September 01, 2010

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Issues Ethanol Industry Report

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has released a new report on the state's ethanol industry. Below are some the report's key points.

  • Minnesota has 21 ethanol plants with a total annual production capacity of 1.1
    billion gallons or 3.3 million metric tons (2010).
  • Ten of the 21 ethanol plants are farmer-owned co-operatives, bringing direct
    economic returns to farmers and rural communities.
  • Minnesota produced 862 million gallons of ethanol in 2009.
  • Ethanol consumption in Minnesota was estimated at 243 million gallons in 2009,
    about 28% of the total ethanol production.
  • The state’s net ethanol export was 619 million gallons – or 72% of the production.
  • At the 862 million-gallon production level in 2009, Minnesota’s ethanol industry
    generated an estimated $2.5 billion in total economic output and 6,854 jobs.
  • The 1.1 billion gallon production by 2010 is projected to generate a total of $3.1 billion in economic output and 8,395 jobs.
Source : Minnesota Ethanol Industry (PDF)

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