Growth Energy Podcast from NAFB

The Growth Energy Driving Ethanol podcast this week comes from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting 74th annual convention in Kansas City last week. It was the first time that Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor spoke with dozens of broadcasters at the event, commenting on a variety of issues, including the hold up of Bill Northey’s nomination, the upcoming release …

Ethanol Industry Asks USTR to Suspend Brazil GSP Status

The U.S. ethanol industry is asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to suspend Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) due to “protectionist and market distorting actions in implementing a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) that affects imports of U.S. ethanol.” A letter was sent to Lighthizer this week, signed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth …

Ethanol Report on the Road with E85

With more than 4,000 E85 stations across the nation and more being added every day, drivers of flex fuel vehicles could possibly drive across the country on only 85 percent ethanol with a little planning and a lot of E85prices.com. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White took his work on vacation this summer, taking the …

Ibach Sworn in, Northey Still on Hold for USDA

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue traveled to Omaha yesterday to swear-in new Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach in his home state. During the swearing-in ceremony, Perdue expressed his disappointment that Bill Northey was not also being sworn in at the same time, after his nomination was put on hold last week by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in …

New Growth Energy Podcast

Growth Energy has launched a new monthly podcast discussing the latest developments in the ethanol industry. In this first edition, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor discusses this very exciting week that has seen the biofuels industry unite, led by champions in the Senate and state governors, to get the attention of the White House and defend the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Ethanol Report: Industry Putting Pressure on EPA

With the deadline this week to comment on EPA’s recent Notice of Data Availability that would further lower biofuels volume levels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), industry supporters have been putting pressure on the agency to uphold President Trump’s campaign promises. In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen discusses …

Iowa Biofuels Leaders Fight for RFS

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds held a press conference with biofuels industry leaders in Pella, Iowa Wednesday to talk about the importance of maintaining growth in the Renewable Fuel Standard The Governor questioned recent EPA proposals that would cut volume levels under the RFS for biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, and advanced biofuels, and possibly allow ethanol exports to generate RINs for RFS …

Ethanol Report on EPA RFS Notice

The Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018 on July 5, the comment period just ended on August 31, and then this week EPA gave notice that it is seeking comment on options for further reductions in the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) …

Ethanol Fuels Crappie Masters Championship

The recent 2017 Crappie Masters National Championship, sponsored in part by the Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops, saw Missouri fishermen Paul Alpers and Phillip Haynes finishing on top. The partners fought unseasonably hot weather and dropping river levels as they brought in a two-day total weight of 21.89 pounds. They use ethanol in their vehicles and …

Ethanol Report on E15 Hurricane Help

In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about how an early end to the summer restriction on sales of E15 (15% ethanol fuel) has helped offset gasoline supply shortfalls and limit fuel price spikes from the hurricanes. He also discusses his recent testimony to the EPA that high-octane ethanol blends …

Mid-Missouri Energy Goes John Deere Green

Mid-Missouri Energy (MME) in Malta Bend, Missouri is home to a new piece of equipment that has helped make the grounds around the ethanol plant a little greener. MME General Manager Chris Wilson won the John Deere ZTrak Z925M Flex Fuel commercial mower during a raffle at the Renewable Fuels Association 2017 National Ethanol Conference. The E85 used in the …

NFU Announces Biofuels Initiative

National Farmers Union (NFU) has announced an initiative “to advance federal policies that support homegrown and home-produced renewable energy sources.” The effort follows a special order of business that was passed by delegates to the NFU 115th Anniversary Convention in March supporting expanded markets for higher blends of ethanol, like E30, and advanced biofuels. NFU’s initiative is supported by all …

30th Annual ACE Conference

Members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) have gathered in Omaha August 15-17 for the organization’s 30th annual conference this week, with the theme “Tested. Proven. Driven.” This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio, and video from the conference. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit may be …

Iowa Farmer is 1st Woman to Chair USGC

Iowa farmer Deb Keller was elected as U.S. Grains Council (USGC) chairman at the organization’s 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington earlier this month. She is the first female selected for the role in the organization’s nearly 60 year history. Keller’s experience as a strong advocate for trade will amplify the Council’s mission of developing markets, enabling …

RFA at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Renewable Fuels Association was once again a major sponsor for the Buffalo Chip Campground and the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Aug. 4-13 in Sturgis, S.D. The event offers a unique opportunity to promote the benefits of high-octane, low-cost ethanol to the motorcycling community. It will also mark the first Sturgis rally for all motorists to take advantage of …