biofuels

Corn And Ethanol Producers Upset With Trump Admin

Oct 17, 2019
USDA

South  Dakota corn growers and ethanol producers are frustrated that the Trump administration has rolled back the promise of an ethanol deal that was made earlier this month. The deal would have increased the demand for renewable fuels. 

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal program that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels (ethanol). RFS sets the amount of ethanol that refiners must blend.  

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association is among groups praising the Trump administration’s recent move to maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Congress created the RFS to expand the nation’s renewable fuel industry and reduce reliance on foreign oil, but oil companies are often granted exemptions to the standard’s production requirements, which reduces overall demand for ethanol.

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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.