The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet in Lincoln at 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 9. The meeting will be at Hyatt Place (600 Q Street). The agenda is as follows:
Call Meeting to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of March 9, 2021, Board Meeting Minutes
Public Opportunity for Questions, Comments or Concerns
Budget Report & Budget Planning Fiscal Year 2021-22
Economic Impact Study
Fuel Retailer Update
Nebraska Corn Board Update
Renewable Fuels Nebraska Update
E30 Demonstration Update
Approval of Contracts
NEB-hosted Conferences & Events
State and Federal Legislation
Ethanol Plant Reports
Travel Reports and Authorization
Executive Session, if deemed necessary
Next Meeting Date
This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.
The Nebraska Ethanol Board works to ensure strong public policy and consumer support for biofuels. Since 1971, the independent state agency has designed and managed programs to expand production, market access, worker safety and technology innovation, including recruitment of producers interested in developing conventional ethanol, as well as bio-products from the ethanol platform. For more information, visit www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.
As temperatures begin to rise and schools dismiss for the school year, families may soon be hitting the road to enjoy summer vacations. The month of May typically kicks off the summer driving season, and it’s also a time to celebrate Nebraska’s biofuel industries through Renewable Fuels Month. Since 2006, the acting Nebraska governor has dedicated one month out of each year to recognize the importance of renewable biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel.
Nationally, Nebraska ranks No. 2 in ethanol production with 25 ethanol plants across the state. The industry employs over 1,400 Nebraskans in rural areas of the state. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, ethanol is currently blended in over 95% of the nation’s fuel supply. A healthy ethanol sector boosts Nebraska’s corn and livestock industries and adds to a thriving state economy.
“As a corn and cattle farmer, ethanol is vital to my farming operation,” said David Bruntz, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and farmer from Friend. “In Nebraska, 31% of our state’s corn is used in ethanol production. From the production of ethanol, we also get distillers grains, a protein-rich livestock feed for my cattle. For every bushel of corn used for ethanol, we’re able to get a cleaner-burning fuel and co-products for our value-added livestock industries.”
Each year, Nebraska’s ethanol industry produces nearly 2.1 billion gallons of ethanol, which are used locally, domestically and abroad. While ethanol supports the state’s agricultural industry and rural economies, it also benefits consumers in numerable ways.
“By using ethanol blends, consumers are really improving our environment and enhancing their engine performance all while saving money,” said Jan tenBensel, chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) and farmer from Cambridge. “Ethanol is a fuel made from plants, which makes it renewable, unlike petroleum. It’s cleaner-burning and reduces the emissions of cancer-causing chemicals into the atmosphere from the tailpipe. Ethanol is also a natural octane booster, which supports overall engine performance. You would think a fuel like this would cost more, but it’s actually less expensive at the pumps.”
As environmental issues continue to spark national discussions, both ethanol and biodiesel are well-suited to combat global warming and promote cleaner air. Ethanol blends can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 43% compared to regular gasoline, and biodiesel can reduce lifecycle emissions by 86% compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel.
Like ethanol, the biodiesel industry works synergistically with Nebraska’s livestock sector. A healthy biodiesel industry provides nearly $58.5 million dollars a year in aggregate benefits to beef and pork producers due to decreased meal expenses and the use of inedible tallow and white grease as a biodiesel feedstock. In 2020, 8.3 billion pounds of soybean oil was used as a feedstock in biodiesel.
“Farmers are always looking for ways to maximize overall efficiency and productivity, and the same holds true for our biofuel industries” said Eugene Goering, chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board and farmer from Columbus. “Science and technology continue to improve, so we’re able to produce even better fuels while reducing our overall environmental impact.”
Renewable Fuels Month kicked off with the Lincoln Marathon/Half Marathon on May 2. For the third year in a row, NCB and NEB joined forces to promote ethanol to runners and spectators from all over the United States. Later in the month, Gov. Pete Ricketts will sign an official proclamation declaring May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska. Additionally, several ethanol pump promotions will be held across the state. For times and locations, visit FueledByNebraska.com.
“We’re really excited about Renewable Fuels Month as we work to share the benefits of biofuels with our state and its people,” said Tony Leiding, president of Renewable Fuels Nebraska. “I encourage everyone to help us celebrate throughout the month and continue to use higher ethanol blends throughout the summer driving season.”
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.
The Nebraska Ethanol Board works to ensure strong public policy and consumer support for biofuels. Since 1971, the independent state agency has designed and managed programs to expand production, market access, worker safety and technology innovation, including recruitment of producers interested in developing conventional ethanol, as well as bio-products from the ethanol platform.
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.
Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) is the trade association for Nebraska’s ethanol industry. RFN is a resource for advocating for policy that ensures the growth and expansion of the nation’s second largest renewable fuels industry through advocacy, market access and public awareness.
Nebraska high school students from Millard West and Skutt Catholic School collectively received $2,000 in awards from Nebraska Ethanol Board’s Field to Fuel video contest.
The Field to Fuel video contest encourages Nebraska high school students to explore the importance and value of ethanol.
Millard West students – Hannah Roberts and Christina Van Haren – took first place and second place honors with a $1,000 prize and $600 prize, respectively. Robert’s first place entry took viewers on a journey of where ethanol comes from and how to select it at the pump.
Thomas Richter-Egger of Skutt Catholic School took the third place prize of $400 for his work.
“We appreciate all the creative submissions we received for our annual video contest and hope the students had fun while they learned,” said Jessica Sodeke, program manager for the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “Students are the future of renewable fuels, which are vital to Nebraska’s economy and our environment. We hope to see more entries next year and would encourage teachers to devote part of their curriculum to highlighting ethanol and other renewable fuels.”
If teachers would like more information about how to introduce ethanol into their curriculum, please visit the Ethanol in the Classroom under the Educational Resources tab at ethanol.nebraska.gov, or give the Board a call at 402-471-2941. The 2022 Field to Fuel contest will kick off in early fall this year and is open to all high school students grades 9-12. Students do not have to be in FFA to enter; any students interested in agriculture, renewable fuels, supporting a cleaner environment, and/or film production are encouraged to participate. For more information about the contest, visit https://ethanol.nebraska.gov/ag-in-the-classroom/fieldtofuel/.
Biofuels’ stakeholders and experts from across the nation will join virtually for the annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum March 25-26. Governor Pete Ricketts has been invited to open the event and welcome attendees.
The Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska organize the forum, which is in its 16th year. It brings together ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of biofuels and its co-products. The event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.
Topics include an overview and discussion of the most pressing federal policies, regulatory actions, and markets affecting ethanol demand. The federal policy panel includes industry leaders from the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, and the American Coalition for Ethanol.
Speakers will also address the future of FFVs, carbon capture and sequestration in Nebraska, biocampuses, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering researchers will share detailed results of their E30 Demonstration, which showed that the higher blend was as safe to use as E15 in non-flex fuel vehicles.
More than 150 ethanol industry stakeholders will attend the forum. Online registration and a detailed agenda are available on the Nebraska Ethanol Board website. College and university students are also welcome to attend.
The Ethanol: Emerging Issues Virtual Forum 2021 is presented by the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska with a range of local and national sponsors. Signature sponsors include Bio Nebraska, CoBank, Farm Credit Services of America, Fluid Quip, Husch Blackwell, and Nebraska Corn Board. Supporting sponsors include American Coalition for Ethanol, Pacha Soap Co., Phibro Ethanol Performance Group, and USDA Rural Development.
See Gov. Rickett’s E30 Demonstration press release here.
The E30 Demonstration, conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Engineering Department, is currently being peer reviewed. A pdf summary of the E30 Demonstration is available by clicking on the image below.