Ethanol is helping form the backbone of a new rural economy

April 26, 2011

America's commitment to ethanol and renewable fuels has been a unparalleled success for rural America. It has created jobs, spurred economic activity, and even given some rural residents a reason and the opportunity to move back home. Yet, critics of ethanol would lead you to believe that ethanol is the scourage of rural America. A new paper from an anti-ethanol group, Food and Water Watch, goes so far as to compare domestic ethanol production to the illegal methamphetamine plague impacting rural areas. Like much of the rhetoric from those opposing ethanol, this paper is not based on the facts and takes poetic license to irresponsible levels.

Posted in Agriculture, Environment, Ethanol, Food, Fuel, Jobs, Oil, Production, Renewable Fuels

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Can I use ethanol-blended fuel in my weed-whacker and lawnmower?

April 26, 2011

Today, nearly all of our nation’s gasoline supply contains up to 10% ethanol. With this, questions often arise about whether or not the ethanol-blended fuel is okay to use in engines like lawnmowers, weed-whackers, snowmobiles and marine equipment. To avoid confusion, the RFA has put together The Use of Ethanol-Blended Fuels in Non-Road Engines, which thoroughly goes though important issues surrounding ethanol blended fuels and non-road engines.

Posted in Engines, Ethanol, Fuel

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Thoughts on New CARD Analysis of Ethanol’s Impact on Corn Prices

April 20, 2011

The spin machines at the public relations firms employed by the nation's factory farms, junk food processors, and animal slaughter facilities are in full tilt. Predictably as the corn price rises as it did a few summers ago, these groups are feverishly trying to pin higher price on U.S. ethanol producers. A new anlysis concludes that such efforts are not supported by the facts.

Posted in Corn prices, Ethanol, VEETC

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February 2011 Ethanol and DDGS Exports

April 13, 2011

U.S. ethanol exports have increased 4% since January, according to government data that was released today. Distillers grains exports were down 13% compared to January, but slightly above February 2010 totals.

Posted in Ethanol, Exports

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RFA Analysis of USDA WASDE Report

April 08, 2011

This morning, the USDA release their April WASDE report, which will likely ease some of the tension in the world corn market, as the report showed that the corn supply and carry-out are generally expected to be larger than most market participants were expecting. The following is the RFA's analysis of the report.

Posted in Agriculture, Corn prices, Ethanol, Production, USDA

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Wall Street Journal, Senator Tom Coburn Expose Blind Spot in Anti-Ethanol Arguments

April 05, 2011

When it comes to criticizing “wasteful” tax policy, neither Senator Tom Coburn nor the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal have much credibility. While focusing with near myopic precision on American farmers and ethanol producers, both Sen. Coburn and the Journal are exposing their enormous blind spots when it comes to oil subsidies and corporate tax policy that allows the world’s largest companies to pay no taxes at all.

Posted in Congress, Ethanol, Jobs, Media, VEETC

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