Stearns County Farm Bureau
It is well known that Minnesota’s agriculture community plays a vital role in feeding America, but less recognized is just how important Minnesota’s farmers are in meeting America’s energy needs. Minnesota produces and consumes more ethanol-based fuels than almost any other state. Ethanol is a renewable fuel that helps Americans save money at the pump and burns cleaner than fossil fuels. As we face calls for transforming America’s energy landscape, Minnesota should expand access to higher ethanol blends like E15.
By increasing access to E15 fuel in Minnesota, we can help Minnesota’s corn and ethanol producers who have faced difficult years with challenges ranging from trade wars to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, we can help decrease U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum. Finally, increased ethanol in our fuel displaces toxic additives and helps lower carbon emissions. A future with more ethanol means a stronger, healthier Minnesota. I’m glad our local legislators have the opportunity to lead on supporting energy independence, and our strong ag economy.