ethanol

In The Moment ... September 26. 2018 Show 430 Hour 2

There's a growing new market for some of the state's corn crop – and it's right here in South Dakota.  The U.S. Agriculture Department expects a record corn crop this year.

About half goes to make ethanol , and another thirty percent gets exported.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger reported the last 20 percent is going to feed animal in a growing number of concentrated livestock operations.

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In The Moment ... June 12, 2018 Show 356 Hour 1

Is there a pathway for expansion of ethanol markets or are fuel economy regulations in the way? Are those regulations effective for other reasons? To help us understand current EPA rules and to discuss the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, we're joined by Doug Sombke, President of the South Dakota Farmers Union.

In The Moment ... January 23, 2018 Show 261 Hour 1

2017 was a news-making year of drought in South Dakota. And yet state farmers managed to harvest one of the more productive corn crops in state history.

The 32nd annual South Dakota Corn Growers Association Meeting was held Saturday, January 20 in Sioux Falls.  

Lisa Richardson, executive director of South Dakota Corn, joins us for a recap.

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In The Moment ... April 12, 2017 Show 070 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Noel Hamiel. Today we talk ethanol, land-owner rights, and how not to sacrifice journalistic standards for the sake of speed. Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Noel Hamiel is former publisher of the Mitchell Republic and a member of the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

EPA Boosts Ethanol Market

Dec 1, 2016
South Dakota Corn Growers Association

The Environmental Protection Agency is renewing efforts to give ethanol a bigger market. South Dakota officials see this as an opportunity for producers.

The EPA is requiring over 19 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended with gasoline by 2017. 15 billion of those gallons are corn based ethanol. The new resolution is actually the same as the EPA’s 2007 goal.

Erin Mairose

Some South Dakota Agriculture industry leaders say federal reforms are increasing the efficiency and transparency of the railroad system.  They say the 2015 reforms help streamline rail freight regulations.

U.S. Senator John Thune held a hearing in Sioux Falls August 11th to listen to area businesses leaders and board members.

State leaders in Ag all voiced support of U.S. Senator John Thune’s Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Oil Seed Crops May Increase With New EPA Standards

Jun 9, 2016

The ethanol industry might need to make way for a new biofuel crop.  The EPA just increased its requirements for the amount of renewable fuel in gasoline.  Researchers working on bio fuel production say South Dakota could become a center for new oil seed crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency just released new federal standards for renewable fuel. These standards increase demands for all biofuels. EPA officials hope the change boosts production in the global market and lowers carbon emissions.

Onida Ethanol Plant Construction Delayed

Jun 2, 2016

A 140-million dollar ethanol plant near the town of Onida is on hold.  Officials with the company Ringneck Energy say they are awaiting an air quality permit from the state.  

Officials with Ringneck Energy say the construction of the ethanol plant near Onida, South Dakota, is at a standstill due to legal and financial obstacles. Walter Wendland is with the company.  He says construction is delayed until at least fall. The project was originally intended to begin this spring with full operations next year.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Advocates for renewable energy say the industry brings economic benefits to the Dakotas. A new report from a coalition supporting renewable fuels shows the industry is responsible for jobs, wages and output in the billions of dollars.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Candidates in two high-profile South Dakota elections are meeting this summer to debate issues important to voters. Friday the South Dakota Farmers Union hosted the most recent discussions among candidates for governor and US Senate. Both debates generated ideas about energy in South Dakota.

A member of the debate audience at the State Fair in Huron wants to know whether U-S Senate candidates support building the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed route runs through western South Dakota, and the pipe would carry crude oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

Corn: Food, Fuel, And The Future

Jul 23, 2014
POET

Although the first image that comes to mind when thinking of corn is a freshly buttered ear, most corn doesn’t make it to the dinner table. Whole-kernel sweet corn is only about one-percent of the crop. The rest of it is field corn. Some is processed for food ingredients, but it’s primarily used as livestock feed and ethanol.As demand for renewable fuel has grown in recent years, South Dakota has emerged as the fifth largest ethanol producing state with over a dozen biofuel plants.