michigan corn growers association http://michiganradio.org en Michigan corn growers oppose lowering ethanol fuel mandate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-corn-growers-oppose-lowering-ethanol-fuel-mandate <p>Michigan’s corn growers are fighting a proposal to scale back the federal mandate on adding ethanol to the nation’s fuel supply.</p><p></p><p>Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has required a sizable portion of the nation’s fuel supply come from ethanol. Most of gasoline sold in the U.S. contains 10% ethanol.</p><p></p><p>But today is the deadline for the public to comment on a proposal to reduce a federal ethanol fuel mandate. &nbsp;The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing cutting almost a fifth of the ethanol mandated to be part of the nation’s fuel supply.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:21:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 16204 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan corn growers oppose lowering ethanol fuel mandate A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-future-ethanol-and-our-renewable-energy-future <p>It’s been seven years since America hit the accelerator on corn-based ethanol fuels. Homegrown corn became the centerpiece of a push to find an alternative to foreign oil.</p><p>President Bush signed this expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, promising it would make us “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”</p><p>But, as is so often the case, something that offers great promise on one hand, takes its toll on the other hand. So the view of corn-based ethanol very much depends upon which side of the fence you’re standing on.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:28:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 15924 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future Ethanol subsidies & Michigan corn growers http://michiganradio.org/post/ethanol-subsidies-michigan-corn-growers <p>Michigan corn farmers may be losing a &lsquo;safety net&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Congress is expected to vote soon on <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/business/energy-environment/corn-ethanol-subsidies-may-be-in-jeopardy.html">ending ethanol subsidies.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The move is expected to save the federal government $1.3 billion&nbsp;this year.&nbsp;</p><p>Ethanol in the United States is mainly produced using corn.&nbsp; Michigan farmers increased their corn production in recent years as federal mandates required ethanol in gasoline.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 Jul 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3223 at http://michiganradio.org Ethanol subsidies & Michigan corn growers