Ethanol production in Iowa rose to a record high 3.7 billion gallons this year. Production at the state's 41 plants jumped by about 200 million gallons from last year. Iowa accounts for more than one-quarter of U.S. ethanol production. The executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says the industry has relied on export markets for growth.
Much of the foreign demand has come from Brazil. A shortfall in the sugar cane crop caused that nation to turn to imports for domestic use. Foreign sales of U.S. ethanol have added an additional 1 billion gallons of production nationwide this year.