The Economics of Ethanol from Corn Cobs

Cindy Zimmerman

Producing a significant amount of ethanol strictly from corn cobs is possible but would require a specific set of circumstances to be economically feasible, according to a new report from Purdue University researchers. In the report “The Economics of Harvesting Corn Cobs for Energy,” Matthew Erickson and Wallace Tyner found that factors such as corn yield, farm size, harvesting equipment …

biomass, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, feedstocks, NCGA

Ethanol and Corn Groups Call for Increase to E12

Cindy Zimmerman

Three major farmer and ethanol groups today called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally approve the use of E12 (12% ethanol) in the nation’s gasoline supply. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a joint letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson saying, “based on the EPA’s delay …

ACE, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA, RFA

Ethanol and Ag Groups Fight to Keep Incentives

Cindy Zimmerman

A proposal by Growth Energy to phase out ethanol tax incentives has brought the fight out in the two older ethanol advocacy organizations, along with several agricultural groups. Saying that it is too late in the congressional session to switch horses, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association have pulled rank on the younger Growth Energy group …

ACE, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA, politics, RFA

Indirect Land Use Uncertainty

Chuck Zimmerman

I conducted a number of interviews with presenters at the recent Corn Utilization and Technology Conference and many of them were about biofuels, especially ethanol. Here’s one I thought you’d be interested in. The Land Use Conundrum . . . Corn, An Advanced Biofuel? That was the title of one of the sessions that was moderated by Jamey Cline, NCGA. …

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Growth Energy Calls for National Ethanol Policy Shift

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol organization Growth Energy is proposing a redirection and eventual phasing out of government support for ethanol in return for increasing infrastructure investment that would level the playing field with fossil fuels and give consumers true freedom to choose their fuel. Specifically, the “Fueling Freedom” plan calls for funds currently going to the oil industry as an incentive for blending …

ACE, corn, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA, sorghum

Corn Growers Say Now is Time for Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

No time like Independence Day to renew the call for renewables to increase our energy independence. This week, with Congress preparing for an Independence Day recess prior to debate on a new energy bill, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is stepping up its campaign to ensure that corn-based ethanol is part of the formula that brings our country to …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

Ethanol Industry Takes Environmental Group to Task

Joanna Schroeder

The ethanol industry has come together to take the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to task over their claims that American ethanol is not a sound strategy. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) have called EWG out on the table for what they claim is their misleading …

ACE, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

Ethanol Issues at Corn Utilization Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Indirect land use change and DDGs quality were two of the ethanol-related topics that were featured at the 2010 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and held last week in Atlanta. Geoff Cooper with the Renewable Fuels Association took part in the event and chaired one of the technical sessions. “Five or six …

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Illinois Corn Growers Celebrate New Ethanol Blender Pump

Cindy Zimmerman

The lines were long today at the opening of the first blender pump in southern Illinois, according to Twitter updates from Illinois Corn Growers’ Tricia Braid Terry (agchick) at the scene. The pump in Sullivan is the first of 20 such pumps planned in the state in a pilot program approved by the Illinois Department of Agriculture with funding from …

blends, corn, Ethanol, NCGA

Corn Growers Want End to Indirect Land Use Change

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) believes that it’s time to throw out the whole debated theory of indirect land use change. “In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts our corn farmers will produce more than 300 million more bushels than just three years ago, and do so on nearly 5 million fewer acres,” NCGA President Darrin Ihnen said …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Indirect Land Use, NCGA, RFA