Lack of transparency over small refiner exemptions undermines RFS

Ethanol Producer - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:54
There is a troubling “lack of transparency” in EPA’s management of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s small refinery exemption provisions, according to a letter sent this week to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt by the Renewable Fuels Association.

ACE presents on ethanol markets at MN Ag Expo

Ethanol Producer - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:53
Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, updated attendees at the MN Ag EXPO in Mankato, Minnesota, on the changing landscape that allows retailers to offer ethanol-blended fuels at lower prices.

RFA develops ‘Ethanol in the Classroom’ program for students

Ethanol Producer - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:52
Consumers are never too young to learn about the benefits of ethanol. The Renewable Fuels Association has developed an “Ethanol in the Classroom” course, providing a fun and interactive way for students to learn about the renewable fuel.

RFA Develops ‘Ethanol in the Classroom’ Program

Domestic Fuel - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 07:19

The Renewable Fuels Association has developed a new on-line educational program designed to help tomorrow’s consumers get to know ethanol.

The new “Ethanol in the Classroom” course provides a fun and interactive way for students to learn about the renewable fuel. The e-Learning program is broken down into different grade levels and after selecting the appropriate level, students choose a vehicle that runs on ethanol and navigate through four stops: what is ethanol; ethanol’s environmental benefits; ethanol’s economic impact; and the overall use of ethanol. At each stop, students learn about ethanol and complete activities to see how much they have learned. Students earn badges after completing each stop.

“We wanted to create a fun platform for children and young adults to learn about ethanol’s numerous benefits,” said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. “They are tomorrow’s drivers. Education is key and we want to make sure everyone, young and old, knows about the environmental, economic and energy security benefits of this renewable fuel.”

To view this new training program, visit:

ZimmCast 572 – Biodiesel and More

Domestic Fuel - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:33

This week has been about all things biodiesel in Ft. Worth at the National Biodiesel Conference. It marks the 13th year we have produced the biodiesel conference blog and the 25th anniversary of the National Biodiesel Board, so our ZimmCast this week celebrates all things biodiesel. We start with an interview on biodiesel with Willie Nelson in 2006, and also includes interviews from this week with USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen, and former NBB CEO Kenlon Johannes.

We also hear from Chuck at the John Deere Developers conference this week and the Soil Health Summit last week.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 572 on Biodiesel and More

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Comment period on distillers sorghum oil NPRM closes Jan. 26

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:22
The comment period on U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to qualify distillers sorghum oil as an advanced biofuel feedstock is set to close Jan. 26. The EPA first published the proposed rule in late December.

RFA sponsors 2018 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:19
The 2018 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail kicks off later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association signed on as a co-title sponsor for the second consecutive year. The first of 18 tournaments begins Jan. 26 in Deland, Florida.

USGC: DDGS exports set new record to Southeast Asia

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:17
The U.S. Grains Council has announced U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports to Southeast Asia set a new record of 2.3 million metric tons in 2016/2017, despite an adverse trade policy decision by Vietnam.

RFA Sponsors Crappie Masters for 2nd Year

Domestic Fuel - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:02

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is back on as a co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters Tournament for the second consecutive year. The first of 18 tournaments for the 2018 trail begins Friday, Jan. 26 in Deland, Fla., between Daytona and Orlando, at St. Johns River.

“We look forward to the continued education of the tournament Anglers, along with the general public, with an aggressive approach utilizing national television, social media, print, and grassroots face-to-face conversations,” said Crappie Masters President Mike Vallentine. “E10 is safe to use in outboards, as highlighted that in the past three years, every Crappie Masters tournament winning team has safely used E10 fuel with no reported engine issues.”

Listen to an interview with Mike from one of last year’s tournaments to learn more about his support of ethanol and farmers. Interview with Mike Vallentine, Crappie Masters

RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White says last year’s sponsorship really helped boost public awareness of ethanol use in marine engines. “For nearly 30 years, 10 percent ethanol has been used in all types of marine engines and the fuel blend is approved for use by all major marine engine manufacturers, helping to clean the air and water,” he said. Additional funding for the sponsorship came from the National Corn Growers Association.

Crappie Masters Television will also highlight each tournament on a weekly show that can be viewed on the Pursuit Channel, which is on DIRECTV 604, Dish Network 393, Verizon, CenturyLink and Roku. The next Crappie Masters Tournament Trail event is Feb. 2-3 at Lake Talquin in Gadsden County, Fla.

The 2018 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail season runs through Oct. 20.

Censky Receives Biodiesel Pioneer Award

Domestic Fuel - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:35

LtoR: NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen, Steve Censky, Kurt Kovarik and Doug Whitehead of NBB

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky was presented with the Eye on Biodiesel Pioneer award at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference Wednesday.

As the long-time CEO of the American Soybean Association, Censky was instrumental in the growth and advancement of biodiesel over the years. ASA’s primary focus as an organization is policy development and implementation of soybean farmer issues, including biodiesel. The organization, under Censky’s guidance as CEO from 1996 to 2017, played a critical role in passing the biodiesel tax incentive in 2005, and the inclusion of biodiesel in the revised Renewable Fuel Standard through their national network of farmer leaders and extensive grassroots advocacy power. As USDA Deputy Secretary, Censky continues to provide critical leadership on agricultural policies as he has done throughout his career. He has also served at USDA in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service.

Listen to Censky’s remarks here – Steve Censky award remarks

Steve had time for a few questions from reporters – Steve Censky press remarks

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Eye on Biodiesel Initiative Award

Domestic Fuel - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:11

This year’s Eye on Biodiesel Initiative award was presented to HERO BX founder Samuel P. “Pat” Black, III.

With a vision to help revitalize Erie, Pennsylvania with a return to a booming manufacturing sector, Black founded Lake Erie Biofuels dba HERO BX in 2005. HERO BX is the largest biodiesel plant in the Northeastern United States, and they operate a production facility in Moundville, Alabama, and a blending and distribution terminal in North Hampton, New Hampshire. This year, Black combined his philanthropic mindset with his passion for biodiesel and commissioned a book, “The Biodiesel Solution,” to help bring the biodiesel story to a mainstream audience and to capture the early history and numerous achievements of the industry as a collective.

Listen to the award presentation and Pat’s comments here: Pat Black award

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Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award

Domestic Fuel - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:07

Minnesota has been a leader in the biodiesel industry for decades and Mike Youngerberg has been working since 1986 to advance soybean industry priorities as a member of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association staff. Mike’s dedication earned him the Eye on Biodiesel Impact award this year.

Mike currently serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Biodiesel Council which represents the biodiesel producers and feedstock providers and has served in a critical role in one of the most proactive biodiesel states in the country. In 2002, Minnesota passed landmark legislation requiring that diesel fuel sold in the state contain at least two percent biodiesel. The law was implemented on September 29, 2005, becoming the first state to require biodiesel blends. The program increased to B5 in May 2009, to B10 for the summer months in July 2014, and is scheduled to move to B20 on May 1, 2018.

Listen to the award presentation and Mike’s remarks: Mike Youngerberg award

Learn more about Mike in this interview: Mike Youngerberg interview

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USDA, DOE to fund biomass genomics research

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:11
The USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have opened a funding opportunity that aims to support genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstock for the production of biofuels and biochemicals.

Algeria removes value-added tax on US DDGS, corn gluten feed

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:10
The government of Algeria has lifted a value-added tax (VAT) on U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed (CGF) for 2018, affording new opportunities this marketing year.

FQPT completes 10th successful feeding trial with Still Pro 50

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:07
Recent trials of Fluid Quip Process Technologies's 50 percent purity protein product add to the portfolio of nutritional data the company has collected for the past eight years. The product is made using FQPT's Maximized Stillage Co-Products system.

On The Spot

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:33
FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Most consumers make their fuel purchase decisions at the pump. Consistent branding based on market research can help boost ethanol’s appeal.

Welcome to #NBB18

Domestic Fuel - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:21

The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo opened today at the Fort Worth Convention Center with the theme of “Driven” to celebrate to 25th anniversary of the National Biodiesel Board.

“For the visionaries who launched what would become the National Biodiesel Board in 1992, we want to say ‘thank you,’” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagan. “We look forward to taking this opportunity to reflect on those first 25 years, but we are also excited to launch into the next era of growth for America’s Advanced Biofuel.”

Following a University of Missouri study that demonstrated biodiesel had potential as a diesel fuel replacement, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council created the National SoyDiesel Development Board in 1992. Sensing the opportunity to utilize the vast surplus of soybean oil collected each year, while also expanding energy security and environmental benefits, other state soybean associations quickly joined the effort. The new association changed its name to the National Biodiesel Board in 1994 to reflect the diversity of fats and oils that can be made into biodiesel.

“Biodiesel is an American success story,” said Rehagen. “We have overcome countless challenges, and we will undoubtedly face many more as we continue to grow the industry. But for everyone who has pulled together for the past 25 years to make our success a reality, this conference is a great time to celebrate.”

Rehagen took to the Mainstage at Conference Central to welcome attendees and kick off the conference by talking about Biodiesel’s Bright Lights and Big Opportunities.

Listen here: NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen opens #NBB18

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Sharing Value, Building Brand

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 07:46
FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the magazine, including features about marketing E15, approval for corn fiber-to-ethanol processes, advocacy on Capitol Hill and ethanol blend pricing.

EPA: Nearly 230 million cellulosic RINs generated in 2017

Ethanol Producer - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:47
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 27.08 million cellulosic RINs.

RFA, Transcaer to host 4 ethanol safety webinars in 2018

Ethanol Producer - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:46
The Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer are jointly hosting four ethanol safety webinars this year for ethanol emergency response teams. These webinars will be held on Jan. 31, March 28, May 23, and July 25.