Coalition Formed to Protect Point of Obligation

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition made up largely of fuel retailers has been formed to oppose efforts to change the point of obligation requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Main Street Energy Alliance (MSEA) includes the National Association of Convenience Stores, NATSO (representing truck stops and travel plazas), the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, as well as Shell and …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Retailers, RFS

GRFA Calls on Increased Action for Climate Change

Kelly Marshall

Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), has asked G20 leaders take last year’s Paris Accord even further. The first binding climate agreement needs to be scaled up in it’s ambitiousness to reduce emissions in the transport sector, Baker said, especially in light of a newly released report “Perspectives for the Energy Transition” from the International …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Ethanol, Research, transportation

Ethanol Powering Crappie Masters Boats

Chuck Zimmerman

When it comes to using ethanol blended fuel in your boat engine it is important to follow manufacturer directions and actually just properly maintain your equipment. That is advice from pro fishermen like Terry Richard here. Terry and teammate Casey Rayner will be competing in this weekend’s Crappie Masters tournament sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, and Bass …

American Ethanol, biofuels, Boats, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Iowa Tells Pruitt to Leave RFS Alone

Cindy Zimmerman

With the Senate poised to confirm Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa has a message for him – Don’t Mess with the RFS. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and other state organizations urged Pruitt to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by rejecting a petition to change the program’s point of obligation, which …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, RFS

Program Improving Sorghum for Food and Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

A plant breeding program to improve sorghum varieties for biofuel production could now help meet growing food demands in Africa. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced a three-year $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and accelerate the development and deployment of advanced sorghum phenotyping and breeding technologies in support of improved varieties …

biofuels, Research, sorghum

Biofuels and China Impact Crop Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

Dr. Pat Westhoff of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri brought attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show last week an outlook for the 2017-2018 crop demand. Overall, he says, look for 2017 to follow a similar trend of 2016, with prices continuing to be below average. …

Audio, biofuels

Minnesota Grows Cleaner Fuel Choices in 2016

Cindy Zimmerman

Minnesota drivers have more fuel choices then they did a year ago. According to the American Lung Association in Minnesota, 35 new E85 stations opened throughout Minnesota last year, bringing the total number in the state to more than 325, which is more than any other state, and Minnesota flex fuel vehicle drivers used an average of more than a …

Biodiesel, biofuels, E15, E85, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Natural Gas, Propane

Iowa Energy Plan Unveiled

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds today unveiled the Iowa Energy Plan, which “assesses current and future energy supply and demand, examines energy policies and programs and identifies emerging challenges and opportunities.” “Iowa is a leader in biofuels and renewable energy,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “That leadership was achieved because of thoughtful planning. Creating a statewide energy plan will keep Iowa …

Biodiesel, biofuels, biomass, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Iowa RFA Announces New Communications Director

Cindy Zimmerman

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has announced Cassidy Riley as Communications Director for the organization. Riley most recently worked as the Central Iowa Field Director for Senator Chuck Grassley’s 2016 reelection campaign. Prior to the campaign she clerked in the Iowa House of Representatives for Rep. Tom Moore. “I’m thrilled to join the IRFA team because I get to …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

Enogen Provides Benefits for #Ethanol Growers

Joanna Schroeder

Duane Martin manages the Agrisure portfolio for Syngenta corn and soybeans. “We’re very proud of the technology we’ve brought to the corn and soybean market over the last several years- launching more new technology, more new traits, to especially the corn business one the last five years than any other company in the industry.” The Enogen corn technology is expanding, …

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