Move to end ethanol tax credits overdue

Freedom New Mexico Corn ethanol not so long ago was the darling of the green movement, and Congress responded by lavishing on growers and blenders of the alternative fuel lucrative tax credits and favored tariff protections. So much for the free market. But that was then. Now, by a huge bipartisan margin, the U.S. Senate […]

Ethanol subsidies test of Republicans’ resolve

Congressional Republicans face a test of their newly rediscovered principles. They can save taxpayers billions of dollars and spur the free market simply by allowing to expire at year’s end the subsidies for domestic ethanol production and tariffs on imported ethanol. We soon will know whether the GOP, re-energized by the Tea Party, lives up […]

Gavilon wants to expand grain operation

CNJ staff The new owner of a grain elevator located west of Clovis hopes to distribute corn residuals from ethanol production and increase the volume of grain handled at the site. Omaha, Neb.-based Gavilon Group, which took over the Peavey Grain Elevator on U.S. Highway 60/84 this spring, will need approval from the state Environment […]

AgSense: Need will grow for more forage crops to meet demand for ethanol

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist Federal expectations are to provide for 38 percent of ethanol needs from cellulosic sources, such as crop residue, wood, specialty crops, like kenaf, and traditional forage crops without interfering with projected food and fiber needs. Crop residue is not viable because removing greater than 25 percent is detrimental to soil […]

Helping fund ethanol craze unsound idea

Freedom New Mexico The ethanol craze just might set a record for fads that fizzled before they got fully under way. The sooner the better, in our view. Ethanol is an example of a commodity that might have some value, but with an artificial market created almost entirely by government mandates and subsidies it is […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ConAgra withdrew its plans to build an ethanol plant near Peavey Grain Elevators located on highway U.S. 60/84 west of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an […]

Ethanol plant health study crucial

By Wayne Roth-Nelson: Guest columnist Regarding the proposed ethanol plant west of Clovis: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) seems to have ignored any advice available from environmental health scientists who should represent the health concerns of the affected community. Government environmental agencies work with two very different sets of numbers. One set goes with […]

Letters to the Editor: Hotel Clovis has passed its prime

As a third-generation Clovisite and supporter of our historical heritage, I have watched and hoped for a solution to our despair over Hotel Clovis that would revive its majestic history. Realistically, I now face the truth with reverent reserve. Let’s face the facts: It is time for it to go, to be put down with […]

Decision coming soon on ethanol plant permit

CNJ staff The state’s Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to deliberate Monday the fate of an air quality permit for the Clovis Ethanol Plant. The New Mexico Environment Department approved the permit in May. Several community groups filed an appeal against the permit. They said the food company did not clearly state the location of […]

Local Roundup: Air quality permit meeting postponed

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board postponed a meeting to discuss an appeal of Clovis Ethanol’s air quality permit to Dec. 3, according to state officials. The New Mexico Environment Department approved the permit for the 108-million-gallon-a-year plant in May. A petition to appeal the decision was filed by Concerned Citizens for Curry […]

Ethanol air quality permit decision close

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to uphold an air quality permit issued for the Clovis Ethanol plant. The state board held a public hearing in September after several citizen groups filed a petition to appeal the ethanol plant’s air quality permit. The groups said information about […]

Financing food getting trickier

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CNJ Staff Photo Illustration: Liliana Castillo By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico This morning, your bowl of cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was 44 cents. By next year, it could be 56 cents. It’s enough to make you cry in your cornflakes. The forces behind the rise in food […]

Ethanol appeal hearing planned

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For most of Thursday — and possibly some of Friday — a decision to grant an air quality permit for Clovis Ethanol will be revisited. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is holding an appeal hearing at Clovis Civic Center regarding an air quality permit issued to ConAgra Foods […]

Ethanol plant permit hearing planned

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Clovis Civic Center on an appeal of the air quality permit granted to ConAgra Trade Group for its Clovis Ethanol plant. The petition was filed by Concerned Citizens for Curry County, the Clovis branch of the NAACP and […]

Ethanol boom raises intriguing questions

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard requires U.S. fuel production to include a minimum amount of renewable fuels, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006, and reaching 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. In addition, starting in 2013, the renewable fuels must include a minimum of 250 million gallons […]

ConAgra procures air permit

CNJ staff SANTA FE — ConAgra officials learned Tuesday they can move forward with plans to build a $175 million ethanol plant west of Clovis. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry’s approval of the plant’s air quality construction permit was the final step before construction can begin at a grain handling facility ConAgra operates […]

Citizens to rally against plant

CNJ staff The Concerned Citizens for Curry County are sponsoring an anti-ethanol plant rally today outside the venue for the Clovis City Commission meeting. The rally will begin at 5:15 p.m. outside the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, according to a news release from the group. Its purpose is to bring attention to […]

Ethanol pollution standards lowered

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis resident fears a new law lowering air pollution standards for ethanol plants sets a bad precedent. Clovis resident Frank Dottle, an organizer of a local group that opposes construction of a plant just west of Clovis that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year, felt […]

Ethanol plant looks to put in retention pond

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A retention pond is the latest issue between a company that wants to build an ethanol plant near Clovis and residents, some who can see the proposed site from their home windows. ConAgra Trade Group is proposing to build and operate a108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. Highway 60/84, […]

The countdown begins to ethanol decision

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The Peavy Grain Elevator west of Clovis on U.S. 60/84 is the site of a proposed ethanol plant that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A contested ethanol plant moved one step closer to operation last week when a New Mexico Environment Department official […]