Terry Brandstad Addresses Ag Outlook Forum

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The distinguished speaker at this year’s USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum was former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who was recently nominated as ambassador to China. Branstad took time during his speech to praise incoming Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and share his thoughts on the future of agriculture and economic development in rural America. “Simply put, American agriculture is tied to …

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Ethanol Report on National Ethanol Conference

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Building Partnerships, Growing Markets was the theme for the 22nd annual National Ethanol Conference held this week in San Diego and it was a great two days of reaching across the aisle to those who have sometimes been adversaries of the ethanol industry to find common ground. In this Ethanol Report interview with Chuck Zimmerman, Renewable Fuels Association president and …

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Cellerate Paving the Way for Cellulosic Ethanol

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One of the new NEC Tech Connect sessions at this year’s National Ethanol Conference focused on new technologies that are working to increase the demand and value for ethanol and have successfully converted the fiber within the corn kernel into extremely valuable cellulosic ethanol. Miloud Araba, head of technical services for the Enogen group at Syngenta, gave the presentation on …

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Point of Obligation Discussion at #RFANEC

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The extended comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed denial to change the Point of Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ended this week as panelists at the National Ethanol Conference were discussing the issue. Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler refereed the cage fight discussion between Richard Walsh, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Valero Renewable Fuels Company and …

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Agriculture and Ethanol Working Together

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At the National Ethanol Conference this week, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen sat down with representatives from the corn and livestock industries to talk about the current state of the farm economy, the policy impact of historic surpluses, and moving past food versus fuel. Dinneen discussed common ground with National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak …

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Pacific Ethanol CEO Receives RFA Industry Award

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The co-founder of California’s first ethanol production company received the Renewable Fuels Association 2017 Industry Award in San Diego this week at the 22nd National Ethanol Conference. Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler, who is also vice chairman of the RFA board of directors, was the co-founder and general manager of Parallel Products, California’s first ethanol production company, which made ethanol …

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#Ethanol Shaping The Future of Exports

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Ethanol was a popular topic for discussion during the 2017 U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Winter Meeting, held last week in Panama City, Panama, with many USGC representatives believing that improving global ethanol demand will be key in sustaining a successful export market for U.S. corn and corn products. “Our ethanol program that we’ve put a lot of effort in recently …

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RFA Chair Urges #Ethanol Industry to be Bold

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Mick Henderson is general manager of Commonwealth Agri-Energy, an ethanol plant in western Kentucky. He is also the chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and says this year’s National Ethanol Conference (NEC) theme “Growing Markets, Building Partnerships” is a theme for the industry this year. “The bigger the coalition, the more you can get done,” said Henderson. “We have …

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Gasoline Markets and #Ethanol

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Retail fuel outlets have many considerations when it comes to offering higher ethanol blends for consumers – from regulatory hurdles, equipment replacement timelines, financial incentives and long term strategies. But higher blends are vital when it comes to increasing the domestic market for ethanol at this point. Renewable Fuels Association vice president of industry relations Robert White led a discussion …

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High Octane, Low Carbon Future Panel at #RFANEC

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Automakers, DOE scientists, and other experts agree that octane is the key to enabling greater efficiency and reduced emissions in the internal combustion engines of the future. The question is making that happen and that is the discussion had at the National Ethanol Conference this week. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior VP Geoff Cooper moderated the conversation with Ricardo Executive …

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