Taryn Morgan

Taryn Morgan

Taryn Morgan

Taryn is the Renewable Fuel Association's Communications Specialist.

Blog Posts by Taryn Morgan

Responding to Ethanol Emergencies - Are you Prepared?

June 28, 2012

Ethanol production, transportation, and use are increasing year after year. As this domestically grown fuel accounts for 10% of our country’s fuel supply, many first responders will be tasked with preparing for potential ethanol-related incidents for the first time. It is important that those responsible for safety in their communities are well-prepared and trained for responding to ethanol-related emergencies.

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NEC Scholarship Recipient Essay Rises Above the Rest

February 03, 2012

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) believe it is important for students interested in the biofuels and renewable fuels industry to have an opportunity to explore what the industry has to offer them by meeting with and talking to experts and industry leaders at the National Ethanol Conference. This essay submitted by a scholarship recipient was among some of the outstanding applicants.

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Outstanding Essay from NEC Scholarship Recipient

February 03, 2012

For the third consecutive year, the RFA and RFF offered scholarships to students in higher education for a chance to receive a complementary registration at the 17th Annual National Ethanol Conference. Applicants were asked to explain how this scholarship will assist them in achieving their academic and/or career goals in 500 words or less. This year, two essays stood out above the rest.

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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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Five Students Win Scholarship to Attend 2011 National Ethanol Conference

February 01, 2011

Five students were selected to receive a scholarship to attend the 2011 National Ethanol Conference (NEC) in Phoenix, Arizona, February 20-22, 2011. Each student is attending a U.S. institution of higher learning and enrolled in an approved ethanol-related program. These students will have the opportunity to explore what opportunities the ethanol industry has to offer by meeting and networking with industry experts.

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Drive Toward E85 This Thanksgiving with GPS and iPhone Apps

November 23, 2010

Every year, Thanksgiving drives millions of Americans to pack up their cars and travel to spend the holiday with family and friends. For those traveling in their flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs), the RFA has developed a Points of Interest (POIs) E85 fuel locater application to help drivers find the nearest E85 fueling station to their current location or final destination. It is easy to download and available for both the Garmin and TomTom GPS devices.

Posted in Ethanol, Fuel

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RFA Members Among Recipients of Safety Awards

November 05, 2010

Safety at an ethanol plant is always a number one priority of RFA Members, and any U.S. ethanol facility for that matter. The industry supports thousands of jobs throughout the country at these plants, and it is important the personnel know they are going to work in a safe environment every day. Earlier this week ERI Solutions Inc, the industry leader for safety services in grain ethanol, announced the winners of their third annual ERI safety awards. Each year, there are three levels of awards given to ethanol producers who have exemplified ideal safety conditions in their facilities and show commitment to continuing these efforts year after year. Of these three levels of awards, there were quite a few RFA Member plants who were honored recipients.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger & Propel Fuels Celebrate Grand Opening of Alt. Fuel Station in San Jose

October 29, 2010

Yesterday, Propel Fuels along with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated the grand opening of a new alternative fuels station in San Jose, CA, that is now serving E85 and biodiesel. This station opening is in correlation with Propel Fuels’ rollout of 75 retail alternative fuel stations across California. The roll out is part of California's Low Carbon Infrastructure Investment Initiative, which will create numerous jobs throughout the state as well as provide California drivers with a clean and green alternative fuel option rather than petroleum.

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Member Highlight: Secretary Vilsack Visits RFA Member First United Ethanol, LLC

October 27, 2010

Following Secretary Vilsack’s speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 21, he took a road trip down to the Southeastern region of the country to visit and tour RFA Member First United Ethanol, LLC or FUEL, located in Mitchell County, Georgia. On his October 25th meeting, Vilsack alongside U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop met with FUEL’s Board of Directors and employees to emphasize the need to stop our dependence on foreign oil.

Posted in Energy, Ethanol, Exports, Production, USDA

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Member Highlight: Abengoa Bioenergy, Two New Production Facilities Open for Business

October 22, 2010

America’s ethanol industry continues to grow as evidenced by two new ethanol facilities officially opening for business this week. RFA Producer Member Abengoa Bioenergy, a global leader in ethanol production, opened new facilities in in Madison, Illinois and Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Each of these plants will contribute 90 million gallons of ethanol to the marketplace annually.

Posted in Ethanol, Exports, Production

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New RFA Chairman Addresses Goals and Future Challenges

October 01, 2010

As Chuck Woodside, General Manager of farmer-owned KAAPA Ethanol in Minden, Nebraska, settles into his new position as RFA Chairman, he addresses issues and challenges that the ethanol is currently facing and will take on in the future.

Posted in Ethanol

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Ethanol Fuels Air Show Performance by Greg Poe

August 31, 2010

RFA Staff attended the Offutt Air Show in Nebraska, promoting the use of ethanol fuel to the thousands of people who attended the show. Pilot Greg Poe was a main attraction as his plane is fueled by 100% ethanol. This fuel gives him the horsepower he needs to perform the jaw-dropping aerobatics that leave the crowd with a performance they won't forget!

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Membership Spotlight: East Kansas Agri-Energy Turns Five!!

August 20, 2010

This October, RFA Member East Kansas Agri-Energy, LLC (EKAE) will be celebrating their 5th year anniversary of ethanol production and helping fuel America. A short five years ago, EKAE accepted their first load of corn, produced and shipped their first gallon of ethanol and delivered their first shipment of distillers grains. Throughout these past five years, EKAE has exceeded expectations, now producing ethanol past nameplate capacity and receiving numerous safety awards and energy efficiency recognition.

Posted in Energy, Environment, Ethanol, Exports, Fuel, Production, Water

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Harvesting Corn for Local Chicago Area Shelters

August 16, 2010

Last week, community members including the Illinois Corn Growers Association, local Farm Bureau, Boy Scouts and Church groups harvested sweet corn from a family owned farm in Manhattan, Illinois to donate to local food banks in the under-served Chicago area.

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RFA Attends Ag Media Summit

July 29, 2010

Earlier this week, I attended the 12th Annual Agriculture Media Summit which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Riverfront in St. Paul, MN. Here, numerous journalists, editors, photographers, publishers and communicator specialists in agriculture gathered to network with those in their industry and promote and enhance the viability of agriculture media as an effective and efficient communications medium. This year seemed to have a large focus on the social media world. It was hash tag (#) galore at #AgMS with people tweeting to win prizes like the iPad, updating their followers of their location or highlighting the new skills and applications that had been discussed during the breakout sessions.

Posted in Agriculture, Media

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