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Ruminant nutrition expert to speak at Nebraska Ethanol Board meeting June 8

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet Friday, June 8, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Place hotel (600 Q St.) in downtown Lincoln.

Galen Erickson

The board welcomes Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of animal science and beef feedlot extension specialist, as the keynote speaker during the board meeting. Erickson will discuss distillers grains and the changing feed rations used for cattle.

Erickson is renowned for his ruminant nutrition research, and has done extensive work with cattle at feedlots. His work includes $7.94 million in research grants, and hundreds of publications including journal articles, extension reports, meeting abstracts and book chapters.

Erickson will speak at approximately 10 a.m. The meeting agenda is as follows:

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Budget Report
  5. Contracts
  6. UNL Faculty Presentation
  7. Marketing Programs
  8. E30 Road Test in Legacy Vehicles
  9. Presentation: Galen Erickson, UNL professor of animal science
  10. Ethanol History Project Update
  11. State and Federal Legislation
  12. Ethanol Plant Reports
  13. Chair’s Report
  14. Administrator’s Report
  15. Working Lunch
  16. Travel Reports and Authorization
  17. Personnel
  18. Next Meeting Date
  19. Adjourn

This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

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May is Renewable Fuels Month

LINCOLN, Neb. – During an official proclamation ceremony on May 7, 2018, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed the month of May as Renewable Fuels Month. Since 2006, the acting Nebraska governor has dedicated one month out of each year to recognize the importance of renewable biofuels to the state.

Currently, over 90% of all fuel in Nebraska, is blended with locally-produced ethanol. There are over 230,000 flex fuel vehicles in the state, which equates to roughly 1 in 7 Nebraska vehicles. In 2017, over 2.1 billion gallons of ethanol and nearly 6.4 million metric tons of distillers grains (livestock feed) were produced through Nebraska’s 25 ethanol plants. Over 1,300 people in rural Nebraska were directly employed by the industry with an average salary of more than $50,000.

“Nebraska’s ethanol industry is really a win for everyone,” said Dave Merrell, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board and farmer from St. Edward. “By using ethanol, we’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting cancer-causing toxic chemicals from entering into our atmosphere, which makes our air cleaner to breathe. Additionally, we produce a locally-grown feed for our livestock industry.”

With more than 1 billion gallons being produced across the country, soy biodiesel is another important biofuel for Nebraska. Like ethanol, biodiesel is burns cleaner than petroleum diesel, is locally produced and helps our nation’s farmers. Biodiesel adds $0.74 per bushel to the value of soybeans, and the industry supports more than 60,000 U.S. jobs and $2.6 billion in wages.

“As a Nebraska farmer, I feel a great amount of pride in the work we all do to provide our world with a safe and abundant supply of food, fuel and fiber,” said Tony Johanson, chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board and farmer from Oakland. “We know we need ensure the sustainability of our planet, but how sustainable are we if we’re burning fossil fuels? By producing and using renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, we were able to replace the need for 540 million barrels of imported crude oil and 2.9 million gallons of imported petroleum diesel in 2017. That’s significant.”

The 2018 Lincoln National Guard Marathon/Half Marathon kicked off Renewable Fuels Month on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The event was sponsored by American Ethanol, which used the event as a platform to engage with runners and spectators about the clean-air benefits of using ethanol. Renewable Fuels Month is being coordinated through the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Ethanol Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board. Several educational events are being held during the month to promote renewable fuels. Four pump promotions will be held throughout the state in May. During these events, ethanol blends and biodiesel will be available at steep discounts. To learn more about these events, click here.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a state funded agency funded through a ½-cent-per-bushel checkoff on all corn marketed in the state. The mission of the Nebraska Corn Board is to promote the value of corn by creating opportunities. Checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research, promotion and education.

Established in 1971, the Ethanol Board assists ethanol producers with programs and strategies for marketing ethanol and related co-products. The Board supports organizations and policies that advocate the increased use of ethanol fuels – and administers public information, education and ethanol research projects. The Board also assists companies and organizations in the development of ethanol production facilities in Nebraska. For more information, please visit www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

About the Nebraska Soybean Board: The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.

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Fuel Choice Benefits Wallet, Health & State

Op/Ed piece from Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator:

Todd Sneller

May 2, 2018 – Many consumers felt their wallets lighten as the numbers ticked up on the gas pump again this week. AAA reports the national gas price average for May 1 reached $2.81, the highest price per gallon since November 2014.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts the national average price for a gallon of regular gas at retail pumps between April and September will be $2.74, up from an average of $2.41 last summer. That means we are spending 13 percent more money on fuel compared to this time last year.

Motorists, who drive gasoline or diesel vehicles, have a choice of biofuels that significantly reduce pollutants. Biodiesel and ethanol-blended fuels, especially higher blends like E15, E30 and E85, significantly reduce toxic emissions from gasoline and diesel. These biofuel choices give consumers the option of paying less at the pump, while reducing pollution that takes a toll on our health and the environment.

Each time a Nebraska motorist pulls up to a pump, they make a choice. Choosing the ethanol option is easy and economical. Nebraska has no petroleum refining capability so every gallon of gasoline must be imported, which means money leaving our local economy. Motorists and policymakers can reduce this economic drain by displacing a portion of the imported gasoline with cleaner-burning biofuels made at Nebraska production facilities from corn grown in the state. Voting for biofuels at the pump is a logical and practical decision for motorists and policymakers alike.

Several Nebraska fuel stations currently offer a 75-cent spread between regular unleaded (10 percent ethanol) and E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent regular unleaded). Flex fuel vehicle drivers using E85 can save as much as $10 on every tank of fuel. E15 (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is typically priced 5 to 10 cents lower than E10 and is approved for all passenger vehicles model year 2001 and newer. These savings mean millions of dollars retained in Nebraska’s economy and in consumer pockets.

When we choose renewable biofuels at the pump, we save money and support a homegrown fuel generating as much as $5 billion for the state’s economy. Nebraska-produced biofuels are cost-effective, American-made, renewable, and better for our environment.

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Renewable Fuels Month Filled with Consumer Savings

LINCOLN, Nebraska – Just in time for summer vacations and trips to the lake, Nebraska drivers will save on ethanol blends every Friday in May for Renewable Fuels Month.

Select retailers in Omaha, Grand Island and Bellevue are offering discounts on cleaner-burning American Ethanol and one location is discounting biodiesel!

  • Friday, May 4
    • Bucky’s – 3052 S. 84th St., Omaha
    • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Discount: $0.85 OFF per gallon of E85
  • Friday, May 11
    • Kum & Go – 14353 Q St., Omaha
    • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Discount: E15 and E85 for $0.99/gallon
  • Friday, May 18
    • Bosselman Travel Center – 3335 W Wood River Rd., Grand Island
    • Time: 4-7 p.m.
    • Discount: Clean 88 (E15) for $1.88/gallon, E85 for $0.85/gallon, and $1 OFF per gallon of automotive biodiesel
  • Friday, May 25
    • Pump & Pantry – 3605 Summit Plaza Dr., Bellevue
    • Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Discount: Clean 88 (E15) for $1.88/gallon and E85 for $0.85/gallon

Find all the details for the fuel promotions at http://americanethanolne.org/renewable-fuels-promo/.

E15 (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is approved for use in all passenger vehicles 2001 and newer. Ethanol blends higher than 15 percent are approved for use in flex fuel vehicles. One in seven Nebraskans are driving a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle. The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or have a yellow gas cap.

Biofuels serve as a low-cost option for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation sources. According to the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture, ethanol reduces GHG emissions by 40-45 percent compared to gasoline.

Renewable Fuels Month is coordinated through the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board. Several promotional events are also being posted throughout the month on their social media platforms. Visit www.AmericanEthanolNE.org and www.BiodieselNE.com for more details.

A portion of Kum & Go, Bosselman Travel Center and Pump & Pantry’s fuel pump upgrades were paid for with the Access Ethanol Nebraska (AEN), a grant program administrated by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and Nebraska Department of Agriculture, with the Nebraska Energy Office as the lead agency. Nebraska’s federal award of approximately $2.3 million for the AEN program came from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA rules require that the USDA funds be matched dollar for dollar with funds from state, private industry or foundations. Matching funds will come from the Nebraska Corn Board through the state corn checkoff funds paid by Nebraska corn farmers and from the Nebraska Environmental Trust approved funding of $500,000 for each of the two years. Matching funds will also come from contributions made by individual ethanol plants and “Prime the Pump,” a nonprofit organized and funded by the ethanol industry to improve ethanol infrastructure.

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Flex Fuel Grand Opening in Milligan

MILLIGAN, Nebraska – Flex fuel vehicle drivers can take advantage of huge savings on E85 for just $0.85 a gallon at the HWY 41 Express Stop near Milligan (1200 Road 24) Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

The grand opening will kick off with a ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. to mark the opening of the new flex fuel pumps that now dispense E10, E30 and E85. Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and local corn growers will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel, and providing giveaways.

Hwy 41 Express Stop will also offer Champ’s Chicken food specials including $1 chicken tenders and $3 chicken and fish sandwiches.

The rural convenience store is recognized for their food options since opening in July 2017. Five local investors – Kenny Harre, Dale Luzum, Jason Pribyl, Tom Pribyl and Jan Rischling – established Hwy 41 Express Stop to offer food and fuel in an area of Nebraska that needed both.

“Our community didn’t have a restaurant, so the station gives people a place for meal options and acts as a small grocery store,” said Tom Pribyl. “Offering ethanol-blended fuel allows us to support our agriculture community, which has been a great asset for our community.”

Higher ethanol blends like E30 and E85 are approved for use in flex fuel vehicles. One in seven Nebraskans are driving a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle. The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or have a yellow gas cap.

A portion of Hwy 41 Express Stop’s fuel pump upgrades were paid for with the Access Ethanol Nebraska (AEN), a grant program administrated by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and Nebraska Department of Agriculture, with the Nebraska Energy Office as the lead agency. Nebraska’s federal award of approximately $2.3 million for the AEN program came from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA rules require that the USDA funds be matched dollar for dollar with funds from state, private industry or foundations. Matching funds will come from the Nebraska Corn Board through the state corn checkoff funds paid by Nebraska corn farmers and from the Nebraska Environmental Trust approved funding of $500,000 for each of the two years. Matching funds will also come from contributions made by individual ethanol plants and “Prime the Pump,” a nonprofit organized and funded by the ethanol industry to improve ethanol infrastructure.

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