18 / SEEDWORLD.COM DECEMBER 2018 763.631.6020 ProAgLogistics.com 763.631.6020 ProAgLogistics.com Your exclusive seed logistics partner. Personalized service for all of your seed logistics needs. Contact us today for your custom quote. Around the corner or around the world SOME SAY THE Oct. 9 order by President Donald Trump for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin the regulatory process lead- ing to year-round sales of E15 ethanol is going to make a difference for farmers, while others are more pessimistic about the announcement. “It’s hard to find the proper adjectives to describe how exciting it is to see year- round E15 move forward,” says Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. “We have worked non- stop on this issue for seven years ...” Introduced on the market in July 2012, E15 is a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, in 2012 there were only 11 stations in the United States that offered E15 fuel. Since then, that number has grown to more than 1,215 stations offering E15 in 30 states. Currently, E15 fuel is not available during the summer months, as regula- tions from 30-plus years ago prevent its sale from June 1 to Sept. 15. Trump’s announcement has led the EPA to begin a formal rulemaking process to allow the year-round sale of E15 nationwide. “Over time, E15 could add nearly 7 billion gallons of new ethanol demand, which would use 2 billion bushels of addi- tional corn per year,” Shaw says. FUELING CORN DEMAND? Year-round sales of E15 ethanol could drive farmers to plant more corn acres than previously planned. Jennifer Carrico j2cattle@gmail.com