General Information

8 Apr

Ethanol and Your Small Engines

2021-04-08T14:22:24-05:00April 8th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

Hoon Ge, President | MEG Corp.

Like the family fine china set, beliefs about vehicles, equipment, and fuels are often passed down from generation to generation.  Should you buy the green tractor or the red one? Do you drive a truck with the blue oval or the bowtie?

Beliefs about ethanol fuels are also often based on the beliefs of the previous generation. We often hear, “My dad told me not to use E10 (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline) in my boat/motorcycle/lawnmower” along with reasons like “it attracts water”, “it’s corrosive” and “it goes bad faster”.   Common misconceptions like these cause consumers to go out of their way to find “non-oxygenated” gasoline – gasoline with no ethanol added.

lawnmowers lined up for sale

Ethanol is a low-cost, high-octane fuel.  Adding ethanol to gasoline increases the octane while reducing the cost of the fuel.  If you’ve chosen to purchase non-oxygenated gasoline in the past, you’ve likely noticed a significant increase in price for that fuel.  Ethanol is also cleaner than other octane enhancers, reducing emissions harmful to the environment and human health.

A 10 percent ethanol blend is found in more than 95 percent of gasoline sold in the U.S. today. Manufacturers build products with the proper components to run on E10. For more information on E10 approvals by marine engine, motorcycle, off-road and small engine manufacturers visit the Renewable Fuel Associations website at https://ethanolrfa.org/consumers/boats-motorcycles-small-engines/

Ethanol can hold more water in suspension than gasoline. This means that water that may enter the tank is less likely to drop to the bottom and will be pulled through and out of the system as the fuel is used.  While there is a lot of talk about ethanol and phase separation, it takes a lot of water for this to occur. Following proper storage and maintenance best practices will prevent this from happening.

Air is not your fuel’s friend. Water in fuel can come from condensation from the air. As temperatures get colder at night or as summer turns into fall, air can hold less water and it will condense into the fuel.  Water can also enter through leaks and loose or missing caps. Air also contains oxygen.  Oxygen in a fuel tank leads to oxidation, resulting in fuel degradation. Whether it contains an ethanol blend or not, gasoline will degrade if stored for extended periods without proper handling.

Housekeeping Best Practices

Always check your owner’s manual for fuel and storage recommendations. 

  • During the “In-Season”, keep tanks full to prevent air in the headspace which leads to condensation and oxidation.
  • During the “Off-Season”, when storing equipment for an extended period, we recommend filling your tank full and sealing it with an airtight cover to prevent air and evaporation. This method prevents wasting of fuel and does not add cost. Emptying the tank and fuel system is another option if there is little fuel remaining that would be wasted. If you do not completely fill or empty the tank, use a fuel stabilizer, running the engine briefly to allow the stabilizer to reach the entire fuel system.

Ethanol is a renewable fuel produced in North Dakota, using North Dakota-grown corn, supporting North Dakota families. You can save money and choose a cleaner, more renewable fuel blend simply by choosing E10 for your small engines, just like you would for your gasoline-powered car or truck.

26 Feb

NCGA Corn PAC Update

2021-02-26T12:37:53-06:00February 26th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

National Corn past president and current board member Kevin Skunes discussed the importance of NCGA’s Corn PAC during this year’s NDCGA annual meeting.

What is Corn PAC? What policy accomplishments were made this year? And how can you contribute to NCGA’s Corn PAC? Watch this video and find out.

You can also make a voluntary donation to North Dakota’s Corn PAC. We cannot sit back and let others speak for us at the National and State levels.

 

22 Feb

NDCGA Webinar Series Kicks Off with Legislative Update

2021-02-27T14:23:58-06:00February 22nd, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

On Monday, March 1, 2021, from 10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. CST the North Dakota Corn Growers Association will be debuting a Grower Implications webinar series.  This webinar will cover a report of the ongoing 2021 State Legislative session while in brief recess.

NDCGA’s full-time lobbyist Lance Gaebe, board president Rob Hanson, ND Legislator and board member Paul Thomas, and other board members will provide an update on the legislative session thus far and what’s yet to come.

This members-only webinar will provide an update of bills that are moving through the legislative process and what legislation NDCGA supports or opposes.  ND corn growers and other members will also be able to give input and/or ask questions.

AGENDA:

10:00 a.m. — Legislative Update

10:35 a.m. — Review of upcoming schedules, deadlines, and further clarification on calls-to-action

10:40 — Live Q&A Session

To receive call-in information, attendees must register in advance.  Recordings will be available to members following the event.  To preview a summary click here.

Only members will be eligible to receive the Zoom link.  Non-members and lapsed members who register will be contacted by NDCGA staff to join or renew their membership.

 

5 Feb

Legislative Update Week of Feb. 1, 2021

2021-02-05T09:54:55-06:00February 5th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

The corn ties are back in Bismarck again. Listen to past President Randy Melvin and current Vice President Clark Price give an update on NDCGA’s legislative presence at the North Dakota state capitol this week.  You can find livestreams and video recordings from the House and Senate at: https://video.legis.nd.gov/
29 Jan

North Dakota Corn Growers Association Welcomes New Industry Director

2021-02-02T14:46:36-06:00January 29th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

FARGO, North Dakota — The North Dakota Corn Growers Association added Corey McGillis of HUB International Insurance to its board of directors as an industry representative.

McGillis’ interest in joining the board included being able to actively participate in advocating for growers and everyone who benefits from corn.  He said that a top priority of his will be emphasizing the importance of having a strong risk management program to protect growers who take large risks growing corn in the state.

With over 20 years of experience in the crop insurance industry, as well as a family farming background, McGillis has worked extensively with growers and promoting commodities like corn.  “We are fortunate to have Corey’s risk management expertise among us and look forward to all that he brings to the table to advance corn in our state,” said NDCGA President Rob Hanson.

A graduate of Mayville State University, McGillis holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with minors in Computer Science and Accounting.  He and his wife have three children and live in Portland, ND.

Also at last month’s board meeting, current board member Andrew Mauch of Mooreton, ND, was selected to serve as Secretary and Treasurer for NDCGA.  He now joins President Rob Hanson of Wimbledon, ND, and Vice President Clark Price of Washburn, ND, on the board’s executive committee.

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association is the farmer-led membership organization focusing on policy that impacts North Dakota corn producers.  The NDCGA board of directors consists of fourteen growers from seven districts, along with three at-large and three industry directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Dec

US Meat Export Federation Update

2021-03-18T12:04:55-05:00December 14th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

By Ralph Loos, U.S. Meat Export Federation Director of Communications

As the world adjusts to COVID-19, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is finding new ways to create demand for U.S. beef, pork and lamb. Adapting its programs to reach importers and consumers in new ways – virtual trainings, online seminars and social media promotions are some examples – USMEF sees recent rebounds in red meat exports as a sign its innovative work is paying off. (more…)

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