A thriving ethanol industry is a vital market for Missouri’s corn producers. Currently, six majority farmer-owned plants operate in the state. Utilizing just over 30 percent of Missouri’s corn crop, the plants produce approximately 300 million gallons of ethanol and 825,000 tons of distillers grains.
Ethanol offers a wealth of additional benefits. Ethanol burns cooler and cleaner than conventional gasoline, reduces tailpipe emissions and improves air quality. The ethanol industry also boosts the national economy by providing new jobs and generating local tax revenue. Ethanol is 100 percent renewable and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, in 2012, ethanol displaced an amount of gasoline refined from 462 million barrels of imported crude oil, reducing expenditures on imported oil by $44 billion.
Moving Beyond The Myths
Even with all these benefits, some myths persist regarding the safety of ethanol in your engine. How much do you really know about what is coming out of the fuel pump? There is a lot more to a gallon of gas than petroleum. Today’s gasoline composition is made of up of more than 150 chemicals and compounds. Additives include metal deactivators, corrosion inhibitors, oxygenates and antioxidants – many of which are toxic and harmful to the environment.
Yet with all these toxins and chemicals in the mix, ethanol (a safe, clean burning oxygenate) is often singled out as a culprit for engine issues. Made from corn, ethanol has been used in the United States since the early 1980s. Today over 90 percent of the gasoline sold to millions of Americans for their cars, boats and small engines contains up to 10 percent of this renewable fuel – with no issues. So what’s the real culprit? Learn more about Ethanol & Your Car, Ethanol & Watercraft and Ethanol & Small Engines to find our the real story.
Missouri’s Operating Ethanol Plants
- POET Biorefining — Macon
- Golden Triangle Energy Cooperative — Craig (distilled spirits, not sold for fuel)
- Mid-Missouri Energy — Malta Bend
- POET Biorefining — Laddonia
- LifeLine Foods — St. Joseph
- Show Me Ethanol, LLC — Carrollton
Additional Ethanol Links:
Oil Dependence: A National Threat, Renewable Fuels Association