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

IRFA Urges AFP to Get Correct Ethanol Facts

Ann Marie Edwards

When Americans for Prosperity (AFP) held a rally in Iowa last week, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) called on AFP to set the record straight and get the correct facts out when it comes to ethanol and oil policy. “AFP’s energy policy should come with a whiplash warning,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “They start by saying the …

Ethanol, Iowa RFA

IFRA: Back Biodiesel

Joanna Schroeder

The rule to increase the 2013 Biomass-Based Diesel volumes under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons needs swift action by President Obama according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IFRA). The organization sent a letter to the president urging his administration to keep its track record of support for biodiesel and approve the requested increase for 2013. IRFA President Brad …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Iowa RFA

E85 Sales Set Iowa Record in 2011

Ann Marie Edwards

E85 sales in Iowa reached an all-time high in 2011 exceeding more than 10.7 million gallons, representing a 15 percent increase over 2010 sales, according to the Iowa Department of Revenue. The increase occurred despite third and fourth quarter sales being down compared to the year prior. “E85 sales are up while overall gasoline sales are down – that shows …

E85, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

Synergies of Livestock and Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

There is a lot made about tensions between the ethanol and livestock industries but the distillers grains co-product of ethanol production is providing significant benefits for animal producers even as ethanol has helped prop up corn prices. A great discussion at the 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit featured corn and cattle organizations on the same panel talking about the …

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Biodiesel Board CEO Says RFS is Top Priority

Cindy Zimmerman

The CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) told attendees at the 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Des Moines on Tuesday that the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) is the number one priority for the industry in 2012. “We have an immediate challenge before us,” NBB CEO Joe Jobe said of the postponed decision regarding 2013 volumes for biomass-based …

Audio, Biodiesel, Iowa RFA, NBB

“Fuel the Future” Video Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

For the second year in a row, Iowa high school students have been rewarded for their creative videos promoting renewable fuels. At the 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Des Moines on Tuesday, Ames High School senior Sam Ennis was declared the first place winner of the 2nd Annual “Fuel the Future” video contest for Iowa high school students. …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, Video