Some people will buy anything.
You deserve the truth.
There’s a lot of misinformation about ethanol—like where it comes from, how it’s produced, and whether it’s a sustainable source of energy. It’s hard to know what to believe.
That’s where we come in.
Cutting through the noise, delivering information, and showing how we can power the future together with ethanol helps put you in the driver's seat on a decision that affects the environment, our state and your wallet.
When it comes to ethanol, you should Etha-Know. Start here, with us.
Ethanol is a clean-burning fuel made from sugars found in plants—and one of the most abundant sources of biomass used to make ethanol is found right here in South Dakota: Corn. The type and density of sugars in corn, and our farmers’ skill in growing the crop, make it the ideal source of homegrown energy.
- It’s sustainable.
- It’s good for the state’s economy.
- It’s good for the environment.
Who We Are
The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC) is one of the most active commodity organizations in the state. Our peer-elected producer board is tasked with developing and maintaining new and existing markets, promoting new uses and increasing profitability for all South Dakota corn producers.
The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC) is responsible for:
- Collecting and administering of the One-cent Checkoff
- Educating consumers
- Developing and maintaining new markets for corn
- Promoting new uses for corn
- Funding important corn research
- Working to increase profitability for all South Dakota farmers
Ethanol doesn’t just drive your engine and drive down emissions: It’s also a primary driver of the rural American economy.
Ethanol often costs less at the pump than straight gasoline. That means it’s better for your budget to fill your tank with ethanol, keeping more money in your pocket for the things that really matter.
Second, ethanol production creates jobs. In fact, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production supported more than 420,000 American jobs overall in 2022. What’s more, ethanol production created nearly $35 billion in household income and more than $57 billion in Gross Domestic Product. This impacts many South Dakotans. Ethanol production accounted for nearly 30,000 jobs in South Dakota in 2022. What’s more, ethanol production created over $2.4 billion in area household incomes and more than $4.4 billion in corn production.