Wisconsin farmer Allen Hass is challenging corn growers across the country to fill their tanks with ethanol while promoting it as the smart way to support rural economies, reduce fuels prices and lower our country's dependence on foreign oil; and to prove his commitment his family farm is donating $50,000 to kick start the effort.
The donation from Hass Grain Farms, Inc., is being distributed equally to five organizations at the forefront of ethanol promotion: The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, The American Lung Association in Wisconsin, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and The American Coalition for Ethanol.
"United States farmers grow more than enough corn for all feed, fuel, food and fiber uses, in fact ethanol takes up just three percent of the global grain supply," says Hass, a Malone, Wis., farmer. "Ethanol plants provide more than 12,000 jobs directly, plus another 375,000 jobs indirectly and each plant generates some $9 million worth of economic activity annually. Using ethanol also saves drivers an average of $1 per gallon at the pump, reduces the amount of oil we need to import by 870,000 barrels a day and helps improve the quality of the air we breathe!
"It is our hope that farmers everywhere will recognize the great value of ethanol, that they will choose ethanol-blends to fuel their vehicles whenever possible and that they will recognize the great job these groups are doing to promote ethanol by joining them," Hass says. "The more ethanol we use the better we can support our corn prices, make our air cleaner and grow rural economies."
Locally produced, renewable ethanol fuel is a key gasoline additive that helps engines run cleaner and with more power. Drivers today have the option of fueling vehicles with a variety of ethanol including 10 percent blends in most regular gasoline; E15, a 15 percent ethanol blend that can be used in all 2010 and newer vehicles; E30 and E85 for use in flex-fuel vehicles only.
Wisconsin currently has more than 100 fueling stations offering ethanol for flex-fuel vehicles and most regular gasoline includes 10 percent ethanol. Adding renewable ethanol into the fuel supply provides a lower-cost oxygenate that helps engines run cleaner and with more power. In reducing emissions, ethanol outperforms gasoline. Global ethanol production and use reduces greenhouse-gas emissions by an estimated 110 million metric tons annually, the takes the equivalent of taking more than 20 million cars off the road annually.
"Today's ethanol plants are so energy efficient that they produce nearly 2.9 gallons of ethanol, 18 pounds of distillers' grains and corn oil from one bushel of corn," Hass says. There's also a fallacy that ethanol isn't energy efficient. That's simply not true. You actually get back twice as much energy as it takes to produce ethanol and that goes all the way back to the growing the corn used to make it. Gasoline, on the hand, actually does take more energy to refine for use in your car. And, best of all, it's renewable," he explains.
Source: Wisconsin Corn Growers