Crappie Masters Pleased with Final RVO

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The Crappie Masters tournament, which promotes the use of E10 fuel in boating, is pleased with the final volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“The decision to increase the total biofuels number to 19.29 billion gallons shows support and belief in agriculture, the American farmer, conservation, and the environment,” tournament officials said in a statement.

Crappie Masters support for ethanol has been on full display the last three years on the Tournament Trail, as every winning team has collected a cash bonus for using E10 fuel in their outboard with no negative issues or misfueling. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was a title sponsor of the event this year, along with Bass Pro.

“Crappie Masters surveys have shown E10 fuel is the preferred choice by nearly all the participants across the country who have chosen to become educated on the benefits while enjoying increased performance, lower fuel costs, cleaner emissions, and cleaner and healthier waterways thanks to the RFS requirements, and belief by the EPA.”

Learn more at Crappiemasters.net.

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Growth Energy Launches Digital E15 Campaign

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Growth Energy is launching a new digital advertising campaign for the holiday season to educate drivers about how E15 (15% ethanol fuel) can save them money.

“E15 is an ideal fuel for drivers on the go during the holiday season,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “This is a time of year when families are on the road more than usual, and E15 is a fueling option that they can feel good about. It’s a 21st century fuel that is good for the environment and the family car.”

Users of Facebook and Twitter in select markets will see ads highlighting the environmental and performance benefits of E15 (fuel containing 15 percent ethanol). E15 is Environmental Protection Agency-approved for use in cars model year 2001 and newer, which make up 90 percent of the vehicles on the road. By using a fuel with more American-made biofuel, drivers will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions and displace more toxic fuel additives linked to cancer and smog. Drivers can also expect to save anywhere from 5 to 15 cents per gallon and get more miles per dollar.

Growth Energy invites drivers to visit GetBiofuel.com to find E15 and E85 retailers near them.

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Nebraska Plant Using Edeniq Cellulosic Technology

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A Nebraska ethanol plant has been approved to produce cellulosic ethanol using Edeniq’s Pathway technology. Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC (MAAPW) in Madrid began using the technology this month.

“We are thrilled that Mid America Agri Products has joined the growing list of ethanol plants that have received EPA approval to use our company’s technology to produce cellulosic ethanol,” said Brian Thome, president and chief executive officer of Edeniq. “Edeniq’s technology remains the lowest-cost solution for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol and we remain committed to helping our customers add value to their platforms.”

Edeniq’s technology enables co-production of starch ethanol and cellulosic ethanol at existing corn ethanol production facilities. The company’s Pathway technology uses enzymes that maximize conversion of corn kernel fiber into fermentable sugar with a protocol to measure the output of cellulosic ethanol production. In order for an ethanol plant to generate cellulosic renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it must first receive registration approval from the EPA for its cellulosic production.

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Missouri Farm Bureau Listening Session on #FarmBill18

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The Missouri Farm Bureau held their annual meeting earlier this week and a highlight for many was the discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill. In a packed house, a Focus on the Farm Bill Seminar took place with Capitol Hill decision makers and thought-leaders in Missouri agriculture.

Panelists:
– Ranking Member House Ag Committee, Congressman Collin Peterson
– Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
– Chairman Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Chris Giancarlo
– Former Congressman Kenny Hulshof
– Retired Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation, Dr. Bob Young,
– Senior Advisor, USDA Secretary, Brian Klippenstein

Remarks from Collin Peterson, Congressman

Remarks from Chris Giancarlo, CFTC

Remarks from Vicky Hartzler, Congresswoman

Remarks from Kenny Hulshof, Former Congressman

Remarks from Brian Klippenstein, USDA

Remarks from Dr. Bob Young, Retired AFBF

Q&A and Closing Remarks

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United Ethanol to Install Whitefox ICE™

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United Ethanol in Milton, Wisconsin is installing a new Whitefox ICE™, a modular bolt-on membrane system designed to increase production rates, improve energy and operational efficiencies and reduce cooling water load.

“The Whitefox system allows us to expand and at the same time reduce natural gas, power and cooling water usage,” said David Cramer, United Ethanol President and CEO.

United Ethanol will become the fourth plant to install a Whitefox ICE™ system, following installations at Fox River Valley Ethanol in Wisconsin, Pacific Ethanol in California and Pine Lake Corn Processors in Iowa. United Ethanol began operations in March 2007 and currently produces about 50 million gallons of ethanol per year. The plant also recovers CO2 through a liquefaction plant and sells it for use in the food processing, beverage, oil recovery, municipal water treatment and chemical industries.

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Senator Wants Study of RFS Environmental Impact

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The chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) is asking EPA to complete studies assessing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on air, water, and land quality.

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week to request that the agency fulfill its obligation under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 to provide regular reports to Congress on how the RFS was impacting the environment. The senator notes that under section 204 of EISA, EPA was required to report to Congress on the impacts of the RFS on the environment and resource conservation every three years. To date, EPA has issued only one report, in December 2011. Under section 211(v) of the Clean Air Act, EPA was also required to complete a report on whether the RFS “will adversely impact air quality” by May 19, 2009 but that has never been completed.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says they also would like to see the study completed. “It may come as a surprise, but we agree with Sen. Barrasso that updated studies and analyses of ethanol’s environmental impacts are needed,” said Dinneen in a comment by email. “We believe EPA should complete the agency’s congressionally-mandated studies on the environmental impacts of the RFS, and believe the results will confirm that biofuels like ethanol offer enormous environmental benefits.”

Dinneen says, “Any objective and science-based analysis would undoubtedly show that ethanol offers clear and significant environmental benefits when compared to the fossil-based fuels it replaces.”

Last year, EPA’s Inspector General issued a report calling on EPA to complete the studies. EPA said it would finish the report under section 204 of EISA by the end of this year and the study under section 211(v) of the Clean Air Act by September 30, 2024.

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Western New York Energy Celebrates 10 Years

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It was ten years ago this month that Western New York Energy (WNYE) began production at its 62-million gallon per year ethanol plant as the first ethanol plant in New York State.

The ethanol plant uses more than 20 million bushels of locally grown corn every year while also producing more than 160,000 tons per year of high-quality distillers grain. “For the past 10 years, we have been proud to partner with New York farmers to produce a clean, renewable and domestically produced fuel,” said WNYE President and CEO Tim Winters. “We look forward to serving our communities and the U.S. ethanol industry for many years to come, helping to provide consumers with a choice at the pump.”

WNYE is a proud member of the Renewable Fuels Association and RFA CEO Bob Dinneen says they are proud of the plant’s success. “The plant was born from the vision of John Sawyer and his son, Mike,” said Dinneen. “Now, ten years later, the company continues to provide significant economic growth for the community and consumers, driven by the steady hand of Tim Winters and a Board of Directors resolved to maintain its tradition of excellence. On behalf of the U.S. ethanol industry, I pass along my heartfelt congratulations and wishes for many more years to come,” Dinneen added.

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EPA Administrator Shows Support for RFS

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The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency met with farmers and biofuels producers in Iowa on Friday to show his support for agriculture and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Administrator Scott Pruitt was a guest of livestock producers and ethanol supporters Bill and Nancy Couser on their farm in Nevada, Iowa. Since the visit came just one day after EPA announced the final RFS renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018, that was Pruitt’s first topic to address. “We met the deadline, November 30, to actually get those volume obligations out, something the agency hasn’t done in a number of years,” he said, noting that combined with denial of the petition to change the point of obligation, that provides a lot more certainty for the industry.

Pruitt was also asked about another big issue for the ethanol industry, allowing E15 to be sold year round by treating it the same as E10 when it comes to RVP (Reid Vapor Pressure). “It practically doesn’t make sense, obviously, to be able to sell fuel during certain times of the year and not be able to sell it at other times,” he said. “What we have to do is assess whether the statute allows us to grant a waiver nationally throughout the year. We can do it regionally and we have.”

Pruitt also addressed issues such as WOTUS and what it’s like to work with President Trump – listen to his conversation with Couser here: EPA Admin Scott Pruitt and Bill Couser

Thanks to Iowa Agribusiness Network providing the audio.

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NBB Optimistic Despite Disappointing Biodiesel RVOs

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Members of the National Biodiesel Board meeting in Washington D.C. this week were disappointed that EPA failed to increase the biomass-based diesel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard, but optimistic about the future for the industry.

“We think it’s a missed opportunity, we’re disappointed,” said NBB chief operating officer Doug Whitehead, adding that they will continue to work with the administration to “right this wrong for future volumes.” In the meantime, the industry is concentrating its efforts on getting the biodiesel tax credit reinstated.

“We had over 55 meetings scheduled on the Hill this week and we were met with a lot of positivity,” said Whitehouse. “A credit of some type is most important.”

Listen to interview with Whitehead here:

NBB also selected board leadership while in D.C. this week, reflecting the wide range of member companies in the biodiesel industry from feedstock operations to producers. NBB members voted to fill eight board member spots for two-year terms:
• Kent Engelbrecht, ADM
• Ron Heck, Iowa Soybean Association
• Steve Nogel, Ag Environmental Products
• Ryan Pederson, North Dakota Soybean Council
• Harry Simpson, Crimson Renewable Energy LP
• Paul Soanes, RBP Port Neches LLC
• Robert Stobaugh, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
• Chad Stone, REG Inc.
Greg Anderson, Jennifer Case, Mike Cunningham, Tim Keaveney, Bob Morton, and Mike Rath continue to serve on the board.
The board also re-elected the current slate of officers with Kent Engelbrecht serving as chairman, Mike Cunningham as Vice Chairman, Greg Anderson as Treasurer and Chad Stone as Secretary.

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Secretary Perdue Comments on RVO Numbers

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During a visit to the Agricultural Retailers Association conference and expo in Phoenix on Thursday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was asked to comment on the final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018.

The Secretary noted that the requirement for conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol is capped at 15 billion gallons, so that’s as high as it can go. “Obviously, cellulosic has not matured like we thought it would,” said Perdue of the lower levels for cellulosic biofuel at 288 million gallons.

Perdue says he thinks that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made a good final decision with lots of input from biofuel champions such as Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst from Iowa. “One of the reasons I’m having trouble now with Secretary Northey is because of that,” he said, referring to the hold that Sen. Ted Cruz has put on Northey’s nomination to USDA Under Secretary.

Alluding to issues refiners have put forth this year regarding prices for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) and compliance under the RFS, Secretary Perdue said, “We gotta help the refiners and the blenders figure out the RIN market and maybe make it more like an open outcry like grain markets are.”

Listen to comments here: Secy Perdue comments on final RVO numbers

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