Iowas 2006 ethanol production levels to hit recordadmin
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the state will produce a record 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol in 2006.
The trade group says Iowa ethanol plants will turn out 36% more corn-based fuel in 2006 than last year, when 1.1 billion gallons was made.
In producing the record amount of ethanol, Iowa’s ethanol plants processed over 550 million bushels of corn. That’s about 25% of the state’s more than two billion bushel harvest in 2005.
The organization’s director, Monte Shaw, says there was record demand for ethanol from coast to coast this year, and that Iowa stepped up to fill the need.
Iowa has more ethanol plants than any other state, including 16 new ethanol plants and five major expansions under construction.