Ethanol Helping Crappie Masters Grow

Cindy Zimmerman

Grenada Lake, Mississippi was host last weekend for the Mississippi State Championship, one stop on the 2017 Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail. The Renewable Fuels Association is a title sponsor of the tournament, along with Bass Pro Shops, and it has the support of Missouri Corn Growers and American Ethanol as well.

Brian Sowers is co-host of Crappie Masters TV and very involved in the increasingly popular family sport of crappie or pan fishing. He says they started working with Missouri Corn first about three years ago as a way to educate recreational boaters about the use of ten percent ethanol fuel in boats. “Every major engine manufacturer for outboard motors approves E10 fuel in a boat,” said Sowers. “Not only is it a better choice when it comes to fuel, it supports America’s farmers, it supports America and that’s a win-win.”

Sowers says they encourage all tournament tour participants to use E10 by offering an incentive to the winning team that can prove they filled up with E10. “On a one day tournament they win $250 extra on top of their tournament winnings,” said Sowers. Add another $250 if its a two day tournament and Sowers says every tournament so far has been won by a team using E10 in their boat.

Learn more about how Crappie Masters is educating anglers about ethanol in this pocast: ZimmCast with Brian Sowers, Crappie Masters

More interviews and photos from the Crappie Masters tournament

Audio, Boats, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

RFA, TRANSCAER Hosting Second Ethanol Safety Webinar

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and TRANSCAER® are jointly hosting this year’s second ethanol safety webinar for ethanol emergency response teams on Tuesday, April 11.

The “Train the Trainer” webinars are funded through a Federal Railroad Administration/ TRANSCAER® grant and are designed to provide entire communities with the knowledge to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency. The program is based on the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.

The webinar, led by national hazardous materials trainer Joel Hendelman, is open to all professional individuals above the technical level of training who are interested in learning how to teach ethanol emergency response. These professional individuals must also have an awareness level of hazardous material storage, handing and emergency response. The webinar is intended to develop instructors to lead operations-level training.

Future webinars will be held June 14 and Aug. 2. All webinars will be held from noon to 2 p.m. ET. Registration is free, but is limited to the first 100 attendees per webinar. Certificates of attendance will be awarded following the completion of the safety seminar.

For more information or to register, visit

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety

Quad County Corn Processors to Evaluate XyloFerm®

Cindy Zimmerman

Quad County Corn Processors of Galva, Iowa will soon be helping to evaluate the XyloFerm® yeast strain in the Cellerate™ process on an industrial scale. XyloFerm® is a Gen 2 yeast platform from Taurus Energy AB of Sweden distributed in United States by Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits.

Now that XyloFerm has obtained GRAS status for distillers grains produced using the XyloFerm strains when consumed as animal feed, the three companies will be performing a series of tests in 385,000 gallon fermentation vessels. The trials will begin in April and will investigate the scale-up effects on technical and economic factors. Lallemand will supply XyloFerm in the form of Stabilized Liquid Yeast (SLY) and dosing system to Quad County Corn Processors for the trial, as well as on-site support.

XyloFerm® is robust prototrophic yeast strain for producing ethanol from C6 and xylose streams which offers minimal byproduct formation with a high tolerance for inhibitors common with cellulosic substrates.

Cellulosic, Distillers Grains, enzymes, Ethanol, Ethanol News

ACE Takes RVP Message to Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol 9th annual DC fly-in last week brought the “Power by People” message to Capitol Hill, focused on allowing the sale of 15 percent ethanol blends all year long in every part of the country.

Over 70 participants in the fly-in had more than 120 meetings on the Hill encouraging co-sponsorship of bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate (S. 517, H.R. 1311) to extend Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief to E15 to allow its use year-round. “You’re talking about two-thirds of the country that can’t use it during the busiest time of the year, June 1 through September 15,” said ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty.

Several retailers once again attended the fly-in, including representatives from Jetz Convenience Centers, Cresco Fast Stop, Midway Service, Good and Quick, Sheetz, and Propel Fuels, and they provided lawmakers with real-life examples of the importance of RVP regulatory relief. “The whole idea of this Power by People fly-in is to have regular people who are doing these actual jobs (take part),” Lamberty said.

In this interview, Lamberty also talks about how the USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Program has helped increase the number of stations offering E15 nationwide. Interview with Ron Lamberty, ACE senior vice president

ACE DC 2017 Fly-in Photo Album

ACE, Audio, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RVP

Maryland Grain Launches Ethanol Advertising Campaign

Kelly Marshall

For the next four months citizens of the Mid-Atlantic region will see and hear the ethanol advertising campaign created by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB). The “You Have a Choice” campaign includes postcards, buses, video, internet and radio advertising that showcases ethanol fuel and the stations that offer higher blends. Ads feature 88-octane fuel available in the area, a new alternative to unleaded 87-octane imported petroleum.

“There are more than 22 high octane stations under construction in Maryland and even more in Virginia,” said Lindsay Thompson, Executive Director MGPUB. “The mid-west has had a choice at the pump for years, and now we have one too. Higher blends of ethanol offer owners of unleaded vehicles lower price, cleaner air, and higher performance.”

This advertising effort is part of a large infrastructure project to install E15 (15% ethanol and 85% unleaded) and E85 (85% ethanol and 15% unleaded) pumps in the region. Unleaded E15 can be used in all vehicles 2001 and newer. Unleaded E85 can be used in all flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). The stations are funded in part with a grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

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Busy Ag Week on the Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

National Ag Week was a busy one for agriculture on Capitol Hill.

NCGA 1st VP Kevin Skunes at American Coalition for Ethanol fly-in

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) First Vice President Kevin Skunes of North Dakota spent last week visiting Congressional offices on behalf of both the corn growers and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE).

“Ethanol is our number one priority,” said Skunes. “We need to have this outlet for our corn…so we have to come out here and tell our story.”

Skunes says he was also talking with lawmakers this week about issues such as trade and planning for the next farm bill. “A robust crop insurance program is probably the number one thing we are looking for (in the next farm bill),” he said.

In this interview, Skunes also talks about NCGA’s support of Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary: Interview with NCGA 1st VP Kevin Skunes, North Dakota

ACE DC 2017 Fly-in Photo Album

ACE, Ag group, Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

RFA Hits FSMA Training Program Milestone

Cindy Zimmerman

As of this month, 200 ethanol plant employees have been trained under the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food program. The latest course was held in St. Louis earlier this month.

The training program is based on a curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and is facilitated by RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kelly Davis, and Matt Frederking of Ralco Nutrition. Participants who have successfully completed the courses were designated as Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQIs).

RFA initiated its series of FSMA training in 2016 to prepare the entire ethanol industry for the initial major compliance dates for the preventive controls rules under FSMA that began on Sept. 19, 2016. On that date larger animal food facilities were required to meet baseline Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements (CGMPs) for producing safe animal food.

Over the series, RFA has conducted five 20-hour courses across the Corn Belt to demystify the regulatory requirements, training a total of 200 ethanol industry employees. The PCQIs trained by RFA have come from 74 companies across 21 U.S. states and Canada.

Read more from RFA.

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters, Boats & E10

Chuck Zimmerman

ethanol-report-adIn this report I will feature some comments from Crappie Masters and their Grenada Lake tournament which is happening this weekend in Grenada, MS. The Renewable Fuels Association is a title sponsor of the Crappie Master American Tournament Trail which puts them on par with other sponsors like Bass Pro Shops.

In the report you’ll hear from the owner of Crappie Masters, Mike Vallentine; the voice of Crappie Masters, Brian Sowers and Terry Richard & Casey Rayner, RFA sponsored fishing team. They discuss the issue of using E10 in boat motors and how this sponsorship is bringing the message to a large national audience of people who enjoy taking their boat out on the water.

Listen to this episode here: Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters Sponsorship

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Audio, Boats, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA

GRFA Calls on Increased Action for Climate Change

Kelly Marshall

Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), has asked G20 leaders take last year’s Paris Accord even further. The first binding climate agreement needs to be scaled up in it’s ambitiousness to reduce emissions in the transport sector, Baker said, especially in light of a newly released report “Perspectives for the Energy Transition” from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The report finds the transportation sector has the lowest renewable energy share of all the sectors while producing a disproportionately high share of direct CO2 emissions.

“The potential for significantly increasing the use of biofuels in the global transport sector, using the existing fleet of cars and fuel infrastructure, represents exactly the kind of immediately available opportunities to significantly reduce emissions necessary to meet the Paris Accord climate targets,” Baker said. “The GRFA is committed to working with governments to develop smart policies that will maximize the emission reductions potential of biofuels in the global transport sector.”

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Ethanol, Research, transportation

Biodiesel Industry Files Antidumping Petition

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition against Argentine and Indonesian companies that are allegedly violating trade laws with dumped and subsidized biodiesel in the U.S. market.

The petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel Board and U.S. biodiesel producers.

“The National Biodiesel Board and U.S. biodiesel industry is committed to fair trade, and we support the right of producers and workers to compete on a level playing field,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO. “This is a simple case where companies in Argentina and Indonesia are getting advantages that cheat U.S. trade laws and are counter to fair competition. NBB is involved because U.S. biodiesel production, which currently support more than 50,000 American jobs, is being put at risk by unfair market practices.”

Rehagen says that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464 percent from 2014 to 2016 taking over 18 percent of the market away from U.S. manufacturers. “The resulting imbalance caused by unfair trade practices is suffocating U.S. biodiesel producers,” said Rehagen.

Based on NBB’s review, Argentine and Indonesian producers are dumping their biodiesel in the United States by selling at prices that are substantially below their costs of production.

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