Farmers play a part in decarbonizing ethanol

Farmers play a part in decarbonizing ethanol

A soil health expert in southeastern Iowa says farmers have a role to play in helping decarbonize the U.S. ethanol industry.

Mitchell Hora with Continuum Ag, a soil health intelligence company, says farmers can get rewarded for implementing conservation practices on the farm from their local ethanol plant.

“There’s a new scoreboard in agriculture. Right now, it’s being displayed with the GREET model. And we’ve reverse engineered it to know how the point system works and now, there could be a financial mechanism that rewards scoring points.”

Those points are used to calculate a carbon intensity score ethanol producers can use to make corn-ethanol a more attractive feedstock for Sustainable Aviation Fuel and could allow producers to qualify for new tax credits.