PLEASE SANTA, GIVE US MARKET ACCESS FOR ETHANOL

It’s become an annual tradition, and here it is again.  IL Corn is asking Santa for only a couple of things this year, but they are biggies!

3. MARKET ACCESS FOR ETHANOL

renewable fuel, E85, corn based ethanolYes, we’ve definitely talked about this before.  And I don’t want to be like the boy who cried wolf.  But market access for ethanol is definitely a problem.

Illinois farmers believe that ethanol can compete in a fair marketplace, but when was the last time you felt the petroleum industry – otherwise known as Big Oil – was fair?

Retailers do not want to offer ethanol to customers because it just decreases petroleum sales.  Offering gas station owners the opportunity to sell ethanol is sort of like nicely asking Whole Foods to start stocking Walmart brands next to their top sellers.  It just isn’t going to happen because ethanol is cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and would beat out the competition at every turn.

So yes, we need legislators to give ethanol market access.  We must make selling ethanol too good of an opportunity to pass up if we hope to increase market demand for corn and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.

One of the recent opportunities to do this is in Chicago.  The Chicago City Council is considering a change in their ordinance that would make E15—a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol—available as an option to Chicago drivers.

READ MORE HERE.  AND HERE.

Chicago paved the way for the rest of Illinois to adopt E10, and now 99 percent of the gasoline sold in Illinois is 10 percent ethanol.  If the Chicago City Council passes this E15 ordinance, Illinois could see a significant upswing in ethanol market access in Chicago and eventually throughout the state.

Santa, this sure would be an amazing way to help Illinois farmers market all the extra grain they produced this year.  Would you please give us a “yes” vote in the Chicago City Council for E15 this year?

Lindsay Mitchell 11/14

Lindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director

Read the rest of our Christmas list!

1. THE MEANS TO BUILD NEW LOCKS AND DAMS

2. CLEAR AND SCIENTIFIC FOOD LABELS

3. MARKET ACCESS FOR ETHANOL

4. INCREASED MEAT EXPORTS

 

IL Corn has asked for ethanol market access before.  Check out these past Christmas list posts!

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: MARKET ACCESS FOR ETHANOL

IL CORN’S CHRISTMAS LIST: INCENTIVES TO SELL ETHANOL

 

One thought on “PLEASE SANTA, GIVE US MARKET ACCESS FOR ETHANOL”

  1. Have to disagree with you on this one though. I think markets should be consumer driven. The consumer definitely doesn’t want corn ethanol. Burning up our food and feed supply to make a product that nobody wants and has negative environmental impacts doesn’t seem like the best use of resources (especially taxpayers resources). Honestly, without the ethanol mandate and subsidies corn ethanol would make no sense. Moreover, it hurts my best customers – livestock producers. I know we have a lot of extra grain, but manipulating the government to mandate that we burn more of it up to support prices seems sort of unethical when so many are poor and hungry in this world.

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