Interesting Numbers on Ethanol in Kansas

Growth Energy presents some really interesting numbers of what ethanol has done for Kansas so far

Growth Energy presented a forum today at the Kansas State Fair to advance their push for legislation that would help build out the infrastructure and let the industry grow to full potential.

They presented some interesting numbers:

-- In 2009, Kansas produced 400 million gallons of ethanol.

-- Ethanol plants bought 170 million bushels of corn and grain sorghum, with one-third of that being returned to the market as high-protein animal feed.

-- Kansas farmers grew 822 bushels of corn and grain sorghum, 672 million bushels of which were NOT used to make ethanol.

-- The demand for grain created by the ethanol industry resulted in a price of about $1 per bushel more for corn and grain sorghum.

-- The $822 million of added grain value was money that stayed in Kansas. And that is just grain value. It doesn't even include the dollars that were returned to the Kansas farmers who share ownership in the state's ethanol plants.

And here's another tidbit:

Last year, the United States EXPORTED about 20,000 barrels of ethanol PER DAY. The primary buyers were northern Europe and Brazil.

American producers have become so efficient at producing ethanol from grain that the price of American ethanol is low enough that it can be transported to port in Brazil and sell for less than their domestic ethanol produced from sugarcane.

It makes me wonder why we aren't pulling out all the stops and going full speed ahead. Instead the EPA is dragging its feet on approving E-15 and making scary noises about regulating emissions for air quality. Seriously, if we want to improve air quality, why isn't getting E-15 out of the doldrums a no-brainer?

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