The Minnesota House Agriculture Committee heard a bill Tuesday that would increase the state’s ethanol standard from a ten percent blend to 15 percent. Minnesota Farmers Union government relations director Stu Lourey spoke in favor of the bill, saying farmers need certainty right now. “Using those products and improving that market right here in Minnesota is one way to do that,” said Lourey. Minnesota Petroleum Council Executive Director Erin Roth said his members support ethanol, but are opposed to a mandate. “E15, if it is going to move forward should be market-based and not mandated.”
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