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NEWS UPDATE March 26, 2014

7-foot statue of Iowan Norman Borlaug unveiled at U.S. Capitol

By Joseph Morton / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted March 26, 2014

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Borlaug, who died in 2009, is a fitting representative for a state that continues to embrace its role in providing food to the world. “Our agricultural heritage has blossomed into a thriving bioscience industry,” Branstad said. In breeding new high-yield wheat varieties, Borlaug paved the way for substantial increases in grain production to provide for an exploding global population. His work earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom. [ read more … ]

A different perspective on getting through the ethanol blendwall

By John Kingston, Platts  •    •  Posted March 26, 2014

Here’s how her math works: Temple makes a few assumptions. First, E15 is a non-starter in terms of growing its market share. Second, US gasoline demand in 2021 will be about 8 million b/d. Third, the fleet for flex fuel vehicles, which can burn E85, will grow from current levels that are believed to be anywhere from 13 million to 16 million up to about 25 million. She also assumes that the average size of the fuel tank on those cars will be about 15 gallons. Enter E85. The idea that E85 is the logical way to get through the blendwall isn’t new, but Temple tries to take that argument to a very retail level: what sort of consumption patterns are needed from flex fuel vehicle owners for E85 to have an impact?

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Big Turnout for ACE Biofuels Beltway March

by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted March 26, 2014

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 80 ethanol supporters from 15 states are chomping at the bit to be set loose on Capitol Hill to visit the offices of Congress members and educate them about the importance of biofuels during the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Biofuels Beltway March. “We’ve got people from all walks of life here,” said ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings. That includes not just ethanol producers and corn farmers, but bankers, truckers, cattle ranchers and students. “It shows the diversity of this industry, the breadth and depth of support we have out there in the grassroots for ethanol.” [ read more … ]

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