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Dakotas’ ethanol producers join carbon groupDakotas’ ethanol producers join carbon group

American Carbon Alliance aims to highlight the benefits of carbon capture for rural areas, the U.S. economy and the ethanol industry.

Sarah McNaughton

October 6, 2023

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GROWING INDUSTRY: The North and South Dakota Ethanol Producers associations are the latest to join the American Carbon Alliance, to help bring attention to the benefits of carbon capture.Jim Craigmyle/Getty Images

While the technology has been around since the 1990s, carbon capture when partnered with “clean” fuel and biofuels can be a more economical and effective option for improving the environment and agriculture’s future.

The American Carbon Alliance is a new organization that seeks to be a voice for carbon capture pipelines, ethanol producers, landowners, farmers, construction workers and citizens to embrace a new energy future for the U.S. ACA recently announced new members from the Dakotas.

As a part of the alliance, the North Dakota and South Dakota Ethanol Producers associations will help bring attention to the benefits that carbon capture technology will have on rural communities, the U.S. economy and the ethanol industry.   

“We are excited to add the North and South Dakota Ethanol Producers associations to our organization,” says Tom Buis, ACA’s CEO. “These groups are relentlessly dedicated to expanding ethanol production and will be a tremendous asset to our coalition’s work. With their help, we’ll continue working to bring about a new energy future in America.”   

The South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association advocates for the expansion of the ethanol industry, increased marketplace access, and greater use and acceptance of ethanol across the state. Its member producers include POET Bioprocessing, Dakota Ethanol, Redfield Energy, Red River Energy and Ringneck Energy.

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“Carbon pipelines are important to the expansion of the bioethanol industry, and the bioethanol industry is critical to the future of agriculture in the U.S. and around the world,” says Doug Berven, executive director of the South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association. “We proudly support the efforts and the mission of the American Carbon Alliance.”   

The North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association shares a similar mission. Its member-producers include Blue Flint, Dakota Spirit, Guardian Energy Hankinson, Red Trail Energy LLC, Tharaldson Ethanol and Red River Biorefinery.

“Carbon capture and sequestration will open endless possibilities for ethanol and rural America as a whole,” says Laura Lacher, executive director of the North Dakota association. “We’re happy to join the American Carbon Alliance, where we can continue to tell that story and advocate for North Dakota’s future.”  

ACA’s coalition continues to grow. These groups join the ranks of Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and the Renew Kansas Biofuels Association. 

American Carbon Alliance contributed to this article.

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About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton of Bismarck, N.D., has been editor of Dakota Farmer since 2021. Before working at Farm Progress, she was an NDSU 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D. Prior to that, she was a farm and ranch reporter at KFGO Radio in Fargo.

McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in ag communications and a master’s in Extension education and youth development.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, as a member of North Dakota Agri-Women, Agriculture Communicators Network Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

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