Poll Finds Trump Voters Support #Ethanol

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Growth Energy has just released a new poll that shows overwhelming support for ethanol among Trump voters.

The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota found over 80 percent respondents agree with President-elect Donald Trump’s support for ethanol and believe it is important to American jobs and energy security.

According to the poll, conducted between December 6 and 22 by Quadrant Strategies, 83 percent of those polled agreed with the President-elect’s campaign promise to promote the addition of more ethanol in America’s fuel supply, while 85 percent said ethanol was important to U.S. energy security and 88 percent indicated that ethanol was important to creating American jobs.
Read more from Growth Energy.

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EPA Extends Comment Periods

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In response to requests by the industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to extend the comment periods for the proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule and proposed denial to change the Point of Obligation.

The REGS comment period was schedule to end on January 17, but EPA received a joint request for an extension of the comment period from various industry organizations including the American Soybean Association, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, Renewable Fuels Association, and U.S. Canola Association for more time to evaluate the implications of the rule. The new deadline it February 16.

The proposal denial of petitions comment period, which was originally scheduled to close January 23, has been extended through February 22.


Biodiesel, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News

RFA Analysis: #Ethanol Helped Fuel Trump Win

Cindy Zimmerman

An analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) shows how corn farmers and ethanol producers helped send Donald Trump to the White House.

RFA map shows counties that flipped to Republican between 2012 and 2016 with a big portion being in the corn belt

RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen writes about the analysis in The Hill today, pointing to maps that show the counties that “flipped” in the 2016 election.

“(T)hese 218 counties were won by President Obama in 2012, but went to Trump in 2016,” writes Dinneen. “It is these “swing counties” that were ultimately responsible for tipping the scales and securing Trump wins in the battleground states of Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—states that voted for Obama in 2012.”

RFA’s analysis shows there are 33 ethanol plants located in the swing counties, which account for a substantial share of the nation’s corn and ethanol production, growing 1.97 billion bushels of corn and producing 2.8 billion gallons of ethanol in 2015. RFA found that 133 of those countries produced more than 1 million bushels of corn and are responsible for producing about 15% of the nation’s corn and nearly 20% of its ethanol.

Interesting analysis – read more here.

Ethanol, Ethanol News, politics, RFA

GROWMARK Acquires Propane Terminal and Truck Center

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK announced two acquisitions in the fuel business this week.

First, GROWMARK has acquired a propane terminal in New Hampton, Iowa with nearly one million gallons of total storage capacity. The terminal will be used primarily to serve area FS companies and local retailers, and will be utilized in conjunction with its rail propane terminal in nearby Mason City, Iowa.

In addition, GROWMARK acquired the assets of L.T. & E., Inc., a family owned and operated tank and truck manufacturer and repair facility based in Arcola, Illinois that works exclusively on vacuum and fuel delivery vehicles. The acquisition gives GROWMARK Tank & Truck Center its sixth shop location with three others in Illinois and two in Iowa. GROWMARK Tank & Truck Centers as state-of-the-art production centers that manufacture delivery trucks for the liquid fuel, propane, and bulk oil industries.


Iowa Governors to Address Iowa RFA Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Back by popular demand, current Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and future Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds are scheduled to address the 2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona on January 31.

Reynolds will be assuming the office of governor when Branstad is confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. ambassador to China, as nominated by President-Elect Donald Trump, so it is possible they may have their new titles by the summit.

“Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds have long been champions for Iowa biofuels and we are excited to hear their take on how biofuels will benefit our state as a significant component of the Iowa Energy Plan,” said Iowa RFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. Reynolds just unveiled the new plan two weeks ago.
Click here for summit information and registration.

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

E15 Estimated to Hit 500 Million Milestone

Cindy Zimmerman

According to Growth Energy, American consumers have driven more than 500 million miles on 15% ethanol-blended fuel, E15.

“Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the United States have more than 500 million miles driven on E15, highlighting the fuel’s performance, safety, and value for American consumers,” said Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO. “That’s why more than 400 stations across 28 states are selling E15, and demand continues to grow.”

E15 is approved for any vehicle 2001 and newer and can be used in 9 out of 10 cars on the road today.

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Minnesota Grows Cleaner Fuel Choices in 2016

Cindy Zimmerman

Minnesota drivers have more fuel choices then they did a year ago.

According to the American Lung Association in Minnesota, 35 new E85 stations opened throughout Minnesota last year, bringing the total number in the state to more than 325, which is more than any other state, and Minnesota flex fuel vehicle drivers used an average of more than a million gallons of E85 every month. Fuel stations offering E15 gasoline also increased.

For the third consecutive year, Minnesota increased the biodiesel content in most of the diesel fuel sold in 2016 to a 10 percent (B10) blend in the warm weather months and a five percent (B5) blend in the winter. This past summer, Rochester Public Transit (RPT) began running its 49 transit buses on a 20 percent biodiesel blend, a move that both reduced emissions and saved the city money.

Minnesota also added public charging stations for electric vehicles in 2016 and expanded the use of natural gas and propane for vehicles.

Biodiesel, biofuels, E15, E85, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Natural Gas, Propane

2017 Holds Promise for #Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen always has an optimistic outlook when it comes to the ethanol industry, despite the challenges it continues to face, but the outlook seems especially rosy this new year.

Dinneen believes 2017 might be the year that we “finally realize the full potential of the RFS” and he is looking forward to working with the new Trump administration on reforming regulations that are limiting the expansion of higher level ethanol blends. He is also excited about what having Iowa’s Terry Branstad as ambassador to China could mean for increasing exports of ethanol and distillers feed.

In this Ethanol Report, Dinneen talks about his high hopes for ethanol in 2017: Ethanol Report on 2017 Potential

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Top 10 Energy Stories for 2016

Joanna Schroeder

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on 2016. As in past year’s the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) dominated the news and we began seeing momentum with E15 across the country; octane took a larger role this year and we saw amazing strides in aviation biofuels – both in the airline industry and in the biojet fuel technology itself. Now, without further ado, here are our top 10 stories for 2016:

1. Biofuels Could Benefit Under Trump
2. New PBS Documentary the Ethanol Effect
3. Propane Autogas Buses Offer Clean Ride to School
4. High Octane, Low Carb #Biofuels Better For Fuel Economy
5. RFA Board Member Educates Bikers on #Ethanol
6. Lowes Removes ‘Ditch Ethanol’ Signs
7. Cellerate + Enogen = More Ethanol Production
8. Biofuels & Carbon Study Continues to be Debunked
9. Direct #Ethanol Sales is #ACE2016 Unsung Hero Strategy
10. Phibro Animal Health on Ethanol and FSMA


We Say Goodbye to ZimmPoll

Jamie Johansen

zp-nh1As we say farewell to 2016, we also say goodbye to our ZimmPoll. For the past six years we have brought you a weekly poll on current events and issues impacting agriculture. The first ZimmPoll took place in November 2011 and asked the question, “How do you think agricultural interests will fare in the new Farm Bill?” Since then we have posted 289 ZimmPolls with the most response coming from one posted in June 2011 asking the question, “What do you think of USDA’s proposed GIPSA rule?”

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What 2016 ag news will have most impact on future?”

Reflecting on the top ag news stories in 2016 allows us to take a trip down memory lane. The easy majority winner in this poll didn’t take us back too far in history. The Trump cabinet is still being discussed and that will continue well in to 2017. As we look further into 2017, I am sure we will also continue to discuss upcoming mergers, the autonomous tractor, GMOs, biofuels and the ever-changing farm economy.

Here are the poll results:

  • New Trump cabinet – 75%
  • Mergers and acquisitions – 9%
  • Concept driverless tractors – 0%
  • GMO labeling – 8%
  • Higher biofuel levels under RFS – 0%
  • Farm economy – 8%

Thanks to New Holland for being our ZimmPoll sponsor for six years!