Saudi Arabia Buying More US DDGs

Cindy Zimmerman

Saudi Arabia is ramping up its purchases of the ethanol co-product distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) from the United States, according to the U.S. Grains Council. Last month, Saudi buyers purchased 18,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS, a relatively large amount and a dramatic increase from total sales of just 8,400 metric tons in 2014. While the dairy and …

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Vets in #Ethanol Industry Send Letter to Trump

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 100 military veterans who work in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Donald Trump this week urging him to include a prominent role for ethanol and the RFS in his “America First Energy Plan.” East Kansas Agri-Energy CEO Jeff Oestmann, a Marine Corps vet, started the effort at the recent National Ethanol Conference. “After serving our country …

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Ethanol Groups Praise Emissions Rules Review

Cindy Zimmerman

President Trump announced Wednesday that the administration is reinstating the Midterm Evaluation of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) standards for the automotive industry, which is good news for the ethanol industry. “Today’s actions allow the opportunity for EPA to slow down, remove politics from the process, and take a more comprehensive approach to fuel …

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More Retail Stations Selling Higher #Ethanol Blends

Cindy Zimmerman

Last week, Iowa celebrated the opening of the state’s 100th retail station selling 15 percent ethanol blended fuel. Crossroads Convenience Store in Spencer is one of six stations owned by Wessels Oil Company, which has been in business since 1938 and has been offering higher blends of biofuels at their stores since 2014. The Spencer store is the retailer’s first …

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Ethanol Safety Seminars for Montana in March

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), TRANSCAER® and Montana Rail Link are hosting free ethanol safety seminars at three locations in Montana this month for emergency responders. “Ethanol transportation in gasoline blends or denatured for future use is common in Montana. Understanding its uses, transportation modes, and response issues are paramount for our responders,” said Tony Bacino, manager of Safety and …

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Tom Daschle Visits Siouxland Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Former Sen. Tom Daschle joined over 300 shareholders of Siouxland Ethanol, LLC to celebrate the 10th annual shareholders meeting held in South Sioux City, Nebraska this week. “I am hopeful that 2017 will be another year where transformational change will occur within the ethanol industry. This is a dynamic industry and we need to build on the things in the …

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Ethanol Keeps Growing Economic Impact

Cindy Zimmerman

There were over 9,000 attendees at the 2017 Commodity Classic last week, about half of those farmers, and the majority of them can claim some of the direct or indirect jobs supported by the ethanol industry. According to the latest study by ABF Economics, the U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2016 and …

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New Nebraska Ethanol Board Member

Cindy Zimmerman

Scott McPheeters has officially joined the Nebraska Ethanol Board as the business representative, appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts last month and sworn in by the state legislature last week. McPheeters has a family farm operation southwest of Gothenburg, producing food-grade white and yellow corn for Frito-Lay, as well as soybeans and alfalfa hay. His family also has rangeland for beef …

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NFU Honors Merle Anderson

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol industry pioneer Merle Anderson was one of three individuals honored this week with the National Farmers Union (NFU) Meritorious Service Award for outstanding leadership and service to family agriculture. Anderson is Chairman Emeritus of the board of directors for the American Coalition for Ethanol, which he co-founded in 1977. Known as the “Father of Ethanol”, Anderson grew up on …

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Governors Ask Trump to Support Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump Monday asking him to support efforts to expand biofuel production and to help the states “harvest its economic and environmental benefits.” “We write on behalf of governors from states across the nation who believe that two of America’s great treasures are agriculture and renewable fuels,” the governors wrote. The letter …

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