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 are facing their fifth consecutive year of low income and commodity prices. We’ve pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), are in a trade war with China, have no new free trade agreements (FTAs), and are renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We need stable markets the industry can rely on.”
At the conference, ACE announced the release of a white paper, The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol, that provides a thorough overview of life cycle greenhouse gas emission models used by regulators to assess corn’s environmental impact. Because of the many advances made by corn growers in the last decade, many model assumptions are no longer accurate.
The white paper offers the following recommendations:
- Model crop impact on soil carbon and assign carbon intensity (CI) ratings accordingly. Data show corn builds soil carbon
- Update assumptions used to calculate N2O emissions from fertilizer use
- Discard old and faulty international land use change (ILUC) predictions and issue new CI ratings reflecting actual land use change
- Regulators (EPA, CARB, etc.) should adopt the most updated version of Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use (GREET)
Many state corn organizations attended the conference and sponsored the welcome reception, where Kansas Corn Growers Association CEO Greg Krissek gave the opening remarks. For more information on the ACE conference, click here.
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