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Name: Nebraska Ethanol Board

Historical Note:

Nebraska Ethanol Board

In 1971, the Nebraska Legislature established the Agricultural Products Industrial Utilization Committee (APIUC) to investigate alternative markets for crops produced by Nebraska farmers. The APIUC focused on the use of ethanol, an alcohol derived from grain, as a gasoline additive. This mixture of alcohol and gasoline became popularly known as "gasohol."

Interest in gasohol grew during the fuel shortages of the 1970s. Even after the end of the energy crisis, the interest in ethanol remained strong. Many Nebraskans who remained interested in alternative fuel sources helped develop an ethanol industry in the state. This new industry offered farmers another use for their grain crops and the potential to boost crop prices.

The APIUC underwent restructuring over the years and eventually became known as the Nebraska Ethanol Board. The Board continues to promote the use of ethanol and the ethanol industry in Nebraska. They are active at the state and national levels in promoting pro-ethanol legislation. The Nebraska Ethanol Board also provides grant funding for ethanol manufacturing and processing start-ups and for research related to ethanol and alternative fuels. Nebraska is currently the third largest ethanol producing state, with seven ethanol plants producing approximately 350 million gallons per year.* As a state agency, the Nebraska Ethanol Board provides ethanol-related informational materials at no charge.

*These statistics were provided by the Nebraska Ethanol Board and were current as of December, 2000.

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