North Dakota lawmakers want more ethanol

By | October 01, 2002
North Dakota lawmakers are trying to figure out how to increase demand for ethanol. One proposal is to require all North Dakota service stations to sell ethanol blended fuel. The Legislature's interim Agriculture Committee considered the idea last month. But a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association said the mandate isn't necessary.

Jocie Iszler said ethanol demand has almost doubled in North Dakota in recent years. She said the market share has risen from 14 percent to 26 percent. Iszler also said advertising and increased awareness of the benefits of ethanol fuels have increased demand. North Dakota has two ethanol plants in Grafton and Walhalla, and Iszler says corn growers are trying to drum up support for building another one.