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E85 Days kickoff set for Thursday in Parker

E85 days

Head to Western Convenience in Parker Thursday for the “E85 Days” kickoff.

This will be the first in a series of events where Western Convenience and Colorado Corn look to educate the public on the many benefits of E85, with discounts on that fuel of $0.50 below the current selling price from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Also, anyone with a Flex Fuel Vehicle who’s still filling up with unleaded and who converts to E85 on Thursday will receive a Western Convenience gift card, and Western Convenience employees and Colorado Corn staff will be on hand to provide education materials and other giveaways regarding ethanol, E85 and agriculture.

Thursday’s event will take place at the Western Convenience store located at 11515 N. Highway 83 in Parker.

EPA Official: RFS numbers will go up


EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated last week that the long-awaited 2014 final Renewable Fuel Standard will set the volume requirements for ethanol at a higher level than detailed in the proposed rule issued late last year, according to an article in Politico.  

Gasoline sales have been higher than anticipated, a fact that will be reflected in the rule, she said.

The 2014 RFS was sent over to the White House Office of Management and Budget Aug. 22, kicking off the final waiting game for its release.

The proposed rule, issued November 2013, drew the ire of corn producers and corn-state lawmakers as it sought to cut the standard for the amount of ethanol required to be blended into fuels to 2012 levels.

Even outside of the corn belt, renewable fuel production is an economic driver. Here in Colorado, the domestic renewable fuels industry supports 10,619 jobs, $642 million in wages and the $2.7 billion in economic output in Colorado.

Colorado is a top-five producer nationally for advanced biofuels.

Additionally, biofuels like ethanol are higher octane, which means they improve engine performance.

And because renewable fuels like ethanol increase the available fuel supply, they help to drive down the price of gasoline for all drivers.

Colorado's Blue Book:GMO labeling WILL raise grocery prices


This year’s “Blue Book,” the state-produced voter’s guide written by Colorado’s Legislative Research Council, will tell general election voters that requiring labeling of genetically engineered ingredients will in fact raise food prices and cost consumers.

It’s a major setback for Proposition 105, which last month was approved for the ballot. Proponents of Proposition 105 – a group called Right to Know – have long stressed to supporters and voters that mandatory GMO labeling in Colorado would have very little or even no impact on food prices.

But the Colorado Legislative Research Council has sided with clear evidence that mandatory GMO labeling no doubt will impact food prices for consumers, many of whom already struggle with their grocery bills. Read more here.

Questions on the new Farm Bill programs? Look no further

harvest truck

If you have questions regarding new Farm Bill programs, you’re not alone. A number of producers are still learning how to navigate the changes. Many answers to many of your questions can be found here, http://tinyurl.com/mg2juzv, where the National Corn Growers Association has webinars and other materials available.

GMO resources for you

We want you to have the information you need to be able to have fruitful discussions with your friends and neighbors about this important topic.


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