E85 for 85 Cents a Gallon in Colorado

Michelle Kautz

“We are glad to partner with the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition (GBC) and Western Convenience who are working to expand E85 throughout the state. By opening this refueling center, we provide Colorado’s agricultural producers and rural citizens an opportunity to buy this environmentally friendly and domestic-sourced fuel. Together, we are making a difference for Colorado’s air quality and for consumers who …

corn, E85, Ethanol, Facilities, Flex Fuel Vehicles, News, Price, Promotion

Rural Development Secretary Speaks at CUTC

Chuck Zimmerman

I really enjoyed getting to talk with our USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, Tom Dorr, this evening. He was our keynote speaker at the CUTC. He told corn growers and all the attendees that they’re doing a great job. He also said that there are challenges ahead like the recent Grocery Manufacturers Association attack on ethanol. He says that’s …

Audio, corn, CUTC, Government

Getting Set Up at the CUTC

Chuck Zimmerman

The fun and games are about to begin here at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference. The event is being held at the Marriott in downtown Kansas City and I just got in and connected in the media room. There will be sessions tomorrow dealing with ethanol production so I should have some good stories to post. In less than …

corn, CUTC, News

Ethanol Goes for the Big Leagues On and Off the Track

Laura McNamara

The 92nd Indianapolis 500 is one for the record books for Team Ethanol. Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay pilots the IndyCar sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) and just a couple weeks ago he piloted the car to a 6th place finish, the best ever Indy 500 for the team. At one point in the race, Ryan was cruising …

Audio, Cellulosic, corn, E85, Energy, EPIC, Ethanol, Fill Up Feel Good, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Indy Racing, News, Racing

Energy Abundance

Laura McNamara

This weekend I visited the RIT/NASA AstroZone exhibit in St. Louis. The free exhibit was offered in conjunction with the 212th meeting of the American Astronomical Society and it offered all kinds of fascinating scientific demonstrations: from seeing yourself in infrared to star-gazing in a portable planetarium to being enveloped in Cosmic Collisions while watching a video a portable dome. …

corn, Energy, Hydrogen, Solar, Wind

Ag Leaders Challenge Ethanol Myths

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders of five major agricultural organizations and the head of the Renewable Fuels Association joined together Wednesday to try and dispel many of the accusations that have been levied against biofuels in recent months and emphasize the positive contributions of ethanol in particular. “Instead of using ethanol as a scapegoat for increased food prices, we should be having a discussion …

Agribusiness, corn, Ethanol, Food prices, News

Ribbon Cutting Planned for Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

VeraSun Energy will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Thursday for its 110 million-gallon-per year biorefinery in Albion, Nebraska. The plant began operation in October 2007 and VeraSun announced it would acquire the facility from ASAlliances in July 2007. The plant is one of 11 VeraSun ethanol production facilities currently in operation. According to VeraSun officials, the ribbon …

corn, Ethanol, Facilities, News

Ethanol Focus of Corn Utilization Technology

Cindy Zimmerman

The theme for the 6th Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is “Corn – New Horizons,” and ethanol is definitely a big part of that landscape. Organizers say the theme reflects the continued growing importance of corn as a keystone to a carbohydrate-based economy. The conference has been expanded to include new topics in wet milling, dry grind technologies, value-added …

conferences, corn, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, News

LifeLine’s Vision for Corn and Ethanol

Laura McNamara

LifeLine Foods sells ethanol, but ethanol is just one of many products the company produces. The St. Joseph, MO-based corn milling plant started off as a manufacturer of snack foods in 2001. Today, LifeLine’s identity is continually evolving. The 51 percent farmer-owned company is committed to innovation and is now partnered with ICM, Inc, a world leader in ethanol facility …

Audio, corn, Distillers Grains, Domestic Fuel Cast, Energy, Environment, Ethanol, Food prices, Indy Racing, News, Production, Research

Sustainable Ethanol in Sweden

Laura McNamara

Many critics of ethanol argue that it takes too much fuel to produce the alternative fuel. In fact, one reader made a comment stating that very idea just yesterday on the “An EPIC Salute at Indy 500” post. Well, SEKAB, a Swedish biofuel producer, says it has now introduced the world’s first fully sustainable ethanol. Swedish SEKAB today announced that …

corn, Energy, Ethanol, International, News