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American Coalition for Ethanol Conference Focuses on Growing Markets

(Posted Mon. Aug 19th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol

The American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference What It Takes looked at ways the industry can grow the ethanol market internationally and domestically. This was the 32nd annual ACE conference, which was held this year in Omaha, Nebraska.   ACE CEO Brian Jennings emphasized the need for “a vision of how to increase demand for ethanol and break free from the status quo.”   Jennings went on to talk about the positives of E15 being available year-round but told the crowd we have to keep fighting the EPA’s abuse of the RFS. “At ACE, we’ve come to the conclusion we can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing and hope the results get better, playing defense on the RFS and hoping trade wars subside isn’t a growth strategy. We need to turn the page, to go on offense.”   Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and U.S. Grains Council CEO & President Ryan LeGrand were featured speakers among the group. Some of the high-level trends and topics included improving carbon intensity scores of...

NCGA Statement: EPA Waivers Undermine RFS

(Posted Fri. Aug 9th, 2019)

Keywords: policy ethanol

NCGA President Lynn Chrisp made the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 refinery exemptions. Since early 2018, EPA has undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and granted 53 RFS waivers to big oil companies, totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel.   “Waivers reduce demand for ethanol, lower the value of our crop and undermine the President’s support for America’s farmers. Waivers benefit big oil at the expense of corn farmers who, between losing export markets abroad and ethanol markets at home, are losing patience.   “Mr. President, you proudly stand with farmers, but your EPA isn’t following through. You can step up for farmers today by reining in RFS waivers. Farmers expect the RFS to be kept whole by accounting for waived gallons and bringing more transparency to EPA’s secret process.   “Farmers are facing a sixth consecutive year of depressed income and commodity prices, with farm income for...

Joint NCGA-ASA Op-Ed Urges President to Support Renewable Fuel Standard

(Posted Thu. Aug 8th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Lynn Chrisp and American Soybean Association (ASA) President Davie Stephens have written the below opinion piece urging President Trump to uphold his commitment to America’s farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   President Trump, Uphold Your Commitment to the RFS American farmers have a strong history of innovation. Whether that be the seeds that we plant or the tractors that we drive, we are always looking for ways to do better and increase market opportunities for our products.   Home-grown renewable fuels, like ethanol and biodiesel, are far and away our biggest success story. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has reduced our dependence on foreign oil, lowered fuel prices at the pump, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and added value by increasing demand for the corn and soybeans our farmers produce.   Recently, President Trump took a significant step forward for renewable fuels, instructing the Environmental...

NCGA Testimony: EPA Must Account for RFS Waivers

(Posted Wed. Jul 31st, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol policy

The National Corn Growers Association today reiterated its call on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) whole by accounting for waived ethanol gallons as the agency considers proposed biofuel targets for 2020.   In testimony at an EPA hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., NCGA Board Member and Ohio farmer John Linder pressed the agency to move forward with a stronger RFS rule that supports America’s farmers, their rural communities, and consumers.   “The proposed rule we are discussing today allows retroactive refinery exemptions to continue to destroy demand for renewable fuels. In addition, the proposal ignores the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision that EPA improperly waived 500 million gallons in 2016,” Linder said.   For 2020, EPA proposes to increase total renewable fuel blending by 120 million gallons and maintain an implied conventional ethanol requirement of 15 billion gallons. The proposal does not take into account EPA’s ongoing...

(Posted Wed. Jul 31st, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol policy

An agriculture and biofuels coalition has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to lift a stay it placed on a joint 2018 petition asking the court to protect the renewable fuels industry from undue harm caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   The petition, filed late Tuesday afternoon, asks EPA to revise its Renewable Fuel Standard regulations for setting annual percentage standards of renewable fuel to account for small refinery exemptions the Agency issues retroactively.  EPA’s current regulations factor in only future small refinery exemptions granted prior to the compliance year, despite the fact that most of the exemptions granted in recent years have been for compliance periods that had already ended.   The coalition had asked for the stay to give EPA time to review its request to reconsider its current regulations. EPA’s response never arrived, but EPA’s statements and actions over the past 13 months indicate that EPA has...

NCGA Recognizes Senator Fischer with President’s Award

(Posted Thu. Jul 18th, 2019)

Keywords: trade ethanol

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today presented NCGA’s 2019 President’s Award to Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer. The President’s Award is given annually at NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington, D.C. to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.   “It is my great pleasure to present the NCGA President’s Award to Senator Fischer,” Chrisp said. “Senator Fischer has been an outspoken advocate for corn farmers from our shared home state of Nebraska and across the country, supporting policies that will help create market opportunities for corn.”   In her remarks to corn farmers, Fischer voiced her support for the pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the top legislative priority for corn growers this year. Fisher was a strong advocate for removing the barrier to year-round sales of E15 and continues to stand up for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and against the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

(Posted Wed. Jul 17th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol

Delegates to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress today approved a “Sense of the Corn Congress” urging President Trump to uphold his commitment to America’s farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “We, the assembled voting delegates of the National Corn Growers Association, ask President Donald Trump to uphold his commitments to protect the RFS and support farmers by ensuring EPA’s administration of the RFS does not undermine the law and the benefits of renewable fuels,”the resolution states.   NCGA delegates offered the statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing practice of providing RFS waivers to big oil companies. These waivers have reduced RFS requirements by 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons through refinery exemptions, with 38 more exemptions pending. Undermining the benefits of renewable fuels, the waivers have also reduced corn use for ethanol production, lowered domestic ethanol consumption and blend rate,...

NCGA Takes Ethanol Waiver Message Back to Airwaves

(Posted Tue. Jul 16th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol

NCGA today renewed its pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies, re-running the organization’s ad that first ran last month.    Watch Ad   NCGA members are in Washington, D.C. this week for Corn Congress and meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Farmers will be urging policymakers to support legislation in the House, H.R. 3006, and Senate, S. 1840, that would seek to stop waiver abuse and address the harm these waivers are causing.   Since early 2018, EPA has granted 53 RFS small refinery exemptions (SREs), or waivers, totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel. There are currently 39 refinery exemption petitions pending for the 2018 compliance year. NCGA has highlighted 39 reasons why the EPA should not grant additional waivers.  

National Corn Growers Association in the Spotlight at BIO World Congress

(Posted Thu. Jul 11th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol Biotechnolgoy

This week, farmer leaders, state staff and National Corn Growers Association staff attended and participated in BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech in Des Moines, Iowa. Topics at the event ranged from sustainability, transforming chemical markets to biofuel market growth. NCGA staff participated in three different panels throughout the event.   To kick-off the week, NCGA announced the winners of the Consider Corn Challenge II, holding a session where the winners were able to share with a large audience their technologies that will utilize field corn. NCGA Vice President of Market Development Jim Bauman moderated the session.   “Making the announcement at BIO was a great fit for our winners because they were able to participate in a number of one-on-one meetings with companies and researchers interested in learning more about their technology,” said Bauman. “It also allowed NCGA to talk about the various benefits of corn as an industrial feedstock with the...

Fill-Up with E15 this Fourth of July

(Posted Tue. Jul 2nd, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

Fireworks, grilling out, road trips and spending quality time with family and friends is typically on the top of the list of must-dos for the Fourth of July. This year, as you head out on your excursion, be sure to look for E15 at the pump. Not only is it homegrown by American corn farmers,  it is also typically 3-to-10 cents cheaper per gallon than regular gasoline. Chances are your car was made after 2001; if so, it can benefit from E15!   AAA reports nearly 49-million Americans will be traveling for the Fourth of July this year, with 41.4 million hitting the road. That’s an increase of 4.3 percent over last year and the highest number by AAA for Independence Day holiday travel.   You can find E15 stations by going to either getbiofuel.com or e85prices.com.

Coalition Asking Auto Manufacturers to Offer more Flex Fuel Vehicles

(Posted Wed. Jun 26th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol

A recently formed coalition is hoping they can get enough signatures to convince auto manufacturers to offer more flex-fuel vehicles. Organizers are hoping to get at least 10,000 signatures.   Chris Schwarck of Iowa started the grassroots effort to let auto manufacturers know American drivers want more flex-fuel vehicle options, not less.   The petition states, “In recent months, auto manufacturers have signaled they are pulling back on the production of flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on a variety of higher ethanol blends, including E20, E30, and E85. If you want the option to purchase low-cost, higher-performing fuels like E30 and E85, sign the petition today and tell auto manufacturers not to limit your car and truck choices!” Click here to sign the petition today. You can read more about the petition here.  

NCGA Ups Pressure on EPA to Follow President’s Lead on Ethanol

(Posted Thu. Jun 20th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today will begin airing an advertisement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies. These waivers negatively impact farmers by undercutting the RFS and reducing corn demand.   Watch Ad   The ad features NCGA First Vice President and Iowa farmer Kevin Ross who recently appeared at an ethanol plant with President Trump in recognition of the Administration’s support of year-round E15. During the event, Ross thanked the President for delivering on this promise but cautioned, “The EPA’s oil refinery waivers threaten to undo your good works.”   Since early 2018, EPA has granted 53 RFS small refinery exemptions (SREs), or waivers, totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel. The 2017 RFS waivers effectively reduced the 15 billion-gallon implied ethanol volume to 13.18 billion gallons,...

(Posted Fri. Jun 14th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

NCGA today applauded legislation introduced by Sens. Deb Fisher, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., to bring transparency and accountability to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs).   Similar to the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 introduced in the House, the Senate bill, S. 1840, would set a deadline for refineries to apply for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers and bring much-needed transparency to the waiver process. The Senators’ bill also includes specific actions EPA must take within the annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume rule to account for and reallocate waived gallons and requires EPA to report to Congress with a justification for each waiver granted. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are original co-sponsors of S. 1840.   Within the past year, EPA has granted 54 exemptions to refineries, waiving 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel blending...

NCGA Joins President at Iowa Ethanol Plant

(Posted Tue. Jun 11th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

NCGA First Vice President Kevin Ross today represented NCGA in hosting President Trump for a tour of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ross farms in nearby Minden and sells corn to the ethanol plant.   The visit was an opportunity for NCGA to thank the President for following through on the commitment to allow for year-round sales of E15, a priority for corn farmers. On May 31, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule for E15. In addition to increasing demand for farmers, higher blends of renewable fuels such as E15 reduce fuel prices for drivers by three to ten cents per gallon and result in lower emissions, improving air quality and providing greater greenhouse gas reductions.   Ross also urged President Trump to address EPA's waivers to large refiners that are undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and work with members of Congress to pass an infrastructure bill.    Members of NCGA's board of directors,...

NCGA Highlights Negative Effect of Ethanol Waivers

(Posted Thu. Jun 6th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol

NCGA Renewable Fuels Public Policy Director Kathy Bergren participated in a Capitol Hill briefing today for U.S. House of Representatives staff to help explain the damaging effects the EPA’s expansive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to large, profitable refineries and recommend solutions.   Since early 2018, EPA has granted 53 RFS exemptions to refineries for the 2016 and 2017 RFS compliance years totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel. EPA currently has 39 waiver petitions pending for the 2018 RFS compliance year. These waivers have taken a toll on farmers by undercutting the RFS and reducing corn demand.   NCGA President Lynn Chrisp recently touched on the negative impact of these waivers, following the announcement that EPA had completed action to allow for year-round sales of E15. “While corn farmers are immensely grateful that the barrier to year-round E15 has been lifted, we won’t be able to reap the full benefits if EPA continues to...

NCGA: Year-Round E15 a Win-Win for Farmers and Consumers

(Posted Fri. May 31st, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today celebrated the Trump Administration completing actions to allow for year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol blends or E15.   “Corn farmers have been long-time advocates of higher blends of ethanol such as E15, touting its benefits to both the farmer and the consumer,” NCGA President Lynn Chrisp said. “Farmers are facing some tough times which makes this announcement particularly welcome. We thank President Trump for following through on his promise to rural America and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and supporters in Congress for their outspoken commitment to year-round E15.” The final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) eliminates the outdated barrier that required retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15 during the summer months by allowing E15 to receive the same summer volatility adjustment EPA permits for E10.   Higher blends of renewable fuels such as E15 reduce fuel prices for drivers by...

FUELS2019 Brings Together Industry Stakeholders to Discuss Liquid Transportation Fuels

(Posted Wed. May 29th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Fuels Institute FUELS2019 conference in Dallas provided attendees with the opportunity to take a deep dive into topics around internal combustion engines, the future of retail, biofuels and more. FUELS2019 explored the market through a series of panel discussions and presentations that evaluated the pressures from the environment, government regulations and consumer behavior.   “This was a great opportunity to build new relationships, especially with the members of the retail community,” said Director of Renewable Fuels Mark Palmer. “Gaining insights from the various sectors represented at the conference helps us better understand the challenges and opportunities we have for getting more ethanol into the marketplace.”   There were roughly 150 participants in attendance from all aspects of the liquid transportation industry including retailers, refiners, auto manufacturers, ethanol producers and RIN traders.   NCGA was a sponsor of the event, providing participants with...

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today applauded legislation introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Representative Dusty Johnson, R-S.D. The Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 would set a deadline for refineries to apply for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers and bring much-needed transparency to the waiver process.   Within the past year, EPA has granted 54 exemptions to refineries, waiving 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel blending under the RFS. EPA has another 39 waiver petitions pending, with decisions from EPA expected in the coming weeks.   Currently, most refineries do not apply for a waiver until after EPA sets the RFS volumes for the coming year. This new legislation would set a June deadline for refineries to apply for RFS exemptions, allowing ample time for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine exemptions before the annual...

(Posted Mon. Apr 29th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol blends, or E15, by eliminating the outdated barrier that currently requires retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15 during the summer months.   “By allowing E15 to receive the same summer volatility adjustment EPA permits for E10, retailers will be able to offer drivers E15 year-round, providing choice to their customers without an interruption in sales between June and September,” NCGA President Lynn Chrisp wrote in the submitted comments.   “Corn growers have advocated for this change for several years, and we agree with EPA’s assessment that the conditions that led EPA to provide the original volatility adjustment for E10, at a time when 10 percent was the highest ethanol blend available, are ‘equally applicable to E15 today,’” Chrisp added.    In addition to being beneficial...

(Posted Fri. Apr 26th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

Monday, April 29, is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposal to allow for year-round sales of E15.   If you have not already, click here to submit your comments.   Removing the outdated barrier to year-round sales of E15 would grow demand for corn, lower fuel prices and lower emissions.    Submit your comments today!

Crappie Masters Tournament Season in Full Swing

(Posted Wed. Apr 24th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Crappie Masters Tournament Trail is half over with anglers already competing in nine tournaments across the country. Seven tournaments remain, including the National Championship in September at Grenada Lake in Mississippi.   Last weekend, anglers came to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri to compete in a one-day tournament. The winning team was Kevin Jones and Billy Don Surface, who is sponsored by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol. They competed against 98 other teams. The team turned in seven crappies, the most allowed to be turned in for the weigh-in, with a combined weight of 11 pounds.   During a Facebook Live Interview with Brian Sowers, the voice of Crappie Masters, he told the National Corn Growers Association “The message we are trying to put out there is using E10 fuel in your boat. There’s no other outdoor fishing organization talking about supporting the farmers, supporting cleaner water and cleaner air.”   NCGA is a co-sponsor of...

(Posted Mon. Apr 15th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol policy

  It was recently reported that the EPA will likely be considering the 39 pending petitions for 2018 small refinery exemptions very soon. The EPA approved 53 small refinery waivers from 2016 and 2017. These waivers have a direct impact on rural America and corn farmers. With an already tough economic environment, more waiver abuse will continue to chip away at farmers’ bottom line by destroying demand for corn. While EPA considers this next round of waivers, we came up with 39 facts and reasons why they should not grant any additional SRE’s.   53 - The number of refinery waivers EPA granted for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years since early 2018. 39 – The number of refinery exemptions EPA Administrator Wheeler has pending for 2018. 9.4 percent -- The percent of the 2017 RFS ethanol volume waived through SREs. 636 million – The difference in the amount of corn bushels needed to meet the RFS volume EPA set for 2017 and the amount needed to meet the effective...

Beating the Drum on Capitol Hill: Grower Leaders Attend ACE Fly-In

(Posted Thu. Apr 4th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

This week corn farmers, state and national corn staff and ethanol producers attended the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Government Affairs Summit in Washington, D.C. Attendees took to the Hill for congressional visits to talk about the importance of E15 year-round, the overall benefits of ethanol and how refinery waivers undermine the renewable fuel standard (RFS).   “Being able to show we have a unified voice in Washington, D.C. is critical,” said Ethanol Action Team Chair and Missouri farmer Jay Schutte. “We have a lot of new members of Congress. Attending events like this helps us tell the positive story of corn ethanol and how it benefits consumers, rural America and the environment.”   The conference started with an update from ACE CEO Brian Jennings on the latest policy priorities for the organization: 1) E15 year-round, free of harmful changes to the RIN market; 2) reallocation of RFS blending obligations waived for small refineries and future refinery waivers; and...

NCGA Testifies in Support of Year-Round E15

(Posted Fri. Mar 29th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President and Minden, Iowa, farmer Kevin Ross spoke in support today of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to allow for year-round sales of E15 across the country.   “Farmers stand ready to work with the Administration to clear obstacles to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and ensure a final rule works for the full ethanol and fuel supply chain,” Ross said. “To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1.”   Ross’s comments came during a hearing held as part of the rulemaking that would remove outdated regulations requiring retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15, a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol approved for all vehicles 2001 and newer, during the summer months.   Year-round E15 is a no-cost means for farmers to grow demand. It also saves drivers between 3 and 10 cents per gallon and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.   During...

Diving into the Changing Nutrient Profile of Distillers Feed Products

(Posted Tue. Mar 26th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol animal ag livestock

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) held the first Distillers Feed Products Nutrition Roundtable, bringing together animal ag partners, animal nutrition experts and ethanol technology providers to discuss the changing number and nutrient profile of distillers feed products.   “Our goal is to start a meaningful dialogue across segments of the supply chain,” said NCGA Director of Market Development Sarah McKay. “This is just one of the many steps to better understanding how new corn fractionation technologies are being deployed in dry mills in the U.S.  These technologies create value by separating out the various components of corn to allow improved utilization of the subsequent product streams.  While this technology has a lot of potential for early adopters and could increase corn grind, it will require a change in how the value chain views and uses the products of ethanol plants.  Gathering stakeholder input and starting a dialog early should help the rollout of this...

(Posted Thu. Mar 14th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol policy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, National Ag Day, granted five additional Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) for the 2017 compliance year, waiving 366 million gallons of biofuels from RFS compliance.   EPA’s decision today brings the total waivers from 2016 and 2017 RFS obligations to 53, amounting to 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons.  In years prior to 2016, SREs totaled less than 300 million gallons per year.   This action continues to chip away at the RFS and corn demand, hurting America’s corn farmers. NCGA has called for EPA to account for these lost volumes and disclose which refineries receive these waivers and why the waivers are justified.   The five refineries receiving today’s exemptions produced approximately 3.4 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel in 2017, resulting in 366 million Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) being exempted.    Currently, EPA has two remaining refinery exemption petitions for...

NCGA Statement on E15 Proposed Rule

(Posted Tue. Mar 12th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol policy

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp made the below statement today following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of a proposed rule to allow for year-round sales of E15.   “Today’s proposed rule is great progress to getting the rulemaking completed by the start of the summer driving season, June 1. NCGA appreciates EPA’s efforts to meet this deadline, and we look forward to fully reviewing the content of the proposed rule. We will be providing comments to EPA and urging our membership to provide input during the comment process as well.   “Allowing year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol not only grows a domestic market for farmers, but E15 gives consumers more choice at the pump, a lower price option and greater environmental benefits from a cleaner fuel. It’s time to remove the barrier to all of these benefits.”  

(Posted Tue. Mar 5th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday sent a draft rule to allow for year-round sales of E15 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This is the next step in the regulatory process and meeting expectations that this rulemaking be completed when the summer driving season begins June 1.     “NCGA is pleased to see the process move forward and will be providing input during this important phase,” said NCGA President Lynn Chrisp. “A timely rule is important for the summer driving season but it’s also important that the rule is done right.”   NCGA will be providing OMB with input to help ensure a strong, clear rule for E15. Following the review and interagency approval, EPA will issue a proposed rule for public comment.

We Love Ethanol

(Posted Thu. Feb 14th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter how you celebrate the day, if you celebrate at all, we here at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are thinking about the top 10 reasons why we love ethanol.   Ethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40-45% compared to conventional gasoline. 16.1 billion gallons of ethanol was produced in 2018 in the United States, along with 41.3 million metric tons of distillers grains, a value-added animal feed ingredient. Ethanol is homegrown and displaces roughly 580 million barrels of oil. Exports of ethanol grew in 2018, with exports increasing 20% to 1.6 billion gallons, a new record. 5.5 billion bushels of corn is used for ethanol and distiller’s dried grains (DDGS) production. The ethanol industry contributes $46 billion to the GDP. Consumers have driven more than 7 billion miles on E15 without a single reported negative impact. There are 1,700 stations in 30 states offering consumers...

New Study Reaffirms the Environmental Benefits of the RFS

(Posted Thu. Feb 14th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol

The growing body of research on the environmental benefits of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) just got bigger. A study released last week highlights some of these benefits including improved air quality and public health.   Since the enacting of the pro-biofuel policy in 2007, the use of biofuels in our transportation fuel supply has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 600 million metric tons. This is roughly equivalent to shutting down 154 coal-fired power plants or removing half of our nation’s cars from the road for an entire year!   The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) contracted with Life Cycle Associates, a California-based scientific consulting firm, to update its 2014 GHG analysis to see how actual CO2 reductions match up with the expectations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The use of biofuels—predominantly corn ethanol—reduced emissions far more than what the agency expected (422 million metric tons).   The report attributes the...

RFA Outlines 2019 Priorities at National Ethanol Conference

(Posted Tue. Feb 12th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Renewable Fuels Association kicked-off their National Ethanol Conference today, looking back at the many battles that the ethanol industry has fought the past year.   RFA President & CEO Geoff Cooper opened the conference with the State of the Industry report. “Our industry made significant strides in 2018 to expand the market for E15 and flex fuels like E85. Thanks to the persistent and vocal advocacy efforts of our industry, our partners in agriculture, and our champions in Congress and the Administration, we got a firm commitment from President Trump in October to eliminate what he called an “unnecessary and ridiculous” regulatory barrier to year-round E15 sales before this summer driving season begins.”   “The U.S. ethanol industry produced a record 16.1 billion gallons of high-octane, clean-burning renewable fuel in 2018, up about 200 million gallons from 2017 and the sixth straight annual increase in production. Meanwhile, you churned out 41.3 million metric tons of...

The Next Wave: Growth Energy Celebrates 10 Years

(Posted Mon. Feb 11th, 2019)

Keywords: Ethanol

Last week, the annual Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference was held, celebrating their 10-year anniversary. The conference focused on 2019 priorities, E15 and retailer expansion.   On Friday, National Corn Growers Association Vice President of Market Development Jim Bauman moderated a panel with Kansas Corn’s CEO Greg Krissek, Illinois Corn’s Executive Director Rod Weinzierl and Nebraska Corn’s Director of Market Development Roger Berry.   The panel focused on bolstering demand for biofuels. The group talked about current state and national initiatives and outlined their priorities for the next year. “U.S. corn yields continue to grow by almost 2 bushels per acre.  If this growth continues, our industry will produce around 2 billion additional acres every 10 years,” said Bauman. “The need for new U.S. corn demand is clear.  Expanding ethanol demand represents an essential pathway to grinding additional corn.  Corn farmers have and continue to support the ethanol...

RFA & NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2019 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

(Posted Mon. Jan 28th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol sponsorship Crappie Masters

The 2019 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) signed on as co-title sponsors for the third consecutive year. The first of 16 tournaments begins Friday, Feb. 1 in Deland, Fla., between Daytona and Orlando, at St. Johns River.   “Crappie Masters is pleased to again have the Renewable Fuels Association as a 2019 co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail,” said Crappie Masters President Mike Vallentine. “We have done significant education outreach to the boating community on the benefits of 10 percent ethanol blends (E10), and have helped push back on misinformation on higher blends like E15. Every Crappie Masters tournament winning team for the past four years has safely used E10 fuel with no reported engine issues. We plan to continue to help dispel the myths propagated by ethanol’s opponents, and support homegrown,...

NCGA Sponsorship with DigestData Connects Start-Ups with Trusted Partners

(Posted Wed. Dec 19th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

In a first of its kind partnership, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has joined with Biofuels Digest to support the creation and launch of DigestData, an online database designed to help facilitate networking and the transfer of information between interested parties working in the bio-based industry.  NCGA’s sponsorship provides DigestData users with free access to search research and pilot scale facilities along with facility details such as certifications, available equipment, and primary contact information.   “The goal was to bring more visibility to these facilities and projects in the United States,” said Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team Chair Dan Wesely. “Our sponsorship ensures that this information is always available for free to those who sign up and subscribe. We want companies to recognize the number of facilities that are located right here in the Midwest, close to the untapped potential that corn can provide as a feedstock. DigestData provides a...

Decreased Ethanol Market Demand May Lead to Higher Ending Stocks for U.S. Corn

(Posted Wed. Dec 12th, 2018)

Keywords: production ethanol

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and demand Estimate (WASDE) report released today, decreased demand forecasts for U.S. corn from ethanol markets will impact ending stocks, which are projected 45 million bushels higher than the previous month.   Notably, ethanol demand forecasts reflect data showing that corn use during the quarter from September through November fell relative to prior years for the first time since 2012.   The corn price forecast remained at $3.60 per bushel at the midpoint while the range narrowed to between $3.25 and $3.95.   Click here to read the full report.  

NCGA Testifies in Support of RFS

(Posted Tue. Dec 11th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy rfs

Texas farmer and National Corn Growers Association past president and chairman, Wesley Spurlock, today testified on behalf of NCGA at a House Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee hearing to review a discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.   Spurlock told the Subcommittee of the significant opportunities the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created for farmers.   “The RFS is one of the most ambitious and successful energy, environmental and economic policies Congress has enacted, not only for farmers and rural communities but also for drivers, our air quality and our nation’s energy security. As use of homegrown renewable fuels has grown and as farmers have become more productive using fewer resources, the benefits of the RFS have exceeded those Congress projected,” Spurlock said.   Spurlock’s testimony cited farmers’ increased productivity, increasing their average yield by more than 25 bushels per acre, or 17 percent, since 2007, as well as...

EPA Fails to Account for Future Refinery Waivers in Final 2019 RVO Rule

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy

The National Corn Growers Association today said the EPA’s final 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moves renewable fuels and energy security forward in 2019, but the growth will only be realized if EPA does not grant refiners further RFS exemptions.   “We are pleased the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintained the implied conventional ethanol volume of 15 billion gallons and increased the total 2019 renewable fuel volume as intended by the RFS. However, EPA granted refineries 2.25 billion gallons in RFS waivers over the past year but did nothing to account for those lost volumes. If EPA continues to grant large amounts of waivers in this manner, the volumes set in this final rule cannot be met,” said NCGA President Lynn Chrisp.   In comments on the rule, NCGA and its grower members urged EPA to take steps to maintain the integrity of the RFS, including projecting 2019 waivers and accounting for those gallons to keep the...

NCGA Calls for More Equitable Trade Relief

(Posted Tue. Nov 20th, 2018)

Keywords: trade market access aid ethanol

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today urged U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider changes to the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) ahead of the second round of payments.   In a letter to Perdue, Chrisp said that he continues to hear from farmers who are disappointed in USDA’s approach to calculating the first round of MFP payments because it was too narrow in scope and did not capture the real-time impacts of trade disruptions on our markets.   Chrisp asked Perdue to add ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the calculation of damages for corn. Using USDA’s methodology, gross trade damages for ethanol and DDGS amounts to $254 million, which was not accounted for in the first MFP payments. Chrisp also asked the Secretary to allow farmers who suffer production losses from disasters to use an alternative to 2018 production for their MFP calculation. This would ensure farmers suffering from drought,...

NCGA Statement on Environmental Groups Petition to the EPA on Land Use

(Posted Wed. Oct 31st, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy

The following is a statement from Nebraska farmer Lynn Chrisp, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on a petition filed by environmental and conservation groups regarding land use.   “The acreage data is very clear: farmers are planting fewer acres to corn today than we did when the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was expanded,” said Lynn Chrisp, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “And it’s not just corn acres that have fallen. The area planted to principal crops is shrinking nationwide. The reality of what is happening on today’s farms is not accurately portrayed in the petition.”   Farmers planted fewer acres to corn in 2018 (89.1 million) than they did when the RFS was expanded in 2007 (93.5 million). During that same time, ethanol production expanded from 6.5 billion gallons to 15.8 billion gallons. Overall, the area planted to principal crops in the U.S. has fallen from 328.6 million acres in 2000 to 322 million acres in 2018, according...

NCGA Urges EPA and NHTSA to Recognize Benefits of High-Octane Fuels

(Posted Fri. Oct 26th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy

The National Corn Growers Association today emphasized the benefits for fuel economy and emissions reductions from the use of high-octane fuels in comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule.   “As producers of the primary feedstock used for ethanol production, corn farmers have a strong vested interest in the future of transportation fuels,” NCGA President Lynn Chrisp wrote.   The organization’s comments urged regulators to consider fuels and vehicles as a system of high-octane fuel used with optimized engines. NCGA also believes high-octane, low-carbon fuel can help support harmonization between federal and state standards.   “Pairing advanced engines with certain higher-octane fuel improves vehicle performance and efficiency while using less energy and releasing fewer emissions, particularly when the octane source is a midlevel ethanol blend,” wrote...

NCERC Celebrates 15 Years of Advancing Biofuels

(Posted Mon. Oct 22nd, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this month, after opening its doors in 2003. The Illinois Corn Growers Association was instrumental in fostering its development.   The National Corn Growers Associations (NCGA) has worked closely with NCERC since its inception and continues partnering on various projects.  The NCGA and NCERC partnership has underscored the advantages to the corn and ethanol industries since the beginning.   NCERC Executive Director John Caupert said NCERC’s portfolio of services has expanded since opening their doors in the fall of 2003, but their mission has remained the same: creating opportunities for our nation’s farmers.   “The NCERC has directly contributed to the growth of the ethanol industry, helping grow ethanol production in the United States from 2.8 billion gallons annually to the nearly 16 billion gallons of production today,” said Caupert. “NCERC has assisted in advancements in fuel...

NCGA Welcomes Year-Round E15

(Posted Tue. Oct 9th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today praised an announcement from President Trump, setting the necessary regulatory steps in motion to allow for year-round sales of E15.   “Corn farmers across the country have been advocating for year-round sales of higher ethanol blends like E15 to help grow demand, provide consumers with more options at the pump and improve economic conditions across rural America,” said Chrisp. “We thank President Trump for following through on his commitment to America’s farmers.”   Outdated regulations currently require retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15, a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol approved for all vehicles 2001 and newer, during the summer months. Updating this regulation will give consumers year-round access to a fuel choice that can save them between three and 10 cents per gallon.   “Earlier this year, the President correctly described this barrier as ‘unnecessary’ and ‘ridiculous’,”...

Crappie Masters National Championship Winners: 'Never Hesitate' When Filling Up with Ethanol

(Posted Tue. Oct 2nd, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol Crappie Masters

The 2018 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail concluded last week with the National Championship at Truman Lake in Clinton, Mo. Two, 21-year-old Missouri natives were the winners of the final tournament, which was held Sept. 26 – 29.   For the second consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sponsored the national fishing tournament, which highlights the use of 10 percent ethanol (E10) in our nation’s waterways. Regular gasoline, which is blended with E10, produces less greenhouse gas emissions, keeps the air, and water cleaner.   The team, Matthew Rogers and Baylor Mead, won the 2018 championship with 21.19 pounds using E10 in their boat.   “We never hesitate when filling up our boat with E10,” Rogers said. “There are many benefits of using ethanol. We want to keep our waterways clean and the fish population healthy.”   “Our boat runs great on E10,” said Mead. “I am very pleased with the performance and mileage we...

NCGA Statement on EPA RFS Website Updates

(Posted Thu. Sep 20th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol RFS

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) updated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) transparency website that will provide information on granted small refinery waivers and data on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices.   “We appreciate the step EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has taken to update the RFS data website to bring some initial transparency to refinery exemptions.  This information is a good place to start.    “However, there are a lot of questions left unanswered. We will still not know EPA’s justification for granting a refinery waiver and, without a change in how EPA accounts for those exempted gallons, those waived gallons will still be lost from RFS obligations.  It’s helpful to know when the harm is being done, but EPA needs to go a step further and take steps to mitigate the damage.    “We...

(Posted Thu. Sep 20th, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

In a recent letter  to EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler, members of the U.S. House of Representatives Biofuels Caucus provided comment on the Agency’s 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) proposal. Echoing comments from NCGA and other ethanol advocates, the Caucus members emphasized the growth potential for ethanol and advanced biofuels while also cautioning the EPA against further undermining the RFS through secret waivers for refineries.   “Corn farmers thank members of the bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus for advocating for a continued strong RFS, greater transparency from EPA and reallocation of waived gallons to keep RFS volumes whole,” said NCGA president Kevin Skunes. “We appreciate the Caucus’ efforts to promote the benefits of renewable fuels and stand up for farmers and rural communities.”   As the Caucus points out in the letter, the RFS volumes EPA sets this fall will be undermined if EPA continues issuing refinery exemptions.   “We urge the EPA to put an end...

NCGA to Drivers: Fuel Up with E15 Beginning Sunday

(Posted Fri. Sep 14th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol RVP

The National Corn Growers Association is urging drivers to fuel up with E15 as the fuel again becomes available Sunday following its limited summer availability. NCGA also renewed its call for President Trump to follow through on his commitment to allow for year-round sales of E15 and ethanol blends greater than 10 percent.   “Starting September 16, consumers will once again have the option to choose E15 at the pump,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “E15 typically costs 3 to 10 cents less than regular E10 gasoline and offers more environmental benefits, making it a common-sense choice for many drivers. When consumers benefit from choice, it makes no sense than an outdated regulation prevents E15 from being sold in many areas for three and a half months of the year.”   “Just this week, USDA said it is anticipating near-record level corn production. Approving year-round E15 would go a long way toward growing the market for this year’s crop,” Skunes added.   NCGA recently...

Farm, Ethanol Groups Urge President Trump to Restore Integrity to RFS, Allow Year-Round E15 Sales

(Posted Wed. Sep 12th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy

In a letter to President Trump today, the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, and Renewable Fuels Association urged the administration to act immediately to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and allow year-round sales of E15 and other mid-level ethanol blends. The groups also expressed concern that any benefit from year-round E15 sales and proper implementation of the RFS could be nullified if refiners are given further regulatory bailouts that undercut the spirit and intent of the law.   The letter follows comments made by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Aug. 29 that an announcement on the RFS and E15 would be coming soon. “With ethanol prices hitting a 13-year low and net farm income plummeting to half of the record $123 billion achieved in 2013, such an announcement could not come at a more critical juncture for...

(Posted Fri. Sep 7th, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association commended Reps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., today on the introduction of the Restoring Our Commitment to Renewable Fuels Act to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) whole. Their legislation specifically requires that, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants exemptions to small refineries, each exempted gallon be reallocated to other refineries and blenders. The bill also stipulates that small refinery exemption petitions be subject to public disclosure.   Although the RFS provides EPA with the tools to ensure exemptions are accounted for when setting RFS volumes, EPA is not using them. EPA has retroactively waived 2.25 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons and failed to reallocate those gallons to others, effectively reducing RFS requirements. This legislation specifically requires EPA to make up waived gallons and ensures EPA is no longer able to reduce the RFS through retroactive refinery waivers. It also...

Trade, RFS Lead Conversations at Farm Progress Show

(Posted Fri. Aug 31st, 2018)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol

  National Corn Growers Association farmer leaders and staff attended this week’s Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa to let attendees know the importance of trade, the RFS and Farm Bill. Chairman Wesley Spurlock, President Kevin Skunes and First-Vice President-elect Kevin Ross attended the show.    President Skunes participated in a pro-RFS rally and a Farmers for Free Trade news conference. After the RFS rally, Skunes had the opportunity to talk with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue one-on-one.   “I wanted to let the Secretary know that farmers appreciate his support in Washington D.C. and thank him for carrying our message with the administration,” Skunes said. “However, I was very direct and let the Secretary know that there are steps that can be taken now to help farmers and the rural economy and that’s getting RVP (allowing year-round E15 ethanol sales) done now. I also voiced our displeasure with the one-cent per bushel for corn in the trade mitigation package is...

(Posted Tue. Aug 28th, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

All Farm Progress Show attendees who support ethanol are invited to a pro-Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rally on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at 11:15 am at the Sukup Grain Bin. This event, which is being coordinated by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and Iowa Corn Growers Association, will help the Show welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and remind him how important the RFS and E15 are to the rural economy – and to the farmers who depend upon this key market.   The Sukup Grain Bin, Booth 1024, is quite large and will not be difficult to locate. So, please, take a moment and join NCGA President, Kevin Skunes to show rural America’s support for the fuel that fuels our families.   You can follow along on the NCGA Facebook and Twitter pages for updates should there be any schedule changes.

(Posted Tue. Aug 21st, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The American Coalition for Ethanol’s annual conference focused on issues impacting the ethanol industry including an update from ACE leadership, discussions on untapped opportunities in the industry, future demand for liquid fuels and fuel quality standards.   “I knew 2018 was going to be like none other,” Jennings said. “Where do we go from here? How do we shape a positive outcome moving forward? For starters, we capitalize on the clout of American farmers and rural America as we lead to the mid-term election. We must keep grassroots pressure on the White House and EPA to make good on the President’s promise to maintain 15 billion gallons in the RFS, including reallocation of the small refinery waivers, and to finally approve RVP relief of E-15 and higher blends.”   National Corn Growers Association Interim CEO Jon Doggett participated in the event as a speaker on a panel on trade and tariffs. “Corn farmers and the ethanol industry need market access,” Doggett said. “Farmers...

(Posted Fri. Aug 17th, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed rule for the 2019 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The rule proposes an implied 15 billion-gallon volume for conventional ethanol but fails to account for, nor consider comments on, retroactive exemptions granted to refineries.   “To uphold the full clean air, cost-savings, energy independence and rural economic benefits consumers and farmers receive from the RFS, EPA must also use the 2019 volume rule to make and keep the RFS whole,” NCGA President and North Dakota Farmer Kevin Skunes said.   In the proposed rule, EPA disclosed the agency granted retroactive exemptions to 48 refineries for 2016 and 2017 RFS obligations, amounting to 2.25 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons. Through this proposed rule, EPA has the tools to ensure retroactive exemptions do not further reduce volumes. However, EPA stated the agency is not...

Biofuel and Farm Leaders Mark 13th Anniversary  of the RFS

(Posted Wed. Aug 8th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Thirteen years ago this Wednesday, August 8, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law, sparking a new era of U.S. biofuel leadership that continues to support rural jobs, increase energy security, and deliver clean, affordable options at the fuel pump. The nation’s leading farm and biofuel advocates marked the occasion by calling on Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly deliver on the president’s pledge to uphold the RFS and expand the market for ethanol blends, including E15. “For 13 years, the RFS has been a driving force for economic opportunity across the heartland,” said Kevin Skunes, president of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and a North Dakota farmer. “Today, biofuels are more important than ever. Farm income has fallen to a 12-year low, and the EPA’s refinery waivers have left more and more families facing an uncertain future. The EPA can address this uncertainty and take action now by approving...

(Posted Thu. Aug 2nd, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) today recognized the benefits of high octane fuels, such as mid-level ethanol blend, in their proposed SAFE Vehicles rule. The agencies specifically requested comments on how EPA, “could support the production and use of higher octane gasoline” to support compliance with vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.   As corn growers know, ethanol is a high octane fuel that provides a cost effective means for automakers to reduce GHG emissions and improve fuel economy when used with optimized engines. Analyzing fuels and vehicles as a system provides automakers with more flexibility and options to meet vehicle standards.    As an active member of the High Octane Low Carbon Alliance (HOLC), NCGA has advocated for the benefits of high octane fuels. The agencies’ proposed rule today acknowledges HOLC and information we provided on high octane fuels as this proposed rule was...

NCGA Calls on EPA to Account for Refinery Waivers

(Posted Wed. Jul 18th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today called for EPA to maintain a strong, equitable Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that follows Congressional intent and levels the playing field for America’s farmers by using the annual volume rule to repair the damage from extensive refinery exemptions.   Michigan farmer Russell Braun provided testimony on behalf of NCGA during an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on the agency’s proposed biofuel targets for 2019.   “With corn prices low, EPA’s decisions have a greater impact on my livelihood and other farmers’ as well.  We believe EPA should use the Renewable Fuel Standard volume rule to remedy the harm caused by the extensive retroactive exemptions given to refineries over the past year and ensure future exemptions are accounted for. These refinery exemptions decrease ethanol blending and reduce demand and profits for my corn crop. Every gallon of renewable fuel blending waived by EPA reduces the consumer benefits of...

NCGA Statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

(Posted Thu. Jul 5th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation.   “It’s no secret corn farmers have been frustrated with Scott Pruitt’s ongoing actions over the past year that have seriously undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “Even with this leadership change at the EPA, our priorities do not change. We will continue to push the EPA to stop granting unjustified RFS waivers. We expect the EPA to account for the more than 1.6 billion gallons the agency waived from 2016 and 2017 RFS obligations, and we will continue ask EPA to follow through on the president’s commitment to remove outdated regulations to allow higher blends of ethanol like E15 to be sold year-round. We are hopeful Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler will work with America’s corn farmers to give consumers more options at the pump to save them money and reduce...

(Posted Tue. Jun 26th, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on EPA’s Proposed Biofuel Requirements for 2019.   “For corn farmers, what’s not included in EPA’s proposed rule says more than what’s included.   “It is encouraging that EPA is following Congressional intent and proposing some growth in the RFS volumes and continuing to propose an implied 15-billion-gallon volume for conventional ethanol. However, by continuing to allow retroactive exemptions to refineries, EPA will undercut the volumes in this rule, rendering the proposed blending levels meaningless. Furthermore, the proposed rule states that EPA will not consider comments on how small refinery exemptions are accounted for.    “EPA also had an opportunity to propose a remedy for the 1.6 billion gallons the agency has retroactively waived from the 2016 and 2017 volume requirements over the past year. NCGA believes that if EPA is going to grant...

(Posted Thu. Jun 21st, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association commends House lawmakers who serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Agriculture Committee for asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to stop manipulating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by granting small refinery exemptions to refiners who are making millions of dollars in profits.   Yesterday, these lawmakers submitted a letter to Administrator Pruitt asking him to provide more information and transparency about RFS exemptions granted and the process for granting those exemptions, calling on him to be more transparent and to stop undercutting the renewable fuels market. They pointed out that taking this action is “inflicting further economic pain in rural communities and throughout the agriculture sector.”   The 12 Representatives who signed on to the letter include: Dave Loebsack – Iowa, Cheri Bustos – Illinois, Paul Tonko – New York, Collin Peterson – Minnesota, Bobby Rush – Illinois, Ann McLane Kuster – New...

Midwest Farmers to Pruitt: It’s Time to Take Action

(Posted Thu. Jun 14th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

(Photo courtesy of the American Coalition for Ethanol)   This week, farmers across the Midwest made their voices heard and shared their frustrations with EPA Administer Scott Pruitt for not moving forward with the president’s request to make higher blends of ethanol, like E15, available year-round and for granting RFS waivers to refineries at the expense of farmers.    Pruitt made his way through farm country, making stops in Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska.    “Corn growers came out in force this week to reinforce the importance of allowing higher blends of ethanol in the marketplace and shine a spotlight on EPA’s actions that are destroying demand for corn,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “We have to continue to beat-the-drum and be vocal about these issues. Farmers have been very clear – It’s time for Administrator Pruitt to uphold the president’s statements on granting E15 year-round and time to stop granting waivers to refiners.”   Pruitt started his visit in...

(Posted Tue. Jun 12th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Lowered supply projections and increased yield forecasts may bump the price farmers receive for a bushel of corn upward by ten cents according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. Given the shift was, in large part, due to strong exports, the information reinforces the incredible economic importance of U.S. trade policies that allow for further demand growth.   This report indicated no change to projected production since the month prior. If realized, the yield, projected to 174 bushels per acre, would be the third-highest yield on record.   Beginning stocks projections were lowered to reflect a 75-million-bushel increase in 2017/2018 projected exports to 2.3 billion bushels. If realized, this would be the highest export level since 2007/2008. Notably, April exports hit a record high, surpassing November 1989 which was the best prior month to that point. May exports are expected to remain strong given export inspection data.   The report also indicates...

(Posted Fri. Jun 8th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Monday, June 11, at 9 p.m. central time, the Renewable Fuels Association custom motorcycle will be unveiled on Discovery Channel’s American Chopper. RFA teamed up with Paul Junior Designs on the project. The custom bike runs on ethanol.   “We are looking forward to the episode airing and can’t wait for the public to see the bike,” said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. “We hope corn farmers will tune in and follow along on social media using the #fuelyourknowledge hashtag.”   The “Fuel Your Knowledge” campaign was launched by RFA to educate consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in motorcycles and other small engines.   E10 is endorsed for use by all motorcycle manufacturers. Ethanol blends of gasoline provide consumers with a lower-cost, high performance fuel. It’s homegrown and burns cleaner and cooler than gasoline.   For more information on RFA’s partnership with American Chopper, click here.   To learn more about the Fuel Your...

NCGA Commends Efforts to Protect the RFS

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

Following White House postponement of potential damaging changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, NCGA President and North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes thanked those who stood up for America’s corn farmers.   “The nation’s corn growers thank Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for their advocacy and steadfast support for farmers, rural communities and renewable fuels. We greatly appreciate their efforts,” Skunes said. “With the expectation that the Administration was preparing to take drastic actions to unravel the RFS, farmers are very pleased those actions have been set aside and strongly encourage the Administration to keep the President’s commitment to America’s farmers and leave the RFS intact.”

Farm and Biofuel Coalition Demands that EPA Account for Lost Volumes Due to Secretive, Retroactive Small Refinery Exemptions
Coalition Petitions EPA to Revise the Way It Calculates Annual Renewable Fuel Obligations; EPA Is Failing to Comply with Statutory Mandate

(Posted Mon. Jun 4th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Today a coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change its regulations to account for lost volumes of renewable fuel resulting from the unprecedented number of retroactive small refinery exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations recently granted by EPA. The parties on the petition are the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Growth Energy (Growth), National Biodiesel Board (NBB), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and National Farmers Union (NFU).    This petition comes days after several ethanol and farm groups challenged three specific small refinery exemptions granted by EPA. While the lawsuit in the Tenth Circuit challenged those exemptions as wrongly decided, this petition to EPA seeks a broader, forward-looking remedy to account for the collective lost volumes caused by the unprecedented number of retroactive...

NCGA Calls for Year-Round E15

(Posted Fri. Jun 1st, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Consumers across the country will lose access to the option of E15 today, just as families plan to hit the road on summer vacation and gas prices are on the rise. Despite President Trump’s repeated commitment to year-round E15, an outdated regulatory barrier still limits the ability of fuel retailers to offer ethanol blends greater than 10 percent in most of the country from June 1 to September 15.   The National Corn Growers Association is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to expeditiously take steps to remove this barrier and allow for year-round sales of ethanol blends greater than 10 percent, such as E15.   “E15 is typically more affordable at the pump and is better for the environment,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “There is no good reason to limit access to E15 in the summer, which is an especially busy time for families making more stops to refuel.”   Federal law and regulations limit the amount of evaporative emissions from vehicle fuel, which is...

Ethanol Coalition Files Suit Against EPA’s Secretive Small Refinery Exemptions
While Investors Reaped Millions, Three ‘Small’ Refineries Claimed They Could not Afford to Comply with Renewable Fuel Obligations

(Posted Wed. May 30th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and National Farmers Union (NFU), with support of Farmers Union Enterprises, today filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to challenge several waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted in secret to profitable refining companies.    The petitioners are challenging three EPA decisions, made under unusually clandestine proceedings, to exempt refineries in Wynnewood, Oklahoma; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Woods Cross, Utah from the RFS requirements of the Clean Air Act. The Wynnewood refinery is owned by Wynnewood Refining Company, a subsidiary of CVR Energy, and the Cheyenne and Woods Cross refineries are owned by Holly Frontier Corporation. The companies have since estimated in financial disclosures that the exemptions have saved them a collective $170 million in compliance...

NCGA Statement on RFS White House Meeting

(Posted Tue. May 8th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol farm policy

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on the outcome of today’s White House meeting regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).    “President Trump today reaffirmed his commitment to our nation’s farmers by approving year-round sales of E15 without a RIN cap. This is a positive step because we know a RIN price cap would have been damaging to farmers.   “We have numerous questions, however, about a potential plan now being developed by USDA Secretary Perdue and EPA Administrator Pruitt to address small refiner waivers by potentially offering biofuels credits on ethanol exports, an idea that would harm our ethanol export success.   “NCGA has opposed RIN credits on exports, an idea that EPA stated last fall that it would not pursue. Offering RIN credits, which are supposed to be derived from a domestic renewable fuel use, for ethanol exports would threaten trade markets and impact corn...

Corn Growers Thank Perdue, Urge Continued Advocacy

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol farm policy

On behalf of corn farmers nationwide, NCGA and state corn grower associations sent a letter to USDA Secretary Perdue Monday thanking him for his advocacy within the Trump Administration and his recent statements encouraging the Administration to advance RVP parity. The associations urged Perdue to continue his efforts in support of farmers and rural America. “As you work with President Trump, EPA Administrator Pruitt and Members of Congress, we encourage you to continue to advocate for real solutions, such as RVP parity for higher blends, and to continue to highlight the demand destruction caused by EPA’s refinery exemptions, as well as how EPA’s actions contradict President Trump’s commitments,” the associations wrote.   Click here for full text of Perdue letter

NCGA Calls on President to Allow for Increased Ethanol Blends

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol farm policy

The National Corn Growers Association today urged President Trump to follow through on the necessary steps to implement year-round sales of higher ethanol blends, such as E15, ahead of a planned Tuesday White House meeting regarding biofuels issues.     “Year-round sale of higher ethanol blends, like E15, would replace outdated policy and provide benefits not only for farmers but also for consumers and the environment,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “Corn farmers have made huge strides in increasing productivity but, at the same time, are facing a fifth consecutive year of declining corn crop receipts. A firm commitment to the RFS would help provide the stability farmers need during difficult times.”   NCGA was joined by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, American Soybean Association and National Association of Wheat Growers in a letter to the President thanking him for his recent comments in support of higher blends and urging that he begin the...

NCGA Statement on Today’s High-Octane Hearing in Washington D.C.

(Posted Fri. Apr 13th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on today’s Environment Subcommittee Hearing “High-Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities.”   “While corn growers are pleased that the value of octane that comes naturally from ethanol is being recognized by automakers, we need to look at the whole of any policy being proposed. We can’t look at an octane standard in isolation. We must look at the sum of all the parts.   “Congress enacted the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) because it was important to diversify the transportation fuel supply, and that diversity remains an important energy policy objective. One way to evaluate any proposal related to the transportation fuel supply is to ask whether it makes our transportation fuel more dependent on oil or whether it continues to provide opportunities to expand the use of homegrown biofuels.     “With the ongoing push for...

 NCGA Statement on President Trump’s Announcement on RVP Parity

(Posted Thu. Apr 12th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol public policy

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on today’s announcement from President Trump on RVP parity.   “Today, at a meeting at the White House with governors and lawmakers, President Donald Trump committed to making policy changes that would allow for the sale of blends greater than 10 percent, such as E15, year-round. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is very pleased with this announcement, and we thank the President for this commitment to America’s corn farmers and rural America.   “Allowing the sale of E15 all year, will allow for less confusion and more savings at the pump for consumers, continue to benefit the environment with the further reduction of emissions and provide corn farmers with a more stable market.  NCGA has been advocating for this parity for higher blends of ethanol not only for these benefits but also because of the additional ethanol blending addresses refiner...

Ag & Ethanol Groups Holding RFS Twitter Townhall Monday

(Posted Fri. Apr 6th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

On Monday, April 9, from 7 – 10 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT) several agriculture and ethanol groups will be participating in a Twitter Townhall, prior to the scheduled meeting happening at the White House regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Yesterday, NCGA sent out a Grassroots call to action, asking members to send a letter or call President Trump and their appropriate member of Congress. This social media effort provides another opportunity for your voice to be heard.   You can participate in the Twitter Townhall, by using the #RFSWorks. Some sample Tweets you can use are: President @realDonaldTrump - Keep your promise to farmers - support the RFS. Don't give in to Big Oil. #RFSWorks President @realDonaldTrump - Don't undermine the RFS. Let farmers and rural America know you still have their best interests in mind. Farmers can't afford the EPA destroying corn and ethanol demand. #RFSWorks @EPAScottPruitt - When will you stop being in Big Oil's back pocket? Do...

Stop the EPA from Messing with the RFS

(Posted Thu. Apr 5th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

While the White House weighs options, the EPA continues to undermine and mess with the RFS, granting questionable RFS waivers to refiners with no transparency and failing to provide regulatory parity for higher blends of ethanol. The EPA continues to check-off the items on Big-Oil’s wish list while gutting corn and ethanol demand and undermining the President’s commitment to the RFS in the process. NCGA and state corn growers sent this letter to EPA this week.   It’s time for EPA and the White House to consider real solutions, including RVP parity that would allow year-round sales of blends greater than 10 percent. The oil industry has already gotten a gift from the EPA. Since these discussions about capping RIN prices started in January, RIN prices have fallen 50 percent. Corn farmers and their allies need to tell the President that ‘enough is enough.’   It is time for EPA to stop the backdoor reductions to the RFS and time for higher blends of ethanol to receive RVP parity....

NCGA Statement on PES Bankruptcy Settlement

(Posted Thu. Apr 5th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on yesterday’s Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Bankruptcy Settlement, granted by a federal Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.   “The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is extremely disappointed in the bankruptcy court’s ruling, allowing PES to waive the majority of its obligation under the RFS. This settlement is not acceptable and completely undermines the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This settlement negotiated is just another example of how the Agency is willing to dismantle the RFS. This settlement rewards corporations, such as the $12 billion Carlyle Group, which should be liable for PES’ RFS obligations, at the expense of farmers. Farmers are entering their fifth year of low prices and net farm losses and can’t afford reducing demand for ethanol, as corn is the primary feedstock used in the production of conventional biofuel. As EPA’s actions...

NCGA Statement on Small Refinery Exemption

(Posted Wed. Apr 4th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on a letter NCGA and 22 state corn associations sent to the EPA regarding the recent small refinery exemptions from RFS volume obligations.   “Today the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) along with state corn grower associations, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on the small refinery exemptions being granted, allowing refineries to avoid meeting their RFS volume obligations.   “EPA continues to take actions that undermine the RFS and contradict President Trump’s commitments to America’s corn farmers. EPA is clearly overstepping its bounds, and we ask Administrator Pruitt to stop granting these waivers and damaging the RFS behind closed doors.   “Yesterday, EPA reportedly granted exemptions to one of the nation’s largest refiners, Andeavor, which posted net profits of $1.5 billion in 2017. This improper application of the small...

NCGA Statement on RFS Waivers Issued to Large Refiner by EPA

(Posted Tue. Apr 3rd, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on the RFS waivers reportedly granted to a large refiner by the EPA.   “EPA’s reported actions are unacceptable,” Skunes said. “EPA cannot undermine the RFS by granting waivers to refiners who are making profits as large as the one reported by Reuters. Granting these waivers significantly reduces the number of gallons of fuel blended with ethanol hurting rural economies and the nation’s corn farmers. When refiners aren’t meeting their blending obligations, corn farmers pay the price.   “EPA’s small refiner exemption process has no transparency,” Skunes said. “We need the EPA to live up to Administrator Pruitt’s October commitment to senators to, ‘act consistent with the text and spirit of the RFS,’ and to do so in an ‘open and transparent manner that advances the full potential of this program.’ We call on the EPA to stop granting these waivers to...

NCGA Submits Comments to DOJ on Proposed PES RIN Settlement

(Posted Tue. Mar 27th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association submitted formal comments to the U.S Department of Justice on the proposed Settlement Agreement between Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the outstanding RFS compliance obligations the refiner has included in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.   NCGA is opposed to the proposed settlement, as it would undermine the RFS.   “As producers of the primary feedstock used in the production of conventional biofuel, a key component of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), corn farmers maintain a vested interest in the integrity of the RFS and in the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) compliance system for obligated parties,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “This proposed settlement agreement would have negative policy implications for the RFS and future compliance with the Clean Air Act. As such, NCGA urges DOJ to withdraw and reconsider the proposed Settlement Agreement because it...

Sustained Farmer Advocacy Needed to Help Protect the RFS in Washington

(Posted Mon. Mar 19th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Concerns continue this week that the Trump Administration could decide to strike a deal for oil refiners that would have immediate and lasting effects for ethanol demand and, therefore, for corn prices as well. However, the National Corn Growers Association remains active on members’ behalf, including running a major advertising campaign in the nation’s capital.   Thanks to everyone who has already made your voice heard in Washington in support of the RFS. NCGA continues to ask farmers to make sure your views are heard.   President Trump, your Members of Congress and USDA need to understand the economic challenges farmers are facing today and the direct role a healthy ethanol market plays for the future of family farms. The proposal from the oil industry, being considered by the President, could cut farm income almost $4 billion dollars per year for the next two years.  There are better solutions, including RVP parity to allow year-round sale of blends greater than 10 percent,...

NCGA Applauds Midwest Governors for Continued Support on the RFS

(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on the letter to President Trump from Midwest Governors regarding the importance of not weakening the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “We want to thank these governors for their leadership and continued support on this very important issue that has such a large impact on America’s farmers and rural communities,” said Skunes. “The RFS is a job creator, economic driver and gives the public an affordable option at the fuel pump. These six governors have a strong understanding of the benefits of the RFS and outlined why other proposals on the table would have a negative impact on rural America.”   The six governors who sent the letter to President Trump include: Kim Reynolds – Iowa; Eric Holcomb – Indiana; Jeff Colyer – Kansas; Eric Greitens – Missouri; Pete Ricketts – Nebraska; Dennis Daugaard – South Dakota. To view a copy of the letter, click

Mr. President, Don’t Cap Our Future

(Posted Fri. Mar 9th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes told US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this morning that proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard would trigger significant losses in farm income and in rural jobs.  Skunes asked the Secretary to work with President Trump to ensure the President understands the economic challenges farmers are facing today.   “Corn farmers have fought hard the past ten years, within Congress, with the last Administration, and in the Courts to protect the opportunity for renewable fuels to continue to grow as an option for consumers,” said Skunes. “Today, the President is considering a proposal from the oil industry that could cut farm income almost $4 billion dollars per year for the next two years.  It is a deal that American farmers cannot afford.  My message to the Secretary today was to ask the President not to cap future growth and opportunity in rural America by implementing a bad policy that would only serve to...

Latest RFS Bill Ignores Wealth of Science Documenting Ethanol’s Environmental Benefits

(Posted Thu. Mar 8th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Statement by Kevin Skunes, National Corn Growers Association President, and Arthur, North Dakota farmer regarding the Udall/Welch Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Legislation H.R. 5212/S. 2519)   “This legislation seeks to kill our most successful American renewable energy program. The bill ignores current science reflecting the significant environmental benefits of ethanol and would have catastrophic consequences for our nation’s economy, our energy security, and family farmers.   The sponsors of this legislation need to understand farmers’ productivity. Ethanol production is not significantly impacting land use.  In fact, planted corn acres were lower in 2017 than when the RFS was expanded in 2007, yet we produced significantly more biofuels. We produce more biofuels because average crop yields have increased by more than 25 bushels per acre, not because we are farming more land. The total agriculture footprint in the United States is shrinking.   Corn production is also...

Purdue University Analysis Confirms Potential Economic Fallout from Changes to RFS

(Posted Wed. Mar 7th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Economists at Purdue University have analyzed the potential economic implications of a price cap on RINs in conjunction with an E15 RVP waiver. Their analysis finds that a price cap—even when paired with an RVP waiver--would prevent achievement of the objectives of the Renewable Fuel Standard, reduce overall biofuel blending, and halt investment in higher blend infrastructure.   Statement by National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes regarding a new study by Purdue University.   “The new Purdue University analysis continues a drum beat of data that makes it very clear messing with the Renewable Fuel Standard, and specifically manipulating the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) system, is a potential economic disaster for farmers and rural America.   A RIN price cap—even when paired with RVP parity for E15 and higher blends—weakens the RFS and would prevent achievement of the clean air and economic objectives that launched this innovative, renewable fuels...

RFS Tinkering Would Deal Substantive Blow to Farmers

(Posted Tue. Mar 6th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Statement by National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes regarding a new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.   “This economic analysis backs up what corn farmers have been telling the Administration – that manipulating the RIN market mechanism would reduce ethanol blending and impact corn prices. A drop of 25 cents per bushel in corn prices, as CARD economists project from a RIN price cap, would devastate farmers and stagger rural communities.   “This spring farmers will begin planting knowing they face their fifth growing season with corn prices hovering at or below the cost of production. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, we lost 12,000 farms in 2016. This decline must be stopped.    “The CARD analysis clearly shows an artificial cap on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices in exchange for an RVP waiver allowing year-round sales of E15 would be a bad deal for rural America and the nation’s...

Corn Congress Stands Up in Support of RFS

(Posted Mon. Mar 5th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

During last week’s Corn Congress, the National Corn Growers Association’s biannual delegate meeting, 124 delegates representing 28 states delved into policy and debated the most pressing issues facing America’s farmers. The thoughtful discussion yielded significant insight into many issues, but the most pressing discussion turned to the current debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard.   The farmers in attendance voted unanimously to approve a “Sense of the Corn Congress” motion directed toward President Trump.  The motion states:   “Whereas, the Renewable Fuel Standard has been a successful public policy for our nation’s energy security, the environment and rural America; and   “Whereas, the Renewable Identification Number component of the Renewable Fuel Standard is vital to the success of the RFS; and   “Whereas, RINs are the market mechanism that drives blending to obligated levels; and   “Whereas, any cap or other manipulation of the RIN program would disrupt that...

NCGA Statement on Today's White House Meeting

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to today’s White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “For corn farmers, the question for the ongoing White House discussions is simple – what is the problem you are trying to solve?” said Skunes.   “According to EPA, refiners don’t have a problem.  EPA concluded in November that refiners are able to recover the cost of RINs through the prices they receive for refined products and that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners.    “For farmers, ethanol blending equals corn demand. Farmers care about RIN values, not because we want them to be high, but because we want the RIN market mechanism to work freely to incentivize blending. Increased blending will, in turn, lower RIN values, exactly the way the RFS is intended to work.  Government manipulation of the RIN market, on the other hand, disrupts the incentive to...

(Posted Mon. Feb 26th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association, along with other agricultural organizations, sent a letter to President Trump on Monday, calling on the President to maintain the integrity of the RFS.   “We appreciate the President’s support of the RFS since the early days of his campaign,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “Rural America supported President Trump last year, now we need the President to support rural America.  Supporting policy changes that undermine the RFS will hurt farmers, renewable fuel plant workers, and rural America.”   The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects 2018 net farm income will decline an additional $4.3 billion this year, a 6.7 percent reduction from 2017 levels. This represents the lowest net farm income, in nominal dollars, since 2006 and is a 50-percent decline in net farm income since 2013.   The letter to the President disputes the recent claims made by an East Coast refinery that the RFS is to blame for their recent bankruptcy.  “Mismanagement...

(Posted Wed. Feb 21st, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to Senator Cruz’s remarks during the Philadelphia refinery (PES) town hall.   “While most refiners are reporting double-digit profit increases, Philadelphia Energy Solutions has filed for bankruptcy protection because its investors put their interests ahead of their workers’ interests. It’s disingenuous for Senator Cruz to claim he’s looking out for refinery workers, when he’s really looking out for Wall Street investors who made bad business decisions yet ensured they got their payout first, putting refinery jobs at risk.   “Senator Cruz is right about one thing – this is not about pitting corn farmers and refinery workers against each other. Corn farmers see refinery owners and investors failing to take responsibility for their poor business decisions. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) works for consumers, union workers, farmers and our...

(Posted Fri. Feb 16th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following was first issued as a press release from the Renewable Fuels Association.   A new analysis from the University of Illinois shows that the conditions that caused high conventional biofuel (D6) RIN prices are changing rapidly and that “…it is not out of the realm of possibility for D6 RINs prices to fall back their pre-2013 level of just a few cents without making any changes to the RFS.”    The authors argue that high D6 RIN prices have been driven by the “gap” that exists between domestic ethanol consumption (estimated at 14.5 billion gallons in 2017) and the 15-billion-gallon statutory requirement for conventional renewable fuels. The size of that “gap” continues to shrink rapidly as E10, E15, and E85 blending has expanded. Thus, as that expansion continues at a rapid pace, the “gap” will be fully closed and RIN prices will fall dramatically. As the Renewable Fuels Association has pointed out, this is exactly how the RFS was intended to work. Establishing RVP...

We are Ethanol Strong!

(Posted Thu. Feb 15th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

This week, the Renewable Fuels Association held their annual National Ethanol Conference with a focus on growing markets in the U.S. and abroad. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen opened the conference with the State of the Industry address, focusing on everything the ethanol industry has done to be "Ethanol Strong."   "I am more confident than I have ever been that the U.S. ethanol industry, led by the visionaries in this room, is poised for continued growth and unprecedented success," Dinneen said. "That is not just because the industry is strong today and getting stronger. It is because this industry knows what it takes to succeed, and remains resolute in the face of setback, determined in the face of adversity, and committed to the farmers who grow our feedstock, consumers who use our fuel, and a nation that rewards innovation. I am inspired by your strength. You are Ethanol Strong."   "The RFS has been a tremendous success," Dinneen added. "It does not need to be...

(Posted Wed. Feb 14th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Agriculture leaders came together last week to discuss why biofuels are so important to the industry. At Growth Energy’s Executive Leadership Conference, NCGA past President and Chairman Chip Bowling was part of a panel to discuss the current state of the farm economy and how biofuels can help.   "If the renewable fuels standard stays intact, we will get higher blends of ethanol in the fuel system and that creates higher demand for our corn,” Bowling said. “We also see exports of ethanol as a major way to grind corn immediately. We need to keep pressure on lawmakers in Washington D.C. to strengthen and preserve the RFS. That is the best way to increase profitability for corn farmers!”   Joining Bowling on stage were Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation; Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union; Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation; and panel moderator Jeff Broin, chairman and CEO of POET.   The...

(Posted Tue. Feb 13th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Ron Alverson, a farmer, founding member of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and board member of Dakota Ethanol LLC, is the recipient of the RFA 2018 Industry Award.   The Industry Award is given annually to individuals that demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry. Alverson was presented the award this morning during the 23nd Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC).   For more than 40 years, Alverson has grown corn and soybeans near Chester, S.D. He is a founding member and past president of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, helped establish the corn checkoff program to create new markets and uses for corn and helped pass South Dakota’s first ethanol productive incentive. Alverson founded Dakota Ethanol LLC, which operates a 48 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Wentworth, S.D., and is a past chairman of the American Coalition for Ethanol.   Alverson has also been working to educate policymakers and industry partners about the...

NCGA Statement on EPA’s Final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation

(Posted Thu. Nov 30th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “NCGA is pleased to see the EPA meet the Administration’s commitment to keep the RFS on track when it comes to conventional ethanol. Not only has EPA hit the mark with the 15 billion-gallon implied target, but EPA has also improved on the proposed rule by correctly growing the total 2018 volume from the 2017 level as intended in the RFS.   “This year’s corn crop is bigger than anyone anticipated, resulting in the largest carryover supply in 30 years. Farmers want to rely on the marketplace for their income, and ethanol has been critical in our effort to increase profitable demand for U.S. corn.   “While we are concerned that the RVO number for cellulosic ethanol is not set...

(Posted Tue. Oct 31st, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following piece originally ran as a news release created and distributed by Growth Energy at: https://growthenergy.org/2017/10/30/growth-energy-2-billion-miles-surpassed-e15/.   Growth Energy announced that in just five months, American drivers have surpassed another billion miles on E15, bringing the total miles driven across the U.S. to 2 billion. This comes  on the heels of Growth Energy’s recent announcement that more than 1,000 stations across the country are currently offering E15 to consumers.   “This latest milestone cements the fact that drivers have embraced the tremendous benefits E15 offers and highlights just how rapidly consumer demand is growing,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “E15 is a smart choice for consumers who care about their car’s engines, want a healthy environment, and seek better value at the pump. We’re thrilled to lead the charge with Prime the Pump to bring more and more drivers this option every day.”   More than 1,000 fuel stations...

(Posted Mon. Oct 30th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following piece originally ran as a news release created and distributed by the Renewable Fuels Association at: http://www.ethanolrfa.org/2017/10/rfa-data-more-than-4000-u-s-stations-offering-e85/   Drivers of flex fuel vehicles (FFVs), which can handle higher ethanol blends up to 85 percent, now have even more places to fuel up. According to E85prices.com, operated by the Renewable Fuels Association, there are now more than 4,000 stations throughout the U.S. offering E85.   There are more than 22 million FFVs on U.S. roads and now consumers have greater access to higher ethanol blends. Minnesota offers the most E85 stations, but states outside the Corn Belt have shown the greatest uptick in recent years. States like California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have demonstrated tremendous growth in offering higher ethanol blends.   Greater consumer access to E85 is due to a combination of factors, including RFA’s overall market development efforts, the...

(Posted Fri. Oct 20th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

In a letter to seven senators sent late Thursday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took significant strides toward strengthening the foundation for ethanol and renewable fuels.  The Administrator emphasized his commitment to implementing renewable fuel volumes at or above levels proposed, as well as to examining the Agency’s authority to fix regulations that currently limit the year-round sale of E15 and higher ethanol blends.  Administrator Pruitt also said the Agency would not pursue regulations to change the treatment of RINs relative to ethanol exports, a proposal that would have undermined the integrity of the RFS and our exports.   “NCGA greatly appreciates the leadership of these seven senators to make renewable fuels a priority,” said Kevin Skunes, NCGA president. “Their advocacy for farmers, rural communities and renewable fuels, as well as the advocacy of other Members of Congress who joined recent Senate and House letters to EPA, helped ensure EPA understood our concerns...

(Posted Thu. Oct 19th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to pull back on the further reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contemplates in the October 4, 2017 Notice of Data Availability (NODA).   In the NODA, EPA requested additional comments on potential reductions in volume requirements under the RFS. While EPA proposed no direct changes to the implied 15 billion gallon volume for conventional ethanol, NCGA believes the volume reductions EPA is exploring are inconsistent with the law and with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s July 28, 2017 decision in Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA.   “As one of the petitioners comprising Americans for Clean Energy, NCGA is concerned with EPA’s attempt to incorrectly apply the Agency’s waiver authority in order to justify further reductions in volumes,” NCGA President Kevin Skunes wrote in comments submitted...

(Posted Wed. Oct 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association thanks Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for continuing to stand up for farmers, rural communities and biofuels. Senator Grassley, along with Senators Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) met yesterday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss concerns regarding EPA's administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), including proposals to reduce RFS volumes.   “We would like to thank Senator Grassley for organizing the meeting and to all senators who participated for making sure EPA understands how important the RFS is for agriculture," said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “NCGA appreciates the senators' commitment to a strong RFS and their leadership in ensuring our voices are heard in EPA's decision-making process."   After the meeting, Senator Ernst released a statement saying “Our meeting today was another clear...

(Posted Tue. Oct 17th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

When planning a family vacation, you probably don’t put a lot of thought into which gas stations you are going to stop at, when you are going to stop and the type of gasoline you are going to fill-up with. Well, Renewable Fuels Association’s Vice President of Industry Relations, Robert White, did just that and recently shared his journey.   The following piece originally ran as a blog post created and distributed by the Renewable Fuels Association at: http://www.ethanolrfa.org/2017/09/vacation-powered-by-e85/.   The average U.S. worker leaves nearly half of his or her vacation days on the table each year. I am usually guilty of this too, but this year I wanted to make the most of time off and find a fun trip for myself, my wife and our 13-month-old daughter. We decided on visiting some national parks and monuments in Colorado and Utah. Naturally, this adventure had to be done in a Flex Fuel vehicle, and we chose our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee as our mode of transportation. The...

American Ethanol and NCGA to Roll Out Big Promotion at Talladega Race

(Posted Wed. Oct 11th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Talladega Motor Speedway will once again be the home of “the big one” on Oct. 13-15, only this time it will be the National Corn Growers Association conducting their largest American Ethanol NASCAR promotion to date, not the seemingly inevitable fast racing and wrecks that make the track famous.   NCGA will be partnering with corn farmers from across the U.S. - including Alabama, Kansas, Iowa and Michigan - to promote E15 American Ethanol all weekend in the popular Fan Zone exhibit area, nearby campgrounds, on-track signage, the pavement in pit road and the in-house video system.   “Corn Growers partnered with Growth Energy under the American Ethanol banner to spread the positive benefits of E15 and higher ethanol blends. Since 2011 drivers on all three of NASCAR’s racing series have completed more than 10-million miles on E15,” said Don Glenn, NCGA board member and farmer from Hillsboro, Alabama. “And E15 has worked seamlessly in these high performance engines. Today, a...

(Posted Fri. Oct 6th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of 38 senators, led by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to implement a strong final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule as intended by Congress.   “We urge you to continue to implement the RFS as intended by Congress and release a strong final rule that would give consumers more choices at the pump, strengthen our economy and make our country more secure,” the Senators wrote.   EPA has proposed an implied volume of 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol in 2018, consistent with the level set by Congress. However, the Agency also proposed reducing cellulosic and total renewable fuel volumes by 73 million gallons and 40 million gallons, respectively. Most recently, EPA proposed additional volume reductions as the Agency prepares to finalize 2018 volumes. In comments to the EPA earlier this year, emphasized in a letter to President Trump this week, NCGA called...

(Posted Tue. Oct 3rd, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association and other biofuel advocates sent a letter to President Donald Trump today, urging the White House to “act quickly to prevent actions” at the Environmental Protection Agency that could undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “The proposed changes are inconsistent with the law and threaten the growth and prosperity of the U.S. biofuels industry,” wrote the National Corn Growers Association, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Growth Energy, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the Advanced Biofuels Business Council and other industry leaders.   “EPA’s changes are also inconsistent with Administrator Pruitt’s assurances to uphold the law and your long-standing support of ethanol and the RFS. If the proposed changes are finalized, EPA’s actions would cause severe harm to our industry, undermining your efforts to drive economic growth and secure America’s status as the global leader in biofuel production.”   “Actions speak...

(Posted Thu. Aug 31st, 2017)

Keywords: ethanol

In comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Corn Growers Association asked the Agency to maintain the proposed amount of conventional ethanol blended into the nation’s gas supply for 2018, and to raise the amount of cellulosic, advanced, and total biofuels.   In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, NCGA President Wesley Spurlock writes, “In the 10 years since Congress expanded the RFS in 2007, corn farmers have responded to the growing market for ethanol, increasing production efficiency to help meet the RFS goal of moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, boosting production of clean, renewable fuels and protecting consumers.”   In its proposed rule for the 2018 standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, EPA proposed an implied volume of 15 billion gallons for conventional ethanol in 2018, consistent with the level intended by Congress. This is a change from the previous four...

(Posted Thu. Aug 24th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following piece originally ran as a press release created and distributed by the Renewable Fuels Association.     A new economic modeling study that will soon be published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has substantially benefitted the U.S. economy by lowering gasoline and crude oil prices, cutting crude oil imports, adding value to U.S.-produced agricultural commodities and reducing U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.   “The results confirm that the current RFS program considerably benefits the agriculture sector, but also leads to overall welfare gains for the United States,” according to the study’s authors, Iowa State University economists GianCarlo Moschini, Harvey Lapan and Hyunseok Kim. “We find that the RFS has indeed proved to be a remarkably effective tool for farm support.”   The analysis found the RFS in 2015 saved the U.S. economy $17.8 billion in gasoline expenses, compared to a case where no...

(Posted Tue. Aug 8th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Every successful industry needs advocates of heroic stature. If they happen to be gregarious, fearless and zealous in their beliefs that’s a huge bonus. Keith Holmes was that guy, and today he is being remembered at a memorial service in Spring Lake, Michigan.   Keith, who was killed in a crash recently during the St. Clair River Classic offshore powerboat race in Michigan, throttled and raced boats in the Offshore Powerboat Association, American Powerboat Association, Offshore Super Series and Superboat International series competitions. He also was a believer in the benefits of ethanol fuel.   As the owner of CK Motorsports and throttleman of the American Ethanol Cat Can Do Catamaran, he used his love of racing to show recreational and professional powerboaters that ethanol worked on the water as well as the road.   Keith worked with NCGA and a number of the state corn organizations to set the record straight on ethanol use in marine engines.  His voice will definitely be...

(Posted Fri. Jul 28th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Pocono Raceway is the greenest venue in NASCAR, and maybe in professional sports. But the track will get even more “green” this weekend as Austin Dillon and the American Ethanol #3 car hit the track with an American Ethanol paint out.   You can catch Austin competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono’s Tricky Triangle this Sunday for the Overton's 400 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Although all cars will be racing on E15 American Ethanol, Austin’s car will drive the point home in this, the third, fully marked up car of the 2017 season.   “I love being the renewable fuels guy. The best part is the American part. It’s special to be kind of the leader in that category,” Dillon said.   As Monster Energy Series drivers are getting ready for Sunday’s race, American Ethanol will already be in the spotlight miles away at the NASCAR Xfinity Series in Iowa on Saturday, July 29, in the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by American Ethanol. You can tune in for that race at 3:30 p.m. ET...

(Posted Fri. Jul 28th, 2017)

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled today in favor of the National Corn Growers Association and other renewable fuels advocates, agreeing with the petitioners that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in how it interpreted and used the “inadequate domestic supply” waiver in the Renewable Fuel Standard law in setting renewable fuel volumes for 2014-2016.     In Americans for Clean Energy et al v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Court vacated EPA’s decision to reduce the total renewable fuel volume requirement in 2016 and remanded the rule to EPA for further consideration.   The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association:   “Today’s court decision is a win for farmers, the biofuels industry, and consumers. This ruling affirms our view that the EPA did not follow the law when it reduced the 2014-2016 renewable fuel volumes below levels intended by Congress. The court held that EPA was wrong to interpret...

(Posted Fri. Jul 21st, 2017)

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The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association regarding the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517):   “Corn farmers appreciate the work of Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and the bipartisan Senate sponsors of the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act to advance this legislation.  While this legislation will not move to a committee markup at this time, we will continue to back efforts to remove this unnecessary roadblock to consumer choice that saves drivers money and is better for the environment.   “It is unfortunate that some have turned a focused effort to remove an outdated regulatory barrier into a referendum on a wide range of other issues unrelated to a simple question, which is whether a consumer choice barrier for three months of the year is still justified. As experts testified to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, this barrier has no environmental or economic justification. On the narrow question of whether retailers...

(Posted Wed. Jul 5th, 2017)

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The following is a statement from Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the proposed 2018 renewable volume obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “We are pleased to see EPA pick up where last year’s RFS rulemaking left off and propose a rule that keeps the RFS on track for conventional ethanol production. EPA’s proposal is good for farmers who are facing tough economic times and good for consumers who want affordable fuel choices that give us a cleaner environment.   “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been a resounding success: cleaner air, greater energy independence, and stronger rural communities. We call on the EPA to keep the RFS moving forward in line with the law and in a timely manner. Doing so will bring greater stability and certainty to the marketplace and spur increased investment in renewable fuels.   “NCGA will...

(Posted Tue. May 30th, 2017)

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Late Sunday night, American Ethanol driver and spokesperson, Austin Dillon captured his first Monster Energy Cup Series win, driving the celebrated No. 3 car to victory at the Coca-Cola 600. Dillon’s win came at his home track, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and is the first for the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car since October 15, 2000, when Dale Earnhardt won at Talladega.   “NCGA is obviously thrilled by the win because it further validates the abilities of ethanol fuel on the road and on the track. Specifically, it provides great positive exposure for E15 at a time when the fuel is beginning to make significant gains in consumer retail space, said Paul Jeschke, Chairman of NCGA’s Ethanol Action Team and Mazon, Illinois farmer.  “Corn farmers tasked NCGA with building support for ethanol with consumers outside its traditional Midwestern customer base and our partnership with Growth Energy, under the American Ethanol banner, has raised the profile of E15...

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

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In response to oral arguments held earlier today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the petition for review of the Renewable Volume Obligations for 2014-2016 filed by Americans for Clean Energy, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in January 2016, the American Coalition for Ethanol, BIO, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and Renewable Fuels Association issued the following statement:   “Today’s proceedings reinforced our view that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) renewable fuel targets for 2014 through 2016 were legally and factually indefensible, as well as wholly inconsistent with Congressional intent behind the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.  That program was designed to transform the fuel market and force the oil industry to change the status quo—not to perpetuate it, as EPA has done through its annual rulemakings. The statutory basis for granting a waiver based on an...

Get to know the Ethanol CEO – ACE’s Brian Jennings

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

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NCGA joined ethanol producers and supporters this week in Washington, D.C. for the American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) annual fly-in. ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings led a group of farmers, ethanol producers, fuel retailers and other business leaders on the “Biofuels Beltway March” to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the ethanol industry. A fourth generation South Dakota rancher and farmer himself, Brian knows first-hand the importance of ethanol to rural communities. Before becoming ACE’s top executive in 2004, Brian was education director and lobbyist for the South Dakota Farmer's Union and served on the staff of U.S. Senator from South Dakota Tim Johnson for six years working on agriculture, energy, rural development and trade issues. NCGA had a few questions for Brian to find out more about him and his views on the ethanol industry. Here’s what he had to say:   NCGA: What’s ACE’s number one strategic priority?   Jennings: Our top priority is to increase the...

Get to Know the Ethanol - CEO RFA's Bob Dinneen

(Posted Thu. Feb 23rd, 2017)

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If there is a conversation going on involving ethanol, look over your shoulder – you’ll more than likely see President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Bob Dinneen at the center of it. An expert on energy, the environment and issues involving the ethanol industry, he is a sought after speaker and regularly testifies before federal agencies and congressional committees. However, coalition-building seems to be Bob’s greatest talent. Thanks to his tireless advocacy for all things ethanol, Bob has successfully paved an ethanol-friendly pathway that has expanded the Renewable Fuels Standard to reach 36 billion gallons by 2022. NCGA wanted to know what is on Bob’s mind when he’s on the job. Here’s what he told us:   NCGA:       What’s RFA’s number one strategic priority?   Dinneen:   Our top priority is growing demand. In today’s agriculture economy, farmers must sell their product at a price below the cost of production. Similarly, the ethanol industry is challenged...

(Posted Thu. Feb 23rd, 2017)

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In a letter sent Monday to National Ethanol Conference attendees, President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “Rest assured that your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy and to our energy independence. As I emphasized throughout my campaign, renewable fuels are essential to America’s energy strategy,” Trump wrote.   “As important as ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard are to rural economies, I also know that your industry has suffered from overzealous, job-killing regulation. I am committed to reducing the regulatory burden on all businesses, and my team… [will] identify and reform those regulations that impede growth, increase consumer costs, and eliminate good-paying jobs without providing sufficient environmental or public health benefit,” Trump added.   “Thank you to President Trump for reaffirming your support for ethanol and the RFS,” said NCGA President...

(Posted Fri. Feb 10th, 2017)

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NCGA joined ethanol producers and supporters this week in Miami, Fla. at Growth Energy’s Executive Leadership Conference to hear Growth’s take on the state of the industry and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Leading this effort is Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s new CEO. Although new to the ethanol industry, Skor has made a career advocating on behalf of the consumer products industry. Having held several previous challenging roles in consumer health care products and crisis communications, she is no stranger to controversy. It is clear Emily Skor intends on making a difference not only at Growth Energy, but also within the ethanol industry as a whole. NCGA had a few questions for Emily to find out more about her vision, concerns, and what makes her tick. Here’s what she had to say:   NCGA:   What’s Growth Energy’s number one strategic priority?   Skor:       We are committed to supporting and expanding the nation’s incredible ethanol industry, and our top goal is...

(Posted Thu. Jan 26th, 2017)

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All in all, 2016 was a good year for the ethanol industry. EPA followed statute and set renewable volume obligations at the levels intended by Congress.  Shortly after, USDA released its new lifecycle analysis of corn-based ethanol and reaffirmed the fuel’s ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions when compared to gasoline. However, as pointed out by Colorado Corn CEO Mark Sponsler in a recent Journal-Advocate article, ethanol advocates should not and will not rest on their laurels any time soon. “Ethanol is a clean-burning, renewable, high-octane biofuel that's reducing our dependency on foreign oil, boosting rural economies, and helping lower gas prices at the pump, commented Sponsler. “There's no good reason, based on fact and sound science, that ethanol advocates have had to spend so much time on the defense.”   Candidate Trump recognized ethanol’s benefits to the U.S. economy by promising to defend the RFS. To thank President Trump for his unwavering support...

(Posted Wed. Nov 23rd, 2016)

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The following is a statement from Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the final 2017 renewable volume obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “Today the EPA moved in the right direction by increasing the 2017 ethanol volume to statute. This is critical for farmers facing difficult economic times, as well as for consumers who care about clean air, affordable fuel choices, and lowering our dependence on foreign oil.   “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s great policy success stories. It has improved our energy independence, our air quality, and our rural economies. Although we believe the EPA did not have authority to reduce the ethanol numbers in the first place, we are pleased to see the RVO finally back on track.   “Moving forward, we call on the EPA to continue following the law and keep the RFS on track. Doing so...

(Posted Fri. Oct 21st, 2016)

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A study recently released by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan's 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the case for that fuel's competitiveness and its sustainability compared to other fuel sources.   These results will help the Council and its industry partners dispel myths about U.S. ethanol and help make the case for opening the door for U.S. ethanol in the Japanese market. In particular, the study will help show key Japanese government officials and industry stakeholders that U.S. corn ethanol meets Japan's rigorous international sustainability requirements.   The ongoing efficiency improvements in corn ethanol production, an increased number of co-products from that production and improvements in U.S. corn cultivation practices have resulted in significant reductions in ethanol's greenhouse gas...

(Posted Fri. Aug 26th, 2016)

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National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling this week congratulated Green Plains Inc. on the grand opening of their Hopewell, Virginia ethanol production facility, and called for further expansion of renewable fuels on the East Coast.   “We are excited to see ethanol production back up and running in Virginia,” said Bowling, who farms corn, soybeans, and sorghum just 100 miles away in Newburg, Maryland. “The Hopewell plant will give Mid-Atlantic farmers another market for their crop. It’s good for the ag economy, and for consumers, who will now have access to renewable fuels grown and produced even closer to home. This is win-win.”   The Hopewell ethanol facility, which opened in April 2014, was the first ethanol operation on the East Coast, producing ethanol from corn, barley, and other small grains. The facility stopped production in August 2015.   Green Plains Inc., an Omaha, Nebraska-based ethanol company, bought the facility last fall. The total production...

(Posted Mon. Aug 8th, 2016)

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Eleven years ago this Monday, August 8, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law, ushering in a new era of rising energy security, cleaner air, and more affordable options at the pump. After more than a decade, the program continues to drive U.S. job creation and startling new innovations in renewable energy, a fact celebrated today by the nation’s leading biofuel advocates.    “Our government challenged the biofuels industry to produce the world’s cleanest, most affordable and sustainable fuel for cars and trucks. We delivered – and America continues to benefit,” said Adam Monroe, President, Americas, Novozymes North America Inc. “The RFS is a proven winner: it grows communities with hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs; saves American drivers money and keeps billions of their dollars in the US versus going to the Middle East; and fights climate change by preventing millions of tons of carbon emissions from getting into our air. Let’s not roll back a winner;...

(Posted Mon. Jul 11th, 2016)

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In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, the National Corn Growers Association called on the Agency to raise the amount of renewable fuel blended into the nation’s gas supply in 2017.   In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, NCGA President Chip Bowling writes, “The RFS is doing exactly what it was intended to do. It is successfully driving the adoption of renewable fuel alternatives to petroleum, supporting jobs across the country, and ensuring the United States remains a global leader in developing new renewable energy sources while decreasing GHG emissions here at home.”   In its Proposed Rule for the 2017 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program, the EPA proposed cutting ethanol volumes below the level set by Congress. This is the fourth consecutive year EPA has proposed volumes below statute, a decision that has stalled investment in the renewable fuels industry.   Bowling urged EPA to return to statute and...

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2016)

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Do you want cleaner air, a stronger economy, vibrant rural communities, and energy independence? The EPA needs to hear from you by Monday, July 11. That’s the deadline to submit comments related to the 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO), or the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into our national fuel supply.   EPA has proposed cutting the volume of ethanol by 200 million gallons – that’s 71.4 million bushels of corn, or 425,000 acres, that will not be sold. If the cuts stand, it will total $271 million in lost revenue, and have a ripple effect throughout the rural economy. EPA needs to hear from all of us.   Take action today at www.ncga.com/rfs.

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

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The National Corn Growers Association thanked a bipartisan group of 39 Senators who sent a letter today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the final blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2017 “promote[s] growth in the U.S. biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment overseas.”   The letter follows the EPA 2017 proposal calling upon refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons of conventional biofuels, such as ethanol, in 2017. This level, proposed by the Agency, fails to meet the 15-billion-gallon level intended by Congress and outlined in the expanded RFS passed in 2007.   NCGA President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:   “U.S. corn farmers thank these leaders for their work to ensure the EPA finalizes a more robust RFS that returns the program to statutory levels. NCGA challenges the assumptions used by the Agency in setting the 2017 conventional biofuels targets as well as its authority to...

(Posted Fri. Jun 10th, 2016)

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National Corn Growers Association leaders joined farmers and biofuel advocates from across the country Thursday at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) field hearing on proposed 2017 renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They urged the EPA to follow the law and make more ethanol available to consumers in next year’s fuel supply.   Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, and president of the National Corn Growers Association, highlighted the investment in fuel infrastructure over the past year in partnership with USDA’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership.   “NCGA and our state corn associations helped match [USDA] funds, making an overall investment totaling more than $200 million. These are real dollars going toward real investments to help provide consumers a more affordable and cleaner fuel option at the pump,” said Bowling.   “The EPA and this Administration made a pledge to the American people to become energy independent by...

(Posted Fri. Jun 3rd, 2016)

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And the winners are … The National Corn Growers Association would like to congratulate, “Engine Insiders Talk Shop” scholarship winners Lincoln Tech students Eddie Nolan and Nicholas Decker.  The two each won $1,000 scholarships by participating in an event hosted by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council in Speedway, Indiana. Car-talk host Bobby Likis delivered a presentation debunking the myths and communicating the science and benefits of fuels blended with American Ethanol.   However, the winning doesn’t stop here. Engine technicians and professionals can still participate in one of three scheduled audio conferences this summer. Please visit www.americanethanolracing.com for more information and to register.   The hour-long audio conferences moderated by Motor Racing Network Announcer Jeff Striegle and featuring Engine Technical Director of ECR Engines, Dr. Andy Randolph are open to engine technicians and students, auto dealers and fuel retailer professionals interested in...

(Posted Tue. May 31st, 2016)

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With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 200 million gallons, the National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to this proposal as soon as possible, before the July 11 deadline.   For details on the proposal and a link to send a quick email, visit ncga.com/rfs. Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.   In addition to the RVO written comment period, EPA is holding a hearing to hear from interested parties on the proposal. The hearing will take place in Kansas City, Missouri on June 9.   NCGA and its state affiliates encourage farmers and friends to plan on testifying at the hearing. The association would like a strong corn grower contingent in attendance at the hearing to demonstrate to EPA how its...

(Posted Tue. May 17th, 2016)

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Last week, Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Jim Costa (D-California) introduced a bill to cap ethanol blends to no more than 9.7 percent by volume.   Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois, and chair of the Ethanol Committee of the National Corn Growers Association, called the bill "a step backward for both farmers and consumers."   "Americans want cleaner air, affordable choices at the gas pump, and a strong economy that fosters investment in new technology and improves our energy independence," said Jeschke.   "Meanwhile, American corn farmers are struggling, with prices below the cost of production and the largest carryover stock in two decades. The Renewable Fuel Standard was created to promoted American renewable energy while creating a steady market for corn. This bill would undercut the RFS and negatively impact corn farmers, and with it, the entire farm economy.   Members of Congress will be heading back to...

American Ethanol Makes a Showing at Kansas Speedway

(Posted Fri. May 13th, 2016)

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This past Saturday, Austin drove his way to a sixth place finish in the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet at the Kansas Speedway in the GoBowling.com 400. During this event, farm broadcaster Susan Littlefield of KZEN Radio was on hand to cover the event and the farmers who represent corn’s interest in American Ethanol.   For further details, listen to Susan’s interview with NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster.

Boating Experts to Congress: Ethanol Best for Boats

(Posted Tue. May 10th, 2016)

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Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill today about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security, and providing a high-octane boost to marine engines.   The briefing, hosted by Fuels America, provided an important opportunity for experts to dispel myths about ethanol and make the case for full implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The National Corn Growers Association is a member of Fuels America.   “I want to take my grandkids fishing someday. That means having clean water and clean air. Mixing ethanol into our fuel is the best way to reduce the pollutants that fossil fuels leave behind, so our lakes and rivers stay clean and marine life can flourish,” said Brian Sowers, Co-Host of Crappie Masters TV, covering the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail.   The Clinton, Missouri-based Crappie Masters tournament trail is sponsored in part...

(Posted Thu. May 5th, 2016)

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Even before the ink was dry on the establishment of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) legislation, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), its state affiliates and members have worked tirelessly to make it a success. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule setting of the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) last November, raised serious concern about the agency’s commitment to the RFS and the future of the ethanol industry.  As a result, NCGA is providing a new set of tools to assist state affiliates in defending the RFS with consistent messaging targeted at policy leaders, environmental groups, businesses and the general public.   The goal of this toolkit is to help establish a unified voice for the corn industry that reflects and capitalizes on the great work that has already taken place in defense of the RFS. It contains important information, trends and lessons learned from state organizations along with the NCGA Action App, material samples,...

(Posted Fri. Feb 12th, 2016)

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Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee gathered last week in Sacramento to meet with California regulators and ethanol industry representatives in this important market. Meeting discussions and presentations focused on existing market conditions, modeling to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and efforts being made to expand higher blends of ethanol at the retail level.   Anil Prabhu of the California Air Resources Board’s Transportation Fuel Branch in Sacramento discussed the history behind CARB’s carbon emissions scoring and the criteria contained in the current Low Carbon Fuel Standard. According to Prabhu, there is potential for improving the methodologies for the models CARB uses. The Ethanol Committee will continue to serve as a resource for CARB as they seek to improve their scoring methodologies.   “California’s low carbon fuels standard presents an excellent opportunity for higher ethanol fuel blends to perform well in this market,” said...

(Posted Tue. Dec 1st, 2015)

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The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol renewable volume obligation to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard as passed by Congress and signed into law.   “While we are pleased to see the EPA take a step forward and revise its original proposal, the fact remains that any reduction in the statutory amount will have a negative impact on our economy, our energy security, and the environment. It is unfortunate that Big Oil’s campaign of misinformation continues to carry weight in the court of public opinion, and in this decision.   “The Renewable Fuel...

(Posted Thu. Nov 26th, 2015)

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Corn farmers from across the nation have been sending ears of corn to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in November, as part of a final push to remind the Obama Administration that the 2014-16 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard will have significant implications for the 2016 elections.   “We are asking the Obama Administration: don’t write off rural America,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling of Maryland. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is good for our economy, our energy independence, and the environment. We have asked the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House to follow the statute and restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol volume.”   Over the past several weeks, corn farmers from Colorado to Maryland and Minnesota to Texas have been mailing tubes with either an ear of corn or corn kernels to the DSCC to highlight the importance of ethanol and the RFS to rural communities. State corn grower associations in Colorado, Kansas,...

(Posted Fri. Oct 30th, 2015)

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Fuels America will launch a seven-figure TV and digital ad campaign Friday morning depicting President Obama’s choice of who to listen to when it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard: his own experts who have repeatedly shown that ethanol and renewable fuel is dramatically reducing carbon emissions, or the oil industry, which has spent decades covering up the science and facts on both renewable fuel and climate science.   “It’s absurd that oil companies are feigning concern over America’s climate after over a century of oil spills, pollution, and harm to our environment and public health,” said Chip Bowling, President of the National Corn Growers Association. “The truth is that slashing the amount of clean, domestic renewable fuel in our motor fuel supply would dramatically increase pollution and carbon emissions, while strengthening the RFS and building on the progress of the past 10 years would help in our efforts to combat climate change.”   The 30-second TV spot and digital...

(Posted Wed. Oct 28th, 2015)

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The National Corn Growers Association today hailed U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of $100 million in grants for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, to double the number of biofuel fuel pumps across 21 states.   “This is a big win for both corn farmers and consumers,” NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland farmer, said. “Fuel choice is important to consumers, and investing in our biofuel infrastructure will help ensure they have access to a stable supply of ethanol that is American-grown, renewable and affordable.   “While we celebrate this program, we will continue to push the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to uphold the statutory volumes of ethanol required under the Renewable Fuel Standard. With more pumps coming online, it’s important to have the fuel they provide ready to go.”   According to the USDA announcement, the states participating in the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,...

(Posted Thu. Oct 1st, 2015)

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By a vote of 7-15, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs soundly rejected an amendment offered today by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to eliminate corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following statement in response to the vote:   “Today, fifteen senators sent a strong message to the rest of the Senate: The RFS works. Today, America has cleaner air, greater energy independence, and stronger rural economies – all because of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Senator Toomey’s amendment would have taken America backwards. His amendment would have taken away consumers’ choices at the gas pump, increased our dependence on foreign oil, and left farmers and renewable fuel producers with less certainty in the energy market. The Committee was right to vote no.   “We especially want to thank Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who voiced their support for clean, renewable...

(Posted Wed. Sep 23rd, 2015)

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A lot of eyes were on the Sprint Cup Race last weekend in Chicago as the race for the Chase began its 10 race showdown. But even though Denny Hamlin won that race there wasn’t a bigger smile on any face than that of John Hunter Nemechek who won the American Ethanol E15 225 Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday.   Stretching his E15 fuel mileage beyond the capabilities of most of his of competitors,  Nemechek rolled across the finish line 12.014 seconds ahead of Tyler Reddick, who was also saving fuel, to score his first victory in the series in the American Ethanol e15 225.   At 18 years, 3 months and 8 days, Nemechek is the fourth-youngest winner in the series, and he accomplished the victory with a skeleton crew working on a team owned by his father, Joe Nemechek.   It was a big weekend for E15 American Ethanol in the Windy City because of the media and fan exposure generated by American Ethanol naming rights on the Truck race, compliments of Illinois Corn Marketing...

(Posted Fri. Sep 18th, 2015)

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A cross section of thought leaders in environmental sustainability, business and sport gathered this week in Chicago for the 2015 NASCAR Green Summit presented by American Ethanol. The event, held in advance of the first race for the Chase at Chicagoland Motor Speedway, is an offshoot of the NASCAR Green program, which introduced clean-burning E15 to the sport five years ago. Since that time, Sunoco Green E15 has cut harmful emissions at races from coast to coast by more than 20 percent.    Convening in Chicago for the second time in the last three years, a distinguished roster of participants examined the future of environmental sustainability and its impact on American consumers. American Ethanol driver Austin Dillon represented the brand during a panel discussion on the importance of sports in climate change, how sports are helping protect the planet and how sports leaders are advancing green behavior.   Dillon has utilized his relationship with Growth Energy, Dow, Bass Pro...

(Posted Fri. Sep 11th, 2015)

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NASCAR is set to hit 8 million miles of tough, competition racing on E15 American Ethanol at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway this weekend. To celebrate, Austin Dillon is going to take over the American Ethanol Twitter account for a Twitter chat on race day, September 12, from 3 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Tweet at American Ethanol with the hashtag #AskAustin to ask him anything!   “When National Corn Growers joined the American Ethanol partnership five years ago we wanted to show the tens of millions of NASCAR fans the performance and environmental benefits of higher ethanol blends like E15,” said Jon Holzfaster, Nebraska farmer and Chairman of NCGA’s NASCAR Advisory Committee. “Eight million miles is a big accomplishment and sends a strong message to consumers that E15 works and works well. NASCAR has not had one fuel related issue since switching to E15.”   The upcoming race at Richmond will be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at...

(Posted Wed. Aug 12th, 2015)

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The federal government and the mainstream media missed a huge opportunity last weekend by ignoring the 10th anniversary of the Renewable Fuels Standard, which has proven to be one of the most successful government energy initiatives ever.   “It is very curious that some vocal audiences known for touting job creation, a stronger domestic economy, and reduced air and water pollution were largely mute on this significant occasion,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA president and a farmer from Maryland. “It is pretty hard to miss the irony of this anniversary-related RFS assessment hitting while the Environmental Protection Agency is weakening the successful legislation.”   The performance of the RFS has been nothing short of spectacular. It has changed the national energy landscape. Last year alone, the 13.4 billion gallons of ethanol we blended with gasoline reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 38 million metric tons. That’s equivalent to taking 8 million cars off our roads.   An analysis...

(Posted Tue. Jul 28th, 2015)

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In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, the National Corn Growers Association highlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and urged the Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol volume to statute.   In the comments, NCGA states, “The RFS has spurred growth in agriculture, increased energy diversity and decreased GHG emissions from fossil fuels through the development of renewable energy resources. … We urge the Agency to stay the course and support this important piece of transformational energy policy, and we request it reconsider its proposed reduction in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume obligations.”   In a letter accompanying NCGA’s comments, NCGA President Chip Bowling writes, “The RFS is doing exactly what it was intended to do. It is successfully driving the adoption of renewable fuel alternatives to petroleum, supporting jobs across the country, and ensuring the United States remains a global leader in...

(Posted Mon. Jul 27th, 2015)

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The National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard today. The proposal will cut nearly four billion gallons of ethanol and will have significant negative impact on already low corn prices.  The July 27, 2015 11:59 p.m. Eastern deadline for public comments is looming, so please act fast.   For details on the proposal and a link to send a comment, visit ncga.com/rfs. Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.   “Last time, we were very clear to EPA about what we wanted,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone, it means higher gas prices and dirtier...

(Posted Thu. Jul 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal will cut nearly four billion gallons of ethanol and will have significant negative impact on already low corn prices.  The July 27, 2015 deadline for public comments is looming, so please act today.   For details on the proposal and a link to send a comment, visit ncga.com/rfs. Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.   “Last time, we were very clear to EPA about what we wanted,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone, it means higher gas prices and dirtier...

(Posted Tue. Jul 21st, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association took another big step toward providing the driving public with lower gas prices and more fuel choice including better access to higher blends of home-grown American Ethanol.   NCGA announced the investment of an additional $500,000 to an innovative program called Prime the Pump, which seeks to expand fueling infrastructure capable of delivering higher blends of ethanol fuel to American consumers. This increases the NCGA commitment to $2 million in the last year.    Prime the Pump will use the funds pledged by corn farmers as matching funds to secure grants under the recently announced program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  USDA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is making $100 million in grants available.   “The nation’s corn farmers have shown their commitment to domestically produced, clean burning ethanol repeatedly over the last 30 years and, when needed, have put their money where their mouth is,” said Chip Bowling,...

Rural America to EPA: RFS Works

(Posted Fri. Jun 26th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

Rural America rallied around the Renewable Fuels Standard yesterday in a strong show of support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With 450 ethanol supporters following Captain Cornelius from the park side rally into the EPA hearing rooms, farmers and their friends raised their voices to roar “don’t mess with the RFS.”   EPA officials began a full day of listening at nine in the morning as more than 40 panels of approximately 280 farmers, ethanol and oil industry executives and an array of other interested citizens supplied a steady stream of testimony. State corn associations and the National Corn Growers Association together ensured U.S. corn farmers played a major role in the conversation with nine members of NCGA’s corn board and a multitude of grower leaders from 12 states shared their unique perspectives on the importance of ethanol and the RFS.   The sun heated up outside as quickly as the testimony did in the Reardon Civic Center. Refusing to wilt despite the...

(Posted Tue. Jun 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

Scores of corn growers from more than a dozen states will converge on Kansas City, Kan., Thursday for a public hearing and rally about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to slash nearly 4 billion gallons of corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard through 2016.   “Last time, we were very clear to EPA about what we wanted,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone, it means higher gas prices and dirtier air.”   All farmers who can make the trip are encouraged to attend the hearing and public rally, with free bus transportation provided from several points across four states – Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. The buses are scheduled so growers can depart and return the same day, and free food and refreshments will be provided.   A rally in conjunction with the public...

NASCAR Fans Reach Out to EPA on RFS

(Posted Tue. Jun 16th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

Over the last five years since NASCAR made a switch to E15 American Ethanol, fans have developed a special appreciation for the horsepower of ethanol as well as its social and economic benefits. That new knowledge translated into action last weekend as hundreds of fans attending races in St. Louis and Michigan took time to send post comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking it to reverse their decision to reduce the use of corn ethanol.   “We make ethanol here, so it has many benefits, such as lower fuel costs for consumers, job creation, and of course cleaner air -- which is why NASCAR changed to E15 American Ethanol,” said Jon Holzfaster, a farmer from Paxton, Neb. “So, it is very encouraging to see the fans engage and try to make sure the current Renewable Fuel Standard remains in place.”   Several hundred fans sent post cards messages to expressing their concern should the country drift away from its commitment to renewable, environmentally superior...

(Posted Thu. Jun 11th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 4 billion gallons, the National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to this proposal as soon as possible, before the July 27 deadline.   For details on the proposal and a link to send a quick email, visit ncga.com/rfs. Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.   “Last time, we were very clear to EPA about what we wanted,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone, it means higher gas prices and dirtier air.”

(Posted Fri. May 29th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from Maryland corn farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of proposed  renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “Once again, the EPA has chosen to ignore the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation 3.75 billion gallons from 2014 to 2016. This represents nearly a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand. The only beneficiary of the EPA’s decision is Big Oil, which has continuously sought to undermine the development of clean, renewable fuels. Unfortunately, the EPA’s gift to Big Oil comes at the expense of family farmers, American consumers and the air we breathe.   “The Renewable Fuel Standard was working as intended, with no need to change. It has reduced greenhouse gas emissions, decreased our reliance on foreign oil, lowered gasoline prices for consumers, increased economic stability in rural...

(Posted Tue. May 12th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol trade

A recent chart from the U.S. Grains Council illustrates the wide range of markets for U.S. ethanol exports in 2014. This is a change from just four years ago, when more than 80 percent of U.S. ethanol was exported to Brazil, Canada and the European Union.   Exports to the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and India experienced the strongest growth in 2014. While the UAE is largely importing U.S. ethanol to blend with its gasoline that is later re-exported, and India is importing for industrial purpose, the Philippines has a blend mandate in place. Domestic production in the Philippines has been unable to meet its 10 percent blend mandate making imports necessary.   Currently, the United States has a 55 percent market share in the Philippines and the Council is hopeful there is room to capture more. To help nurture this market, the Council and its partners, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, have planned a busy summer with...

(Posted Fri. May 8th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for introducing a bill to expand the volatility waiver for E15 ethanol, ultimately increasing consumers' access higher blends of ethanol year-round.   "We applaud Senators Donnelly, Grassley, and Fischer for their bipartisan efforts to increase the market for ethanol producers and give consumers more choices at the pump," said NCGA President Chip Bowling. "June 1 is rapidly approaching, and we should ensure consumers will continue to have access to energy that is clean, renewable, and American-grown. We urge Congress to pass this legislation."   Reid Vapor Pressure measures the evaporation rate of gasoline. Under current regulations, summertime volatility restrictions are in place from June 1-Sept 15, but E10 receives a volatility waiver. This legislation would extend the same waiver to E15 blends. Similar legislation was introduced in the House...

(Posted Thu. May 7th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association and ethanol allies today struck back hard against efforts by Big Oil to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency develops future volume obligations for the biofuels law.   “The RFS program was designed to force the oil industry to change the status quo—not to perpetuate it,” a letter sent to the EPA today states. “The entire purpose of this program would be subverted if the oil industry is rewarded for its failure to take the steps necessary to ensure that it is capable of distributing, blending, and dispensing the renewable fuel volumes required under the statute.”   Click here for the whole letter.   Corn growers and the ethanol industry have done their parts – producing more than enough corn for all needs and efficiently and sustainably producing ethanol for markets here and abroad. As EPA continues to develop its Renewable Volume Obligations for 2014 through 2017, NCGA will continue to work with...

(Posted Fri. May 1st, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

Last week, a bipartisan group of 37 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking her to keep the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements in line with the original law passed by Congress.   “The RFS has already proven to be an effective driver of alternative fuels and economic development,” the senators wrote. “It has strengthened agriculture markets and created hundreds of thousands of jobs. … Setting strong biofuels volume requirements for 2014 and beyond will ensure this progress continues.”   Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Kolbuchar (D-Minn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Thune (R-S.D.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) led the effort.   “We applaud these 37 senators for their leadership to move America’s energy future forward,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “We are encouraged to see broad, bipartisan support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. We agree with the Senators that the RFS has been a highly successful policy,...

(Posted Thu. Apr 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded Reps. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Ken Buck (R-Col.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and David Young (R-Iowa) for introducing the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. The House legislation, which mirrors a bill introduced in the Senate in March by Senators Chuck Grassley and Rand Paul, would ultimately increase the availability of E15 ethanol in the marketplace.   “We thank Representatives Blum, Buck, Peterson, and Young for their leadership in the House to expand consumer choices at the pump and give people year-round access to clean, renewable fuel,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.   Reid Vapor Pressure measures the evaporation rate of gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency has granted a volatility waiver to E10 blends, allowing year-round sales throughout the country. The EPA has refused to grant E15 the same waiver, despite some legal analysts who say it is within their authority to do so. Without the waiver,...

(Posted Mon. Apr 20th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month entered into a consent decree agreeing to a court-enforced timeline for establishing the Renewable Volume Obligation numbers for 2014 and 2015 for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the delayed timeline – especially for 2014 – were a reflection of the problem the EPA set up for itself by numerous delays.   “Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to provide cleaner domestic fuel choices for consumers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, “and the EPA has finally provided additional clarity about their timeline for announcing the 2014 through 2016 renewable fuel requirements. We have expressed our concerns about the continued delays to the EPA, and we will be taking them at their word that they will adhere to this new deadline. NCGA will continue to work with the EPA to ensure the numbers are consistent with the statute passed by Congress and put the RFS back on...

(Posted Wed. Apr 15th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) for recently introducing legislation to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, and ultimately increase the availability of E15 in the marketplace.   “We applaud Congressman Smith for leading the effort in the House to expand consumer choices at the pump. This legislation would give people access to higher blends of clean, renewable fuel year-round,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.   RVP measures the evaporation rate of gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a volatility waiver to E10 blends, allowing year-round sales throughout the country. Although some legal analysts say EPA has the authority to grant E15 the same waiver, they have refused to do so. Without the waiver, approximately 60 percent of the country can only sell E15 from June 1-September 15. If the bill passed, more retailers would be expected to offer E15.   “We urge Congress to...

(Posted Fri. Apr 10th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a timeline for releasing the Renewable Fuel Standard targets for 2014 through 2016 and addressed pending litigation. National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:   “Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to provide cleaner domestic fuel choices for consumers. The EPA has provided additional clarity about their timeline for announcing the 2014 through 2016 renewable fuel requirements. We have expressed our concerns about the continued delays to the EPA, and we will be taking them at their word that they will adhere to this new deadline. NCGA will continue to work with the EPA to ensure the numbers are consistent with the statue passed by Congress and put the RFS back on track.”

(Posted Thu. Apr 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) for recently introducing the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, a bill that would ultimately increase the availability of E15 in the marketplace.   A key component of the Grassley/Paul bill is the extension of one pound waiver to E15 fuel.   “Consumers should have access to higher blends of clean, renewable fuel year-round. This legislation would remove a regulatory hurdle to that access, and give consumers more choices at the pump,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland.   Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) measures the evaporation rate of gasoline.  EPA has granted a 1 p.s.i. waiver to E10 blends allowing year-round sales throughout the country.  Although E15 has a slightly lower RVP than E10, EPA refuses to grant E15 the same waiver.  Without this waiver, approximately 60 percent of the country can only fuel FFVs with E15 from June 1 – September 15.  If the bill...

(Posted Tue. Mar 17th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Urban Air Initiative has filed a new petition with the Environmental Protection Agency challenging agency models relating to ethanol emissions from automobiles.   The non-profit organization, dedicated to reducing harmful emission from gasoline to improve public health, takes issue with EPA’s Motor Fuel Emission Simulator model, which it says “wrongly blames ethanol for creating harmful tailpipe emissions.”   One of the biggest factors currently holding domestically produced ethanol back from reaching its full potential is bad information. This includes focused misinformation campaigns like the tactics used by big oil for years and bad computer modeling basing assessments on erroneous or inaccurate information.   “Many Americans are not aware of the very real and dangerous consequences of our dependence on foreign oil,” said Michigan farmer Jeff Sandborn, who is chairman of the NCGA Ethanol Committee. “Much of the time the focus has been on jobs and ethanol’s economic...

(Posted Thu. Mar 12th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement Wednesday in response to a proposal by the Advanced Biofuels Association to make changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard:   "According to any measure, the Renewable Fuel Standard works. It has reduced dependence on foreign oil. It has helped clear the air from toxic emissions. It has boosted rural economies, and it has saved consumers money at the pump. Going back to the drawing board will undoubtedly give Big Oil an opportunity to eliminate their only real competition. Any attempt to restructure the RFS will start a chain of reactions that will lead to what America doesn't need: dirtier air, more foreign oil, a declining economy, and an oligopoly in charge of our energy future. That's the future that awaits when the RFS is reopened and all the benefits of the biofuels revolution are lost."

(Posted Fri. Feb 20th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

You don’t have to be a palm reader or have ESP to project E15 American Ethanol will win the Daytona 500 this Sunday. Every car in the race will be powered by the corn-based fuel as the fifth season of the American Ethanol era gets underway.   American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon is back behind the wheel of the iconic No. 3 car in his sophomore season in Sprint Cup racing and will start in the 15th row of the Daytona 500 this Sunday. Dillon raced in the Duels in Daytona last night to earn his spot. Aptly, he will start alongside his 2014 nemesis, Kyle Larson, who battled Dillon for Rookie of the Year honors.    Fuel with 15 percent ethanol made its way into some south Florida gas stations just a few months ago. E15, as it is called, has been approved for sale by the EPA since late 2010 but not until now is it making its way to gas pumps across the country. Higher-ethanol blends are commonly found in the Midwest, and E15 is now becoming increasingly available at larger retail...

(Posted Fri. Feb 20th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The ethanol industry added $52.7 billion to the national GDP in 2014 according to a study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association at this year’s National Ethanol Conference. “Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014,” prepared by ABF Economics on RFA’s behalf, quantifies the economic, national security and job creating benefits of domestic ethanol production in 2014.   “The ethanol industry has certainly fueled demand growth for corn for nearly a decade now, but it has also been an incredible engine for growth throughout the U.S. economy as well,” said National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee Chair Jeff Sandborn, a farmer from Portland, Michigan. “This study offers the quantifiable data to clearly demonstrate the importance of today’s ethanol industry for all Americans. At NCGA, we work constantly to defend policies important to farmers and ethanol producers alike, such as the RFS, and to find ways to further drive...

(Posted Fri. Feb 13th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

If you love the smell of ethanol in the morning or just like fast cars, you won’t be disappointed for much longer. NASCAR racing is back and E15 American Ethanol will be powering the sport for the fifth consecutive year as Speed Weeks kicks off this weekend in Daytona, Florida.   Thanks to the National Corn Growers Association’s partnership with Growth Energy and NASCAR, you will once again see the Green American Ethanol flag waving proudly for every race start and re-start during the season; and national NASCAR Green television commercials starting in April and running until the season ends in November.    “Our exposure in NASCAR has resulted in more than $60 million in earned (non-purchased) media value, since the program began,” said Jon Holzfaster, chairman of the NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee. “Everywhere fans look at a race they get exposed to American Ethanol in a positive way, and it shows. Today, fans are 80 percent more likely to support the use of ethanol blended...

(Posted Thu. Feb 5th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

Today, Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Jim Costa, Steve Womack, and Peter Welch reintroduced the RFS Reform Act. Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, issued the following statement:   “Once again, Rep. Goodlatte and his colleagues have put Big Oil ahead of America’s corn farmers. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working: enabling competition from America’s renewable energy market, and breaking Big Oil’s monopoly. With the help of the RFS, we have reduced foreign oil imports by 25 percent. In 2013, 33 percent of petroleum consumed in the U.S. was imported – the lowest level since 1985. The renewable fuels industry drives an estimated $184.5 billion in economic output and supports more than 850,000 jobs.   “Farmers answered the call for energy that is clean, renewable, and American-grown. They have produced a second consecutive record crop, with more than enough corn to meet our needs for food, fuel, feed, and fiber. The price of corn today is lower than the cost...

(Posted Tue. Feb 3rd, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee is meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee this week to discuss the future of ethanol fuel and strategies for assuring continued demand growth for the corn-based fuel.   “Ethanol is at a critical time in history. Political decisions, emerging science and engineering considerations are all converging and what results will chart a course for how we use ethanol in the years ahead,” said Jeff Sandborn, who chairs the committee. “Ethanol makes more sense than ever, environmentally and for the nation’s economy, and NCGA is committed to ensuring this domestic fuel reaches its full potential.”   Sandborn, a corn farmer from Portland, Michigan, noted the increasing public demand to cut greenhouse gas emissions will play in big role in ethanol’s future. Identifying the right higher ethanol blend, the right automotive technology and then getting that information in the right hands are key to NCGA’s agenda.   The Ethanol Committee visited...

(Posted Fri. Jan 30th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today issued the following statement in response to a study released by the World Resources Institute.   Statement by Keith Alverson, South Dakota corn grower and a member of the Corn Board:   “This ‘new’ study is just more of the same, tired arguments Big Oil have been using for years. They simply are not true. In fact, numerous studies by independent, unbiased third parties have come to vastly different conclusions.   The fact is, ethanol is a very efficient energy source. When calculating the amount of energy used to produce ethanol, from farm to pump, ethanol represents a 40 percent net energy gain. No other energy source comes close. Ethanol is also better for the environment: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 110 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 20 million vehicles off the road.   There is more than enough corn to meet all demands: food, fuel, feed, and fiber. Our farmers have grown the largest 11 corn crops in...

(Posted Wed. Jan 21st, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

With a record corn crop and low corn prices, efforts to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard are coming at the worst possible time for America’s farmers, the National Corn Growers Association said.   “Corn ending stocks – the amount above and beyond current demand – are estimated at nearly 2 billion bushels this year, thanks to two back-to-back record harvests,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a corn farmer in Maryland. “And with corn selling at low prices, any legislative attempt to cut one of our key markets will drive prices even further below cost of production. We have a policy that works well not just for the environment and energy security – but for the rural economy. We need to support farmers, not bankrupt them.”   In reference to an attempt in the Senate to attach an anti-ethanol amendment to the Keystone XL legislation, NCGA pointed out the many benefits of ethanol and the reason why it’s an important part of our fuel supply.   “Corn ethanol is better for the...

Corn Growers Praise Sheetz for E15 Announcement

(Posted Wed. Jan 21st, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association thanked Sheetz Convenience Stores, a major East Coast fuel retailer, to today’s announcement of an E15 commitment by initially offering the green fuel to its customers at 60 stores in North Carolina by spring 2016.   “This is great news for the nation’s corn farmers who have been promoting the benefits of ethanol blended fuel for more than 30 years,” said Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and NCGA president. “Sheetz is a leader in the industry, so we expect this announcement to drive competitors to follow suit and also offer cleaner-burning, high-performance E15. This is a fantastic development for the rural economy and consumers who want a real choice in fuel.”   E15 offers consumers a five- to ten-cent price per gallon advantage compared to regular gas. Additionally, consumers are getting a higher-octane, better-performing fuel that burns cleaner and runs cooler in engines, which improves vehicle performance and can extend engine life. With...

(Posted Wed. Dec 24th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Ethanol Committee of the National Corn Growers Association met in St. Louis recently to review current programs and initiatives related to domestically produced biofuels, get updates from ethanol industry experts and discuss strategy aimed at continued growth for corn-based fuel.   “Ethanol has been a huge success story for agriculture and rural America because of the economic stimulus it has created through increased corn demand and new jobs. For the general public it provides reduced greenhouse gas emissions, better performance and fuel choice,” said Committee Chair Jeff Sandborn, a farmer from Michigan. “Despite all of our success educationally and legislatively, what we have created is a great start not final destination.  We have 10% ethanol in virtually every gallon of fuel sold today but it will take a multidimensional approach to continue to grow the market for ethanol.”   The Ethanol Committee is investigating options to grow the ethanol market on many fronts...

(Posted Fri. Nov 21st, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s EPA announcement related to the Renewable Fuel Standard:   “Today’s announcement by EPA shows the Administration recognizes the proposed rule was inherently flawed and based on an unworkable methodology.  We will continue to work with EPA to ensure that the 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel requirements are consistent with what Congress set forth in the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “Congress created the RFS to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to provide cleaner fuel choices for consumers.  We will continue working to defend the interests of corn farmers and consumers by holding EPA accountable for implementing the law as enacted by Congress.   “Corn farmers have produced a second record crop in two years—resulting in corn prices that have fallen below the cost of production in many parts of the country. Our members have been...

(Posted Fri. Nov 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel sector,” the letter states. “These impacts are reverberating throughout the U.S. agriculture economy, and we expect this trend to continue if the targets and the methodology in the rule are not corrected.”   The letter discusses how the ag sector has met its responsibility in growing sufficient feedstock for biofuels, but is also working with the ethanol industry on infrastructure and advanced fuels. The letter concludes: “The EPA’s proposed policy decision is driving one of our key economic engines – the biofuel sector -­- overseas. We have invested in response to the...

American Ethanol Draws Big Interest During Kansas Race

(Posted Tue. Oct 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

Perfect fall weather provided a grand backdrop for the final American Ethanol paint-out on Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevy Sunday at Kansas Speedway this weekend. More than 700 ethanol supporters attended the event and got one last opportunity this season to see Dillon don the American Ethanol fire suit and put on a spectacular show, surviving multiple wrecks and mayhem to bring home an eighth-place finish. Kansas Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Corn Growers Association joined Growth Energy in arranging a full schedule of activities leading up to the race, including a chance to hear from Dillon and NASCAR chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar. A lucky group of mechanics also went behind the scenes to meet with a technical expert from Richard Childress Racing to hear about the evolution of E15 from a new fuel in the sport to it becoming a heavily tested mainstay in racing. This is the fourth year of the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR and the relationship is providing...

(Posted Fri. Oct 3rd, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

You won’t want to miss the flag drop on this week’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, as this will be the last full paint out for American Ethanol this season. Austin Dillon will once again sport the green and black on his No. 3 Chevy as he spreads the good word about American-made Sunoco Green E15. Tune in to ESPN to watch the race at 1 p.m. CDT.   Dillon is no stranger to the track. In fact, he made his Sprint Cup debut in Kansas back in 2011. And he will have plenty of support as more than 700 American Ethanol supporters on hand to cheer him on. Corn farmers from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri are expected to be on hand along with hundreds of ethanol industry representatives.   Entering the race, Dillon is 21st in Championship points and, according to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, he leads the Sprint Cup Series in most laps completed, at 8,302.

(Posted Wed. Sep 17th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments on the updated carbon intensity (CI) scores being considered for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program to the California Air Resources Board this week. The comments, which related specifically to the direct CI scores, follow comments NCGA submitted in March pertaining to the preliminary indirect CI scores assigned to corn ethanol.   In a short letter from NCGA President Martin Barbre, the association explained that, while it was pleased to see the preliminary scores ethanol received for carbon intensity using the new lifecycle analysis model, much scientific data supporting the benefits of ethanol has yet to be incorporated.   “We are pleased to see the preliminary CI scores from the new GREET have decreased for corn ethanol,” Barbre said in the letter. “However, we feel there is much scientific data that has been collected and peer-reviewed and should be reflected in these calculations. Without having the...

American Ethanol and Rookie of the Year Competition Rolls On

(Posted Fri. Sep 12th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

American Ethanol is guaranteed to be in victory lane at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race for the Chase Championship in Chicago this Sunday. With E15 fuel powering every car in the race, and American Ethanol branding on every fuel port, our exposure will remain high through the end of the season.   Last week at Richmond, Austin Dillon, driving the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet, did not secure the victory he needed to make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race for the Chase™. Though the regular season is now over, Dillon will still be one to watch in the NASCAR® playoffs that begin in Chicago Sunday, as he battles Kyle Larson for Sunoco Rookie of the Year™.   The top rookie position has changed back and forth between Dillon and Larson throughout the season, and the competition is sure to heat up as both drivers shift their concentration away from making the Chase.   At the Chicago track, representatives of Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Growth Energy, the American Lung Association of...

(Posted Fri. Sep 5th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

Pull your hat down tight and buckle up for a wild ride this weekend as one of NASCAR’s most dramatic races of the season unfolds in Richmond, Virginia. It’s make-or-break time for a dozen drivers fighting to take one of the two remaining spaces in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and American Ethanol will be center stage.   American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon remains on the short list of those still in a position to make the championship, so he will attracting a lot of eyes as he hits the track in a full American Ethanol paint scheme on his No. 3 Chevrolet. To earn a spot, he must win the Federated Auto Parts 400, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, airing on ABC. He should be doubly motivated because the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor remains in play, with Dillon continuing his season-long battle with Kyle Larson.   Dillon ranks 15th in the championship point standings leading into the race, with this weekend determining the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders....

(Posted Tue. Aug 5th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon made a diversion on his way to racing for a slot in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Championship this weekend, and the shortcut in Pocono landed him another trophy for his collection. Dillon, who finds himself in a real tussle for rookie of the year honors in NASCAR’s top division, did a little warm-up race in the Camping World Truck Series Saturday where he smoked his tires right into Victory Lane. The feat accomplished three things: it reminded people how the rising race star got to be the truck champion in 2010; the win in a Chevy truck ended Toyota’s 12-race winning streak in the series; and it showcased American Ethanol, which was displayed on the side of his truck. Dillon scored his sixth career Truck Series win by surviving a green-white-checkered finish. Ethanol supporters behind American Ethanol hitched a ride with Dillon three years ago as we he was just emerging as a household name in the sport. The move has proven to be a good one, with...

(Posted Fri. May 30th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

The American Ethanol Chevrolet will be on prominent display this weekend at Dover International Speedway as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon pilots the historic No. 3 car in full American Ethanol paint. Start time is noon CDT Sunday.   American Ethanol spokesman Dillon took the pole at Dover’s Monster Mile in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last year. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion had two starts at the same track in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of fourth place in the May 2011 event. He also finished ninth at the track in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.   Dillon ranks 15th in the championship point standings entering this weekend’s event. He gained a point last weekend on Kyle Larson, who remains in 13th place as they jockey for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.   The American Ethanol promotions and marketing team, including corn growers from Maryland, will be engaging fans all weekend at the Biofuels Mobile Education Center, as...

(Posted Thu. May 8th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

In a letter to President Obama today, the National Corn Growers Association and others urge the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard – a proposal that is at odds with the National Climate Assessment the White House released earlier this week.   In addition to NCGA, the letter is signed by Abengoa Bioenergy, the Advanced Ethanol Council, the Biotechnology Industry Association, DuPont, DSM, Growth Energy, Novozymes, the Renewable Fuels Association, and POET.   The companies and organizations write that the Administration’s proposal to reduce the amount of renewable fuel in gasoline and diesel would “make us more oil dependent, effectively gut the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard, strand billions of dollars in private investment, and send emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants sharply higher.”   The letter notes that the impact of the Administration’s proposal would increase carbon pollution by an estimated 28.2...

(Posted Wed. May 7th, 2014)

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Interested growers are invited to participate in a survey currently being conducted by Iowa State University Assistant Professor Dr. Kurt Rosentrater on how the use of distillers grains has changed in the United States over the past several years. The survey findings will create a better overall picture of the roll distillers grains play in the livestock industry today and provide important insight into possible points of improvement in the future.   The survey is funded, in part, by the National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee as part of the team’s efforts to increase understanding of how this ethanol co-product benefits farmers, ranchers and ethanol producers alike.   “I encourage anyone who might be able to provide information on how they use distillers grains on their operation to take a few minutes and complete this survey,” said NCGA Ethanol Committee Chair Jeff Sandborn, a Michigan farmer. “As the use of distillers grains continues to grow and evolve, data...

(Posted Wed. Apr 9th, 2014)

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At a hearing today of the Senate Ag Committee on the importance of renewable fuels, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress was one of several voices to talk about the many benefits of corn-based biofuels, such as the higher fuel performance he has seen in more than five million miles of racing since the E15 ethanol blend was introduced in the 2011 racing season.   “I think expanding and growing our use of biofuels is a key component to helping farmers make a living, while at the same time delivering environmental benefits that can be enjoyed by all Americans,” he said. “I think what NASCAR has done to show the performance side of ethanol is key.”   Childress continued: “Biofuels like ethanol keep money we would normally send abroad for oil in the U.S., creating jobs and economic activity here instead of overseas. Studies show that moving the U.S. to the same fuel blend we use in NASCAR would add 136,000 new American jobs, limit greenhouse gas emissions even more and reduce the...

(Posted Wed. Mar 26th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol Video

A new six-part miniseries debuts today on the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, with the first episode providing an up-close look at how corn growers are active in areas to promote the use of ethanol as a motor fuel.   “Ethanol has been an amazing success story,” said Jeff Sandborn, chair of the NCGA Ethanol Committee. “In less than a decade, we’ve transformed the fuel market. Ethanol has been a great boon for the rural economy.”   In addition to talking about how ethanol has helped farmers, Sandborn relates its importance to increasing energy security and clearing the air by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He also discusses the importance the Renewable Fuel Standard and explains why it should not be reduced.   “There’s no reason to reduce the growth (in renewable fuels),” he said. “There’s plenty of corn available.”   Click here to watch the video. The video series will continue each week with upcoming segments on biotechnology, leadership,...

(Posted Wed. Feb 12th, 2014)

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The National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee met last week in Detroit, Michigan to discuss everything from the latest research on ethanol use in small engines to growing opportunities for distiller’s grains. While there, the group also met with representatives of Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and the Environmental Protection Agency.   “Meeting in Detroit provided us with a great opportunity to talk with the Big Three auto manufacturers,” said NCGA Ethanol Committee Chair Jeff Sandborn. “They confirmed ethanol has a lot to offer because it provides non-toxic, economical octane, but we face significant challenges particularly in the policy arena.”   Sandborn, a grower from Portland, Mich., noted ethanol provides the performance characteristics auto-makers want and does so more economically than any other source. However, they are also looking for direction from the Environmental Protection Agency on specific future standards so they know what engines to design and...

(Posted Wed. Jan 29th, 2014)

Keywords: RFS RVO Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, formally opposing its proposal to slash the amount of corn ethanol required in the Renewable Fuel Standard and citing the severe economic and environmental ramifications potential action. With a midnight (Eastern Standard Time) deadline looming, NCGA calls upon all members, farmers and their allies to join them in support of the RFS by submitting personal comments.   To submit comments, click here.   For 2014, the EPA has proposed a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the RFS, the federal law that requires the blending of domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.    ”The RFS is an important tool in the nation’s effort to achieve cleaner fuels,” wrote NCGA President Martin Barbre in the opening letter of the comments. “Since the enactment of RFS2 in 2007, corn and corn ethanol production have...

(Posted Fri. Jan 24th, 2014)

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Jan. 23: Today, ethanol supporters gathered in Iowa to take part in “Hearing in the Heartland: Supporting the Renewable Fuels Standard,” hosted by Governor Terry Branstad in Des Moines.  This day-long event features testimony from both state and federal legislators, regulators and administrators from Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada and South Dakota, as well as leadership from agribusiness and from farmer-leaders active at the state and national levels.   The event was organized in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal for a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014.     Branstad kicked off the event with an impassioned speech in support of ethanol, biodiesel and the RFS. Following Branstad, panels provided testimony throughout the day. National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, Iowa, spoke during a morning panel.   For a full listing of...

(Posted Fri. Jan 24th, 2014)

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Jan. 23: The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre on Senate and House letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stressing the importance of preserving the Renewable Fuel Standard:   “We thank the senators and representatives who have stood up for American agriculture and the importance of domestic, renewable ethanol. Slashing the amount of ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply at this time is a big mistake, sure to drive up gas prices for all consumers and harm the rural economy by driving the price of corn below the cost of production. It’s great to see a bipartisan group of lawmakers stand up for legislation that was passed by members of both parties and that has helped support jobs and the rural economy while making our air cleaner.   “We especially appreciate the leadership of Sens. Richard Durbin, Charles Grassley, Al Franken and John Thune, and Reps. Kristi Noem and Cheri Bustos, for encouraging their colleagues...

(Posted Thu. Jan 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: RFS Ethanol

Jan. 22: Last night, thousands of farmers from across the country were dialed in for a town hall via telephone, hosted by the National Corn Growers Association. The teleconference highlighted the need to reverse the EPA’s proposed reduction in corn ethanol volumes for 2014 under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   The event, which lasted about 30 minutes, included remarks from NCGA President Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Ill.; U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley from Iowa; and Richard Childress, owner of NASCAR’s Richard Childress Racing, who works closely with NCGA through the American Ethanol partnership. In addition to providing a diverse array of opinions and information on the subject, the event highlighted what farmers can do to speak out against the reductions proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November.   Kicking off the event, Barbre explained in grave detail the impact that this proposal could have not only upon NCGA members, but upon all farmers and anyone...

(Posted Thu. Jan 16th, 2014)

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Jan. 16:  The National Corn Growers Association today thanked the thousands of corn farmers and their allies around the country who have submitted comments urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retract its proposed 10 percent cut in the amount of corn ethanol in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard.   “We’ve seen a terrific grassroots response on behalf of our growers and our state affiliates, who have pulled out all the stops to make sure the farmer voice is heard loud and clear,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower. As the deadline approaches, we urge those who have not yet spoken out, to do so immediately.”   Barbre cited, in particular, a deceptive new “robocall” campaign by the American Petroleum Institute that left pre-recorded messages on voicemails across the country, even on farmers’ phones.   “Seeing how great our response has been, it’s not surprising Big Oil is feeling the heat,” he said. “But if they think that harassing farming...

(Posted Thu. Jan 9th, 2014)

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A detailed statistical analysis released yesterday by the Renewable Fuel Association shows that erratic surge in prices for Renewable Identification Number credits in 2013 did not impact retail gasoline prices. This study, which was conducted by Informa Economics, demonstrates clearly how yet another argument used by those who oppose the Renewable Fuel Standard proves inaccurate when fully examined.   “Changes in prices of renewable identification numbers did not cause changes in retail gasoline prices in 2013,” according to a 7-page report summarizing the analysis. “Retail gasoline prices were driven primarily by movements in crude oil prices and secondarily by changes in the spread between domestic and international crude oil prices and the level of vehicle miles driven in the U.S., which varies seasonally.”   “We fully support the findings of this study and urge federal regulators to take this information into their deliberations when considering reductions to the RFS...

(Posted Thu. Dec 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Dec. 26: A group of Midwestern governors, all members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, have sent letters to President Barack Obama expressing their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. These letters come in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal which would scale back the volume of renewable fuels required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014.   In a joint letter to the president, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard argue in defense of the ethanol standard. The letter stresses the importance of ethanol as it diversifies America’s energy portfolio, gives consumers choices at the pump, supports economic development in rural communities and reduces harmful emissions across the nation.   Providing evidence of...

(Posted Thu. Dec 12th, 2013)

Keywords: RFS RVO Ethanol

Dec. 11: National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Jon Holzfaster represented the interests of American farmers today during a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee and Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety oversight hearing on domestic renewable fuels. The two panel session included testimony from government officials and industry leaders on the environmental and economic impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard and increased use of domestically produced biofuels such as corn ethanol. In his testimony, Holzfaster stressed the importance of the RFS in supporting jobs, reducing dependence on foreign oil, lowering fuel prices for consumers and improving the environmental footprint of our nation’s transportation fuels.   Additionally, he attested to the important role distillers dried grains have come to play in the beef, dairy, swine and poultry industries thus further negating arguments against increased ethanol use based in the false dichotomy...

(Posted Thu. Dec 12th, 2013)

Keywords: RVO RFS Ethanol

Dec. 11: For 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law that helps get domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol blended in the nation’s fuel supply.  This will reduce already-low corn prices and negatively affect planting decisions in 2014. Last week, dozens of corn growers and other supporters of ethanol raised their voices about the potential for grave economic impacts should the EPA implement this reduction during a Washington hearing that ran late into the night.   Off the Cob caught up with Virginia Grain Producers Association President Bryan Taliaferro to discuss his testimony during the event. Recounting his message, Taliaferro recounted the economic troubles many corn farmers faced before corn ethanol became widely used in automotive fuels.   To listen to the full interview, click here.   “I started farming in 1973 with...

(Posted Fri. Dec 6th, 2013)

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Dec. 6:  At a day-long public hearing that ran into late Thursday night in Washington, dozens of corn growers and other supporters of ethanol raised their voices about the potential for grave economic impacts should the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slash the amount of corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard next year.   In his testimony, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling, who drove up to the capital from his Maryland farm, stressed how the proposal runs counter to the intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “As the organization that represents the nation’s corn farmers, we were extremely angry after hearing the proposed 2014 RFS volume obligations,” he said. “The EPA’s latest proposed rule has undercut exactly what the system was designed to do, which was to move the market towards the production and consumption of ethanol, and away from oil’s monopoly.”   Bowling also cited the fact that the EPA’s proposal states that the...

(Posted Wed. Dec 4th, 2013)

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Dec. 4:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol required under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent will affect corn prices and rural economies, farmers plan to tell the agency at a hearing set for Thursday outside the nation’s capital.   More than 30 corn farmers and their allies from around the country are traveling to Washington for the important public hearing. Growers from NCGA will be present representing 13 states -- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.   “It’s great to see so many people willing to leave their farms at this time of year for an important opportunity to give the EPA a piece of their mind,” said NCGA First Vice President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn grower scheduled to speak at the hearing. “This has already had a negative effect on our farms, and if the EPA gets its way, it could cause serious harm to the...

(Posted Tue. Dec 3rd, 2013)

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Dec. 2:  Citing severe economic and environmental ramifications, the National Corn Growers Association today called on all its members and friends to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, opposing its proposal to slash the amount of corn ethanol required in the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “It’s critical that our growers and all those concerned about the rural economy stand up for corn ethanol and urge the EPA to keep the volume obligations as they are now written in the law,” said  NCGA President Martin Barbre. “The impacts of the EPA’s proposal, if enacted, will ripple throughout communities where America’s family farmers live, shop and do business. Rural America cannot afford this and neither can the environment.”   For 2014, the EPA has proposed a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the RFS, the federal law that requires the blending of domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol in the nation’s fuel...

(Posted Sat. Nov 16th, 2013)

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Nov. 15:  The National Corn Growers Association expressed outrage today in the wake of an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will significantly weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard by reducing the volumes for corn-based ethanol for 2014.   “This recommendation is ill-advised and should be condemned by all consumers because it is damaging to our tenuous economy and short-sighted regarding the nation’s energy future,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Agriculture has been a bright spot in a failing U.S. economy, but current corn prices are below the cost of production.  EPA’s ruling would be devastating for family farmers and the entire rural economy.”   The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable volume obligations set the annual targets for the utilization of cellulosic, biodiesel, advanced and total renewable fuel within our transportation fuels. The proposed rule caps corn-based (or conventional) ethanol at 13 billion gallons. These...

(Posted Tue. Nov 5th, 2013)

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Nov. 5:  Corn growers from four states were at the Dallas Motor Speedway this weekend to spread the good word about American Ethanol to more than 100,000 fans in attendance over the three-day race weekend.   Throughout the weekend, members of the farmer delegation from Texas, Minnesota, North Dakota and Nebraska had the opportunity to work alongside NASCAR driver and American Ethanol spokesman Kenny Wallace, who answered questions about E15 ethanol and signed autographs for fans.   The group handed out nearly 3,000 American Ethanol green starter flags, which could be seen flying high in the track midway and in the campground surrounding the track. Roving teams also handed out prizes to those flying their flags. American Ethanol’s associate sponsorship on Austin Dillon’s No. 3 car in the Nationwide race was a central part of the weekend and was further augmented by a dozen large ethanol banners near track entrances and a large digital sign on the driver scoring tower.   A...

(Posted Thu. Oct 31st, 2013)

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Oct. 31:  American Ethanol will be front-and-center at the Texas NASCAR race this weekend as spokesman Austin Dillon closes in on a championship and ethanol supporters from three states journey to the Lone Star State to educate and interact with fans about ethanol.   Dillon is known for his signature cowboy hat, but he wouldn’t mind trading in his hat for a new one at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Because what else would they give you as a trophy in Texas except a cowboy hat and a boot trophy?  Dillon, who has never finished outside the Top 10 at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR Nationwide Series  competition, currently leads the series standings by eight points over Sam Hornish Jr. As always, he will proudly display the American Ethanol logo on the side of his car.   Corn farmers from Texas, Minnesota and North Dakota are funding the weekend-long event in part with their investment of checkoff dollars. They will also be on hand to distribute American Ethanol green starter...

(Posted Thu. Oct 31st, 2013)

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Oct. 30:  Possible federal legislation that dismantles the Renewable Fuel Standard is the wrong policy at the wrong time, the National Corn Growers Association said today. According to news reports, the bill drafted by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would remove corn ethanol from the RFS and adjust the RFS for advanced biofuel at 16 billion gallons.   “Just in time for Halloween, Sen. Feinstein is proposing a bill designed to play on the worst fears of Big Oil by gutting the RFS,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Removing corn ethanol from the Standard makes no sense whatsoever at a time when growers are harvesting what may be a record corn crop. The fact is, we are on track to meet all demand for food and fuel, with a surplus at the end of this marketing year of nearly 2 billion bushels.”   Further, Barbre noted, it is bad policy for lawmakers to promote “next generation” biofuels over corn ethanol, because those newer fuels are dependent on the...

(Posted Tue. Oct 29th, 2013)

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Oct. 29:  At a Capitol Hill briefing this morning on the Renewable Fuel Standard and the concerns of sportsmen and boaters, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling shared his story as a corn grower, ethanol advocate, boater, hunter and fisherman who lives and farms alongside the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.   In his remarks, Bowling talked about how the RFS and ethanol have helped corn farmers, and how this economic boon has spread beyond the corn field – supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in rural America; helping drive more conservation, not less; and helping clear the air while decreasing dependence on foreign oil.   “Corn farmers have responded to increased demand of ethanol from the RFS by producing more corn on roughly the same amount of land,” Bowling said. “In the last 30 years, corn production has improved on all measures of resource efficiency, by decreasing land use per bushel by 30 percent, soil erosion by 67 percent, irrigation by 53...

(Posted Fri. Oct 11th, 2013)

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Oct. 10:   When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases the 2014 volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the statute currently calls for corn starch ethanol to account for 14.4 billion gallons, an amount that corn farmers and the ethanol industry can easily provide, the National Corn Growers Association noted.   “Across the country right now, our nation’s corn farmers are harvesting what the USDA and others are estimating to be the largest corn crop ever,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “We’re looking forward to not only meeting all needs for food, feed and fuel, but to ensure ending stocks, or surplus, of nearly 2 billion bushels. Those who want to reduce how much corn ethanol is in the RFS for 2014 need to realize the tremendous productive capacity of the American farmer to meet all needs.”   In its most recent estimate of the 2013 corn crop, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that 13.8 billion bushels of corn will be harvested this fall,...

(Posted Thu. Sep 19th, 2013)

Keywords: Fuels America Ethanol

Sept. 18: Fuels America, of which the National Corn Growers Association is one of the founding members, launched an educational program in Washington this week highlighting the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The program, which highlights the benefits of the RFS, includes messaging that carpets Metro stations most traveled by policymakers and their staff.   “The RFS is important not only for corn farmers but also for our nation as we move toward a more energy secure, environmentally sound future,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “When people understand the incredible alternative ethanol offers, they embrace it as a way to keep out-of-control gas prices in check while cleaning our air and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Now, whether commuting to work or just heading across town, the precise people who influence our nation’s energy policy will be confronted with the critical importance of preserving the RFS and our nation’s energy future.”   Fuels America is a...

(Posted Wed. Sep 18th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 18: A new report released from researchers in the Netherlands shows that current models assessing the impact of crops grown for biofuel production on land use do not accurately reflect current production and land use realities. Given the impact of these models on bioenergy policy, “Biomass Research” makes a strong case for updating the way in which the true benefits of biofuels are assessed in order to insure policy decisions fully value the environmental benefits of ethanol.   “Ethanol advocates have long understood the major impact that relying upon outdated data or inaccurate models can have on our nation’s biofuels policy and, at NCGA we work to correct the information and models,” said National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee Chair Chad Willis. “This study provides an academically rigorous examination of the specific areas in which ethanol modeling and data are currently lacking on a large scope. Farmers have made amazing strides to increase efficiency and...

(Posted Fri. Sep 6th, 2013)

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Sept. 6: American Ethanol spokesman Kenny Wallace will be making his 898th career NASCAR ® start tonight from the Richmond International Raceway. He will race into the spotlight in the No. 29 American Ethanol Toyota Camry, on the track where he boasts three wins, 18 top-ten finishes and 432 laps lead.   This race leads up to a major milestone as Wallace nears 900 career starts, with only a handful of drivers crossing that plateau. Wallace, who has raced the better part of four decades, has had an impressive career across all NASCAR® circuits. In the midst of the expanding media attention as he approaches the magic 900, he continues to promote the use and benefits of E15 and American Ethanol.   His start tonight will also mark the 1,000th Nationwide Series™ race in its 32 year history. Wallace already holds the record of 541 Nationwide Series™ starts.   "I am so excited to be making my 898th NASCAR start at one of my favorite race tracks, Richmond International Raceway, with a...

(Posted Wed. Aug 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 21: The National Corn Growers applauds U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D - MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for their efforts to ensure consumers have access to homegrown, renewable biofuels. In a letter sent yesterday, the senators called on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit consumers’ access to biofuels, such as ethanol.   “NCGA firmly supports efforts to ensure that Americans have options at the fuel pump,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “America’s farmers work diligently to provide renewable, environmentally responsible biofuels, and we applaud the efforts of Senators Klobuchar and Grassley to help ensure that consumers can choose to use those government approved fuel options.”   In a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chair Klobuchar and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Grassley urged the...

(Posted Tue. Aug 13th, 2013)

Keywords: American Ethanol NASCAR Ethanol

Aug. 13: Today, Austin Dillon unveiled a limited-time only display at the NASCAR® Hall of Fame commemorating his historic win at the inaugural Mudsummer Classic held at the Eldora Speedway on July 25. The exhibit features a jar of dirt Dillon scooped up near the finish line with the Eldora golden shove, his winner’s trophy and the No. 39 American Ethanol truck he drove to victory, becoming the first driver to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt.   “Dillon’s win in Eldora was not only a victory for the up-and-coming star, it was also a victory for American Ethanol,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster, a farmer from Paxton, Neb. “By making history in the American Ethanol truck, Dillon drew a bright spotlight to ethanol’s ability to fuel victory even under the toughest of conditions. This attention is now compounded as NASCAR Hall of Fame visitors will clearly see how ethanol is not only a winner for NASCAR but for...