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Feb 22, 2024

Corn Growers Welcome Decision by EPA on Access to Year-Round E15 While Calling for Legislation to Eliminate Nationwide Patchwork on Ethanol

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Bryan Goodman

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will grant the request by eight Midwestern governors to allow the year-round sale of fuel with a 15% ethanol blend, or E15, in their states beginning in the summer of 2025. The announcement was welcomed by the National Corn Growers Association, which has been fighting to break down barriers to the environmentally friendly biofuels. “We are glad to hear this decision from EPA, as it puts us on the road to providing more certainty to America’s corn growers and consumers who will save money at the pump,” said NCGA President and Minnesota Farmer Harold Wolle. “However, given that this decision will not take effect until the summer of 2025, we question and are concerned about the implications of the timeline for growers and consumers this summer.” The sale of E15 has been banned during the summer months to meet federal clean air standards that have been shown to be unnecessary and outdated. The U.S. EPA has granted waivers...

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Jan 17, 2024

EP. 44 - Ethanol’s Past, Present and Future as a Benefit for Corn, with Scott Irwin, Bradley Schad and Julie Busse

Key Issues: EthanolHigh-Octane Low-Carbon

Author: Dusty Weis

How the Renewable Fuel Standard has changed the corn industry, and what’s on the horizon for this key sector.   Since its adoption in 2005, no other piece of policy has changed the corn industry more than the Renewable Fuel Standard. Ethanol has become one of the most important markets for corn in that time.   But over the last couple of years, there are new developments that could be major boon for this crucial sector.   So in this episode, we're going to talk with a few ethanol experts to get their perspectives on how that market has developed, where it's at today, and where they’re hoping it will go in the future.   Joining us are agricultural economist Scott Irwin from the University of Illinois; Julie Busse, a member of the National Corn Growers Association ethanol team; and Bradley Schad, the CEO of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and Missouri Corn Growers Association.   They’ll provide some important context about ethanol’s history as a fuel, and also tell...

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Dec 20, 2023

EPA’s Decision on Year-Round Access to Higher Ethanol Blends Will Help in Climate Fight, NCGA Says

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today praised a recent decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that advances the request of several Midwestern governors to allow their states to sell fuel with 15% ethanol blends year-round. EPA's decision now puts eight Midwestern states on the road toward allowing for year-round access to E15. “Allowing consumers to access higher blends of ethanol year-round will play a critical role in helping the country meet the Biden administration’s ambitious climate goals,” said Minnesota farmer and NCGA President Harold Wolle. “We are very appreciative of the EPA for making this science-based and forward-looking decision.” Because of outdated federal regulations, consumers have historically lost access to higher blends of ethanol during the summer months. In April 2022, eight Midwestern governors sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan asking him to provide a permanent fix to this issue by allowing retailers to sell...

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Dec 15, 2023

NCGA Pleased to See Treasury Embrace GREET Model

Key Issues: EthanolSustainability

Author: Bryan Goodman

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced today that it will use a modified version of the GREET model as a measurement for determining reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as the agency allocates tax credits for sustainable aviation fuels under the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act.   The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) said it is pleased that Treasury is embracing the model.   “Given that GREET was created by the U.S. government and is widely respected for its ability to measure reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the farm to the plane, we are encouraged that Treasury will adopt some version of this model,” said Minnesota farmer and NCGA President Harold Wolle. “At the end of the day, we are eager to help the aviation sector lower its carbon footprint, and we look forward to working with the involved agencies over the coming months to ensure the final model helps us achieve that goal.”   The decision by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has been...

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Oct 16, 2023

Groups Call on NHTSA to Rethink Proposed CAFE Standards that Weaken Energy Security

Key Issues: Ethanol

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s proposed new fuel economy standards “greatly missed the intent” of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program to enhance energy security, according to technical comments filed today by the National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association and National Farmers Union. The proposal, they assert, will lead to an overreliance on foreign critical minerals due to its myopic dependence on electric vehicles.   “As NHTSA determines the appropriate CAFE and fuel efficiency standards, it should avoid putting all our eggs in the electrification basket,” the three national trade associations wrote. “NHTSA’s current proposal greatly missed the intent of the CAFE program.  As Congress has acknowledged, solving energy security and air pollution issues related to the transportation sector requires a diversified portfolio of approaches.”   The associations noted an overreliance on electric vehicles that ignores specific challenges...

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Sep 27, 2023

NCGA Launches Advocacy Campaign Calling on Feds to Establish Level Playing Field for Biofuels

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) this week launched a grassroots advocacy campaign to encourage the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide a level playing field for biofuels such as ethanol. The organization is calling on corn growers and advocates to make their voices heard by submitting comments to the agency.   The campaign comes after NHTSA proposed hiking the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard, referred to as the CAFE standard, which regulates how much fuel a vehicle consumes per mile. The agency’s current proposal would move the fleet average for small cars and light trucks from 44 to 58 miles per gallon by 2032.     NCGA leaders said the proposed standard ignores solutions that are available now. “The proposal sets an unattainable goal and a concerning precedent,” said NCGA President Tom Haag. “As a result, auto manufacturers will be forced to overlook viable solutions, such as high-octane biofuels like corn ethanol, as they rush to...

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Sep 21, 2023

NCGA CEO Pushes Back Against EPA Advisory Board’s Negative Assertions about Ethanol

Key Issues: EthanolSustainability

Author: Bryan Goodman

The CEO of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today pushed back against commentary made by a science advisory board to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that questioned the effectiveness of ethanol in lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The NCGA leader's comments were made during a public meeting held by the SAB.   “There is no shortage of studies on the environmental benefits of corn ethanol,” NCGA CEO Neil Caskey told the advisory board members. “The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, for example, has conducted extensive research on the matter and concluded that corn ethanol has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 544 million metric tons from 2005- 2019, and that the feedstock’s carbon intensity is 44% lower than that of petroleum gasoline.”   The testimony comes after the SAB provided commentary to the EPA administrator raising doubts about the effectiveness of ethanol.   The SAB is comprised of experts representing a range of...

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Sep 15, 2023

NCGA to EPA: Science Shows that Ethanol is Important to Lowering Emissions

Key Issues: EthanolSustainability

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sent a letter this week to the Environmental Protection Agency addressing recent concerns raised by the agency’s scientific advisory board about the environmental benefits of ethanol. In a letter sent to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Thursday, NCGA CEO Neil Caskey noted that the research shows unequivocally that ethanol is important to addressing climate change. “There are no shortage of studies on the environmental benefits of corn ethanol,” Caskey said. “The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, for example, has conducted extensive research on the matter and concluded that corn ethanol has reduced GHG emissions in the U.S. by 544 million metric tons from 2005- 2019 and that the feedstock’s carbon intensity is 44 percent lower than that of petroleum gasoline.” The letter was sent after EPA’s scientific advisory board submitted draft commentary on the Volume Requirements for 2023 and Beyond under the Renewable Fuel...

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Sep 7, 2023

Corn Grower Leaders Call on Biden Administration to Tie U.S. Tax Decisions on Aviation Biofuels to Government’s Emissions Model

Key Issues: EthanolSustainability

Author: Bryan Goodman

Asserting that U.S. tax policy should be tied to the best standards the government has to offer, 17 of the nation’s top corn grower leaders sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen today encouraging her to adopt an emissions model developed by the Department of Energy as her agency works with the Internal Revenue Service to determine which biofuels lower greenhouse gas emissions enough to qualify for sustainable aviation fuel tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. The letter, which was signed by the president of the National Corn Growers Association and the leaders from state grower groups across the country, calls on Treasury to use an emissions standard referred to as the GREET model, which was developed by the DOE, rather than a less comprehensive international standard preferred by some groups. “GREET is the federal government’s most robust and updated model or methodology for transportation lifecycle assessment,” the letter says. “It is used globally to...

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Jul 20, 2023

Rep. Angie Craig, Staunch Advocate of Corn Growers, Honored with NCGA’s President’s Award

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Bryan Goodman

Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) was honored with the National Corn Growers Association’s 2023 President’s Award today during the organization’s annual Corn Congress summer meeting in Washington, D.C.   Craig was recognized by Tom Haag, NCGA’s president and a Minn. corn grower, who had high praise for the congresswoman.   “Whether it is ensuring that consumers have access to higher levels of ethanol or it’s working to advance corn grower priorities in the farm bill, Rep. Craig has been a tireless advocate for growers and is one of our biggest congressional allies,” Haag said. “She makes me proud to say I am from Minn., and it’s an absolute honor to present her with the President’s Award.”   As she accepted the award, Craig reflected on her work on behalf of corn growers.   “Minnesota’s Second District is home to so many of the corn growers who get food on our tables and fuel in our vehicles – it is my honor to represent them in Congress and on the House Agriculture Committee,” said...

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