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Building Markets for Ethanol

Ethanol is a top customer for corn and Kansas Corn works to build market opportunities for ethanol and distillers grains. The state’s 12 ethanol plants produce 610 million gallons of renewable, clean burning ethanol fuel and distillers grains, a high nutrient livestock feed, creating a market for 217 million bushels of corn and other grains. Distillers grains are sold wet as WDGS to nearby livestock feeders, or they are dried to make DDGS that can be sold to more distant markets or exported to other states or other countries.

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Kansas Corn Commission--Building Markets for Ethanol & DDGS

  • Building ethanol fuel infrastructure
  • Building exports of ethanol and DDGS
  • Educating consumers about ethanol blends

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Kansas Corn Growers Association--Working with NCGA

  • Protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard, which provides market access for ethanol
  • Fighting efforts to lower the level of ethanol in the RFS
  • Supporting a High Octane, Low Carbon fuel standard

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Kansas Corn Flex Fuel Grant Program

  • Incentivizes Kansas fuel retailers to add higher ethanol blends
  • Assists with costs of upgrading to dispensers for higher ethanol blends.
  • Grant program requirements and information can be found here. Contact Emily Koop, market development coordinator for more information.

Video: Understanding Ethanol and Its Co-Products

This educational video developed by the Renewable Fuels Association with support from the Kansas Corn Commission is a great way to learn about ethanol and its co-products.

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Ethanol Quick Facts

The Ethanol Industry

  • Kansas has 12 ethanol plants utilizing mostly corn to produce about 610 million gallons per year.
  • Each ethanol plant employs an average of 45 people with an average salary of $59,500.
  • Overall, Kansas ethanol plants consume approximately 217 million bushels of corn and grain sorghum annually.

About Ethanol Fuel

  • If E15 was the standard unleaded fuel in Kansas, it would increase ethanol demand by 75 million gallons, equal to 26.5 million bushels of corn.
  • Kansas has more than 50 station across the state offering e15 and higher blends to consumers.
    36% of the price of corn is attributed to ethanol production.
  • Ethanol is high-octane low-carbon fuel, which means it’s not only good for your engine but also better for the environment than traditional gasoline.
  • E15 is EPA-approved for all cars 2001 and newer, over 90% of all vehicles on the road today. Vehicles in the U.S. have traveled over 15 billion miles on E15.

Ethanol and the Environment

  • According to a 2021 Harvard and Tufts University published study, ethanol results in 46% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.
  • The use of ethanol in gasoline in 2019 reduced CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by 54.1 million metric tons. That’s equivalent to removing 11.5 million cars from the road for an entire year.

Stand Up For Ethanol Fuels!

Kansas Corn is committed to building demand by advocating for ethanol fuels!

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