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The NCERC offers its clients state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and staff. A variety of resources keep the Center and its clients on the cutting edge of the renewable fuels industry. The Center works closely with the following agencies, associations, organizations and groups:

Federal Agencies

United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

The most recent reports on the positive energy balance of ethanol production from the USDA Office of the Chief Economist

US Department of Energy

Central site and hub for information on renewable energy and DOE research/investment

US Department of Energy; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Vehicle buying guide, fuel station locations, fuel comparisons, state and federal incentives and laws, document database, alternative fuels hotline

See also for a useful model for theoretical ethanol yields from various feedstocks.

US Department of Energy; National Renewable Energy Resources

A summary of research being conducted by the National Laboratory of the Department of Energy; Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration

Search here for information on competitive and WIRED grants for workforce training programs and education opportunities.

Argonne National Laboratory; Transportation Technology R&D Center

The most recent reports on the positive energy balance of ethanol production from the Department of Energy

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National Trade & Member Associations

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)

A non-profit association promoting the production and use of ethanol.

Information for forming or participating in a grower owned cooperative, talking points on ethanol, quick links to publications, information on converting a pump to E85, the economics of blending with ethanol

American Feed Industry Association

AFIA is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the animal feed industry and its suppliers.

Distillers' Grain Technology Council

A non-profit organization focused on utilization of distillers co-products in animal feeds. Supports research and hosts an annual conference on distillers utilization.

National Corn Growers Association

The US trade association for corn growers, the NCGA has current and historical information on corn production, utilization and distribution. NCGA's mission is to create and increase opportunities for corn growers.

National Grain & Feed Association

NGFA is a broad-based organization representing and providing services for grain, feed and all related commercial interests. Association activities are focused on the growth and economic performance of U.S. agriculture.

Renewable Fuels Association

The US national trade association for the fuel ethanol industry, the site has useful maps and statistics on current and planned production of fuel ethanol as well as current and pending governmental policies.

RFA promotes policies, regulations and research and development initiatives that will lead to the increased production and use of fuel ethanol. RFA membership includes a broad cross-section of businesses, individuals and organizations dedicated to the expansion of the US fuel ethanol industry.

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State Associations & Organizations

Illinois Corn Co-Products Program

This program is a partnership between the IL Corn Marketing Board, the IL Pork Producers Association, Western Illinois University and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center. The program is designed to promote the use of corn co-products as animal feed around the globe. Every month more than 15 ethanol plants and corn processing plants send in samples of their co-products for proximate analysis (moisture, fiber, fat and crude protein). These analysis are performed in the Center's analytical research lab. The results are posted on the following website for buyers to view and purchase directly from the participating companies.

Illinois Corn Growers Association

Mission : To maximize the profitability of Illinois corn producers. In order to fulfill this mission the organization conducts governmental affairs activities at all levels, market development projects, and educational and member service programs primarily in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Corn Growers Association

Mission: In order to fulfill our mission the organization administers the state checkoff program, identifies and invests in market development and research activities, evaluates the impact each investment generates, cooperates with major commodity organizations on state, national and international market development efforts, and disseminates timely information.

Illinois Department of Agriculture

This site contains information about all activity in the state of Illinois regarding agriculture. This includes crop reports, legislation and information on the state fair.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

This site contains information on community development, workforce development, business opportunities and tourism in the State of Illinois.

Illinois Manufacturers Association

Mission: To provide timely and accurate information on the actions taken by Illinois lawmakers in the General Assembly and other branches of government that affect manufacturing and its related sectors; and the IMA's positions on those actions that have, or could have, a positive or negative impact on the economic climate in the state of Illinois.

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Office of Renewable Fuels and Co-Products

Distillers grain research, researchers, publications and presentations

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the flagship university of the Southern Illinois University system. Located in southwestern Illinois, SIUC is the home to many prestigious degree programs, including agriculture and engineering.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a satellite campus of the Southern Illinois University system. SIUE celebrated 50 years in 2007 and continues to grow and prosper in central Illinois. The NCERC is located in University Park on the campus of SIUE.

University of Minnesota DDGS website

The site was developed to provide its users a "one stop" place to find the most current information related to using distillers grains by-products in dairy, beef, swine and poultry feeds.

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Useful Commercial Sites

Pro Exporter

Pro Exporter (PRX) provides economic research and analysis to major agribusiness firms and investors. PRX publications focus on US grain flows, transportation demand, and the impact of these items on cash grain markets.

Siemens Corporation

Siemens Energy and Automation helps customers in the industrial, manufacturing and construction sectors succeed by providing complete electrical, engineering and automation solutions. Through a commitment to innovative engineering that goes back more than 150 years, Siemens serves the world's largest and most respected companies through integrated solutions, software, hardware and services. Siemens process control systems (PCS) are used in over 70% of the US ethanol market.

The Center has been lucky to receive a generous donation from Siemens Corporation of a state of the art PCS for our pilot plant. This donation has enable the Center to stay on the cutting edge of process technologies and assisted in our workforce training program.

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