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BYO focuses on blender pump use in Michigan

Ron Lamberty, ACE Vice President / Market Development, and “Blend Your Own Ethanol” campaign staff addresses audiences recently at a meeting of the Michigan Petroleum Association’s Alternative Energy Committee. Lamberty spoke about the use of blender pumps in coordination with potential E15 rulings and state programs that are available to help marketers pay for new pumps.

ACE board sits down with Members of Congress after Farm Bill hearing

American Coalition for Ethanol board members had the opportunity to meet privately with 12 Members of Congress on May 18 after the Farm Bill field hearing held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The discussion surrounded VEETC, E15, flexible fuel vehicles, and blender pumps.

Ron Fagen of Fagen Inc. spoke with them about the plants his company has constructed around the U.S. and the jobs created during and after construction. Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels explained more about distillers grain and net corn use for ethanol. There was much discussion about allowing ethanol more market access so consumers can have more choices at the pump.

The discussion was candid, and the meeting provided ACE the invaluable opportunity to sit down at the same table with Members of Congress to discuss ethanol policy priorities.

ACE members participate in Corn Cob Open

On June 24, two teams of ACE members participated in the South Dakota Corn Growers Association’s 19th Annual Corn Cob Open at Spring Creek Country Club in Harrisburg, South Dakota.

ACE Board Members Scott Parsley, Lars Herseth, and Ron Alverson joined with ACE members Harlan Schott and Rich Wiarda (Glacial Lakes Energy), Rob Lewis and Allan Lewis (Redfield Energy), and David Kolsrud (Agri-Energy) in a four-man best ball game. Proceeds from the event help support the educational, legislative, and promotional activities of the SDCGA.

Jennings speaks on the future of ethanol at biomass conference

ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings will be a featured speaker at the Biomass ’10 Workshop on July 20-21 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He will discuss the future of corn-based ethanol on a panel including representatives from the Energy & Environmental Research Center, the Harris Group, the Institute for Atom-Efficient Chemical Transformations, and Argonne National Laboratory.

The annual conference focuses primarily on trends and opportunities in biomass. Other sessions and speakers throughout the event will discuss algae as a feedstock, the water footprint of transportation fuels, biomass densification beyond residential pellets, and more.

Lamberty discusses E15 implementation at Iowa event

In May, ACE’s Ron Lamberty joined ethanol industry and petroleum representatives at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association E15 implementation meeting in Des Moines. The agenda included petroleum marketers, representatives from the insurance industry, ethanol industry groups, and regulators, from fire marshals to OSHA, and weights and measures representatives. The conference addressed possible issues surrounding the implementation of E15 if U.S. EPA does issue a waiver.

2010 ACE Ethanol Conference & Trade Show

Please register today for the American Coalition for Ethanol’s 23rd annual Ethanol Conference & Trade Show. This year’s event will take place August 3-5 in Kansas City. Visit Ethanol.org to register to attend or to find more information about the remaining opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors. Advertising space is still available in the conference guide. Contact Shannon Gustafson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 605-334-3381 ext. 16 to inquire.

Ethanol Today prepares schedule of “industry innovator” profiles

ET provides a great opportunity for your company to advertise and/or take advantage of the “Industry Innovator” feature package to share the story of your company’s products and services. As we begin to prepare our 2011 editorial calendar, we look forward to hearing from you. What issues impact you most? How has your company adapted services or brought forward new technologies to meet the needs of a changing ethanol industry? We invite you to consider an “Industry Innovator” package.

Visit www.ethanoltoday.com to learn more about advertising specials, packages, rates, and sizes for both print and online editions of the magazine. Lacey Dixon is your point of contact for questions: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 605-334-3381 ext. 11.

ACE encourages members to schedule Congressional visits during August

The August Congressional recess is an ideal time for ACE members to schedule a meeting with their Member of Congress while he/she is home visiting the district. Congress is scheduled to be on recess from August 9 through September 4. From VEETC to fuel choice legislation to E15, there are many pressing issues facing the ethanol industry this year. ACE encourages you to call your local Congressional offices and schedule appointments during the month of August. For more information on these important legislative issues, visit Ethanol.org.

Jennings to speak at MN Ag Leadership Conference

Brian Jennings will address attendees at the Minnesota Agriculture Leadership Conference next month in Brainerd, Minnesota. The agenda will address market updates, biofuel issues, and the 2008 and 2012 Farm Bills. Jennings will address the importance of ethanol tax credits, the ethanol tariff, and the jobs created by the ethanol industry. Specifically, VEETC and other pending state and federal legislation will be key discussion points.

Anticipated attendees at the event include the leadership of Minnesota farm groups, farm organizations from other states, as well as national farm group representation, farm media, and federal policymakers within the Administration and on Capitol Hill.

Contact Your Members of Congress in Support of VEETC

On March 25, U.S. Representatives Pomeroy (D-ND), Shimkus (R-IL) and 27 others introduced H.R. 4940, a bill that would extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the small producer tax credit, the secondary tariff, and the cellulosic credit for five years. Please ask your Member of Congress to support this important piece of legislation. Visit www.capwiz.com/ethanol to send a message directly to your Representative and to view a list of original co-sponsors. Without action, VEETC and other important tax benefits are set to expire on December 31, 2010.

 
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