Ethanol Promotion at #SturgisBuffaloChip

Chuck Zimmerman

The presence of ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association will be bigger than ever this year during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and especially at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. I talked with RFA’s Robert White about this year’s event and what activities we’ll be taking part in. Yes, I’ll be there once again. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is where most …

Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, RFA

EPA Approves Sorghum Oil as Biofuels Pathway

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler yesterday announced the approval of sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard during a signing event at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., with sorghum farmers and other stakeholders. In December 2017, the EPA released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning renewable fuels produced from sorghum oil under the RFS …

AFBF, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, NSP, sorghum

Growth Energy Ad Stresses Ethanol’s Importance to Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy has a new television ad running that casts a spotlight on the repeated calls from rural America for pro-biofuel policies from President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Rural America is hurting, and these communities are counting on President Trump and his administration to uphold his promise to support biofuels,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “The …

Ethanol, Growth Energy

Ethanol Report on RFA Leadership Succession

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has announced a change in leadership for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association. Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO in October 2018, while current President and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s Senior Strategic Advisor. In this edition of The Ethanol Report, Dinneen talks …

Audio, Ethanol, RFA

Biofuels Advocates Testify at EPA Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

Biofuels advocates brought their concerns about damage to the industry caused by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to a hearing on the proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Wednesday in Michigan. The proposed rule raises the total 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by 3 percent over the 2018 requirement, and maintains a 15-billion-gallon requirement …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol

Dinneen to Step Down as RFA CEO

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is marking the beginning of a new era. The Reverend of Renewables is climbing into the backseat of the ethanol organization and allowing Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper to drive. Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO in October 2018, while current President and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of …

Ethanol, RFA

Registration Open for Export Exchange 2018

Cindy Zimmerman

Registration is now open for Export Exchange 2018, Oct. 22-24 in Minneapolis. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and Growth Energy are encouraging U.S. suppliers of coarse grains and co-products, industry representatives and members of the grain trade to plan on attending this biennial event which connects them with international grain buyers. The Exhange is expected …

Ag Group, Ethanol, Exports, Growth Energy, RFA, USGC

Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA

Chuck Zimmerman

Well, here’s news that probably won’t upset too many people I know. I’m actually amazed that this didn’t happen much sooner. Of course this had to happen during a pretty much vacation week for the ZimmComm Team and many, many other folks. Here’s some industry reaction on the announcement. I think you can sum it up that everyone is pretty …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Biodiesel, Biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Government

Expanded Portfolio Includes New Enogen Varieties

Carrie Muehling

Among fans attending the NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway on Father’s Day was Craig Ehlers, a farmer and Golden Harvest dealer from northwest Iowa. Golden Harvest is expanding its 2019 portfolio with 37 new corn hybrids and 17 new soybean varieties. Among the new offerings are seven new Enogen hybrids for use in selected …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, Ethanol

Increasing Profit Margins for Ethanol

Carrie Muehling

Ethanol production has become a key market for U.S. corn, but margins are often tight. New technology would allow existing ethanol plants to convert a part of their production into making plant-based chemicals that have higher values, with profits that could be passed along to corn growers. “We know that ethanol today is a commodity that has been really pressed …

AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, CUTC, Ethanol