-to-business meetings at the NEC, the largest U.S. ethanol policy and marketing conference.”

Hubbard moderated the international trade panel at NEC, which included Jeremy Mall, Murex LLC; Matt Clausen, CHS Inc.; and Duane Layton, Mayer Brown; as well as an address on Trade Challenges in Our Export Market from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Acting Associate Administrator Daniel Whitely.

Trade & Exports - USDA FAS, Daniel Whitely

International Trade In Ethanol Panel

2018 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album

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ACE Elects New Executive Committee

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Board of Directors recently elected officers and Executive Committee members for 2018. After five years serving as president of the organizatoin, Ron Alverson with Dakota Ethanol in Wentworth, South Dakota, will now serve as Treasurer of the organization this year. Duane Kristensen, representing Chief Ethanol Fuels in Nebraska accepted the nomination of President of the ACE Board.

RFA CEO Bob Dinneen with outgoing ACE president Ron Alverson and ACE CEO Brian Jennings

“Serving as chairman of ACE has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Alverson said. “Duane will be an outstanding President with his world of experience and connections in the ethanol industry.”

Alverson was honored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) last week for his decades of work for the industry.

Re-elected to the ACE board was Dave Sovereign, who represents Golden Grain Energy in Mason City, Iowa, and serves on the board of Absolute Energy. Sovereign now serves as Vice President of the ACE Board of Directors. Greg Krissek, who represents the Kansas Corn Growers Association, accepted the nomination of Secretary of the ACE Board of Directors. Troy Knecht, representing the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, operates a diversified farming enterprise in Houghton, South Dakota, in addition to serving as the President of SDCGA.

Chris Wilson was elected to ACE’s Executive Committee for the first time this year, representing Mid-Missouri Energy,

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New Analysis Shows RIN Prices Could Fall

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A new analysis from the University of Illinois shows conditions that caused high conventional biofuel (D6) RIN prices are changing rapidly and that “…it is not out of the realm of possibility for D6 RINs prices to fall back their pre-2013 level of just a few cents without making any changes to the RFS.”

According to a release from the Renewable Fuels Association, The authors argue that high D6 RIN prices have been driven by the “gap” that exists between domestic ethanol consumption (estimated at 14.5 billion gallons in 2017) and the 15-billion-gallon statutory requirement for conventional renewable fuels. The size of that “gap” continues to shrink rapidly as E10, E15, and E85 blending has expanded. Thus, as that expansion continues at a rapid pace, the “gap” will be fully closed and RIN prices will fall dramatically. As the Renewable Fuels Association has pointed out, this is exactly how the RFS was intended to work. Establishing RVP parity for E15 would certainly help accelerate the closing of that gap.

The price of RINS was a major topic of discussion at RFA’s National Ethanol Conference last week. RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper moderated a panel “For your RINformation” with experts on the topic Sandra Dunphy, Weaver (aka Rinderella); Dr. Gabriel Lade, Iowa State University; and Dr. James Stock, Harvard University, who recently wrote a paper showing that RVP parity for E15 would lower RINS prices.

Learn more in this interview with Cooper –
Interview with Geoff Cooper, RFA Senior Vice President

Listen to the RINS panel at NEC –
Panel Discussion on RINS Market

2018 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album

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New Biodiesel Foundation Scholarship Honors Calabotta

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The National Biodiesel Foundation‘s new Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant offers up to $2,000 to full-time students who are interested in science, research and biodiesel sustainability. Calabotta was director of Monsanto’s Bioenergy Development Program, and served on the biodiesel foundation board from 2007-2015. She passed away last March.

“Beth was an advocate for student development and a supporter of biofuel sustainability. She had an unquenchable love for agriculture and life-sciences” said Tom Verry, Executive Director for the National Biodiesel Foundation. “The National Biodiesel Foundation is honored to provide financial support to students following Beth’s passion to support advanced biofuels.”

To qualify, students must complete an application and if awarded the grant, commit to participate in the Biodiesel Sustainability Workshop and related activities, scheduled for September 26-27 in St. Louis, Missouri. Grant funds may be used for participation with the remaining funds applied toward academic expenses. Other eligibility requirements and full criteria are available on the grant homepage. Applications are due March 31, 2018. The grant winner will be announced April 30.

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Biodiesel Love in the Air at Iowa’s Capitol

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Members and supporters of the Iowa Biodiesel Board wore “I heart biodiesel” pins as they met with state legislators and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Wednesday for the annual Biodiesel Day on the Hill. The group tied the message of how much biodiesel gives back to Iowa to the Valentine’s Day date of their visit.

“We love that Iowa is the top biodiesel-producing state, and we’re grateful that the feeling seems to be mutual,” said Grant Kimberley, Iowa Biodiesel Board executive director. “Our proactive state biodiesel policies have driven increased production and consumption in Iowa, benefiting our economy—which means jobs for Iowans and enhanced success for farmers.”

The group is asking legislators and the governor to protect state tax incentives that encourage biodiesel production and sales during tight budget times. They also hope to see continued fully funding of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. More than 500 retail stations and terminals have begun to carry biodiesel since the program began. In 2017, Iowa’s biodiesel plants produced an estimated 285 million gallons of biodiesel, generating about 3,000 full-time equivalent jobs and $278 million in household income, according to a study by ABF Economics.


American Ethanol Driver Wins Daytona 500

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History was made Sunday when the grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Childress drove Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s famous No. 3 Chevrolet across the finish line of the Daytona 500, 20 years after Earnhardt won the same race. American Ethanol driver and spokesperson Austin Dillon took the legendary No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/AAA Chevrolet SS to victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Daytona International Speedway.

“It was so awesome to take the 3 car back to victory lane,” Dillon said. “This is for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and all those Senior fans.” Childress, celebrating with his grandson in Victory Lane, called it a “storybook tale.”

“This is an amazing accomplishment and a monumental victory for the No. 3 team,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “The Daytona 500 is so rich with history, and Richard Childress Racing taking home the checkered flag – in this race – in the iconic No. 3 car is truly a momentous occasion in the sport of NASCAR. Austin Dillon and the entire RCR organization have been phenomenal partners, and they are instrumental in telling the wonderful story of American Ethanol to race fans and drivers across the country and around the world.”

NASCAR race cars are all powered by Sunoco Green E15, made with 15 percent American ethanol.

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Ethanol Report from #RFANEC18

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The Renewable Fuels Association 23rd National Ethanol Conference with the theme “Ethanol Strong” was held February 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas. The event featured the annual “State of the Industry” address by RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen, as well as panels and speakers on a number of important topics, from electric vehicles to RINs to the expanding export market.

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, we hear from Dinneen, RFA Chairman Mick Henderson, Industry award winner Ron Alverson, RFA’s Robert White and Geoff Cooper, and USDA-FAS acting associate administrator Daniel Whitely.

Listen to it here: Ethanol Report from #RFANEC18

Links to additional RFANEC resources:
National Ethanol Conference home page
2018 National Ethanol Conference Virtual Newsroom
2018 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album
RFA CEO Bob Dinneen State of the Industry address

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