In 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported farmers experienced a near-record high for corn production. U.S. growers produced 15.1 billion bushels, NASS said, which is the second-highest production on record.
What will happen to all that corn? The USDA Economic Research Service says approximately 40% of it will be used to produce ethanol. Ethanol is a renewable, clean-burning fuel that can be blended with gasoline to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
In Nebraska, we’re doing our part to produce clean fuels. We’re the nation’s second-largest ethanol producer, generating approximately 2.5 billion gallons each year.
Let’s review how ethanol helps reduce these emissions and why it’s a smarter choice for the environment.