Wed March 13, 2013

Ethanol Plants Caught in ‘Blend Wall’

In Atkinson, Neb., a semi rolls past the NEDAK plant, which shut down when corn prices peaked during the summer of 2012 and new demand from E15 failed to materialize.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

Ethanol plants in at least 13 states have stopped running in recent months because of high corn prices and a lower demand for the fuel. The industry is trying to change the equation by putting more of the biofuel in gasoline, but ethanol critics are pushing back.

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Fri October 5, 2012
The Salt

Does Your Gas Tank Hold Enough Food To Feed 22 People?

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 8:35 am

Robert Byron iStockphoto

Here's a little math problem for you: How many calories go into the ethanol that's in your tank of gas?

Enough to feed 22 people, if you're talking the bare minimum calories needed in a single day, according to researchers at the New England Complex Sciences Institute.

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Wed September 12, 2012

Despite The Rain, USDA Predicts Smaller Corn Harvest

Credit DS Pugh / Wikimedia Commons

The US Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its forecast for the nation’s drought damaged corn crop, from 123 bushels per acre last month to 122.8 bushels.

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Fri April 8, 2011

Corn Growers Welcome Federal Push for More E-85 Pumps

photo by Doug Wilson U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is calling for more choices at the gas pump.  Today he announced a new program to add 10,000 flex-fuel pumps across the country over the next five years.

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Thu March 31, 2011

Farmers May Boost Corn Crop to Help Ease Global Shortage

Scott Bauer U.S. Dept of Agriculture

U.S. farmers are expected to boost the size of this year’s corn crop - a move that could potentially help to ease global food shortages by the fall.  But even with record-high prices, Colorado farmers may not follow suit.

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