A Not-So-Pretty Harvest & 2018 National Farmer’s Day

A Not-So-Pretty Harvest & 2018 National Farmer’s Day

What a mess. Row crop harvest is underway in Minnesota and it isn’t exactly the best of times. As crop years go, 2018 is unlikely to rank among the favorites of Minnesota farmers. At this writing, another large swath of three to four inches of rain and even some snow is forecast as many are still working to get their soybeans and corn out of the fields. Some hardships are highly personal and occur in an instant. Such was the case with the farms and communities struck in September by a flurry of 20-plus tornadoes. Fortunately, no fatalities were reported (Thank […]

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RPMG Talks Compliance and Carbon Scores

There are 19 ethanol plants in Minnesota, producing a high quality product, but as is the case with most other goods, the producers use help marketing their product to consumers and retailers. Renewable Products Marketing Group, or RPMG, a Minnesota-based organization does just that. RPMG is a biofuels marketing company that started out with two producer ethanol plants in 1996 and has since expanded to working with nineteen ethanol plants to market their products. In addition to marketing biofuels, RPMG markets co-products of ethanol production, such as DDGs (a high-protein livestock feed) and corn oil. Some of the ethanol produced […]

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The Power of Suggestion

Assisting service station owners in offering ethanol-blended fuels has been part of my job for a long time. About 15 years ago, I stood at a tradeshow table at a meeting of regional fuel retailers and suppliers. It was not a big show. However, the attendees were decision-makers who represented a large portion of regional fuel sales. As attendees filed past on their way to the noon luncheon, I noticed an older fellow hanging back. Eventually, he made his way over and introduced himself as an owner of a family-run convenience store in a neighboring state. Glancing around as if […]

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Finding FlexFuel is No Great Labor in Minnesota

For many Minnesotans, the Labor Day weekend means a last weekend at the lake, or a visit to the relatives, or a last taste of the State Fair. Whatever your plans are, they likely involve some additional driving. For those who own a flex fuel vehicle, Minnesota has the most extensive network of E85 fueling stations in North America. With a little planning and the right app on your smartphone or vehicle navigation system, finding the next E85 station down the road is easy. Or, for those who prefer the old school method of navigation, the Minnesota FlexFuel and E15 […]

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