Why cutting the ethanol mandate won’t ruin the rural economy

February 6th, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — The EPA wants to roll back the amount of ethanol mixed into the fuel supply for 2014. That has Nebraska farmers worried. Ethanol supporters warn if the EPA follows through, the rural economy will take the fall, but economists predict a soft landing.

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Up against blend wall, ethanol at a crossroads

January 22nd, 2014

By Grant Gerlock

Omaha, NE — A 2007 law requires fuel companies to add an increasing amount of ethanol to the fuel supply each year. But the EPA is breaking with that policy and suggesting a cut in the ethanol mandate. Some say it puts the future of renewable fuels in doubt.

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Blair in the mix for ethanol’s future

June 8th, 2012

By Grant Gerlock

Blair, NE – A company with a new facility in Nebraska wants to be part of the next step for biofuels. Novozymes’ new plant in Blair, north of Omaha, will produce enzymes, a key ingredient to unlock ethanol from corn or biomass.

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Grain train ready to roll again

March 26th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Forest City, IOWA – A few decades ago, railroad tracks laced Iowa’s countryside, linking even the smallest communities to big cities across the nation. But many of those tracks are silent now.

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Biomass or bust: Kansas ethanol plant seeks higher ground

February 14th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Garden City, KS – Ethanol producers have been developing a way to convert biomass to ethanol for years. Now, Kansas is poised to become the home of one of the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol refineries in the country.

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What’s in your gas?

March 23rd, 2011

By Fred Knapp

Lincoln, NE -A proposal to discontinue ethanol labeling requirements at Nebraska gas pumps provoked pushback from senators who say consumers have the right to know.

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