It’s become an annual tradition, and here it is again. IL Corn is asking Santa for only a couple of things this year, but they are biggies!
3. MARKET ACCESS FOR ETHANOL
Illinois farmers believe that ethanol can compete in a fair marketplace, but when was the last time you felt the petroleum industry – otherwise known as Big Oil – was fair?
Retailers do not want to offer ethanol to customers because it just decreases petroleum sales. Offering gas station owners the opportunity to sell ethanol is sort of like nicely asking Whole Foods to start stocking Walmart brands next to their top sellers. It just isn’t going to happen because ethanol is cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and would beat out the competition at every turn.
So yes, we need legislators to give ethanol market access. We must make selling ethanol too good of an opportunity to pass up if we hope to increase market demand for corn and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.
One of the recent opportunities to do this is in Chicago. The Chicago City Council is considering a change in their ordinance that would make E15—a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol—available as an option to Chicago drivers.
Chicago paved the way for the rest of Illinois to adopt E10, and now 99 percent of the gasoline sold in Illinois is 10 percent ethanol. If the Chicago City Council passes this E15 ordinance, Illinois could see a significant upswing in ethanol market access in Chicago and eventually throughout the state.
Santa, this sure would be an amazing way to help Illinois farmers market all the extra grain they produced this year. Would you please give us a “yes” vote in the Chicago City Council for E15 this year?
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director