To say that 2020 has been a challenging year for the ethanol industry would be a severe understatement.

A recent analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that the industry has already suffered $3.4 billion in lost revenue this year with the possibility of losing up to $9 billion next year.

Just to reiterate, this is an industry that annually supports some 350,000 jobs nationwide and contributed $43 billion to GDP last year.

But somehow, every time the Senate comes up with a coronavirus relief package, the ethanol industry gets passed over.

Their latest relief package includes $20 billion allocated for agriculture which could theoretically be used to help ethanol producers. But considering what the industry has been put through in the last few years, you’ll forgive us if we’re a bit skeptical that this would actually happen.

Even more absurd is the fact that the Senate is refusing to include a proposal by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar to provide direct financial aid to ethanol producers through the Renewable Fuel Feedstock Reimbursement Act of 2020.

Earlier this month, MN Biofuels released its 2020 Half-Year Report. This report details the challenges Minnesota's ethanol industry faced in the first six months of the year as well as the steps we took to keep our industry afloat and position it toward an upward trajectory when this crisis ends.

Corn Use For Ethanol At 300 Million In May Corn consumed for ethanol reached 300 million bushels, up 22 percent from April, but down 35 percent when compared to May 2019 . Read More

'Ethanol Answer Man' Larry Johnson Remembered Johnson, the founder of the Minnesota Ethanol Model, passed away on July 19. Read More

Grassley: Ethanol Senators Must Stand Up For Ethanol Aid The Iowa senator said there are at least 28 pro-biofuel senators who should stand up for aid for the ethanol industry. Read More

SIRE Joins Group Of Ethanol Producers Benefiting From Whitefox ICE SIRE has surpassed 250 days of operating Whitefox ICE membrane hydration system. Read More

Klobuchar, Smith Call On USDA For Flexibility In Biofuel Infrastructure Grant Program The MN senators are u rging the USDA to allow businesses that have received grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to use grant funds to cover project costs incurred any time in 2020—before or after their grant agreements are signed. Read More

Ethanol Industry's COVID-19 Losses Already Top $3.4 Billion A new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association shows pandemic losses in 2020 and 2021 could even reach $9 billion. Read More

Letter Sent To EPA To Address Carbon Neutrality Of Crops A bipartisan group of members of Congress, led by Rep. Collin Peterson, have asked the EPA to provide regulatory clarity on biogenic carbon emissions from ag feedstocks such as corn. Read More
Industrial-Use Exports Support US Ethanol Ethanol destined for industrial-use applications helped stabilise overall US ethanol exports in April and May amid a bleak period for fuel demand globally. Read More

Ethanol Production Up 2 Percent, Stocks Increase 2 Percent Ethanol production averaged 914,000 barrels per day the week ending July 3, up from an average of 900,000 barrels per day the previous week. The week ending July 3 marked the tenth consecutive week of growth following sharp declines that began in late March and continued through April. Read More

5.42 Million Gallons Of E15 Sold In May After two straight months of declining sales, E15 sales in Minnesota in May turned a corner and climbed up to 5.42 million gallons, as the state's stay-at-home order expired. May's volume was 26 percent higher than the 4.3 million gallons sold in April.   Read More

EIA Increases Forecasts For 2020, 2021 Ethanol Production The EIA currently predicts ethanol production will average approximately 900,000 barrels per day in 2020 and 1 million per day in 2021. Read More