The Scoop Blog

April 20, 2015

Blog: German ethanol production focused on GHG reduction

BY Holly JessenFor this week's Scoop Blog, I communicated with a leader of a German ethanol industry association, who revealed some differences between ethanol production in that country and the U.S. READ MORE

April 13, 2015

Motivated employees are happy employees

BY Holly JessenBusinesses relying only on money to motivate their employees are missing the boat, says the author of a book called "Drive." The carrot and the stick and the reward and punishment model actually can destroy creativity. READ MORE

April 06, 2015

Opinion: Learning about fusel oils

BY Holly JessenThe job of a journalist includes constant learning. If I ever get to the point where I feel like I have learned all I need to know about the ethanol industry, it will be time to hang up my hat and do something else. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

'Where's my ethanol?'

BY Holly JessenA North Carolina consumer wonders why he can't buy E85 in his state. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Go to and get involved

BY Holly JessenThe RFA needs your help to promote and update two newly acquired E85 websites. READ MORE

March 09, 2015

I have green expectations for algae

BY Holly JessenAlgenol’s technology takes a problem and turns it into a marketable ingredient for algae-to-ethanol production. I don’t know about you, but that’s something I can get excited about. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

Let's make true fuel freedom a reality

BY Holly JessenAttending conferences has so many benefits. When I’m running dry on story ideas, my well fills back up. When I’m feeling the daily grind of doing my job, it re-energizes me. READ MORE

February 23, 2015

Overcoming obstacles to expanding E85, higher blend sales

BY Holly JessenIn December, a reader email put me on the path of investigating E85 prices and ethanol producers selling directly to retailers. I’m still on that path and wondering where it will take me next. READ MORE

February 15, 2015

Are you an ethanol history buff, just like me?

BY Holly JessenI really enjoy learning more about the history of the ethanol industry and, from what I can tell, the readers of our magazine do too. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

Project launched to improve air quality in Omaha area

BY Holly JessenEthanol can be part of a winning strategy to improve air quality in the Omaha area, says the Nebraska Ethanol Board. The association recently started a conversation about ways to lower the levels of toxic compounds mixed in gas. READ MORE

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