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In Washington, D.C., issues currently being monitored are the Renewable Fuels Standard, implementation of the Farm Bill and the Waters of the United States ruling.  In 2012, the MCGA hosted a roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the Michigan Corn office. In the past year, members have also met with legislators during the NCGA Corn Congress in Washington D.C., provided committee testimony on the Farm Bill and other issues, participated in Ag Day at the Capitol and hosted legislative farm tours.


With the increased production of ethanol how has corn usage changed over the years?

Can I use ethanol in my car?

All cars made after 1980 can run on blends of E10 or higher. In Michigan, stations are not required to label E10. The majority of unleaded fuel at Michigan gas stations is E10. Newer cars called flex fuel vehicles – or FFVs – are designed to run on any blend up to 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol, called E85. Most automakers have flex fuel models, and the cost difference is negligible. You may already have an FFV and not even know it.
Source: Growth Energy

Is ethanol good for the environment?

Ethanol is made from a renewable resource – plants – making it a sustainable fuel that we’ll never run out of. It burns clean and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 59 percent from “well to wheel,” helping to make the air cleaner for all of us. It also reduces our need for foreign oil – by 661,000 barrels a day – saving resources used for transportation and reducing the risk of harmful oil spills. While many other renewable energy options are still on the drawing board, today’s ethanol works in the cars we already have and reduces tailpipe emissions by 30 percent.
Source: Growth Energy