Earlier this year, it was approved that gas pumps across the state of North Carolina be labeled with percentage of ethanol within the pump. NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says these regulations to have gas pumps labeled went into effect June 1st does not change what’s being dispensed, it’s simply a consumer awareness campaign:
“This is just consumer awareness, and across the state about 95% of all the gas stations carry some form of ethanol-blended gasoline.”
The commissioner explains that there are those that don’t want ethanol in the engines of their vehicles, especially water craft, and the labeling helps eliminate any confusion:
“Consumers are going to be able to use these labels to make an informed decision when they fill up at the pump. Most of our gasolines do contain up to 10% ethanol, and there are people out there that don’t want any ethanol on their vehicle, and they’ll be able to avoid it by these labels being on the pump.”
Up until now, only more than 10 percent required a label in North Carolina. While e-15 has been approved, the blend is mired in a court battle, and it’s unclear when we’ll see e-15 available on a regular basis. But, when we do, that label will be different:
“With the new rules, if there are blends that contain 15 percent, the label will say that it contains between ten and 15 percent ethanol.”
Ethanol Keeping Gas Prices Lower
If you haven’t ever given ethanol a second thought, you might want to start paying attention, because it has very likely saved you a lot of money. American Farm Bureau Economist Todd Davis explains how ethanol brings down the cost of gasoline….
“Ethanol is used as an oxygenate in gasoline, it’s also used to increase octane, which reduces that knocking sound in an engine. So, there’s lots of beneficial reasons for using ethanol in gas.”
Clean Water Act Bill Passes Committee
A bill has been approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and implementing 2011 guidance to clarify the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction. H.R. 4965 also would block the two agencies from using the guidance as the basis for promulgating any rules or issuing any decisions.
Local Producers Benefit from Summer Meals Program
Bill Shore with the Share Our Strength organization says there’s a connection with local producers through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program when it comes to funding.
“That money not only comes into states, but is alos used to purchase milk from local dairy producers, and bread from local bakers, and there’s a local economic stimulus effect which is so desperately needed at this moment in time given our economy. So, there’s really a lot at stake in increasing summer meals in addition to what’s at the core of it which is making sure that kids are well-fed and healthy.”
Precision Ag Field Day Coming Up
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is hosting a Precision Ag Day on Tuesday, June 19th at the Tidewater Research & Extension Station near Plymouth. The event will show off the latest and greatest technical equipment to make farming more exact and less wasteful. Registration gets underway at 8:00 am with field tours in the morning, and other demonstrations after a sponsored lunch. For more information or to RSVP contact Melinda White at the Tidewater Research Station.