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RFA Trains 200th Ethanol Industry Employee on FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Requirements


WASHINGTON — This month the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) hit a major milestone with its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training program on Preventive Controls for Animal Food. During the latest course, offered in early March in St. Louis, the RFA trained its 200th employee from the ethanol industry.


The RFA-facilitated FSMA training courses are based on the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in collaboration with the FDA. The courses have been led by RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kelly Davis, and Matt Frederking of Ralco Nutrition. Participants who have successfully completed the courses were designated as Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQIs).


RFA initiated its series of FSMA training in 2016 to prepare the entire ethanol industry for the initial major compliance dates for the preventive controls rules under FSMA that began on Sept. 19, 2016. On that date larger animal food facilities were required to meet baseline Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements (CGMPs) for producing safe animal food.


Over the series, RFA has conducted five 20-hour courses across the Corn Belt to demystify the regulatory requirements, training a total of 200 ethanol industry employees. The PCQIs trained by RFA have come from 74 companies across 21 U.S. states and Canada.  Companies participating in the RFA training have included:


Absolute Energy, LLC

ACE Ethanol LLC

Adkins Energy LLC

Aemetis, Inc.

Al-Corn Clean Fuel

The Andersons Inc.

Badger State Ethanol, LLC

Buckman North America

Bushmills Ethanol Inc.

Carbon Green BioEnergy LLC

Cardinal Ethanol, LLC

Central Indiana Ethanol, LLC (CIE) Chief Ethanol Fuels, Inc.

Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. Christianson PLLP

CHS Inc.

Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC

Corn Plus Cooperative & LLLP

Dakota Ethanol, LLC


E Energy Adams, LLC

East Kansas Agri-Energy, LLC

ERI Solutions, Inc.

Fluid-Quip Process Technologies

Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC

Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC

Golden Grain Energy, LLC

Golden Triangle Energy LLC

Grain Processing Corporation

Granite Falls Energy, LLC

Green Plains, Inc.

Guardian Energy, LLC

Guardian Lima, LLC

Hankinson Renewable Energy

Heartland Corn Products

Highwater Ethanol, LLC

Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC

Hydro-Klean LLC

IGPC Ethanol Inc.

Iowa State University

Iroquois Bio-Energy Company, LLC

KAAPA Ethanol Holdings, LLC

Lincolnland AgriEnergy, LLC Lincolnway Energy, LLC

Little Sioux Corn Processors, LP

Marquis Energy

Merjent Inc.

Mid-Missouri Energy, LLC


NuGen Energy, LLC

One Earth Energy, LLC

Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

Parallel Products

Pellet Technology USA, LLC


Pinal Energy

Pine Lake Corn Processors LLC

Plymouth Energy LLC

Quad County Corn Processors

Red Trail Energy, LLC

Redfield Energy, LLC

Renewable Products Marketing Gp., LLC

Show Me Ethanol, LLC

Siouxland Energy Cooperative

Siouxland Ethanol, LLC

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC

Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Plant

Three Rivers Energy

Trenton Agri Products, LLC

United Wisconsin Grain Producers, LLC

Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC

Western New York Energy, LLC

Western Plains Energy, LLC

White Energy

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RFA Celebrates National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON—Today is National Agriculture Day.

On this National Agriculture Day, the Renewable Fuels Association would like to recognize and thank those involved in American agriculture, who provide abundant supplies of food, fuel and fiber to the world. Agriculture is the lifeblood of our industry, helping to produce the cleanest, lowest cost and highest source of octane fuel on the planet.

In 2016, U.S. farmers harvested a record corn crop of 15.1 billion bushels and achieved a new record average yield of 174.6 bushels per acre. In turn, U.S. ethanol facilities produced a record 15.3 billion gallons of ethanol and 42 million metric tons of high-protein animal feed. The U.S. ethanol industry supported 74,420 direct jobs in renewable fuel production and agriculture, as well as 264,756 indirect and induced jobs across all sectors of the economy—while contributing $42 billion to the Gross Domestic Product.

However, the current economic climate is tough for our nation’s farmers. Demand has not kept up with supply, requiring corn growers to sell their commodity below their cost of production. Net farm income fell to a seven-year low in 2016 and the aggregate value of crops hit its lowest point since 2010. But thanks to ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, agriculture has weathered the storm.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the recent downturn in the farm economy would have been far worse without the ethanol industry’s stabilizing effects,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “That is why the RFA has made increasing demand for ethanol here and abroad our top priority. So, as we celebrate National Agriculture Day, we need to recommit ourselves to increasing demand, building the infrastructure and regulatory environment for higher level ethanol blends like E15 and E30, and removing unfair tariff and non-tariff barriers for free ethanol trade across the globe. If we are to truly honor our nation’s farmers, we must recognize their struggle and promote rural economic stability and growth. At the RFA, we do that every day.”

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Veterans Encourage President to Include Ethanol, RFS in Energy Plan

WASHINGTON—More than 120 military veterans working and investing in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Trump last week, urging him to include a prominent role for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in his “America First Energy Plan.”

According to the letter, “many of us have witnessed firsthand the dangers of our reliance on oil imports from hostile and unstable parts of the world. We share your belief that the United States can and must do more to insulate itself from the negative impacts associated with oil import dependence and OPEC manipulation. Your continued commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and pledge to ‘end restrictions that keep higher blends of ethanol from being sold’ are among the strategies that will help free our economy from the influence of OPEC oil ministers once and for all.”

The veterans signing the letter work in 18 different states—from California and Oregon to Ohio and Wisconsin—and represent 41 businesses or organizations directly involved in the U.S. ethanol industry. They served in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.

Reacting to the letter, RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen offered the following statement:

“The U.S. ethanol industry is honored to employ so many veterans, and we applaud their efforts to encourage President Trump to prominently include ethanol and the RFS in his energy plan. Driven by the RFS, dramatic growth in ethanol production has played a crucial role in boosting domestic fuel supplies and improving our nation’s energy security. Last year alone, the 15.3 billion gallons of ethanol produced by our industry displaced an amount of gasoline refined from 540 million barrels of imported crude oil.”

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RFA Applauds Legislation to Provide Year-Round Consumer Access to Higher Ethanol Blends

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, two bills were introduced in Congress that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen had the following statement:

“I applaud the leadership of Senators Fischer, Donnelly and Grassley, and Representatives Loebsack and Smith, for calling attention to this critical issue that hinders stations from offering year-round access to E15 and other higher level ethanol blends. Major marketers like Thornton’s, Kum & Go, Sheetz and RaceTrac already offer the fuel blend, but the industry is being hamstrung by EPA’s nonsensical disparate treatment of higher level blends. Ethanol is the lowest cost, cleanest and highest octane source of fuel on the planet. Greater consumer access to higher level blends remains our top priority and we are committed to working with leaders in Congress and the administration to make that a reality.”

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September Ethanol Exports Balloon as China Returns to Market

U.S. ethanol exports totaled 99.6 million gallons (mg) in September, up 28%–nearly 22 mg–over August, according to government trade data released today and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. This marks the highest monthly volume exported in almost 5 years (December 2011). Much of the upturn can be attributed to 27.9 mg in shipments to Canada, as trade across the northern border expanded by 33% over August rates. Brazil imported 18.1 mg in September, down 7 mg from August and falling back to second place. China reappeared as a significant buyer after taking the summer off, with imports of 17.8 mg of U.S. product in September. The Philippines (10.4 mg), the United Arab Emirates (9.2 mg) and South Korea (5.4 mg)–countries which tend to make larger purchases on an intermittent basis–all made larger purchases in September. Just six countries purchased 92% of U.S. ethanol exports in September. Year-to-date exports stood at 693.9 mg, implying an annual total of 925.2 mg for calendar year 2016.

September exports of U.S. denatured fuel ethanol more than doubled from the prior month to 44.1 mg. Canada (26.0 mg, or 59%), China (14.9 mg, or 34%) and Peru (3.1 mg, or 7%) were the primary markets–a change from the typically Canadian-dominated trade flow. Export sales of undenatured fuel ethanol in September held firm at high levels, increasing 2% over August levels to 51.5 mg. Brazil backed off from August undenatured imports, buying 18.1 mg (35%) in September. The Philippines export market was reinvigorated with 10.4 mg (20%) of undenatured product, while the 9.2 mg (18%) to the UAE reflected only the second time in two years that U.S. undenatured ethanol entered the country. South Korea, China and Singapore were other larger customers for undenatured fuel ethanol.

September sales of denatured ethanol for non-fuel use dropped back to a more normal volume of 2.1 mg after reaching nearly 6.5 mg in August. Canada was the primary customer with 1.9 mg, down from 3.0 mg the prior month, while the remaining volume was parceled out among several countries. September sales of undenatured fuel for non-fuel, non-beverage use increased 79% to 1.9 mg. South Korea purchased 1.5 mg (79%) in September–more product than it has brought in over the past two years combined–while Mexico returned to a more typical volume of 180,042 gallons (9%).

Following three straight months of sizable ethanol imports, September volumes entering the United States were fairly insignificant at just 5,535 gallons. About 5,000 gallons of undenatured ethanol were sourced from China and the remainder was Canadian denatured ethanol. Year-to-date total imports are 33.7 mg, suggesting annualized imports just shy of 45 mg. Should this volume be realized, the United States would import less than half of what it brought in for calendar year 2015.

U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)—the animal feed co-product from dry mill ethanol production—in the global marketplace have been making measurable strides since the beginning of the year; however, September data showed a 15% pull-back from the prior month with 990,971 metric tons (mt) shipped. Once again China was the top market for U.S. exports with 166,650 mt, which is a third less than entered the country in August. China’s share of the total U.S. export market in September fell to just 17%–in sharp contrast to taking in half of all U.S. distillers grains exports in calendar year 2015. In September, South Korea increased its offtake to 166,650 mt (13%) and Vietnam purchased 123,267 mt (12%), while Mexico scaled back from August volumes by 39% to 122,513 mt (12%). Other larger markets include Thailand (87,506 mt), Egypt (56,461 mt), Turkey (46,200 mt) and Canada (41,291 mt). Through September, DDGS exports stood at 8.6 million mt, indicating an annualized total of 11.5 million mt. If realized, this would be the second largest DDGS export volume in history.

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