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March 28, 2002
Sorghum Producers Seek to Expand Role in Ethanol
Increasing grain sorghum's role in ethanol production is the chief goal of the recently formed National Grain Sorghum Producers (NGSP) Ethanol Steering Committee.
The group launched an awareness campaign about grain sorghum targeting the ethanol industry during the 2002 Sorghum Industry Conference in San Francisco.
"Of particular concern is a lack of knowledge regarding sorghum's use in ethanol throughout the United States," says Tim Snyder, NGSP marketing director.
"We are focusing on raising awareness through the publication of scientific research findings, and we are commissioning studies that will prove sorghum's benefits in sorghum ethanol co-products such as distillers grains.
"One bushel of sorghum produces the same amount of ethanol as one bushel of corn."
A second major focus of the committee is energy policy, both on the state and federal level.
Issues such as the banning of MTBE, and the facilitation of renewable fuels initiatives are among the ongoing concerns of the committee.
INDIANA IS 14TH STATE TO BAN MTBE
On March 14, Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon signed Senate Bill 0381, making Indiana the latest of a growing number of states to ban MTBE.
The ban, which becomes effective July 23, 2004, was passed 48 to 0 by the Indiana Senate and 93 to 0 by the House.
OHIO REPEALS ETHANOL LABELING LAW
Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed a bill repealing a law that ethanol-blended fuels be labeled on gasoline pumps.
"Sometimes it has an effect of being perceived as a warning," said Bruce Heine, director of government affairs for Williams Energy Services.
Several states that have repealed ethanol labeling laws witnessed increased ethanol blending as a result.
Gas stations may still voluntarily label pumps dispensing ethanol-blended gasoline.
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