Ethanol Emerging Issues Forum Features Key Issues and Trends

Ethanol and biofuels experts from across the U.S. will be in Omaha for the ninth annual “Ethanol 2014: Emerging Issues Forum” held April 10-11 at the Magnolia Hotel. The forum is targeted to ethanol producers and others integrally involved in the production, technology, policy and marketing of ethanol and its co-products. The forum runs from 1-5:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The keynote address at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday will be presented by Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition executive director in Washington, DC. Durante will discuss the federal policy impacts on ethanol production and marketing.

Steve Bleyl of Green Plains Renewable Energy of Omaha will speak about the “blend wall” and market access via higher blends. A panel of experts from the University of Illinois Law & Policy Center, Novozymes and U.S. Department of Agriculture will discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard and public policy.

Other topics during the forum include domestic and international ethanol marketing opportunities and barriers, ethanol co-products, low carbon fuel standards and integrating technology trends into the ethanol processing platform.

Some 130 ethanol industry leaders are expected to be in attendance. Registration for the event is open until 5 p.m. on April 7.

The event is presented by the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Clean Fuels Development Coalition, American Coalition for Ethanol, Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers and the Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition.

Syngenta Released a New Documentary

Syngenta recently released a new documentary video entitled “Ethanol: Fueling Rural America’s Future – One Community at a Time.”

The video provides a platform for farmers, ethanol producers and industry advocates to share their passion for an industry critical to the future of agriculture and rural America. Syngenta developed the video to reinforce the ethanol industry’s positive impact on the U.S. economy and American energy independence. Ethanol production is a vital contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product, federal tax revenues, and the creation and support of new jobs across the country.

Dr. Terry Klopfenstein Presented Award

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Duane Kristensen, Chief Ethanol Fuels, third from left, and Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board, right, present an award to Dr. Terry Klopfenstein, second from right, in recognition of his many years of service to Nebraska ethanol and cattle producers. Terry and his colleagues from the University of Nebraska are nationally recognized for their pioneering work in advancing distillers feed products as a highly efficient livestock feed. The annual recognition award was presented by the Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers at the March 19 legislative reception in Lincoln.

Anew Travel Center Grand Opening in Cambridge

Anew Travel Center is now offering several ethanol fuel choices to Flex Fuel Vehicles and E15 is available for 2001 model year and newer vehicles. The Anew Travel Center’s Grand Opening will be held on March 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers will have the opportunity to save on E15, E30 and E85. The station is located at 41501 Harvest Drive in Cambridge, Nebraska.

One in 10 Nebraska motorists currently owns a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) which can run on any blend of ethanol and gasoline, including E85. Drivers can confirm if their vehicle is a FFV by checking their owner’s manual or visiting the Nebraska Ethanol Board website. Many flex fuel vehicles have a yellow fuel cap or a flex fuel logo on the vehicle.

Students Interested in Ethanol

Original article from Domestic Fuel.

The 2014 National Ethanol Conference scholarship winners are three totally different young men who all share the common interest of ethanol.

Gavin Kenney is a farm boy from Nebraska who is about to graduate from the University of Nebraska with a major in agricultural economics and minors in agronomy and entrepreneurship. He grew up around the ethanol industry and is the brother of a previous scholarship recipient. Tyler will be going to work for Producers Hybrids when he graduates in May. “A conference like this gives me a good opportunity to network and talk to people,” he said.

Aaron Walsh gained industry attention when he drove all the way from Michigan on his own dime to testify at the EPA hearing in December on the RFS proposal. A self-described “activist” who is devoted to using E85 in his flex fuel vehicle, even when it is inconvenient, Aaron got a job at a local ethanol plant as a result of that testimony. “Both my fuel and my car are made less than an hour from where I live,” he says proudly.

Tyler Machado was born in Mexico, grew up in North Carolina and is currently attending San Francisco State University studying Environmental Studies and Spanish. His interest in renewable fuels began when he converted a 1981 Mercedes 300D to run on vegetable oil and he plans to travel to South America this summer to learn about renewable fuel projects and sustainable energy methods.

This is the fifth consecutive year Renewable Fuels Foundation has funded the scholarship to attend the NEC has been available to students in higher education with a focus on renewable fuels and intending to pursue a career in the industry.

The Advancement of Ethanol in Nebraska