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Iowa Ethanol Production Held Steady at 3.7 Billion Gallons for 2012


This news story was published on December 22, 2012.
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Ethanol production remains steady in Iowa

JOHNSTON, IA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that Iowa’s 41 ethanol plants produced 3.7 billion gallons during 2012, matching 2011 production. Iowa is estimated to account for roughly 28 percent of national ethanol production in 2012. This is the first time since 2002 where production did not increase year to year.

“2012 will be remembered for the great drought,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Due to Iowa’s incredible farmers, the state weathered the drought better than most. Iowa was fortunate not to have an ethanol plant shut down in 2012. Most plants pulled back on production due to the drought, but we had another plant operating for a full year that offset those reductions. In the end we held steady, but everyone is praying for rain and a trend-line corn yield in 2013 to really jumpstart the industry.”

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production.  Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one traditional ethanol plant and two cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 300 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.

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4 Responses to Iowa Ethanol Production Held Steady at 3.7 Billion Gallons for 2012

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    Jason Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Any of you three have any facts to present supporting your theory that the ethanol industry is increasing the cost of food?

    senior native: Corn is a grain not a vegetable.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    That’s just great. The farmers get rich and the world pays a higher price or starves.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Well is’nt that just swell – rich farmers and the gov (us) subsidize about that amount to the ethenol plants and the farmers – and the price of meat goes up – sounds like a win-win situation for the few and a lose lose situation for the rest of us.

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    senior native Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I don’t put vegetables in my gas tank.