DF Cast: House’s Turn at Biofuels in Farm Bill

John Davis

During the last Domestic Fuel Cast, we talked about the U.S. Senate’s work on the renewable energy provisions of the Farm Bill. In this edition, we follow the debate over to the House, where not much funding in the energy title of the bill moved out of the Agriculture Committee. Listen to what some key lawmakers, as well as leaders …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Domestic Fuel Cast, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farm Bureau, Government, Iowa RFA, USDA

Radio Ads Featuring President Obama Air in Iowa

Joanna Schroeder

Iowans driving to work, or typing away on computers, and listening to the radio, may hear some new advertisements featuring President Obama. Although the biodiesel and ethanol industries have been under serious attack the last few weeks, the Obama Administration has continued to show its support for the growth of the American-based industry. U.S. biofuels production is currently led by …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

IRFA Irked Over Blender Pumps Exclusion in Farm Bill

John Davis

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw is calling out the U.S. House after the latest version of the Farm Bill attempts to modify the existing Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to specifically exclude blender pumps from eligibility: “It was very disappointing to see the blender pump exclusion maintained in the House Ag Committee Farm Bill. IRFA’s …

Audio, blends, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, Legislation

Survey Finds Need for More Renewable Fueling Options

Ann Marie Edwards

In a recent online survey of shareholders, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) sought input on the renewable fuels industry’s impact on individuals and communities. Nearly 500 renewable fuels supporters took part in the survey and provided some intriguing responses. “There is a growing appreciation for fueling freedom – not just E85, but E15 and E30 as well,” said IRFA …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Iowa RFA

Iowa Leads the Way in Renewable Fuel Growth

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new study by Cardo ENTRIX, the “renewable fuels industry has grown spectacularly over the past decade and Iowa has been a major participant and beneficiary.” This is no surprise as Iowa leads the way in biodiesel and ethanol production. To learn about some of the key highlights of the study, I spoke with Brad Albin, VP of …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA, REG

Iowa Gov. Brandstad Declares Iowa Ethanol Day

Joanna Schroeder

June 15, 2012 was a big day for the renewable fuels industry in Iowa. It was the 34th anniversary of the first gallon of commercial E10 being sold, the 10th Anniversary of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and E15 is ready to go in Iowa following a federal EPA announcement that the final regulatory hurdles had been cleared. I …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, blends, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

IRFA to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Joanna Schroeder

Although ethanol has been used in Iowa for many decades, an Iowa-focused organization dedicated to the use of renewable fuels didn’t begin until 2002 – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). To celebrate the 10 year milestone,  IRFA is hosting an event coinciding with the 34th anniversary of the first retail sale of E10, which just so happened to take place in …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

IRFA Asks President Obama to Take Action on Biodiesel

Ann Marie Edwards

President Obama will visit TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer, in Newton, Iowa today as he urges Congress to act on the “To Do List,” specifically highlighting the need to invest in clean energy by passing legislation that will extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) to support American jobs and manufacturing in the wind industry alongside an expansion of the 48C …

Biodiesel, Iowa RFA, Legislation

State Tax Credit Helps Iowa Biodiesel Production

Ann Marie Edwards

Biodiesel production in Iowa has remained strong during the first quarter of 2012 despite the expiration of the federal biodiesel tax credit. According to figures released by the Iowa Department of Revenue (DOR), 10 Iowa biodiesel plants produced 41.9 million gallons from January through March. In 2011, the Iowa Legislature enacted a short-term, modest biodiesel production tax credit to help …

Biodiesel, Iowa RFA, Production