RFA Disputes NWF Study with USDA County Data

Cindy Zimmerman

It is undisputed that the amount of land dedicated to crop production overall in the United States has been on the decline for decades, dropping 12 percent just between 1997 and 2012, according to USDA census data. At the same time, corn acreage and ethanol production have increased significantly, which is also undisputed. What is disputed is whether increased ethanol …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Indirect Land Use, RFA

More Iowa Retailers Carrying Biodiesel Blends

Cindy Zimmerman

Over half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel last year, up six percent from 2015 according to the Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB). The Iowa Department of Revenue released the 2016 Retailers Fuel Gallons Annual Report this month. The report shows during 2016, the amount of on-road biodiesel sold equaled 344.8 million gallons, or 54.7 percent of total on-road diesel fuel …

Biodiesel

USDA Predicts Record Soybean Acres, Less Corn

Cindy Zimmerman

The first estimate for crop plantings this year by USDA is calling for less corn but more soybeans. According to the 2017 Prospective Plantings report, producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 89.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017, up 7 percent from last year and a new record. Planted acreage intentions for soybeans are up …

corn, Soybeans, USDA

Crappie Masters is Big Target for Ethanol Message

Cindy Zimmerman

The ethanol industry is casting a wide net to hook anglers with the facts about using ten percent ethanol (E10) in boat engines by sponsoring the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail. “There are over 18 million panfishing anglers in the United States and that’s just a base of what we touch,” says Crappie Masters owner Mike Vallentine, who bought …

Audio, Boats, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Ethanol Workforce Big on Military Vets

Cindy Zimmerman

A new Department of Energy (DOE) study shows that military veterans make up a significant share of America’s ethanol industry workforce which is not only larger than any other energy sector but more than twice the national average. Nearly one in five ethanol industry employees is a veteran (18.9%), compared to a national average of 7% across all sectors of …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Butamax Acquires Kansas Ethanol Facility

Cindy Zimmerman

Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, today announced the acquisition of Nesika Energy in Scandia, Kansas as the next step in the commercialization of bio-isobutanol. “The Nesika facility will serve to demonstrate our technology at scale as well as validate process and biocatalyst improvements,” said Stuart Thomas, Butamax CEO. “Our plan is to broadly license …

biobutanol, Ethanol, Ethanol News

US Coachways Donates $15K to Biodiesel Foundation

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Biodiesel, Education

Ag Secretary Closer to Confirmation

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Ethanol News, Government, RFA, USDA

Ethanol Helping Crappie Masters Grow

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Audio, Boats, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

RFA, TRANSCAER Hosting Second Ethanol Safety Webinar

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety