Ethanol Celebrates National Ag Week

Cindy Zimmerman

The ethanol industry is joining in the celebrations going on around the country for National Ag Week. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen thanked American farmers for their tremendous productivity which has resulted in a need to increase demand to keep up with supplies. “So, as we celebrate National Agriculture Day, we need to recommit ourselves to …

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New High Octane ASTM Standard is Ethanol Victory

Cindy Zimmerman

ASTM International recently published a new high-octane fuel standard which creates a broadly accepted specification for high-octane fuel that could help drive engines that utilize ethanol’s octane boost with higher blends of 25 to 40 percent. The new standard, D8076-17, follows a year-long joint effort by the U.S. Department of Energy, engine manufacturers, ethanol industry representatives and others who contributed …

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Vets in #Ethanol Industry Send Letter to Trump

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 100 military veterans who work in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Donald Trump this week urging him to include a prominent role for ethanol and the RFS in his “America First Energy Plan.” East Kansas Agri-Energy CEO Jeff Oestmann, a Marine Corps vet, started the effort at the recent National Ethanol Conference. “After serving our country …

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Ethanol Groups Praise Emissions Rules Review

Cindy Zimmerman

President Trump announced Wednesday that the administration is reinstating the Midterm Evaluation of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) standards for the automotive industry, which is good news for the ethanol industry. “Today’s actions allow the opportunity for EPA to slow down, remove politics from the process, and take a more comprehensive approach to fuel …

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ACE Elects Executive Committee

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) board of directors recently elected officers and executive committee members for 2017. Officers re-elected to the Executive Committee include President Ron Alverson of Dakota Ethanol; vice president Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels; and Secretary Dave Sovereign from Golden Grain Energy. Brian Wilcox with Nebraska Public Power District was elected to serve as Treasurer …

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New Nebraska Ethanol Board Member

Cindy Zimmerman

Scott McPheeters has officially joined the Nebraska Ethanol Board as the business representative, appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts last month and sworn in by the state legislature last week. McPheeters has a family farm operation southwest of Gothenburg, producing food-grade white and yellow corn for Frito-Lay, as well as soybeans and alfalfa hay. His family also has rangeland for beef …

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NFU Honors Merle Anderson

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol industry pioneer Merle Anderson was one of three individuals honored this week with the National Farmers Union (NFU) Meritorious Service Award for outstanding leadership and service to family agriculture. Anderson is Chairman Emeritus of the board of directors for the American Coalition for Ethanol, which he co-founded in 1977. Known as the “Father of Ethanol”, Anderson grew up on …

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ACE Adds New Communications Director

Cindy Zimmerman

Former bioenergy magazine editor Katie Fletcher has joined the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) staff as Communications Director. Fletcher has been a writer for Ethanol Producer Magazine and Biomass Magazine and editor for Pellet Mill Magazine. “We are excited that Katie Fletcher is bringing her exceptional communication skills, experience in agriculture and biofuels, and enthusiasm for ethanol to the ACE …

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Groups Oppose RFS Point of Obligation Change

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. biofuel and agricultural organizations wrote to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week opposing any change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation. “The point of obligation is one of the most important remaining tools to help drive higher blends remaining in the RFS. It creates economic incentives for gasoline retailers to offer higher blends such as E15 …

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