South Dakota Corn Growers Association

Corn And Ethanol Producers Upset With Trump Admin

Oct 17, 2019

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.


In The Moment ... October 7, 2019 Show 674 Hour 2

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association welcomed President Donald Trump's announcement last week that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to follow the law and maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Lisa Richardson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, talks about the changes and what this means for corn growers and ethanol producers in the state.

2020 Proposed Renewable Fuel Standards

Aug 12, 2019
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In The Moment ... August 12, 2019 Show 635 Hour 1

The National Farmers Organization says the country's farmers deserve better when it comes to renewable volume obligations under the 2020 proposed Renewable Fuel Standards.

Some corn growers are saying that the administration is funneling money away from family farms and into the pockets of large oil companies.

Scott Stahl, Vice President of the South Dakota Corn Growers, and Rob Walther, Vice President of Federal Policy at POET discuss the issue.

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.

South Dakota Corn Sets Two New Records

Jan 17, 2017
South Dakota Corn Growers Association

South Dakota corn producers saw another record-breaking year in 2016. Officials say a combination of timely weather and planning led to the success.

South Dakota produced over 825 million bushels of corn in 2016 according to a US Department of Agriculture report. This is up 3% from last year’s production. It’s the second year in a row South Dakota has broken production and yield-per-acre records for multiple crops.

South Dakota soybeans reached over 255 million bushels for the year. This is a 9% increase from 2015 paired with a record 49 bushel per acre.

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.