US Coachways Donates $15K to Biodiesel Foundation

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US Coachways has been supporting sustainability and cleaner air by monthly contributions to biodiesel research and education which as of this month have totaled $15,000 provided to the National Biodiesel Foundation.

“Thanks to donations from companies such as US Coachways, the Foundation has been able to administer and support valuable education and research projects,” said Foundation president Jeff Lynn. “Over the past year we have trained hundreds of mechanics, improved the greenhouse gas emission profile of biodiesel, provided scholarships to next generation scientists, and educated key stakeholders and Congressional staff about the merits of biodiesel.”

“We contribute because we want to see the motorcoach industry become cleaner and more sustainable, and we’d also like to encourage other companies to put their commitment to sustainability into action by making donations to this foundation,” said Joseph Lucci, President of National Sales for US Coachways and its affiliates.

Headquartered in Staten Island, New York, US Coachways is a family owned and operated charter bus company that specializes in ground transportation for events such as school outings, religious retreats, camp transportation, team travel, weddings & other private events, and corporate client needs. With access to over 150 bus depots nationwide, US Coachways can help you move groups of people safely, efficiently and affordably anywhere in the United States. The nationwide company has made regular monthly contributions to the foundation since 2012.

The NBF is an inclusive, non-discriminatory 501(c) 3 organization working across the United States to create markets and expand support for biodiesel as an alternative, renewable fuel source.

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Ag Secretary Closer to Confirmation

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The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Thursday moved the Trump Administration one step closer to a full cabinet by voting to favorably report nominee Sonny Perdue to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, which means he will now be considered by the full Senate for confirmation.

Committee chairman Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) is pleased Perdue’s nomination is closer to the finish line. “Our farmers and ranchers have been waiting too long for this important position to be filled,” said Roberts. “We need to get Governor Perdue down to USDA to get to work.”

Governor Perdue has the bipartisan support of six past agriculture secretaries and more than 650 agriculture groups. He also has the support of biofuels organizations including the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

“Gov. Perdue appreciates the challenge facing farmers today, knows that building demand will be essential to rural economic stability, and certainly understands the importance of value-added markets like ethanol,” said RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen. “We look forward to Governor Perdue receiving full Senate approval and will work with him and others in the administration to continue the growth and evolution of the U.S. biofuels industry.”

There is no vote scheduled yet for the full senate. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was the only member of the committee to vote against Perdue, due to her concerns about how he might unfavorably impact food assistance programs at USDA.

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Ethanol Helping Crappie Masters Grow

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Grenada Lake, Mississippi was host last weekend for the Mississippi State Championship, one stop on the 2017 Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail. The Renewable Fuels Association is a title sponsor of the tournament, along with Bass Pro Shops, and it has the support of Missouri Corn Growers and American Ethanol as well.

Brian Sowers is co-host of Crappie Masters TV and very involved in the increasingly popular family sport of crappie or pan fishing. He says they started working with Missouri Corn first about three years ago as a way to educate recreational boaters about the use of ten percent ethanol fuel in boats. “Every major engine manufacturer for outboard motors approves E10 fuel in a boat,” said Sowers. “Not only is it a better choice when it comes to fuel, it supports America’s farmers, it supports America and that’s a win-win.”

Sowers says they encourage all tournament tour participants to use E10 by offering an incentive to the winning team that can prove they filled up with E10. “On a one day tournament they win $250 extra on top of their tournament winnings,” said Sowers. Add another $250 if its a two day tournament and Sowers says every tournament so far has been won by a team using E10 in their boat.

Learn more about how Crappie Masters is educating anglers about ethanol in this pocast: ZimmCast with Brian Sowers, Crappie Masters

More interviews and photos from the Crappie Masters tournament

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RFA, TRANSCAER Hosting Second Ethanol Safety Webinar

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and TRANSCAER® are jointly hosting this year’s second ethanol safety webinar for ethanol emergency response teams on Tuesday, April 11.

The “Train the Trainer” webinars are funded through a Federal Railroad Administration/ TRANSCAER® grant and are designed to provide entire communities with the knowledge to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency. The program is based on the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.

The webinar, led by national hazardous materials trainer Joel Hendelman, is open to all professional individuals above the technical level of training who are interested in learning how to teach ethanol emergency response. These professional individuals must also have an awareness level of hazardous material storage, handing and emergency response. The webinar is intended to develop instructors to lead operations-level training.

Future webinars will be held June 14 and Aug. 2. All webinars will be held from noon to 2 p.m. ET. Registration is free, but is limited to the first 100 attendees per webinar. Certificates of attendance will be awarded following the completion of the safety seminar.

For more information or to register, visit

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Quad County Corn Processors to Evaluate XyloFerm®

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Quad County Corn Processors of Galva, Iowa will soon be helping to evaluate the XyloFerm® yeast strain in the Cellerate™ process on an industrial scale. XyloFerm® is a Gen 2 yeast platform from Taurus Energy AB of Sweden distributed in United States by Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits.

Now that XyloFerm has obtained GRAS status for distillers grains produced using the XyloFerm strains when consumed as animal feed, the three companies will be performing a series of tests in 385,000 gallon fermentation vessels. The trials will begin in April and will investigate the scale-up effects on technical and economic factors. Lallemand will supply XyloFerm in the form of Stabilized Liquid Yeast (SLY) and dosing system to Quad County Corn Processors for the trial, as well as on-site support.

XyloFerm® is robust prototrophic yeast strain for producing ethanol from C6 and xylose streams which offers minimal byproduct formation with a high tolerance for inhibitors common with cellulosic substrates.

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ACE Takes RVP Message to Hill

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The American Coalition for Ethanol 9th annual DC fly-in last week brought the “Power by People” message to Capitol Hill, focused on allowing the sale of 15 percent ethanol blends all year long in every part of the country.

Over 70 participants in the fly-in had more than 120 meetings on the Hill encouraging co-sponsorship of bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate (S. 517, H.R. 1311) to extend Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief to E15 to allow its use year-round. “You’re talking about two-thirds of the country that can’t use it during the busiest time of the year, June 1 through September 15,” said ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty.

Several retailers once again attended the fly-in, including representatives from Jetz Convenience Centers, Cresco Fast Stop, Midway Service, Good and Quick, Sheetz, and Propel Fuels, and they provided lawmakers with real-life examples of the importance of RVP regulatory relief. “The whole idea of this Power by People fly-in is to have regular people who are doing these actual jobs (take part),” Lamberty said.

In this interview, Lamberty also talks about how the USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Program has helped increase the number of stations offering E15 nationwide. Interview with Ron Lamberty, ACE senior vice president

ACE DC 2017 Fly-in Photo Album

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Maryland Grain Launches Ethanol Advertising Campaign

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For the next four months citizens of the Mid-Atlantic region will see and hear the ethanol advertising campaign created by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB). The “You Have a Choice” campaign includes postcards, buses, video, internet and radio advertising that showcases ethanol fuel and the stations that offer higher blends. Ads feature 88-octane fuel available in the area, a new alternative to unleaded 87-octane imported petroleum.

“There are more than 22 high octane stations under construction in Maryland and even more in Virginia,” said Lindsay Thompson, Executive Director MGPUB. “The mid-west has had a choice at the pump for years, and now we have one too. Higher blends of ethanol offer owners of unleaded vehicles lower price, cleaner air, and higher performance.”

This advertising effort is part of a large infrastructure project to install E15 (15% ethanol and 85% unleaded) and E85 (85% ethanol and 15% unleaded) pumps in the region. Unleaded E15 can be used in all vehicles 2001 and newer. Unleaded E85 can be used in all flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). The stations are funded in part with a grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

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Busy Ag Week on the Hill

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National Ag Week was a busy one for agriculture on Capitol Hill.

NCGA 1st VP Kevin Skunes at American Coalition for Ethanol fly-in

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) First Vice President Kevin Skunes of North Dakota spent last week visiting Congressional offices on behalf of both the corn growers and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE).

“Ethanol is our number one priority,” said Skunes. “We need to have this outlet for our corn…so we have to come out here and tell our story.”

Skunes says he was also talking with lawmakers this week about issues such as trade and planning for the next farm bill. “A robust crop insurance program is probably the number one thing we are looking for (in the next farm bill),” he said.

In this interview, Skunes also talks about NCGA’s support of Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary: Interview with NCGA 1st VP Kevin Skunes, North Dakota

ACE DC 2017 Fly-in Photo Album

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RFA Hits FSMA Training Program Milestone

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As of this month, 200 ethanol plant employees have been trained under the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food program. The latest course was held in St. Louis earlier this month.

The training program is based on a curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and is facilitated by RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kelly Davis, and Matt Frederking of Ralco Nutrition. Participants who have successfully completed the courses were designated as Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQIs).

RFA initiated its series of FSMA training in 2016 to prepare the entire ethanol industry for the initial major compliance dates for the preventive controls rules under FSMA that began on Sept. 19, 2016. On that date larger animal food facilities were required to meet baseline Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements (CGMPs) for producing safe animal food.

Over the series, RFA has conducted five 20-hour courses across the Corn Belt to demystify the regulatory requirements, training a total of 200 ethanol industry employees. The PCQIs trained by RFA have come from 74 companies across 21 U.S. states and Canada.

Read more from RFA.

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Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters, Boats & E10

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ethanol-report-adIn this report I will feature some comments from Crappie Masters and their Grenada Lake tournament which is happening this weekend in Grenada, MS. The Renewable Fuels Association is a title sponsor of the Crappie Master American Tournament Trail which puts them on par with other sponsors like Bass Pro Shops.

In the report you’ll hear from the owner of Crappie Masters, Mike Vallentine; the voice of Crappie Masters, Brian Sowers and Terry Richard & Casey Rayner, RFA sponsored fishing team. They discuss the issue of using E10 in boat motors and how this sponsorship is bringing the message to a large national audience of people who enjoy taking their boat out on the water.

Listen to this episode here: Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters Sponsorship

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