GROWMARK Foundation to Provide FFA Jackets

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After the unexpected passing of GROWMARK vice president and long-time employee Mike Builta in April 2019, the GROWMARK Foundation is helping his family to honor his memory by providing FFA jackets to FFA members in Illinois. “In the weeks and the days after his passing, his wife approached us and asked if the GROWMARK Foundation could become a place to …

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Managing Costs During Tight Margins

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Margins are tight in the ethanol industry, and for a number of reasons from political to regulatory to economic. John Christianson, Principal, Christianson PLLP, told those attending the 2019 American Coalition for Ethanol Conference that successful plants have to be strategic and focused. “It really comes down to leadership and it comes down to a laser focus,” said Christianson. “The …

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Rep. Axne Calls for Investigation into Waivers

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U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, is calling for a federal investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) expansion of refinery exemptions from blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Rep. Axne chose Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) to hold a press conference yesterday, the same site where President Donald Trump triumphantly announced …

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Legally Protecting Ethanol’s Market Share

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Various legal battles are ongoing to protect the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and ethanol market share. An update on these efforts during the American Coalition for Ethanol Conference came from Bryan Stockton, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Stockton shared what he called “the good, the bad and the ugly,” celebrating the timely release of the long anticipated E-15 final …

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Capitalizing on Carbon

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A panel at the 2019 American Coalition for Ethanol Conference in Omaha shared the potential benefits of investing in the emerging carbon economy and new opportunities on the horizon. Moderator Brian Jennings, ACE CEO, said carbon is something ACE has been taking much more seriously over the last couple of years. Other speakers included Pam Miller, ACE Board Chair and …

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Ethanol Report on Hauk Designs Project

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has partnered with off-road Jeep designer Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs to build a flex-fuel E85 Jeep Wrangler JL that will highlight the benefits of ethanol blends in high-performance vehicles. The special “Hauk Machines” Amazon Prime video series kicked off August 12 exclusively on RFA’s Facebook page with the first “mini-episode.” RFA Vice President of …

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ACE Honors Randy Ives with Merle Anderson Award

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) presented its highest award to Randy Ives, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegate and a key figure in the development of distiller’s dried grain with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol market development programs. The Merle Anderson Award, named after the founder of ACE, is given to individuals who display unmatched dedication and support to the organization …

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Ethanol Industry Has What It Takes

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It was a somber yet determined group of ethanol industry representatives that met last week in Omaha for the American Coalition for Ethanol 32nd annual conference, in the wake of the EPA granting another 1.43 billion gallons of refinery waivers. ACE CEO Brian Jennings says they had a tough and honest board meeting prior to the start of the conference. …

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Ethanol is Number One Priority for Grains Council

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Ethanol is the number one priority for the U.S. Grains Council today, according to USGC CEO Ryan LeGrand, who spoke at the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference last week in Omaha. “There’s nothing more important to us right now than ethanol,” said LeGrand. The council has seven priority markets, with Mexico being one of the most significant. While the …

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ACE: Carbon and Octane Future for Ethanol

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Low carbon and high octane are the future for ethanol, according to leaders of the American Coalition for Ethanol speaking Thursday at their annual conference in Omaha. ACE Board President Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol in Nebraska said that as the agriculture and ethanol industries are dealing with challenging market conditions, things have to change. “With uncertainty surrounding the RFS …

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