Ethanol Safety Seminars for Montana in March

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), TRANSCAER® and Montana Rail Link are hosting free ethanol safety seminars at three locations in Montana this month for emergency responders.

“Ethanol transportation in gasoline blends or denatured for future use is common in Montana. Understanding its uses, transportation modes, and response issues are paramount for our responders,” said Tony Bacino, manager of Safety and Security for the Montana Rail Link. “We thank the Renewable Fuels Association representatives for bringing their program to Montana and Montana’s front line responders.”

The seminars will be held in Missoula March 21, Helena March 22, and Billings on March 24. Click here for details.

RFA is a founding member of the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) and this program is based on the EERC’s Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.

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ACE Elects Executive Committee

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) board of directors recently elected officers and executive committee members for 2017.

Officers re-elected to the Executive Committee include President Ron Alverson of Dakota Ethanol; vice president Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels; and Secretary Dave Sovereign from Golden Grain Energy. Brian Wilcox with Nebraska Public Power District was elected to serve as Treasurer of the ACE Board of Directors.

Two new directors were elected to round-out the executive committee; Troy Knecht, representing the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and Greg Krissek, CEO for the Kansas Corn Growers Association. Knecht operates a diversified farming enterprise in Houghton, South Dakota, and serves as the President of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. Krissek has nearly 30 years of experience in agriculture and the ethanol industry.


Tom Daschle Visits Siouxland Ethanol

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Sen. Daschle (center) with Siouxland board members Pam Miller, Shennen Saltzman, Craig Ebberson, Nick Bowdish and Steve Ausdemore

Former Sen. Tom Daschle joined over 300 shareholders of Siouxland Ethanol, LLC to celebrate the 10th annual shareholders meeting held in South Sioux City, Nebraska this week.

“I am hopeful that 2017 will be another year where transformational change will occur within the ethanol industry. This is a dynamic industry and we need to build on the things in the past,” said Daschle during his visit.

Daschle, former Democrat Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota who now works as a lobbyist, was instrumental in passage of legislation in 2000 that established the Renewable Fuels Standard which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005.

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Ethanol Keeps Growing Economic Impact

Cindy Zimmerman

RFA’s Geoff Cooper at Commodity Classic being interview by Ben Nuelle, Iowa Agribusiness Network

There were over 9,000 attendees at the 2017 Commodity Classic last week, about half of those farmers, and the majority of them can claim some of the direct or indirect jobs supported by the ethanol industry.

According to the latest study by ABF Economics, the U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2016 and supported nearly 340,000 jobs.

“The ethanol industry continues to make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy in terms of job creation and generation of tax revenue, and to agriculture and rural economies in particular,” said Renewable Fuels Association senior vice president Geoff Cooper during an interview at Commodity Classic last week. “Those jobs really trickle through to the entire economy, whether it’s truck drivers, or vendors, or jobs in the rail industry.”

In this interview, Cooper also talks about how ethanol officially breached the blend wall in 2016.
Interview with Geoff Cooper at Commodity Classic

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Tax Reform is Top Issue for #Biodiesel in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

Biodiesel advocates are in Washington DC this week meeting with key leaders to discuss reforming the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit to keep the industry moving forward and creating jobs.

“It’s simple. Biodiesel can continue to grow American jobs and prosperity in communities throughout the nation,” said National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Our members are making real investments and significant impacts across America, and they want to do more.”

The American biodiesel industry currently supports 64,000 jobs across the US, many among the highest paying and most affluent jobs in an area. Moving to a domestic production credit for biodiesel could increase the number of U.S. jobs in the industry to more than 81,000.

“These aren’t just jobs; they’re great jobs. But American biodiesel will not reach its full potential under the current regulatory framework,” Rehagen said. “Changes that ensure American tax dollars and American programs support American production are just common sense.”

In addition to tax reform, leaders will push for additional growth in the Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations. Biodiesel producers have more than 1.5 billion gallons of unused production capacity that stands ready to be utilized.


New Nebraska Ethanol Board Member

Cindy Zimmerman

Scott McPheeters has officially joined the Nebraska Ethanol Board as the business representative, appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts last month and sworn in by the state legislature last week.

McPheeters has a family farm operation southwest of Gothenburg, producing food-grade white and yellow corn for Frito-Lay, as well as soybeans and alfalfa hay. His family also has rangeland for beef production. While little of his corn crop actually ends up in ethanol production, he is still passionate about promoting renewable fuels.

“I’m looking forward to working with a board that has been so effective at helping our state build 25 ethanol plants and increasing knowledge and promotion of ethanol use, because it is a win for all parties,” McPheeters said. “It’s good for farmers, livestock producers, consumers, and the environment.”

McPheeters is a founding member of KAAPA (Kearney Area Ag Producers Alliance) and has been involved in ethanol since 2000. Currently, he serves on the KAAPA board of managers and was also recently elected to the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors.

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NFU Honors Merle Anderson

Cindy Zimmerman

Merle Anderson at 2016 American Coalition for Ethanol meeting

Ethanol industry pioneer Merle Anderson was one of three individuals honored this week with the National Farmers Union (NFU) Meritorious Service Award for outstanding leadership and service to family agriculture.

Anderson is Chairman Emeritus of the board of directors for the American Coalition for Ethanol, which he co-founded in 1977. Known as the “Father of Ethanol”, Anderson grew up on his family’s farm in Polk County, Minnesota, where he helped his father grow potatoes before taking over the operation himself. At the age of 95 he still makes it to the annual ACE meetings whenever possible.

NFU honored Anderson as one who has “gone above and beyond to ensure that success and the well-being of family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.” Congratulations for a well-deserved honor!

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Governors Ask Trump to Support Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump Monday asking him to support efforts to expand biofuel production and to help the states “harvest its economic and environmental benefits.”

“We write on behalf of governors from states across the nation who believe that two of America’s great treasures are agriculture and renewable fuels,” the governors wrote. The letter is signed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Specifically, the governors are asking the president to direct EPA to remove barriers to the use of higher ethanol blends, enforce the Renewable Fuel Standard as approved by Congress, revise outdated biofuels’ lifecycle carbon findings to accurately reflect environmental benefits, and “correct the motor vehicle emission model’s (MOVES) mistaken conclusions about ethanol’s contribution to air pollution.”

The governors also wrote to President Trump shortly after he was elected.

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ACE Adds New Communications Director

Cindy Zimmerman

Former bioenergy magazine editor Katie Fletcher has joined the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) staff as Communications Director. Fletcher has been a writer for Ethanol Producer Magazine and Biomass Magazine and editor for Pellet Mill Magazine.

“We are excited that Katie Fletcher is bringing her exceptional communication skills, experience in agriculture and biofuels, and enthusiasm for ethanol to the ACE team,” ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings said. “Katie is going to develop a stronger and more recognized communications strategy for ACE and our membership.”

Fletcher grew up on the farm of a North Dakota corn grower and holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications and Political Science from the University of North Dakota.

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#Classic17 Features #Propane Power

Cindy Zimmerman

Propane power was on display at the Commodity Classic in many forms. We had the opportunity to walk through what’s new in propane with Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) director of agriculture business development Cinch Munson. Watch the video below and listen to the interview to learn more about propane autogas use on the farm, the new Quick-Connect Nozzle, the changes in the Farm Incentive Program.

Learn more in this interview and the video below: Interview with Cinch Munson, Propane Education and Research

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