May is Renewable Fuels month in Nebraska highlighting the benefits of renewable fuels, ethanol in particular.
Governor Pete Ricketts told KNEB News the industry has been a strong economic driver in the state.
Ricketts said, “We are the second largest ethanol producing state in the country. We’ve got 25 plants that directly employ over 1,300 people. And those are good paying jobs in smaller communities that sometimes struggle with that. ”
Ricketts noted the industry also helps support our farmers and ranchers with about 40% of Nebraska’s corn crop going to ethanol.
Ricketts told KNEB News he will continue to push back on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard, and says he expressed his concerns recently with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Ricketts believes the Administration is trying to strike a balance balance between petroleum and ethanol and emphasizes the importance of ethanol, especially promotion of E-15, in gaining higher corn prices.