There’s been some debate as to just how much impact the approval of year-round E15 will have on corn demand.
Jan tenBensel, a farmer from Cambridge, Nebraska and chair of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, thinks it will be significant.
“It’s not going to be an instantaneous effect,” Ten Bensel says. “However, even in the short-term and medium-term, the ability to use higher blends of ethanol at home is really going to be able to move some more corn off these huge piles of surplus we have now.”
Farmer Kelly Nieuwenhuis of Primghar, Iowa, who serves on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, thinks fuel retailers will welcome the change.