Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters Tournament

Cindy Zimmerman

The Crappie Masters Tournament Trail held its national championship this year in Clinton Missouri on Truman Lake. This is the second year that the Renewable Fuels Association has been a co-title sponsor, along with Bass Pro-Shops, for the series of fishing tournaments held in several states, but the corn growers were the first to get on board.

This edition of the Ethanol Report podcast features interviews with Robert White, RFA; Bradley Schad, Missouri Corn; Mike Vallentine and Brian Sowers, Crappie Masters; Scholarship winner Ethan Shields; RFA team Kent Williams, Arkansas, and Terry Richards, Louisiana.

Congratulations to the Young Guns team of Matthew Rogers and Baylor Mead for winning the 2018 Crappie Masters National Championship on Saturday with 21.19 pounds using 10 percent ethanol-blended fuel in their boat!

Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters Championship

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2018 RFA Crappie Masters Championship Photo Album

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Corn and Ethanol Partner to Educate Anglers

Cindy Zimmerman

For the second year, the Renewable Fuels Association has been co-title sponsor, with Bass Pro Shops, of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, with the 2018 National Championship held this week in Clinton, Missouri on Truman Lake. The corn growers were actually for first to get on board to sponsor the series of fishing tournaments held in several states.

During the sponsor, youth and media tournaments on Thursday morning, RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White and Missouri Corn Director of Market Development Bradley Schad got on the water to see who gets the bragging rights this year. The winner was White, but he gives Schad all the credit for seeing the potential this family fishing event provides for ethanol education. Listen to an interview with both here –
Interview with Robert White, RFA, and Bradley Schad, MO Corn

2018 RFA Crappie Masters Championship Photo Album

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HERO BX Acquires Iowa Biodiesel Facility

Carrie Muehling

HERO BX is the new owner of the former Clinton County Biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa.

Lake Erie Biofuels dba HERO BX purchased the assets of the facility from Tenaska Commodities, LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska, Inc. on Friday, September 21st. The ambitious HERO BX Founder & CEO Samuel P. “Pat” Black, III, has been eyeing strategic acquisitions across the United States and is pleased to quickly find a second facility in Iowa. HERO BX began a tolling arrangement at the Iowa Renewable Energy (IRE) facility in Washington, Iowa, in May 2018. The Clinton plant is particularly strategically located in east central Iowa, on the Illinois border, and within driving distance to the Chicago markets.

“We are bullish on biodiesel and all Iowa has to offer,” said Tim Keaveney, Executive Vice President of Business Development at HERO BX. “It is a terrific market, feedstock is plentiful, and Iowa along with neighboring state Illinois have tax incentives in place for biodiesel. It’s a very attractive geography to produce and sell biodiesel.”

This acquisition brings the production complement of HERO BX to Erie, Pennsylvania; Moundville, Alabama; South Roxana, Illinois; tolling at the IRE facility in Washington, Iowa as well as blending and distribution in North Hampton, New Hampshire.


RFA Crappie Masters Team Brings in Youth Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

14-year-old Ethan Daniels (center) with his family and RFA team

For the second year in a row, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sponsored team in the Crappie Masters National Championship helped a young angler win a $1000 scholarship. This is also the second year that RFA has been co-title sponsor of the tournament trail that helps fuel knowledge of ethanol among boaters and anglers.

Ethan Shields, 14, from Grenada, Mississippi brought in three fish with boat captains Kent Williams of Arkansas, and Terry Richards of Louisiana. His total weight of 3.26 pounds beat all of the other contenders in the youth tournament on Truman Lake, MO. It might not be a coincidence that the word ethanol starts with Ethan’s name because when asked what he learned on the water with his captains, he said, “About ethanol and that it’s a renewable resource.” But both Ethan and the RFA team said he actually already knew that!

Listen to an interview with Ethan, Kent and Terry here: Interview with Ethan Shields and RFA Crappie Masters Team

2018 RFA Crappie Masters Championship Photo Album

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Iowa E15 Retailers Again Promoting Pink At The Pump®

Carrie Muehling

Motorists driving through Iowa can help to prevent breast cancer by choosing E15 this October.

As part of the 3rd annual Pink at the Pump® campaign, over 50 Iowa retailers will donate three cents of every gallon of E15 sold from October 1-31 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and The Hormel Institute, split evenly between the two organizations.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and choosing E15 is a simple and practical way drivers can make a difference today to help prevent this terrible disease,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Managing Director Lucy Norton. “Ethanol is the cleanest source of fuel octane in the world. The more ethanol a fuel contains, the less toxic, cancer-causing chemicals are being released into our air. So not only will E15 purchases this month go toward research and support services, but choosing E15 can help prevent cancer all year long.”

NBCF focuses on providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. The Hormel Institute is a global, cutting-edge research facility with a seven-decade history of making significant scientific discoveries on better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.

Pink at the Pump® is a joint effort between IRFA and Iowa Corn Promotion Board. For the entire month of October, participating locations will feature pink nozzle guards for E15, pink promotional t-shirts for staff, and many other pink point-of-sale materials.

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Secretary Purdue Rings Bell for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday afternoon, along with agriculture industry representatives.

“The farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural producers across America contribute a great deal to the American economy,” Secretary Perdue said. “I’m pleased to be here today, at the center of our economic activity, with all these people that I’ve met across the country to celebrate the bounty of the American harvest.”

On the podium, Secretary Perdue was joined by representatives from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National FFA and several farmers.

Secretary Perdue also welcomed dozens more farmers, producers and leaders to the commemorative event, including Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper. “On behalf of ethanol producers and supporters across the country, I was honored and privileged to join Secretary Perdue for this special occasion. The event was a poignant reminder that agriculture truly is the backbone of our nation’s economy, and America’s farm families play a pivotal role in feeding and fueling our communities,” said Cooper.

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Webinar Series on Ethanol Plant Cooling Systems

Cindy Zimmerman

An upcoming series of webinars hosted by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will help educate ethanol plant management and staff on how to address cooling system capacity issues, which, according to statistics published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and other agencies, result in lost revenue of $500 million.

The series, titled “Essential Knowledge, Disciplines, and Practices for Managing Cooling Water Systems,” is being organized by ACE, Minnesota-based ACE plant member Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC), and Solenis, a global leader in industrial water treatment. Other participants include technical experts from Brentwood Industries, Midwest Cooling Towers, and Trane.

The webinar series consists of six, bi-weekly, one-hour sessions that will occur every other week at 2 p.m. Central starting October 10. Each webinar will be recorded and available online. These webinars will take a deep dive into ethanol plant cooling systems and highlight solutions related to cooling towers, heat exchangers, chillers, and water treatment.

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Ethanol Groups Testify on SAFE Vehicles Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a series of three public listening sessions this week on proposed rulemaking for the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule).

The hearings were in Fresno, California on Monday; Dearborn, Michigan on Tuesday; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley testified at the Michigan hearing and discussed the benefits of high-octane, midlevel ethanol fuel blends in improving octane and lowering greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions. “Ethanol has a very high-octane number, has a lower carbon content than the gasoline components it replaces, and has many other benefits that assist in combustion to increase engine efficiency and reduce both greenhouse gas and tailpipe criteria pollutant emissions,” said Bliley in his testimony.

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings also emphasized how ethanol-enriched, high octane fuel blends between 25 and 30 percent (in the 99-100 RON range) would enable automakers to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel economy at the hearing in Pittsburgh. “Research indicates the use of 98 to 100 RON fuel containing at least 25 percent ethanol results in 3 to 9 percent efficiency gains in high-compression engines which are beginning to dominate the marketplace,” said Jennings.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis also provided testimony at the Pittsburgh hearing. “Clearly, pairing advanced internal combustion engine technologies like high compression ratio and turbocharging with high-octane low carbon fuels would result in far greater fuel economy and emissions benefits than previously contemplated by EPA and NHTSA,” Davis said.

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Make Reservations Now for Export Exchange 2018

Cindy Zimmerman

The hotel block cutoff for Export Exchange 2018 is October 1, so U.S. suppliers of coarse grains and co-products, industry representatives and members of the grain trade who plan to attend should make those reservations now.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Export Exchange 2018 is scheduled for Oct. 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This biennial event focuses on bringing together international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), with U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives. Export Exchange generates sales on a global scale, and relationships built at this conference help build future demand for in overseas markets.

Learn more about this year’s event in this podcast with RFA Executive VP Geoff Cooper – Ethanol Report Preview of Export Exchange

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ND Plant to Turn Straw into Cellulosic Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

NewEnergyBlue is about six months away from breaking ground on a cellulosic ethanol refinery that will turn North Dakota straw into low carbon fuel for California drivers.

New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery is forecast to turn 280,000 tons of North Dakota wheat straw into 16-million gallons a year of some of the lowest carbon auto fuel selling in California, the world’s fifth largest market.

Located near Jamestown, North Dakota, the refinery is expected to produce not only cellulosic ethanol capable of exceeding California’s rigorous air-quality standards, but also clean lignin to reduce stack emissions in coal-fired power plants, as a replacement for wood chips. Lignin is also a lightweight binder for composites that replace metal parts in automobiles and other products.

After the Spiritwood refinery is up and running on Dakota straws, NewEnergyBlue intends to double capacity of future biomass refineries and also process corn stalks.

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