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Educating Youth Drivers on Cleaner Fuel Choices


The Five Cities Study Confirms the Benefits of Ethanol


Strong Partnerships Creating Stronger Iowa Farmers


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Educating Young Drivers on Cleaner Fuel Choices M otor vehicle emissions are a widely recognized source of harmful airborne pollutants that cause lung disease and other adverse health and environmental impacts. These known pollutants include harmful tailpipe particulate matter and toxic carcinogenic compounds, such as benzene and greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. In response to the widespread release of harmful airborne pollutants, the American Lung Association developed the Clean Air Choice™ Campaign promoting the benefits of choosing ethanol.

number consistently growing. These students’ education on the benefits of ethanol will aid them in recognizing ethanol at the pump and help them better understand what it can do for their lung health.

In 2018, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board® (ICPB) expanded its Clean Air Choice™ Campaign partnership with the American Lung Association to help the next generation of drivers understand the correlation between tailpipe emissions and lung health. This included a drivers education initiative, which educates high schoolers in drivers ed programs across the state on fueling options and the health and environmental benefits of using higher blends of ethanol.

Compared to regular gasoline, ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50 percent. That means ethanol usage in 2018 removed the equivalent of more than 11.7 million cars from the road for a year, resulting in cleaner air for communities and families. Students aren’t the only ones learning about these benefits of ethanol.

“It doesn’t matter if you live in a small town or if you live in the big city, 40 to 70 percent of the air quality concerns comes from mobile sources, and these are the cars, trucks and vehicles we drive,” says Angela Tin, national senior director of the American Lung Association. “When consumers go to the pump, they have a choice, and that choice is to choose ethanol, which is good for the environment and good for lung health.” According to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), over 100,000 Iowans under the age of 18 hit the road each year with that

“It’s incredibly important to educate the next generation of Iowa’s drivers,” says Kelly Nieuwenhuis, chair of the Iowa Corn Industrial Usage & U.S. Production Committee. “For youth to know their options and understand the best available fueling choices will help them make the best decision when fueling up.”

“We are not only educating students on fueling options but their teachers, as well,” says Nieuwenhuis. “We explain the benefits of incorporating ethanol fueling options to driver education teachers to use in their curriculum. Students will be better able to pull up to the fuel pump and understand what each of their options will do for the engines, health and overall community.” If you or a teacher you know is interested in learning more about educating young drivers on their fueling options, contact Iowa Corn at to learn more. To learn more about ethanol fueling choices, go to






The Five Cities Study Confirms the Benefits of Ethanol Ethanol isn’t just valuable for the health of the planet, it’s extremely beneficial for human health, as well. To prove this statement, the U.S. Grains Council partnered with The University of Illinois at Chicago on a study that selected five major cities around the world where ethanol isn’t currently used to a large degree to really examine the impacts of ethanol fuels on human health.


he U.S. Grains Council, a strong partner for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board® (ICPB), works to develop export markets for barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products like ethanol and distillers grains (DDGS). The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Together, Iowa Corn and USGC promote U.S. feed grains around the clock in more than 50 countries with 10 international locations around-the-clock. Health impacts of citizens were assessed after blending E10 and E20 fuels into the gasoline market in five major cities throughout the world where ethanol fuels weren’t used in significant volumes: Beijing, China; Delhi, India; Mexico City, Mexico; Seoul, South Korea; and Tokyo, Japan. According to the World Health Organizations, carcinogenic emissions from gasoline vehicles are benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and butadiene among others. These hydrocarbons are formed during combustion or directly added to gasoline because they have relatively high-octane values and serve as anti-knock agents in vehicle engines. Ethanol also has a highoctane value and contains no aromatic compounds like these, substituting and diluting aromatics in gasoline all together. “The study also shows that higher ethanol blends will provide larger emissions savings over the next 10 years than those provided by many predictions of electric vehicle purchasing forecasts,” says Steffen Mueller, principal economist at the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center, where he leads the study. “Not only does ethanol reduce carcinogenic

emissions, we also do not have to pay for this benefit because ethanol is the cheapest form of octane available in large volumes.” The study shows that across five global cities, higher blends of ethanol achieve high reductions in cancer cases from these pollutants. Ethanol fuel blends were estimated to yield a net reduction of approximately 200-300 cancers per city, associated with several of the key pollutants varying among cities and between ethanol fuel blends. These results save several thousand years of life lost in each city and an additional hundreds of millions of dollars when lost productivity are taken into account. “Although this study only focused on cancer, other health benefits may be even larger, such as the reduction in asthma cases from lower emission of compounds,” says Mueller. “Even the latest reports by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency point out ethanol’s high-octane value, allowing refiners to reduce harmful aromatics in gasoline.” This ongoing study has proven that by upgrading to higher blended fuels of ethanol, not only does air quality advance, but overall human health of citizens also improves. To learn more about Iowa Corn’s partnership with USGC, go to







Strong Partnerships Creating Stronger Iowa Farmers E ach year, nearly 13.5 percent of U.S. beef is exported to countries such as Japan, South Korea and Mexico, and in the next 10 years, that number is expected to double. In 2018 alone, red meat exports contributed nearly 40 cents to the value of a bushel of corn. These numbers are part of the reason why Iowa Corn®, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) and the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) remain strong partners for Iowa farmers.

bottom line right now, along with the culture of producing ag commodity products for food and other uses, so it’s important that we all stick together on trade,” says Matt Deppe, CEO for ICA. “When we look at trade from a beef perspective, we’ve seen incredible growth over the past year, and there’s no doubt Iowa Corn’s investment in USMEF is critical to help get out in front of those opportunities and put quality beef on the plate in other countries.”

IBIC is dedicated to expanding consumer demand for beef, strengthening beef’s position in the global marketplace and improving producer profitability through the areas of education, promotion and research. Likewise, ICA is an organization of nearly 10,000 Iowa beef-producing families and associated companies, improving the future of Iowa’s beef industry, primarily through legislative advocacy.

Freland agrees, adding that Iowa Corn’s leadership, relationships and representation on joint trade missions enhance their USMEF investment. She believes Iowa Corn’s funding towards USMEF shows value as premium beef products move forward in the international market.

“Iowa corn products are incredibly important and valuable for beef producers to raise highly marbled, high-quality beef that is so sought after in the international market,” says Chris Freland, executive director for IBIC. “Here in Iowa, we are good at raising quality beef. We grade higher than the national average for prime carcasses, and that’s attributable to the grain systems we have in place, structure, genetics, and farm families making Iowa competitive in the supply chain of premium beef.” Each year, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board invests checkoff dollars in the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to partner and promote corn-fed meat products around the world. USMEF is a nonprofit trade association working to create new opportunities and develop existing international markets for U.S. meats, creating more demand for U.S. meat products. “The export of raw U.S. ag products are so valuable to the producers’

Alongside their successful USMEF partnership, Iowa Corn, IBIC and ICA collaboratively support the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. (CSIF). The CSIF organization works with many Iowa commodity groups to assist livestock producers in growing their operations, adhering to regulations and celebrating the Iowa farmer. “We find incredible value in being together at the table for the good of the agricultural community,” says Freland. “CSIF’s Good Farm Neighbor award is one of those promotional activities to get more feature farmer stories, and the fact that we’re all together at the table for a unified front is crucial.” “CSIF gives us an opportunity to have a very focused staff working on neighbor relations, siting, successful stewardship and more when it comes to enhancing opportunities with the beef industry across the state,” says Deppe.

Chris Freland, Executive Director for IBIC

Matt Deppe, CEO for ICA

across the state are priceless to ensuring the right, honest farmer story,” says Deppe. “Iowa Corn does a great job of getting to the table along with the other groups to make sure we’re all together on the same page for our farmers.”

hard together over the years to foster their connection and create opportunities for Iowa beef and corn farmers. Both Freland and Deppe agree they are appreciative of Iowa Corn’s partnership and eager to work together on a variety of programs that create long-term profitability opportunities for Iowa’s farmers.

Through these partnerships, Iowa Corn, IBIC and ICA have worked

IOWA CORN PROMOTION BOARD DIRECTOR ELECTIONS ICPB director elections are quickly approaching. Crop reporting districts 2, 5 and 7 are up for election. To request a petition or to learn more about the election process, please contact Iowa Corn: 5505 NW 88th Street, Johnston, Iowa 50131 or 515-225-9242. Visit for further details and more information.


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