Ethanol Production Remains Steady in Iowa

Gary Jones, a worker with the University of Iowa Fleet Services, fills a UI rental car with Ethanol 85 (E85) a mixture of 85 percent Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline at the Fleet Services in Iowa City on Thursday, April 29, 2005. 30 percent of UI automobiles will accept E85. Currently there are 16 commercial gas station in Iowa that sell E85. The E85 pump in Iowa City is for UI automobiles only.

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By Liz Blood

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol production in Iowa has remained at a steady number for the first time in a decade.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the state's 41 ethanol plants produced 3.7 billion gallons in 2012, matching last year's production numbers. But it was the first time since 2002 where production did not increase year to year.

IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw says most plants pulled back on production due to drought conditions, but another plant's production offset those reductions.

Shaw says rain and a trend-line corn yield will be needed next year to jumpstart the industry.

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