Flint Hills' Iowa Ethanol Plant Producing DDGs (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources
Wichita, Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources reports its Shell Rock, Iowa ethanol plant has added an eight-story dryer developed by Fluid Quip Technologies of Cedar Rapids, for production of maximized stillage co-products (MSC) -- distillers dried grains (DDGs) livestock feed.
That technology extracts protein from the whole stillage that remains after corn ethanol processing and makes a 50 pct protein animal feed. The Shell Rock plant began processing MSC in July, this year.
(Source: Flint Hills Resources, PR, Gazette, 24 Dec., 2020) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822, www.fhr.com; Fluid Quip Technologies, , 319-320-7709www.fluidquiptechnologies.com
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Iowa Announces Biofuel Aid Packages (Funding, Ind. Report)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
In the Hawkeye State, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has allocated approximately $100 million in relief funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries.
The $100 million is part of Iowa's share of the $2 trillion CARES Act, which Congress approved in March. Of the $100 million allocated the following biofuel related concerns will receive funding:
$15.5 million, State Biofuel Grant Program -- Biofuels producers were excluded from receiving aid under other parts of the CARES Act; this program will provide relief to those Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers based on gallons produced. Grants will also be awarded through IEDA's existing small business relief program and are capped at a maximum grant of $750,000 per producer. IEDA administers the program.
$7 million, Renewable Fuel Retail Recovery Program -- This previously announced funding supports a program that helps expand retail fueling infrastructure for higher blend renewable fuels, including E15 or higher, and B11 or higher. IDALS administers the program.
Producers can apply for IEDA-administered programs at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning today, Aug. 31. Apply for IDALS-administered programs Aug. 24 at www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact
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Grassley Seeks $3Bn for Iowa Ethanol Ind. Relief (Ind. Report)
In Des Moines, Hawkeye State senator Chuck Grassley (R) is calling for the uncertain at best Republican Senate's COVID-19 relief proposal earmarking $20 billion for agriculture, should direct $3 billion to support the state's struggling ethanol industry.
Iowa's ethanol industry can produce more than 4.1 billion gpy from more than 1.3 billion bushels of corn. This comes from the 42 corn ethanol plants and two cellulosic plants operating across the state.
(Source: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Capital Dispatch, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, www.grassley.senate.gov
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Notable Quote -- Grassley Comments on Hawkeye State Ethanol
"As the number one producer of corn, ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol, the renewable fuels industry is an important sector of Iowa's economy. It generates nearly $5 billion of Iowa's GDP, over $2.4 billion in household incomes and supports 47,000 jobs across Iowa."
-- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov
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Siouxland Energy Shuttering Iowa Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Siouxland Energy ,Plymouth Energy
In the wake of Plymouth Energy's ethanol plant shutdown in August, Siouxland Energy, a farmer-owned cooperative in Sioux Center, Iowa, is reporting its board of directors has "decided to halt production."
The shutdown is being blamed on the Trump Administration's waivers so ethanol doesn't have to be blended in gasoline produced at what the board said were "many large oil refineries." According to Siouxland Energy, the actions have "unfairly" benefited the oil industry at the expense of farmers and, "if not addressed soon, will impact the livelihoods of many."
(Source: Siouxland Energy, Des Moines Register, 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, 712-722-4904, www.siouxlandenergy.com; Plymouth Energy, 712-938-2373, www.plymouth-energy.com
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Iowa Ethanol Production Breaks Record High (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuel Association
In Iowa, 2018 is slated to go down as another record year for ethanol production with the state's ethanol production facilities producing 4.35 billion gallons -- 150 million gallons more than 2017 and 150 million gallons short of capacity. Iowa produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production.
The Hawkeye State also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018.
Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn.
(Source: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, WHO13, 21 Jan., 2019)
Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, Monte Shaw, info@IowaRFA.org,
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Green Plains Superior Ethanol Plant Still Operating (ind. Report)
Following up on out 19th Sept. coverage, Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. VP Jim Stark has refuted statements made in a Reuters article published Monday regard plant closings. Stark noted the company was not closing down the 60 million gpy, 10 year old Superior, Iowa ethanol plant.
Source: Green Plains, Estherville News, 20 Sept., 2018) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700,
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Green Plains Shutters Two Iowa Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
Reuters is reporting US ethanol producer Green Plains is mothballing two Iowa plants and cutting output at a Minnesota plant due to low profit margins and the Trump Administration's rapidly escalating trade war which has cut off U.S. access to Chinese ethanol markets and added to a domestic supply glut that has pushed biofuel prices near their lowest levels in over a decade.
Green Plains has idled its facility in Superior and soon will shut down the plant in Lakota, Iowa, and halved production at its plant in Fairmont, Minn., according to Reuters
(Source: Green Plains, PR, Gazette, Reuters, 17 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com
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Elite Octane Iowa Ethanol Plant Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Iowa-headquartered Elite Octane Inc. is reporting its new ethanol plant in Atlantic, Iowa, began crushing corn this week, and that dried distillers grains (DDGs) for livestock feed sales from the plant to area livestock feedlots have already weighed on the regional market.
According to the company website, the new plant's
ethanol production capacity is over 120 million gpy, which could translate to around 380,000 tpy of DDgs.
(Source: Elite Octane, Uk AgroConsult, July 04, 2018)
Contact: Elite Octane, Nick Bowdish, Pres., CEO, (712) 254-9850,
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