The ethanol industry contributes more than 16,000 jobs and $1 billion in wages into the Kansas economy, according to a new study released Wednesday by Fuels America, a coalition of groups lobbying for the renewal of the renewable fuel standard.
The renewable fuel standard requires oil companies to incorporate a certain amount of ethanol in their gasoline. At this point, about 10 percent of all automobile fuel is ethanol.
The report’s authors said the jobs and economic impact come from a variety of sources: the benefit of higher corn and grain sorghum prices for farmers, the industry that moves and converts that grain into ethanol, the industry that blends, transports and sells that ethanol — plus the ripple effect of that economic boost throughout the economy.
In the Fourth Congressional District, which includes Wichita, ethanol creates 3,281 jobs and $203 in wages into the economy.