Brownfield AG News
By Mark Dorenkamp
The Next Generation Fuels Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate.
Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley says the legislation would leverage higher-octane fuels to improve engine efficiency and performance.
“It also requires the added octane value to reduce carbon emissions by at least 40 percent compared to regular gasoline. This means higher blends of ethanol will be required.”
Grassley lead a bipartisan group of Senators in reintroducing the bill, including Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
Nebraska Corn Board member David Merrill tells Brownfield the Next Generation Fuels Act would improve the bottom line of corn farmers by driving demand for ethanol.
“Whenever ethanol prices remain good and an ethanol plant is making money, we hope that ethanol plant passes that benefit down to us in a price.”
National Corn Growers Association president Tom Haag, a Minnesota farmer, says the Next Generation Fuels Act addresses some of the country’s most pressing concerns by supporting long-term energy security and providing consumers with more options in the transition to cleaner fuels.