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Ethanol contributes more than $300 million to North Dakota's economy and employs more than 10,000.

The ethanol industry contributes more than $300 million annually to the state’s economy and supports more than 10,000 jobs. North Dakota’s ethanol plants employ nearly 200 workers directly in positions such as chemists, engineers, accountants, managers and support staff. The average annual wage for an ethanol plant employee in North Dakota is approximately $64,000.

Ethanol in North Dakota
  • North Dakota’s ethanol industry has the capacity to produce: (1)400 million gallons of ethanol, more than 10 times the amount produced in 2005. (2) 1.3 million tons of dry distillers grains, a high-value livestock feed. (3) 6 million gallons of corn oil, used in the biodiesel industry.
  • Each North Dakota ethanol plant is located in a community with a population of less than 2,500 and contributes an average of 49 jobs and an average annual payroll of $3.3 million to the community.
  • North Dakota ethanol plants use approximately 140 million bushels of corn annually with more than 80 percent of the corn purchased from North Dakota farmers. Forty to sixty percent of North Dakota’s total corn production annually is purchased by North Dakota ethanol plants.
  • Approximately six percent (24 million gallons) of the 400 million gallons of ethanol produced annually in North Dakota is blended with gasoline and sold within the state.
  • North Dakota is a national leader in the establishment of flex fuel pumps. As of June 2012, the state has 223 ethanol flex fuel pumps applied for or installed in 46 communities. The state also has 65,000 flex fuel vehicles, a 55 percent increase since 2010.
  • A biorefinery is under development near Jamestown, North Dakota. The development will occur in two phases with Phase I consisting of a 65-million gallon per year conventional dry mill ethanol plant and Phase II adding a 10-million gallon per year cellulosic bolt-on facility.
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