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April 02, 2020

USDA: Ethanol exports reach 194.16 million gallons in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessThe U.S. exported 194.16 million gallons of ethanol and 852,904 tons of distillers grains in February, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on April 2. Exports of both products were up when compared to February 2019. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

More ethanol plants help produce hand sanitizers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyTwo federal agencies relaxed regulations in March to allow producers of fuel ethanol help produce hand sanitizer to combat the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Several ethanol producers are already taking action help produce the much-needed product. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

Same-store gasoline sales start to show impact of COVID-19

BY OPIS Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerU.S. gas station operators are bracing for the impact of COVID-19 on fuel sales, as same-store gasoline sales were down 2.4 percent nationwide for the week ending March 14, when compared to the same week last year, according to OPIS Demand Report. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 reduces demand for fuel, ethanol plants cut production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessEconomists at the University of Illinois on March 26 published an analysis illustrating how COVID-19 is reducing demand for transportation fuels, including ethanol. Meanwhile, several plants have announced they will idle or reduce production. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

Opinion: From the 3 E's to the 3 C's

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Touting ethanol as a source of clean octane, it's ability to reduce carbon, and allowing consumer choice in the marketplace. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

USGC issues letter to export customers on COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessThe U.S. Grains Council on March 23 published a letter to its global customers that provides answers to questions related to the continued operations of U.S. grain production and export facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Opinion: The Case for 95 RON Now

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: A case for moving beyond the RFS to a 95 RON minimum octane standard. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

In Depth: Policy, Predictions and Positivity

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Industry leaders at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in January looked back at 2019, offered predictions for 2020, and held hope for the ethanol industry’s future. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

USDA: Progress made on implementation of US-China trade deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on March 24 announced continued progress with the implementation of agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, including those related to DDGS. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Ethanol producers help produce hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. government on March 18 relaxed regulations to allow producers of fuel ethanol and beverage alcohol to shift production to ethanol-based hand sanitizers. Days later, several ethanol plants are taking action to help combat COVID-19. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

RFA: Casey’s becomes 5,000th station to offer E85

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerThe number of fuel stations now offering Flex Fuel E85 has reached an important milestone. A Casey’s store in Ankeny, Iowa, has become the 5,000th station nationwide to sell E85, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

UNICA releases updated data, helps fight COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released ethanol production and sales data for February and has announced its members are donating alcohol for use in hand sanitizer to help contain the spread of COVID-19. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Ethanol industry seeks to protect employees during pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe ethanol industry is struggling with demand destruction resulting from COVID-19, an oil price war, ongoing trade disputes, and SREs. “Folks, this is not going to be good, and our biggest concern by far is our people," said Al-Corn CEO Randy Doyal. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Ethanol prices hit historic lows during pandemic

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessEthanol producers are being impacted by the pandemic, oil war, trade disputes and small refinery waivers. With prices reaching as low as 94 cents per gallon as of March 18, ethanol producers are bracing for difficult decisions and possible closures. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

Canada ratifies USMCA trade agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Canadian Parliament approved the U.S-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement on March 13. The trade pact, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, has now been ratified by all three countries. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

USGC postpones all international travel in response to COVID-19

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn response to the developing situation with COVID-19, the USGC said it will postpone all international travel and carefully review all within country travel until the end of March. USGC's Washington, D.C., headquarters remains open. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

EIA increases 2020 ethanol production forecast

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly increased its forecast for 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released March 11. The 2021 forecast, however, was unchanged. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Study finds ethanol, biodiesel production power Iowa’s economy

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessA new study releaesd March 11 finds despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting over 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

UDSA: US ethanol, distillers grains exports up in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessThe U.S. exported 151.23 million gallons of ethanol and 976,688 metric tons of distillers grains in January, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on March 6. Exports of both products were up from the previous month. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

USGC: India Auto Expo booth highlights ethanol advantages

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, BusinessThe exhibition area at the India Auto Expo, India’s largest auto show held every two years, covers an area equal to 15 football fields. The USGC and U.S. industry partners invited attendees of the event to learn more about the benefits of ethanol. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

UK opens public consultation on introduction of E10

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyThe U.K. Department for Transport opened a public consultation on March 4 on a proposal to allow E10 to be sold within the country. The U.K. currently limits the ethanol content of gasoline to 5 percent. READ MORE

February 26, 2020

Feb. 25 proclaimed ‘Premium E30 Day’ in South Dakota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem recently proclaimed Feb. 25 to be “Premium E30 Day.” Members of the South Dakota Farmers Union and Glacial Lakes Energy Cooperative joined together in Pierre, South Dakota, to celebrate the day. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

USGC helps feed supplier start selling DDGS in southern Mexico

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, CoproductsThe U.S. Grains Council has helped Promexa, a rice processing company in the port of Veracruz, Mexico, bring U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles to the southern region of the country. READ MORE

February 24, 2020

Ricketts asks automakers to design cars for higher ethanol blends

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts sent a letter to the CEOs of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. on Feb. 11 urging the automakers to increase production of passenger vehicles designed to run on higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

USGC meeting attendees plan global trade strategy for coming year

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessMembers of the U.S. Grains Council arrived in Tampa, Florida, for the organization’s winter meeting in mid-February, where they concentrated on drivers of global demand and how they affect markets overseas in which the Council does business. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

Weekly US ending stocks of ethanol set new record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessU.S. ethanol stocks set a new record at 24.781 million barrels for the week ending Feb. 14, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 20. Ethanol production for the week was at 1.04 million barrels per day. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Study: Ethanol contributed $2.31 billion to Minnesota GDP in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, RetailerA new study conducted by ABF Economics for the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association has determined Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed approximately $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

USGC/NCGA joint officer mission to Asia addresses corn, DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, CoproductsThe breadth and depth of the Southeast Asian market for U.S. corn and co-products are hard to imagine, but the incredible innovation and regional demand potential is plain to see once on the ground, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

In Depth: Relevant Results

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: A technical and economic analysis of eight fractionation techniques shows cost, profitability and coproduct quality comparisons. READ MORE