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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...

 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

(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...

(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...

(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...

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...

(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...

(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...

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...

(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...

(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...

(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,...

(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...

(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...

(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...

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...

(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,...

(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...

(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...

(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....

(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...

(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...

(Posted Fri. Jul 28th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Fri. Jul 21st, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Jul 5th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Tue. May 30th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

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

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

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

(Posted Wed. Feb 22nd, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Feb 22nd, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Fri. Feb 10th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Thu. Jan 26th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Nov 23rd, 2016)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(Posted Fri. Oct 21st, 2016)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol

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...

(Posted Thu. Aug 25th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(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...

(Posted Mon. Jul 11th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Fri. Jun 10th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Thu. Jun 2nd, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Tue. May 31st, 2016)

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 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...

(Posted Tue. May 17th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

American Ethanol Makes a Showing at Kansas Speedway

(Posted Thu. May 12th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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)

Keywords: Ethanol

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,”...

(Posted Thu. May 5th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Thu. Feb 11th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Mon. Nov 30th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Nov 25th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Thu. Oct 29th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

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,...

(Posted Wed. Oct 28th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Thu. Oct 1st, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(Posted Tue. Sep 22nd, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(Posted Fri. Sep 18th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Fri. Sep 11th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Aug 12th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(Posted Mon. Jul 27th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Mon. Jul 27th, 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 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....

(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...

(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...

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...

(Posted Mon. Jun 22nd, 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,...

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...

(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...

(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...

(Posted Thu. May 7th, 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...

(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...

(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...

(Posted Wed. Apr 22nd, 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...

(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...

(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...

(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...

(Posted Mon. Mar 16th, 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...

(Posted Thu. Mar 12th, 2015)

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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...

(Posted Thu. Feb 19th, 2015)

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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...

(Posted Fri. Feb 13th, 2015)

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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...

(Posted Wed. Feb 4th, 2015)

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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,...

(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...

(Posted Thu. Jan 29th, 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...

(Posted Wed. Jan 21st, 2015)

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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...

Corn Growers Praise Sheetz for E15 Announcement

(Posted Tue. Jan 20th, 2015)

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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....

(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...

(Posted Fri. Nov 21st, 2014)

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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...

(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...

American Ethanol Draws Big Interest During Kansas Race

(Posted Tue. Oct 7th, 2014)

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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...

(Posted Fri. Oct 3rd, 2014)

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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 Tue. Sep 16th, 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...

American Ethanol and Rookie of the Year Competition Rolls On

(Posted Fri. Sep 12th, 2014)

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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...

(Posted Fri. Sep 5th, 2014)

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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...

(Posted Mon. Aug 4th, 2014)

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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...

(Posted Fri. May 30th, 2014)

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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...

(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...

(Posted Wed. May 7th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(Posted Tue. Apr 8th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(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...

(Posted Tue. Feb 11th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

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...

(Posted Tue. Jan 28th, 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...

(Posted Thu. Jan 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

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...

(Posted Thu. Jan 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: RFS Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Jan 22nd, 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...

(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...

(Posted Wed. Jan 8th, 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...

(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...

(Posted Wed. Dec 11th, 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...

(Posted Wed. Dec 11th, 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,...

(Posted Fri. Dec 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Dec 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Mon. Dec 2nd, 2013)

Keywords: ethanol RFS RVO EPA

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...

(Posted Fri. Nov 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Tue. Nov 5th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Thu. Oct 31st, 2013)

Keywords: NASCAR Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Oct 30th, 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...

(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...

(Posted Thu. Oct 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(Posted Wed. Sep 18th, 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...

(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...

(Posted Fri. Sep 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

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...

(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...

(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...

(Posted Fri. Jul 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 26:  The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments in the form of a letter from President Pam Johnson today to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, responding to questions about the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. In these comments, NCGA addresses corn ethanol-related questions about the Renewable Identification Numbers and Renewable Volume Obligations systems.   The letter begins by stressing how the RFS has succeeded in addressing a number of goals laid out at its creation.   “The Renewable Fuel Standard program is an ongoing success. Since its implementation in 2005 and revision in 2007 as RFS2, it has increased national energy security by creating a market for renewable fuel as a substitute for petroleum-based fuel thereby accelerating the...

(Posted Wed. Jul 24th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 24: Today National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson spoke on the impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard on the agricultural sector before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power.  Other witness panels focused on fuel production and fuel sale and use.   “The Renewable Fuel Standard is doing exactly what it was intended to do,” Johnson said during her testimony.  “It has positively impacted the agriculture sector by creating jobs and promoting rural development, reducing greenhouse gases and allowing our nation to grow our energy at home.”   Johnson stated the ethanol industry has created opportunity in rural America allowing her two sons and a growing number of young farmers to be able to return to the farm after college.  She also pointed to benefits...

(Posted Tue. Jul 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 23: Tomorrow, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ heads to Ohio for the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at one of the world’s most iconic dirt tracks, Eldora Speedway. This race, which will showcase the sport’s biggest names including American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon, is the first NASCAR-sanctioned national event held on a dirt track since 1970. Dillon will drive ethanol into the spotlight as he takes on the mud in the No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet truck.   Anticipated to be one of the most watched events of NASCAR’s 2013 season, the Mudsummer Classic will appear on the SPEED Channel courtesy of a special entitlement sponsorship by American Ethanol. Join in the all-American fun tomorrow as coverage of the 10:35 p.m. race begins at 8 p.m. Central Time on...

(Posted Fri. Jul 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

July 12: The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments in the form of a letter from President Pam Johnson today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the “Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Renewable Fuel Standard Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS 2 Standards.” In these comments, NCGA addresses EPA’s requests for comments on sections of the Agency document addressing approving cellulosic volumes from cellulosic feedstocks, proposed regulatory amendments related to biogas, amendment to the definition of ‘‘crop residue’’ and definition of a pathway for corn kernel fiber, and consideration of an advanced butanol pathway.   The letter begins by detailing the important benefits that corn ethanol offers the nation in terms of its economic and energy...

(Posted Fri. Jun 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 28:  All eyes will be on American Ethanol driver and spokesman Austin Dillon tonight. That’s because the 23-year-old is the two-time defending NASCAR Nationwide race champion at Kentucky Speedway. And so far this season NASCAR race weekends have been attracting an average of 7 million television viewers.   Dillon, in his sophomore season in the Nationwide, is attracting a lot of positive attention. He is currently fourth place in the Series and over four consecutive weekends (Charlotte through Michigan) Dillon captured four poles setting a new NASCAR record.   And corn farmers are seeing a lot to like with the American Ethanol program. “Our goal with the American Ethanol program is to raise awareness of the many benefits of ethanol and increase consumer demand. In NASCAR,...

(Posted Fri. Jun 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 28: The ethanol industry was kept busy this week in Washington as the Renewable Fuel Standard was a focus of events on Capitol Hill and the White House.  During a speech outlining new climate change initiatives, President Obama voiced his support of the Renewable Fuel Standard. At the same time on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing with some members urging an outright repeal.    “Having two completely different views and messages coming out on the RFS within days of each other just goes to show there is still work to be done,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said.  “Next week, members of Congress return home for the July 4th recess.  This provides an excellent opportunity for every farmer to meet with their lawmakers and...

(Posted Mon. Jun 24th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol E15

June 24: The National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson issued a statement expressing the association’s support for the Supreme Court decision today not to hear the petroleum industry’s appeal in E15-related case: “In their decision today, the court upheld not only the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to approve a partial waiver and allow E15 into the marketplace; it also upheld our nation’s science-based approach to regulation and the importance of consumer choice. With this issue resolved, the ethanol industry can move forward, providing a renewable, environmentally friendly fuel choice to consumers."   The original lawsuit from which the appeal came was filed by the American Petroleum Institute claiming that the EPA did not have the authority to grant...

(Posted Fri. Jun 21st, 2013)

Keywords: RFS Ethanol

June 21: The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the important role the Renewable Fuel Standard plays in our nation’s broader energy policy. In these comments, submitted in response to the committee’s recent white paper on energy policy, NCGA addressed the important role that the RFS continues to play in meeting federal goals of increasing national security by improving energy and economic security.   NCGA notes in the comments that the government continues to invest in alternative energy sources with the goal of increasing national security by increasing energy security and thus decreasing our reliance upon foreign energy sources. Given this objective, NCGA then looks at initiatives which are...

(Posted Fri. Jun 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 14: This week, the National Corn Growers Association brought the corn farmers perspective to leaders and innovators in the ethanol and related industries as they met in St. Louis for the 29th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, the largest ethanol conference currently in the world. For four days, attendees participated in a variety of sessions on topics ranging from regulatory compliance, improving nutritional quality in distillers’ dried grains and technological innovations. In addition to these panel-led sessions, the conference also offered industry tours and the opportunity to speak with vendors about new products. Yesterday, a select group of industry members came together at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center on Southern Illinois University...

(Posted Wed. Jun 5th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jun. 5: Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements held a subjective hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard and the blend wall. The hearing did not invite representatives from the renewable fuel industry to testify and was not announced until late Friday evening. “It was a disappointment to hear the outcome of today’s hearing on the RFS and blend wall,” NCGA Ethanol Committee Chair Chad Willis said. “During the summer months, when gas prices are typically the highest, consumers could have benefitted from a balanced discussion on the future and positive impacts of the renewable fuel industry. Unfortunately all we saw today were mistruths and a one-sided agenda.” While some positive comments were made by a few...

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

May 23: The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments on the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to their third white paper, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts.” In these comments, NCGA addressed how the RFS has decreased greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s vehicle fleet while leading to innovations that have made U.S. agriculture more sustainable and ethanol facilities more efficient. It also noted that unnecessary Congressional tinkering with the RFS would jeopardize investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, undermine incentives for further innovation in the existing renewable fuels sector and make the United States more dependent on...

(Posted Wed. May 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: ethanol E15

May 22: As public awareness of the many economic and energy security benefits ethanol offers continues to grow, demand for higher blends of ethanol is also on the rise. This month, Wisconsin became the sixth state to offer E15 as a fuel option for consumers. With E15 already available in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, American drivers now have more choices at the fuel pump across a greater portion of the country. “Decisions by the EPA opened the door for broader E15 availability, and fuel station operators in many areas see how much sense E15 makes for both many drivers and our country as a whole,” said NCGA Ethanol Committee Chairman Chad Willis, a farmer from Minnesota. “E15 has undergone some of the most extensive testing ever performed and proven that it offers a reliable, green...

(Posted Tue. Apr 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol Biofuels Energy

Apr. 23: Late yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard and incentives issued to auto manufacturers for Flex Fuel Vehicle production. These comments, which were submitted in response to EPA’s Draft Guidance for E85 Flexible Fuel Vehicle Weighting Factors, expressed concern that the Agency’s proposal does not adequately incentivize the automobile manufacturers to continue building FFVs after the 2016 model year. To read the full comments as submitted, please click here. “NCGA’s 38,000 members, along with the nation’s corn farmers, firmly support the RFS and strongly believe that it has successfully increased our country’s energy security while reducing...

(Posted Wed. Apr 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Apr. 10: Today, a group of House members introduced legislation calling for changes to the renewable fuel standard. Led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the legislation, called the "RFS Reform Act," would eliminate the corn-based ethanol requirements and would cap the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent. It would require the EPA to set cellulosic biofuel levels at production levels. National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, Iowa, issued the following statement in response to this legislation on behalf of the organization and the 300,000 corn farmers which it represents: “NCGA stands firm in its support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and will strongly oppose legislation to alter or repeal the...

(Posted Fri. Apr 5th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Apr. 5: Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the proposed “Control of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards” as an update to the Tier 2 fuel emission regulations released in 2000. These standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated with the goal of decreasing air pollution. While these more stringent regulations on sulfur, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter innately benefit Americans by providing cleaner air, they also represent an opportunity to increase the use of renewable, high-octane ethanol. “While no one is sure at this point of every implication and ramification of the Tier 3 recommendations, farmers have always understood the importance of...

(Posted Mon. Mar 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol Farm Policy

Mar. 4: Delegates to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress policy meeting and corn growers elsewhere during the 2013 Commodity Classic last week talked up the importance of defending the Renewable Fuel Standard and getting a smart and strong five-year farm bill passed this year after the numerous delays of 2012. At a time when corn yields are still rising strong, the importance of protecting a growing market like ethanol is paramount to corn farmers. Despite the drought last year, for example, more corn growers than ever before had yields of 300 or higher on the National Corn Yield Contest, demonstrating that all markets – livestock feed, exports, and others as well as ethanol – will be important to the organization. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is important because it...

(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic Farm Bill RFS ethanol

Feb. 28: Today, the Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2013 Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers counterparts and Jessica Simmons, the Corporate Communications Lead for Monsanto, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm families, their friends and industry allies to agriculture’s premier showcase. “The Commodity Classic Trade Show is always a popular event, and this year is no exception with a sold out event that offers attendees a chance to see the most cutting edge technology while...

(Posted Fri. Feb 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: NASCAR American Ethanol ethanol

Feb. 22: American Ethanol announced its plans to enhance its partnership with Richard Childress Racing and driver Austin Dillon for the 2013 NASCAR® season. Dillon will race the No. 33 American Ethanol Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ at Michigan International Speedway on June 16 and will drive a RCR-fielded entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ at Eldora Speedway on July 24 with an American Ethanol paint scheme. The National Corn Growers Association is a proud partner in this effort. “We want to show the people coast-to-coast there is a great alternative to imported oil and our association with NASCAR and RCR is doing that extremely well," said Jon Holzfaster, a Paxton, NE farmer and chairman of the National Corn Growers...

(Posted Wed. Feb 13th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS Fuels America

Feb. 13: Last night, the Fuels America coalition, of which the National Corn Growers Association is one of the founding members, released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:“Tonight, President Obama laid out an agenda that includes cutting our dependence on oil, fighting climate change and creating jobs. The current administration has been a long-­time supporter of renewable fuel, which can help meet all three of these goals.“The Renewable Fuel Standard is an essential policy that is already helping to wean us from oil and that, if left intact, can do even more to benefit America. The RFS has been crucial in encouraging investment in oil alternatives, driving innovation in advanced biofuels and opening up markets so...

(Posted Thu. Feb 7th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Feb. 7: In a panel presentation this week, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman highlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard to help increase and guarantee a vibrant domestic renewable fuel market.“We cannot underestimate the importance of the RFS,” Tolman said. “It cut imported oil and serves as the basis for investment in infrastructure growth. It’s the single biggest reason for the prosperity across all of agriculture since its inception. It also has lowered fuel costs for consumers and created hundreds of thousands of jobs across America.”Tolman’s presentation, at the Renewable Fuel Association’s National Ethanol Conference, centered on five areas: the success of the RFS to-date, the importance of preserving the program, implementation challenges and opportunities,...

(Posted Thu. Jan 24th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol Sustainability

Jan. 24: Corn-based ethanol may offer significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than previously believed. This realization comes following the release of a recent study performed by U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers showing that corn grown using no-till methods may sequester larger amounts of carbon more deeply than previously known. The study, which was published in BioEnergy Research, revealed that corn grown over a 10-year period using no-till practices sequesters carbon in the soil down to depths as far as 59 inches under the surface. Previous studies, which looked at depths of less than 11 inches or so, did not take into account carbon sequestration below tillage depths. In doing so, their findings missed more than 50 percent of the increase in...

(Posted Wed. Jan 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol Feed DDGS

 Jan. 23: A barrier impeding the rapid export growth of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles came down earlier this month as the ethanol co-product gained official classification as a non-hazardous cargo. The reclassification, which became final and mandatory under the code of the International Maritime Organization on Jan. 1, 2013, was the culmination of a process initiated by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member. “While DDGS have effectively been shipped as a non-hazardous cargo for years now, the final classification by the IMO is an important success which will benefit corn farmers across the country,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “This status provides additional assurance that DDGS buyers and producers can access the lower freight rates assessed...

(Posted Mon. Jan 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 14:  The political landscape in Washington changed with the November elections, including that for ethanol. In the past few months, Congress has seen fewer corn advocate members added to the freshman class and also to key committees such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In addition, shortly before Christmas, the White House announced the departure of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. It will be critical that the National Corn Growers Association use all opportunities to educate the new players on the importance of biofuels. “The upcoming year could be a challenging one for ethanol advocates,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “At the same time, we see many new legislators and regulators coming to power. With fewer leaders from corn producing states, education and...

(Posted Tue. Jan 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol Feed

Jan. 8: Last week, the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, announced an important milestone in the growth of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles exports. According to the Ministry of Finance Customs, Japan imported more than 384,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS between January and October 2012, marking the highest imports on record. “The growth of U.S. DDGS exports to Japan is exciting for a multitude of reasons,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “DDGS provide a high quality feed ingredient while making efficient use of an ethanol co-product. The rise in this product’s popularity in Japan, the largest export market for U.S. corn and a valued trade partner, reaffirms that, through innovations in both production and use, America’s corn...

(Posted Thu. Dec 27th, 2012)

Keywords: EPA Regulations Ethanol

Dec. 27: The National Corn Growers Association thanks Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson for acting on the Obama Administration’s commitment to ethanol and other biofuels during her tenure. This statement comes on the heels of today’s public announcement of her forthcoming resignation in January. “Administrator Jackson worked with NCGA to support the ethanol industry and promote science-based regulations during her tenure,” said NCGA Chairman Garry Niemeyer, a farmer from Auburn, Ill. “Upon the announcement of her departure, we thank her for the action she took on behalf of the Administration to advance E15, support the RFS and for her willingness to work with America’s farmers. We hope to continue working in this cooperative,...

(Posted Thu. Dec 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Dec. 6:  The E15 blend of ethanol. Food and fuel. Energy security. Jobs in rural America. There is a lot of discussion about ethanol these days, and plenty of need for a look at the facts. That’s why the National Corn Growers Association has created the EthanolFacts.com website as a simple place to get the facts and links to a lot more information about our favorite domestic renewable fuel.  “For years, NCGA has been at the forefront of promoting ethanol as an important choice for today’s drivers, who are demanding fuels that are not only cleaner-burning, but powerful and made right here in the United States,” said Chad Willis, a Minnesota corn farmer who serves as chairman of NCGA’s Ethanol Committee. “EthanolFacts.com provides the key information to people who want to know the simple truth...

(Posted Wed. Dec 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Dec. 5: American Ethanol congratulates spokesman and driver Austin Dillon on being named 2012 NASCAR® Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Now, fans have an opportunity to congratulate Dillon personally too during the American Ethanol live Twitter chat which Dillon will host next week from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CST Monday, Dec. 10.  “All of the American Ethanol partners are so excited for Austin,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chairman Jon Holzfaster. “Rookie of the Year is a big win both for him personally and for farmers across the country. With all eyes on Austin, NASCAR fans also get to see the performance and benefits another homegrown winner offers when E15 fuels the race. Every car in every series races to the finish with E15...

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 30:  The National Corn Growers Association submitted the following letter to the editor of USA Today in response to a story about the American Automobile Association’s position on the safety of E15 for cars and trucks.  Click here for more information on how E15 is one of the most tested fuels available.  “While controversy makes a better story than tried-and-true facts, the November 30 story about the American Automobile Association’s attack on E15 ethanol is baffling. The National Corn Growers Association agrees that American drivers should not be exposed to fuel blends that are untested and possibly unsafe. The fact is, E15 has been the most aggressively and comprehensively tested fuel in the history of the EPA, which allows its use for vehicles starting with the 2001 model...

(Posted Thu. Nov 29th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 29: The National Corn Growers Association recently joined the Urban Air Initiative, an organization that promotes the human health and environmental benefits of ethanol.  Focusing on ways to reduce the impact of particulate matter emitted from automobiles, UAI brings a new coalition of partners together to support government standards that recognize the important role ethanol plays in lowering these harmful emissions.  “Joining UAI will benefit corn farmers by involving NCGA in important conversations about how ethanol can help our nation achieve important health and environmental goals,” said NCGA Ethanol Committee Chair Chad Willis. “Additionally, joining UAI builds relationships with a variety of influential groups, such as those representing asthma interests, with whom we share common interests but...

(Posted Wed. Nov 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 28:  The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson on a report released today by the National Council of Chain Restaurants attacking the Renewable Fuel Standard:  “A half-baked report from the lobbyists for chain restaurants does not serve up an accurate picture of ethanol’s impact when it comes to boosting jobs in rural America, lowering fuel prices or helping increase energy independence by expanding domestic, renewable fuel use in the United States. These are all points that make the Renewable Fuel Standard an important policy we need to protect and defend.  “The fact is, the NCCR study by PricewaterhouseCoopers was limited to only two possible scenarios. When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its look at the...

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 16: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement to deny the request to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard:  “The National Corn Growers Association supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny the Renewable Fuel Standard waiver request.  We believe Administrator Jackson appropriately recognized petitioners did not properly prove severe nationwide economic harm had occurred thereby creating no justification for a waiver of the RFS.  “The ethanol industry plays a pivotal role in job creation throughout the country supporting over 400,000 jobs nationwide.  This includes many in ethanol plants in rural America.  The RFS advances the use of domestically produced renewable fuels, encourages new technologies and enhances U.S. energy independence.” 

(Posted Wed. Oct 24th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 24: State corn associations across the country are working diligently to make the increased use of higher ethanol blends a reality through programs to put the necessary infrastructure in place. Laying the groundwork for a shift toward greater use of the domestically produced, environmentally friendly biofuel, a wide variety of programs currently underway will help fuel tomorrow with E15 and midlevel blends while providing easier E85 access for the eight million flex-fuel vehicles already on the road today.  Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota all have efforts to increase the use of higher ethanol blends in their respective states by helping fund the installation of the...

(Posted Fri. Oct 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 19: The high performance benefits of American Ethanol will be on full display in Kansas City and national television as renowned NASCAR® driver Kenny Wallace hits the track Saturday in the No. 99 American Ethanol car.  Wallace will pilot the RAB Racing with Brack Maggard entry in the Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas Speedway. Televised coverage begins at 3 p.m. Central on ESPN, with NASCAR Nationwide Series™ qualifying round coverage beginning at 11 a.m. on SPEED. The race will also be broadcast live via radio on the Motor Racing Network.      “The entire backstretch of the track will be painted green and showcase carry American Ethanol artwork,” said National Corn Growers Association board member and NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster. “We estimate...

(Posted Thu. Oct 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 11:  In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today, the National Corn Growers Association expressed strong support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and noted that granting a waiver at this point would be premature.  “NCGA and our member associations have long supported the RFS2, including the waiver provision process,” wrote NCGA President Pam Johnson, an Iowa corn grower.  In response to a 2008 waiver request, EPA had established that severe harm to the economy attributed to the RFS was one of only two grounds for granting a waiver. “We believe the burden of proof for severe harm to the economy falls on the petitioner,” Johnson said. “Since higher feed prices are only one piece of a complicated economic puzzle we believe the petitioners have failed to establish...

(Posted Fri. Oct 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock Trade

Oct. 5:  With significant advancements in research and experience in feeding U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the U.S. Grains Council has released a third edition of A Guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles.  "When you look at the increased breadth of knowledge surrounding U.S. DDGS, plus the new types of DDGS, we believe this edition will help buyers and end users stay up-to-date on this high-quality feed ingredient," said Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of global trade.  "The handbook is designed to provide buyers the tools they need in understanding U.S. DDGS and to aid in developing relationships with sellers," he said. "In the end, we believe it will help buyers be more confident of the value of the U.S. DDGS they purchase."  The third edition is greatly expanded...

(Posted Wed. Oct 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 3:  There are less than two weeks left before the National Corn Growers Association’s “Ethanol Rocks” contest deadline Monday, Oct. 15. High school and college students from all backgrounds and majors are eligible to enter individually, as a group or through student organizations such as agriculture or science clubs, FFA, 4-H or art and film classes.  “We are looking for a forward looking take on how corn ethanol impacts our lives,” said Chad Willis, Chair of NCGA’s Ethanol Action Team. “Today’s youth will be shaping tomorrow’s world, and we want to tap their creativity to showcase the economic and environmental benefits of this domestic and renewal source of energy.”  First-place winners in each category (high school and college) will receive a $1,500 prize....

(Posted Thu. Sep 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 27: The National Corn Growers Association joined forces with a large coalition of advanced and traditional renewable fuel stakeholders that launched today to defend America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and its benefits to our nation’s economy, domestic energy supply and national security. The new coalition, Fuels America, spans the full spectrum of agriculture, national security, renewable energy and other stakeholders.  “In joining Fuels America, NCGA joins a broad spectrum of renewable fuel stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of our efforts in the defense of ethanol and other biofuels,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, a farmer from Auburn, Ill. “Corn farmers support ethanol and other biofuels not only because they are essential to the continued growth of rural...

Our View: Ethanol Wins

(Posted Tue. Sep 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President -    Ethanol is a winner. This remarkable fuel, that happens to be made from corn, has been asked to be many things since it first emerged in the marketplace in the late 1970s. Remarkably, this domestically produced fuel has met all the challenges offered on every level.  Reduce our dependence on expensive foreign petroleum? Check! Improve air quality by reducing emissions of CO2 and greenhouse gases? Sure, why not? Revitalize our rural economy and help keep family farmers in business? Consider it done. Help meet all the goals of our nation’s blueprint for a successful biofuels initiative (RFS2)? Piece of cake.  And notably, ethanol is providing all these documented benefits with a prices tag that is cheaper than gasoline -- sometimes, like now, significantly cheaper. ...

(Posted Fri. Sep 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 14: This weekend, American Ethanol hits the track in Chicago to educate NASCAR attendees and viewers about the many benefits of E15. The National Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Growth Energy will work together to promote the benefits of this sustainable, domestically-produced fuel blend through a display on the midway.  Here, consumers will learn more about ethanol and the importance of the farmers who grow our food and fuel.  In Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, Austin Dillon will have the American Ethanol #3 car on the track for the seventh time this season.  Austin continues to hold on to the Rookie of the Year lead and pursue the Nationwide Series Championship, which is increasing the positive attention he...

(Posted Mon. Sep 10th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 10:  As the entry deadline nears for the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Rocks video contest, FFA Advisor Alaina Holdgrafer has what it takes to help Mediapolis, Iowa, high school students give their take on the advantages of corn ethanol. She is now the proud owner of an NCGA backpack filled with goodies, including a Sony HandyCam, and a lot of information about ethanol, which she won recently at the Farm Progress Show.     “Promoting the Ethanol Rocks video contest at Farm Progress was a great way for NCGA to interest high school and college students in taking part in supporting America’s leading source of domestic renewable fuel,” said Chad Willis, chairman of NCGA’s Ethanol Committee. “The drawing for the video camera, literature on the benefits of ethanol, along with presentations by the Iowa...

(Posted Thu. Aug 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 30: This week, the Environmental Protection Agency started the 30-day comment period on the waiver request of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Today, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting an additional 30-day extension, citing harvest and the uncertainty of this year’s corn crop.  “Across the nation our members are beginning harvest, one of the busiest times of the year,” Niemeyer wrote.  “Given the demands of harvest, I am concerned that the proposed 30-day comment period will not provide sufficient time for a thorough analysis of the proposed waiver and would hinder farmer participation in this important policy process.  Also, with the crop still in the field, it is too early to determine this year’s final corn supply.”  Currently, the...

(Posted Thu. Aug 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

August 23:  In celebration of the agricultural industry’s annual migration to the Farm Progress Show next week in Boone, Iowa, the National Corn Growers Association is inviting show attendees to stop by the Iowa Corn Growers Association booth to learn about what NCGA and its state affiliate are doing for their members.  “With school starting, NCGA is taking this opportunity to reach out to high school and college students, along with FFA and Ag Club coordinators to sign up for our “Ethanol Rocks” video contest,” said NCGA First Vice President Pam Johnson. “In addition to finding out more about this program, show attendees can stop by the Iowa Corn Growers Association booth, visit with corn growers and learn what NCGA and Iowa Corn are doing to promote our industry at the national and state levels...

(Posted Tue. Aug 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 21: The National Corn Growers Association has supported a study that will be released this fall, reporting that supplementing cattle feed with corn stover actually decreases the amount of greenhouse gases created during corn ethanol production.  This study, by Life Cycle Associates, was designed to assess the impact on the carbon intensity, as measured by greenhouse gas emissions, of a corn ethanol pathway by taking into account the replacement of a portion of corn grain for feed with corn stover. The project received NCGA funding as part of a greater organizational effort to help find the answers farmers need in order to run the most efficient, environmentally friendly operations possible.  “It only makes sense that farmers place an incredible...

(Posted Fri. Aug 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 17:  The U.S. Appeals Court ruled today to dismiss a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its approval of E15. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the decision and supports the use of E15 for vehicles of model year 2001 or newer.  The original suit was filed by petroleum, engine, and grocery trade associations claiming the new ethanol and gasoline blend would cause damage to engines.  “Today’s decision by the Court of Appeals clarifies the known facts about the safe use of E15,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said.  “This sets the stage for consumers to have more choices at the pump.  In addition, the expanded use of ethanol will continue to create jobs and help strengthen America’s rural economy.”  The EPA began testing the use of E15...

(Posted Wed. Aug 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 1: Corn supply projections, research regarding the environmental impact of corn production as well as new efforts to expand uses for corn were topics for discussion when the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee met in Washington recently.  While drought-reduced yields in the 2012 crop have gotten the attention of many elected officials in Washington, the longer-term vision of the Ethanol Committee reflected optimism for future corn production and supply.  “The current drought is real and it will be weeks before we fully understand the effects on farmers and the U.S. economy. However, as leaders part of our mission is to juggle both long- and short-term goals and challenges,” said Ethanol Committee Chair Chad Wills, a Minnesota corn grower. “Future yield projections...

(Posted Mon. Jul 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 30:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the drought and the call by some for the EPA to waive provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  “NCGA stands firm in its support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and will strongly oppose legislation to alter or repeal the RFS. Likewise, we believe it is premature for a waiver of the RFS provisions at this point. With the crop still in the field, it is too early to determine this year’s final corn supply. In addition, the ethanol industry now has a significant surplus of ethanol and RFS  credits that can greatly offset ethanol’s impact on the corn supply.  “However, we recognize the severe impact of the drought on our farmers and our customers, here and abroad, with livestock,...

(Posted Thu. Jul 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Production

July 19:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to media coverage and Capitol briefings on the drought, food prices and the Renewable Fuel Standard.  “This is a time when farmers and ranchers are suffering the nation’s worst drought in years, covering nearly two-thirds of our country’s land mass. Like any crisis, it has led to numerous inaccuracies and exaggerations, especially when it comes to the impact on food supply and retail food prices.  “Yesterday at the White House, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that farmers only receive a fraction – about 14 cents – of every dollar spent on food at the grocery store. Look at corn, for example, which even at its current price is an inexpensive food ingredient. The corn in...

(Posted Mon. Jul 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 2: Last weekend, American Ethanol raced into the Kentucky spotlight as spokesman Austin Dillon triumphed with a first-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.  Immediately following the victory, which pushed Dillon into first-place in the overall standings for the series, he thanked his sponsors for their support, mentioning American Ethanol by name.    “While it is always exciting to see how NASCAR fans are beginning to really embrace ethanol, this weekend was exceptional,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre.  “Between Austin’s win and the American Ethanol hoopla in the campgrounds, the energy growing behind both ethanol and the corn farmers who make it possible was palpable.  Our work is really gaining...

(Posted Mon. Jun 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 25: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association took part in intensive discussions on the future of ethanol with key participants from groups representing the ethanol industry, the oil industry, auto emissions concerns, retailers and consumers during the Next Generation Engine and Fuels Forum.  Held in Washington, the conference looked at the future of a variety of fuels and the engines needed to move our nation forward.  “Leaving these discussions, I feel energized and hopeful that ethanol has a bright future that will better utilize its environmental and national energy independence benefits,” said NCGA Director of Biofuels Dr. Pam Keck. “I found many key stakeholders who support higher ethanol blends, and I hope that, by working together, we will make our...

(Posted Mon. Jun 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 18:  Corn Growers and American Ethanol were out in force at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, with the American Ethanol Green Flag literally and figuratively flying high. Because growers and the American Ethanol team distributed 3,000 flags to campers prior to the races, it was impossible to miss the E15’s presence at during the weekend.  “It was a terrific weekend to be at the races,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “There was so much excitement on the part of the drivers and the fans, and you could not miss the involvement of our growers and others in spreading the word about America’s favorite renewable fuel.”  Family farmers hit the track Saturday, with Kenny Wallace driving a car acknowledging farmer’s contributions and linking their key role in providing ethanol to...

(Posted Thu. Jun 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 7: This week, the National Corn Growers Association helped attendees of an Ethanol Industry 101 workshop explore the history of national politics as they relate to ethanol. This session, which covered political discourse from the initial development of the first Renewable Fuel Standard through the expiration of the blender tax credit, provided attendees with the background necessary to fully grasp the impact of Washington politics on the ethanol industry.  The panel leading “Ethanol in Washington: The Policies and Players that Created the Road to Commercialization” included NCGA Director of Biofuels Pam Keck.  Keck brought the corn farmer’s perspective on ethanol to the table, from the history and basic composition of corn plus a...

(Posted Thu. Jun 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Farm Policy

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President:   My fellow farmers,  Sometimes it is easy to become the victim of your own success.  I think our industry has more than a bit of that going on right now, and this has me terribly concerned.  Times are pretty good right now on the farm.  Prices are relatively high and we have seen significant increases in yields and reductions in chemical and fertilizer use.   Farmers are making money, and that is great.  But it wasn’t that many years ago that we were suffering from stagnant demand and excess production.   To get beyond those tough times, our organizations – NCGA and our state affiliates – led the way to some outstanding victories for the corn industry.  Probably most important among those was passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard – RFS I and then RFS II.  We...

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 6: The National Corn Growers Association hopes that members and ethanol agvocates alike will join in the festivities as the Illinois Corn Marketing Board partners with Growth Energy to promote awareness of American Ethanol at the newly announced American Ethanol 225.  This race, which will be held at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, July 21, is part of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and represents the return of summer night racing to the track.  “NASCAR has become an important way in which our state and national corn organizations reach out to consumers with tangible proof of ethanol’s performance and viability,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Council Chair Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower.  “It is exciting to see Illinois,...

(Posted Fri. Jun 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 1: The National Corn Growers Association urges members to tune in and show their support for American Ethanol as Austin Dillon races into the spotlight this weekend, making his first Nationwide Series start at Dover International Speedway.  Driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon will again bring attention to NASCAR’s switch to E15 sporting a special paint out in the black and green colors of American Ethanol.   Attention on Dillon will remain high as he currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, with the highest rookie points ranking since 2007.  He also continues to hold third in the 2012 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings.  “Having Austin’s car feature the American Ethanol artwork in Dover...

(Posted Thu. May 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 31: This week, the National Corn Growers Association brought together representation from state corn associations, members of its Ethanol Committee and various other stakeholders to discuss the importance of ethanol both to farmers and the country as a whole.   With a full day of presentations on upcoming events in the industry and expert analysis, participants discussed short-, intermediate- and long-term goals which will be used to help NCGA as it refines its strategic plan.  “Farmers and those in rural American have long seen the impressive economic impact that ethanol brings to bear while experts have cited its important contributions to our environment and national energy independence,” said NCGA Ethanol Committee Chair Chad Willis.  “This meeting provided us with an...

Our View: A Winning Ethanol Program

(Posted Thu. May 24th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

By Garry Niemeyer, President, National Corn Growers Association:       May 24:  In late 2010, with our support, NASCAR announced it was switching to a 15 percent ethanol blend in all races starting with the 2011 season. We at the National Corn Growers Association and our allies in the ethanol industry saw a tremendous opportunity to spotlight the importance of ethanol and the E15 blend. With the second year of racing well underway, it is clear that the American Ethanol NASCAR program has been highly successful.  Just consider that more than one quarter of the U.S. population – 80 million people – are NASCAR fans. The American Ethanol partnership is the first program we’ve been involved in with our state affiliates that has a reach of this magnitude.  Each week, NASCAR fans are exposed to positive...

(Posted Fri. May 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar Ethanol

By Rick Tolman, NCGA Chief Executive Officer:     May 18:  Two pieces of research that were dropped this week and then picked up in the mainstream  media clearly demonstrate that there’s something off in the way research is (1) conducted, (2) summarized, and (3) reported to the public. None of this surprises us; as an organization that often must deal with controversy, we’ve seen it all before and there is nothing new under the sun.  In the first case, researchers at UCLA, without even testing high fructose corn syrup, announced on Tuesday that they discovered that HFCS may have deleterious effects on cognitive ability. They did this by feeding lab rats enormous quantities of a “fructose solution” and seeing how well they did running through a maze. The UCLA news release stresses HFCS; the research itself...

(Posted Tue. May 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 15:  America’s growing use of domestically produced ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon in 2011, according to updated research conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University.  The 2011 results, which are up from an average impact of $0.89 per gallon in 2010, were released today by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. To our nation’s corn growers, this is just further demonstration of this valuable domestic fuel.  “I hope that every time drivers pull into a gas station, they think about how worse things could be without ethanol,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “Our farmers are completing planting what appears to be a record-breaking corn crop, and they...

(Posted Thu. May 10th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 10: This week, Representatives John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) sent an email and fact sheet refuting allegations about corn ethanol made by several of their colleagues.  The National Corn Growers Association applauds their efforts to supply their colleagues with accurate information about the importance of both the Renewable Fuels Standard and corn ethanol to our nation.  “On behalf of NCGA’s more than 37,000 farmer-members, I thank Representatives Shimkus and Peterson for working across party lines to disseminate factual, accurate information about corn ethanol,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “These distinguished Representatives demonstrated that they understand what corn growers have long known; corn ethanol provides important...

(Posted Fri. May 4th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 4: In a continued effort by the administration to support the biofuels industry, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has called on petroleum companies to increase the percentage of ethanol in America’s gas tanks by adopting E15.  The Environmental Protection Agency approved the blend as a fuel option for most vehicles in 2010, and once the blend becomes commercially available, it will support the ethanol industry’s efforts to help keep gas prices down.  "The availability of E15 will increase America's energy security and spur additional job creation," Vilsack said. "Increasing the percentage of ethanol to be blended with gasoline will help boost economic growth while lessening the nation's dependence on foreign oil."  E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard advance the use of domestically produced...

(Posted Thu. May 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 3:  As the E15 ethanol fuel blend prepares for its national debut, the National Corn Growers Association calls on students to channel their “inner Spielberg” and submit entries in the Ethanol Rocks video contest.  “Today, we’re distributing Ethanol Rocks video contest application and rules packets online and to FFA chapters and members of the National Science Teachers Association,” said Chad Willis, chairman of NCGA’s Ethanol Committee. “Statistics and studies confirm that ethanol keeps the cost of gasoline down and reduces harmful emissions into the environment, and we’re looking for creative ways to tell ethanol’s great story. By giving American youth a creative platform, we hope to discover a wide variety of interesting perspectives on the benefits of ethanol.”  The contest is looking for...

(Posted Fri. Apr 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Apr. 20: This Sunday, NASCAR, Kansas Speedway and several of NASCAR’s Official Partners will showcase the environmental sustainability programs that take place each week at racetracks across the country in celebration of Earth Day.  These efforts, taking place every day and at NASCAR races year-round, are part of the sport’s NASCAR Green initiative which shows the value NASCAR places upon the environment through real-world, sustained action.  The National Corn Growers Association, along with many state corn associations and the American Ethanol partnership, will help play a key role in promoting an aspect of NASCAR Green supported by agriculture and environmentalists alike, the sport’s move to a 15 percent ethanol fuel blend.  “Our promotion of...

(Posted Fri. Apr 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Apr. 13: Rev your engines! American Ethanol will race onto the scene at the Texas Motor Speedway as a group of unique visitors and millions of avid fans alike watch Austin Dillon’s No. 3 car fly by proudly displaying a full American Ethanol paint out.  To promote the benefits of higher-blend ethanol, including the E15 blend fueling every car in every race for NASCAR again this year, the National Corn Growers Association urges members to tune in and show support.  In addition to bringing attention to ethanol among the broader public, NCGA will promote the benefits of ethanol during this race for a select group of garage owners and mechanics by giving them a chance to see E15 in action under some of the toughest driving conditions on the planet.  Prior to the race, the group will...

(Posted Mon. Apr 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Apr. 9: In a country largely dependent on oil exports, the ethanol industry is often maligned and a large target of contention and discomfort in Saudi Arabia. However, as Venezuela overtook Saudi Arabia to become the owner of the largest share of the world’s known oil reserves in 2011, Saudis are now focusing on the need to diversify their economy, with agriculture garnering significant interest as a new revenue stream.  Already home to the largest dairy integrations in the world, the country once opposed to ethanol now cooperates with the U.S. ethanol industry to satisfy feed demand with ethanol coproduct distiller’s dried grains.  The U.S. Grains Council, which has operated in Saudi Arabia for decades, recently undertook a unique challenge as it launched...

(Posted Mon. Apr 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Apr. 2: Young ethanol enthusiasts and aspiring actors alike should start shoring up scripts and collecting cameras to create entries for a new video contest created by the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee today.  This opportunity will ask high school and college students to create a video that, in two minutes or less, showcases five facts about ethanol for submission between contest opening in early May and the final deadline, which will be late in the fall of 2012.  “We are extremely excited to launch this new project which will help connect our youth to corn-based ethanol, the fuel of the future,” said NCGA Ethanol Committee Chairman Chad Willis. “The innovative format of the submissions makes them ideal for placement on websites such as...

(Posted Mon. Apr 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Apr. 2:  At a time when gas prices are on the rise, the approval today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of E15 blended fuel, with 15 percent ethanol, is a good milestone of progress for the industry and a boon to the U.S. economy, according to the National Corn Growers Association. Today, EPA approved the first applications for registering ethanol for use in making E15; however, there are other steps that must be taken at the federal, state and local levels before it will be seen in gas stations.  “We’ve been working for a long time to make E15 a real choice for drivers, and we’re happy to see this step forward,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “We hope that within a matter of months we can get this important blend into vehicles to help decrease our nation’s reliance on...

(Posted Tue. Mar 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Mar. 27:  The National Corn Growers Association has joined forces with biofuels organizations and renewable energy advocates to highlight the role the Renewable Fuel Standard plays in moderating gasoline prices, reducing foreign imports, and supporting the advanced and cellulosic biofuels sector.  In a letter sent to Congressional leaders today, NCGA, the American Coalition for Ethanol, Advanced Ethanol Council, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, 25x’25 Alliance and Energy Future Coalition are urging Congress to support the RFS and reject attempts to reduce, waive, or eliminate it.  Click here for the letter.  “Today, ethanol is approximately $1 cheaper than gasoline and blending ethanol into U.S. gasoline...

(Posted Wed. Mar 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Mar. 21:  With gas prices again on the rise throughout the United States, many consumers are driving less or switching to cars and trucks that use less fuel. And gas is certainly on the rise for some time to come, with the U.S. Energy Information Agency estimating the average retail cost of gasoline to be $3.79 per gallon in 2012 and $3.72 per gallon in 2013. Some areas of the country can see gas priced at well over $4 per gallon into the foreseeable future.  When gas prices are this high, most consumers don’t want to think about how it can go higher, but there is one factor that, when removed, can drive the cost of gas in your tank significantly higher, the National Corn Growers Association reports – and that is domestic, renewable ethanol.  “It’s hard to believe that there are people who want to reduce...

(Posted Mon. Mar 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Mar. 12: This weekend marked major milestones for both NASCAR driver Austin Dillon and the American Ethanol partnership as the 21-year-old sensation made his first Nationwide Series start at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway while sporting an American Ethanol paint out on his No. 3 Chevrolet Impala.  Born a racer, son of former driver and RCR general manager Mike Dillon and grandson of Richard Childress, Dillon shone a spotlight on his developing talent and his dedication to clean-burning, domestically produced ethanol.  “This was a big weekend for ethanol in NASCAR, with Austin Dillon racing his No. 3 American Ethanol car to another strong finish. With three races down in the Nationwide season, he is already exceeding our expectations,” said Martin Barbre, chairman of the...

(Posted Fri. Feb 24th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Feb. 24: The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series launches this weekend as drivers compete in the Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500, which will again be fueled by Sunoco Green E15.  The ethanol-blend fuel also celebrates a milestone as NASCAR enters its second full season of races in which every car in all three series will again get the power to compete from this domestically-produced, sustainable biofuel. From fuel port decals on all vehicles to the American Ethanol green starter flag, high visibility is ensured at the racetrack – and on television.  “Last year, the American Ethanol partnership to improve awareness of ethanol’s benefits propelled the biofuel into an unprecedented spotlight as the sport’s millions of fans witnessed its performance and reliability week after week,” said Martin Barbre,...

(Posted Wed. Feb 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Feb. 22:  The ethanol story, fully told, would showcase every aspect of NCGA – the dedication of thousands of grower members, the strategic thinking, state level initiatives, policy work, research, infrastructure, sustainability, even aspects of NCGA’s biotechnology effort – and it would take a whole book.  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, an ethanol supporter since the 1970s, remembers some of the earliest corn grower efforts to promote ethanol: “They would come with a gravity box with corn and a sign about ethanol, urging support.  “Without the corn growers, we would not have an ethanol policy. Other farm organizations have been generally supportive of ethanol as well, but the corn growers have played the leading role.  “Not only have they made a difference from the standpoint...

(Posted Fri. Feb 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Feb. 17:  Trevor Bayne, the unlikely 2011 Daytona 500 winner, kicks off the 2012 NASCAR season today with the American Ethanol green flag in his hand. Bayne will drive his No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford over a section of the old Daytona Beach course to the track's former north turn. Following a news conference, Bayne will continue on to the speedway, where he'll present the American Ethanol green flag to symbolically open 2012 Speedweeks festivities.  The loudest, wildest and most unpredictable week in sports gets underway today with Bayne carrying a very visible reminder that NASCAR made the switch to a 15 percent ethanol blend in 2011 with the introduction of Sunoco Green E15 in every vehicle hitting the track in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide races, and Camping World Truck...

(Posted Tue. Feb 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Feb. 14:  The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with the Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, has filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlining several concerns with the proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.   “We are concerned that the proposed CAFE/GHG rule is inconsistent with the RFS2 regulation and the EISA requirement to use 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2022 in several areas,” the letter stated. “In other regulatory actions, EPA continues to express support for achieving the requirements of RFS2, yet there is no mention in the CAFE/GHG rule concerning the role of renewable alternative fuels in...

(Posted Mon. Feb 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Trade

Feb. 13:  This week, the U.S. Grains Council, a sister organization to the National Corn Growers Association that develops export markets for U.S. corn, barley, grain sorghum and related products, meets in Panama for its annual membership meeting, and a new chart provided by USGC shows how much the global corn supply has grown in previous years to meet all needs worldwide.  “Total corn use outside the United States has not slacked off  but has continued to grow in spite of the high prices of recent years, said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, who was attending the meeting with other NCGA officers. “It’s interesting to note that the price increase we’ve seen for corn around the world has not dampened foreign corn demand, but have actually stimulated corn production outside the United...

(Posted Fri. Feb 10th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Feb. 10:  The National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee met in Kansas City, Mo., this week to review programs to promote legislation and support opportunities that foster this important market. With guest speakers including PRX economist Bill Hudson and representatives from the farm machinery and aromatics industries, the attendees updated themselves on the latest information on the markets and opportunities while staff provided input on the legislative climate in Washington.  “The market for ethanol has grown exponentially over the past decade, thus utilizing an abundance of corn to meet the already-present need for a renewable, domestic biofuel,” said Chad Willis, chairman of the Ethanol Committee. “Now, we face a myriad of challenges and opportunities as those...

(Posted Fri. Feb 10th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

By Rick Tolman  CEO, National Corn Growers Association     Feb. 10:  A writer for Fortune magazine appears to want to make his journalistic fortune with stories that betray a lack of preparation, depth and balance. What else would explain a recent article on ethanol that is one-dimensional, one-sided and full of personal opinions and petty biases?  The only source the reporter cites in his page-long screed in the Feb. 6 issue of the magazine is someone he hyped in an earlier article as an “investing sage” and who – what do you know? – has invested in a biofuels plant that would compete with corn ethanol. To this person, ethanol is “diabolical” and could lead to starvation. While this investor attacks the Renewable Fuel Standard, his own biofuels plant will benefit greatly...

(Posted Tue. Feb 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Feb. 7:  The House Science Committee passed a piece of legislation today that will require the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct additional testing on E15 before allowing use of the blend. H.R. 3199 is sponsored by James Sensenbrenner(R-WI) and includes an additional six cosponsors. The legislation was passed by a vote of 19-7.  “NCGA is disappointed to see the House Science Committee vote in favor of a piece of legislation that will hamper consumer choice in fuel,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “The EPA has thoroughly tested and approved the use of E15 in motor vehicles.  This legislation will create further government bureaucracy and generate unnecessary costs to American taxpayers for something that has already been...

(Posted Wed. Jan 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 25:  National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, where the president called for an “all-of-the-above” policy to promote domestic energy.  “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to hear President Obama’s continued commitment to the nation’s energy independence during his State of the Union address. Corn farmers and the American ethanol industry answered the call nearly 30 years ago to provide feedstock for a domestically produced renewable energy source.  Today, that same feedstock constitutes more than 10% of the nation’s fuel and continues to provide a bountiful supply of corn to our long-term customers.  “The corn ethanol industry has proven that good...

Racing Partnerships to Promote Ethanol

(Posted Mon. Jan 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 23: In a nod to its commitment to the sport, the American Ethanol partnership, which includes the National Corn Growers Association, on Saturday announced that it will continue relationships with Richard Childress Racing and RAB Racing for the 2012 season.  Austin Dillon, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet during the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season with American Ethanol serving as the primary sponsor for six races as well as one race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2012. Dillon’s No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet paint scheme was unveiled at the event.  “I’m proud to carry the American Ethanol colors in NASCAR,” said Dillon. “Growth Energy is committed to clean air, and as an avid outdoorsman I truly appreciate their desire to protect our...

(Posted Tue. Jan 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 17:  As auto makers retool engines to maximize gas mileage while minimizing emissions to meet future Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards, a new study reveals that ethanol provides the higher-octane these high-efficiency engines require while remaining both affordable and environmentally friendly.   The study, conducted by AVL, a global leader in the development of powertrain engines with internal combustion systems, was funded in part by the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee and Research and Business Development Action Team.  The goal of this research was to explore the role corn ethanol could play in meeting the new CAFÉ standards enacted by the U.S. federal government.  “The findings of this study further support our existing understanding of ethanol in...

(Posted Fri. Dec 30th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Dec. 30: A judge in Federal District Court in Fresno, California, has sided with America's ethanol industry in ruling that the State of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is unconstitutional. Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill agreed with the arguments that the LCFS is in violation of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  “This ruling reaffirms our position that the state of California violated the U.S. Constitution when it created a low carbon fuel standard punitive to farmers and ethanol producers outside of the state’s border,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “Corn farmers are good stewards and advocates for thoughtful, fair strategies that will improve our environment through the advancement of biofuels. We hope...

(Posted Thu. Dec 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock Trade

Dec. 15: The U.S. Grains Council continued efforts to educate Chinese feed ingredient buyers about the many advantages of dried distillers grains from the United States. DDGS, an ethanol coproduct, act as a competitively priced, environmentally friendly source of protein for animals and present an excellent opportunity for both ingredient buyers and ethanol producers alike.  The Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, held workshops in Guangzhou and Qingdao, China. These day-long sessions provided the more than 450 attendees a comprehensive overview of the most current data on the DDGS market, including discussions about and analysis of the value of U.S. DDGS in particular. Organized in cooperation with FoodChina Company, the learning sessions...

(Posted Mon. Nov 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 21: Last week, representatives of the National Corn Growers Association attended the NASCAR Green Summit in Miami Beach, Fla. The day-long meeting, held in advance of the season-finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, highlighted the sport’s environmentally responsible efforts, and brought together the stakeholders to share ideas on furthering this green movement.  NCGA played an integral role, through the American Ethanol partnership, in NASCAR’s most visible green initiative this season, the switch to Sunoco Green E15. The 15 percent ethanol fuel blend helped NASCAR decrease their environmental impact, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create American jobs in this growing industry.  “NASCAR fans represent more than 25 percent of the adult population and statistics...

(Posted Tue. Nov 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Trade

Nov. 15: This week, the National Corn Growers Association participated in a roundtable that brought experts from various areas within agriculture to Kansas City for a discussion of upcoming issues that will impact agriculture. Focusing on issues such as the sustainability of utilizing corn stover as a biofuels feed stock, increasing grain exports from the Black Sea region and the future of ethanol, these discussions helped both the host and participants develop a more comprehensive view of the potential impacts of developing situations.  “By sharing insight into the issues NCGA thinks will influence the national corn industry and exploring the variety of ideas these experts brought to the table, we are able to create a more comprehensive look at what...

(Posted Mon. Oct 31st, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 31: American Ethanol raced into the spotlight again this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway as last week’s winner, American Ethanol spokesman Clint Bowyer, was presented with the Green Flag Restart Award, which he won last week in addition to the first-place trophy. This prize, also sponsored by American Ethanol, goes to the driver recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race in the lead lap. The awards ceremony took place just before the Sprint Cup race in front of more than 100,000 fans.  Bowyer’s No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet race car also featured a special-edition American Ethanol paint scheme. Millions of TV viewers saw the American Ethanol brand, as the sporty black, silver and green paint design was on-track all weekend....

(Posted Wed. Oct 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 26: The American Ethanol coalition announced today that the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet race car will feature a special-edition American Ethanol paint scheme at this weekend’s Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This car will be driven by American Ethanol spokesman and recent Talladega race winner, Clint Bowyer. Millions of TV viewers will be seeing the American Ethanol brand, as the sporty black, silver and green paint design will be on-track all weekend and will be accompanied with a broadcast in-car camera on Sunday.  Through its partnership with NASCAR, which is using Sunoco Green E-15 racing fuel this season, American Ethanol is promoting the nation’s homegrown, clean-burning alternative fuel to millions of brand-loyal NASCAR racing fans. NASCAR has...

(Posted Wed. Oct 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 5: The National Corn Growers Association today urged members of Congress to oppose legislation introduced by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) that would significantly weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).  “The U.S. ethanol industry is an integral part of job creation and economic opportunity throughout rural America,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “This legislation would put progress made by the ethanol industry in jeopardy and we are asking members of Congress to oppose its passage.”  The RFS came into effect in 2005 and was reauthorized and expanded with strong bipartisan support in 2007. Since that time, the RFS has provided America an avenue to produce a home-grown renewable fuel that provides an alternative to foreign petroleum. The RFS...

(Posted Wed. Sep 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 21: Since the February Daytona 500, Americans with questions about ethanol’s performance characteristics have been getting answers at NASCAR races nationwide. Every driver from Dale Jr. to Clint Bowyer, in all three NASCAR racing series has been running on a 15 percent ethanol blend. Today, NASCAR confirmed what millions of viewers have seen by officially announcing mid-level ethanol blends have now demonstrated their high-performance for more than one million driving miles. Considered by most America’s toughest proving grounds, E15 has proven its fuel quality in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series by maintaining high levels of performance while consistently providing normal mileage.  “Ethanol is an agricultural success story. It is an...

(Posted Wed. Sep 14th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

Sept. 14:  As the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing today examining the availability of feed and its effect on the livestock industry, the National Corn Growers Association submitted a statement for the record that reminded critics we don’t need to choose between using corn for feed or fuel.  “Corn fuels nations around the world, as a food ingredient, a feedstock, a fuel, a fiber, an ingredient in building materials and beyond,” NCGA’s statement said. “It is possibly the most versatile crop in the world, and demand is at an all-time high.”  Many areas of the country saw a more difficult than average growing year for corn with record heat, floods and drought plaguing the Corn Belt. But even still, the U.S....

(Posted Fri. Sep 9th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 9: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing more than $11.6 million in grants to more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. While all of these grants aim to improve rural economies, many will directly impact corn farmers as a portion of the funds are designated for the installation of blender pumps, which allow customers the choice to purchase higher blends of ethanol.  "These investments enable our farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners to develop renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will save them thousands of dollars in energy costs each year," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This funding is an important part of...

(Posted Fri. Aug 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

A recent update to the Department of Energy’s Billion Ton Study, which was first conducted in 2005, reaffirms that America has the biomass resources needed to meet oil and other fossil fuel replacement goals outlined in the 2007 Energy Bill’s Renewable Fuel Standard 2.  For a full copy of the DOE analysis, click here.  Stating that there are sufficient biomass feedstocks to meet expanded renewable fuel standard, the study found that, given a $60 per dry ton price, biofuel feedstock could be plentiful enough to produce nearly 70 billion gallons per year of biofuels by 2022 and substantially more by 2030.  The study also specifically addresses corn stover levels, concluding that “corn stover, the largest single source of residue, was estimated between...

(Posted Tue. Aug 9th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 9: NASCAR drove ethanol into the spotlight again last weekend at the Iowa Speedway as Nationwide series drivers raced to victory powered by Sunoco Green E15, a 15 percent ethanol blend, during the U.S. Cellular 250 in Newton, Iowa, presented by Enlist Weed Control. American Ethanol and Iowa Corn took the spotlight during these festivities as Kenny Wallace’s No. 09 car featured unique artwork promoting the organizations.  “Kenny is passionate about racing and also about telling the American family farmer story,” said Dick Gallagher a farmer from Washington and chairman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. “Our sponsorship of American Ethanol and Kenny Wallace are key to showcasing the power and performance of ethanol to consumers.”  This was the second time this year that...

(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 29: Working with a coalition of renewable energy and agriculture advocates, the National Corn Growers Association signed a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives this week, urging opposition to amendments that would weaken efforts to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cost U.S. jobs.  In addition to NCGA, the letter was signed by Growth Energy, Advanced Ethanol Council, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers and the Renewable Fuels Association. It directly addresses a series of amendments offered by Reps. John Sullivan, R-Okla., Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, that would block the legal implementation of the Green Jobs Waiver for E15 approved after more than a year of extensive...

(Posted Wed. Jul 27th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Ethanol

July 27:  A study published in the July 2011 Biomass and Bioenergy Journal on indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuels production indicates that the real impact of U.S. biofuels production on ILUC domestically and internationally is negligible or nonexistent.  The study, “Indirect land use change for biofuels: Testing predictions and improving analytical methodologies” was coauthored by Drs. Seungdo Kim and Bruce E. Dale of Michigan State University. Click here for the article abstract.  “This is the first evidence-based evaluation of ILUC utilizing actual historic data, employing a “bottom-up”, data-driven, statistical approach based on individual world regions’ land use patterns and commodity grain imports,” said Dr. Roger Conway, senior partner...

(Posted Tue. Jul 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

July 19: According to reports released by the USDA this month and data supplied by PRX, domestic and international livestock continues to be the No. 1 use for U.S. corn, totaling approximately 7.7 billion bushels per year. An estimated 1.5 billion bushels of corn, or 80 percent of projected U.S. corn exports, is used for feed overseas in the past year. Additionally, U.S. livestock consume totals 6.2 billion bushels, 5.0 billion in whole corn and an additional 1.2 billion bushels of corn displaced by ethanol coproducts.  “While media attention has focused more on ethanol production recently, the livestock industry continues to purchase more corn than any other sector year after year,” said National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott. “Livestock and poultry continue to be a...

(Posted Thu. Jul 7th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott released the following statement in response to today’s announcement of a bipartisan compromise on ethanol tax incentives. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have tirelessly led efforts on behalf of the ethanol industry for the past several weeks.  “NCGA is grateful to Senators Thune and Klobuchar for the hard work and dedication they have put in to reaching a final deal. There are many positive components of this compromise that are important to the ethanol industry and rural America. The final compromise reflects both the importance of the ethanol industry to achieve energy independence and the need for fiscal responsibility. The ethanol industry continues to have a positive impact on all parts of...

(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 6: If you were a Congressional subcommittee and you were going to hold a hearing "Examining the Science Behind E15," whom would you invite to testify? Would you invite some of the researchers that looked into how E15 and other mid-level blends work in automotive engines? Would you invite the ethanol industry to explain why they asked for a waiver so gas stations could offer E15 blends and what science they might have to explain their actions?  While these may seem to be logical organizations to invite to the table, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy and Environment decided to invite chicken lobbyists, environmentalists and Big Oil – each of whom have real or imagined concerns about ethanol itself at any level, the National Corn Growers...

(Posted Tue. Jul 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

July 5: As the debate over ethanol policy continues in Washington, reviewing recent research on the subject of ethanol and corn prices may prove insightful especially when one set of ethanol opponents blames the biofuel as the leading cause of higher livestock and poultry feed prices.  “There is a lot of false rhetoric out there about the impact of ethanol policy on corn prices and by extension the price of food and feed,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “The research does not support this rhetoric and it is time to move past this and work together for stronger economic security and a broad approach to energy independence that can help reduce costs.”  Last month, Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University released a report for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable...