In less than a decade, the fuel has gone from consuming 10 percent to 40 percent of the country's total grain crop. And agriculture experts tell Reuters that's likely a major driver behind rising corn prices, land prices and farm income.
Cities prepare for release of footage showing Tyre Nichols' fatal arrest by Memphis PD
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara issued a statement on the incident Thursday.
Charges: Teen hid inside vehicle trunk after shooting man at compost site
Prosecutors believe the shooting was a targeted act.
Cody Fohrenkam found guilty of Deshaun Hill Jr.'s murder
The 15-year-old was fatally shot on Feb. 9, 2022.
Gov. Tim Walz proposes $3.3B for aging infrastructure
Walz's borrowing plan comes days after the release of his two-year state budget proposal.
Police: Sartell fire that left man, baby dead investigated as murder-suicide
Police found a four-month-old baby inside.
Authorities seek answers after dog found shot near Garfield, Minnesota
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Woman pleads guilty to 2003 murder of her baby, found on Mississippi River shore
The baby was found nearly 20 years ago.
Murder charge unsealed in man's killing outside Brooklyn Park market in 2021
Prosecutors have not indicated a motive.
Children's Theatre Company actors lose belongings in damaging house fire
The fire broke out Tuesday morning shortly after the dryer had been started.
Biden Admin. imposes 20-year mining ban near Boundary Waters
The moratorium is the maximum the Department of the Interior can implement without congressional approval.
Police identify 2 deputies shot by suspect in Winsted, Minnesota
The BCA is still investigating the incident.
Historic St. Paul building to be removed, put in storage after public outcry
The building was set to be demolished before community members spoke out against it.
Fairmont ethanol plant shutting down
Biofuel Energy says it's closing its ethanol plant in Fairmont until the price of corn comes down. The drought that has ravaged the Midwest's corn crop has pushed up corn prices and erased the profit margins of ethanol producers. A plant in Little Falls shut its doors this summer.
Cravaack joins call to roll back federal ethanol requirement during drought
Federal law requires that gasoline be blended with ethanol or other biofuels. About 40 percent of the nation's corn now goes toward ethanol production. But in a year when dry weather will mean less corn and higher prices, Minnesota's Chip Cravaack is among Congressmen urging that more of the crop be used as food.
Farmers say ethanol is eating up too much corn, could cause spikes in meat prices
Livestock farmers are demanding changes to the nation's ethanol policies. They say the fuel is taking up too much of the corn and that a grain shortage could cause meat prices to spike. Food producers also worry federal policies would exempt the ethanol industry from rationing during a shortage.
High price of corn idles Little Falls ethanol plant
The Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op has suspended operations until they can buy corn or sell ethanol at a better price, the St. Cloud Times reports. The Little Falls plant is using the downtime to complete maintenance and other projects, but most of the 30 employees are out of work.
Ethanol producers gather in Minnesota
The 28th International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, the largest trade show for the country's ethanol producers, is taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center this week. On Tuesday, the convention highlighted how the ethanol industry is faring since the expiration of a federal tax credit.
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