MN Congressman Gets #Ethanol Education

Joanna Schroeder

Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) recently spent some time learning more about ethanol production and its benefits to Minnesota and the country. He met with the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, and during the meeting learned about the latest ethanol technologies along with hearing about some of the challenges facing the state’s ethanol industry and the entire industry. “Minnesota and America’s heartland are …

biofuels, Ethanol, RFS

Biofuels & Carbon Study Continues to be Debunked

Joanna Schroeder

Responses to the recent study by John DeCicco on biofuels and carbon continue with many coming from researchers including Dr. Steffen Mueller, principal economist with the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In a published retort, he wrote that the study, “…fails to establish a correlation between existing biofuels policies and net carbon uptake and it …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Ethanol

IA Gov. Branstad Checks Out #FarmProgessShow

Joanna Schroeder

Another successful Farm Progress Show has wrapped up in Boone, Iowa. We ended on a high note with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad visiting exhibitors and stopping by the BASF Media Tent to speak with reporters about key ag issues. I spoke with him about three issues: ethanol, water quality and trade. Branstad said that we appreciate the private sector support …

Audio, biofuels, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show

GROWMARK Talks Ethanol Tax Credits

Lizzy Schultz

The upcoming Presidential election, and the potential changes to funding and regulation that the changing administration may bring, is a concern for many within the agriculture industry, and it was a major talking point during the 2016 GROWMARK Annual Meeting & Agribusiness Symposium. Chuck Spencer, Executive Director for Government Affairs at GROWMARK, is using the upcoming elections as an opportunity …

Ag group, Agribusiness, biofuels, GROWMARK, RFS

NEB Unveils Spill Prevention Plan

Joanna Schroeder

The Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) has partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering’s Partners in Pollution Prevention program to develop a new Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan for agriculture producers who maintain their own fuel storage. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fuels are hazardous materials, and as such, handling or storing them improperly can …

Agribusiness, biofuels

Diesel Dogs 1st Distributor in Minn to offer #E15

Joanna Schroeder

St. Paul based Diesel Dogs Fuel Service is the first distributor to offer pre-blended E15 in Minnesota. This week the company delivered its first gallons of E15 to its municipal and corporate fleet customers in the Twin Cities. And just around the corner, Diesel Dogs will be offering E15 to retail customers. “We hope that by taking the initiative to …

biofuels, E15, Ethanol, Retailers

MN Rep Tim Walz Visits Al-Corn Clean Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz (D) recently visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel, located in Claremont, Minnesota, on August 24, 2016 to learn more about ethanol and the biorefinery’s upcoming expansion. Rep. Walz also took the opportunity to reiterate his support for Minnesota-produced biofuels. While at the ethanol plant, who recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, Walz was briefed on Al-Corn’s $146 million expansion …

biofuels, E15, Education, Ethanol

#Ethanol Plant to Gas Station Lowers Pump Prices

Joanna Schroeder

Ethanol provides consumers savings at the pump – especially when the retailer passes along the RIN (Renewable Identification Number) savings to their customers. No one knows this better than Dave Sovereign, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Golden Grain Energy, and owner and investor of Cresco Fast Stop in Cresco, Iowa. I was able to sit down with Sovereign …

ACE, ACE Ethanol Conference, Audio, biofuels, E15, E85, Ethanol, Retailers

ICM to Purchase Colwich, KS Abengoa Bioenergy Plant

Joanna Schroeder

Abengoa Bioenergy’s U.S. assets have been sold under the provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and their biorefinery located in Colwich, Kansas was purchased by Colwich-based ICM. The ethanol facility was sold by $3.1 million. “ICM values this location in Colwich, Kan., and we are evaluating the best way to exercise that opportunity,” said Dave VanderGriend, founder and CEO of …

biofuels, Ethanol

#Oil Industry Report Ignores #Biofuel Climate Benefits

Joanna Schroeder

A new study has been released out of the University of Michigan Energy Institute led by anti-biofuel Professor John DeCicco. The report challenges the assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, are inherently carbon neutral. The study, based on USDA crop-production data, finds that during the period of increased biofuel growth, the increased carbon dioxide uptake by the crops …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, RFA