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Key Ethanol Markets

Ethanol Production

  • US drivers are consuming 350 to 450 million gallons of gas daily in 2015. This subsequently requires 850,000-950,000 barrels of ethanol a day to hit the current requirement for the Renewable Fuel Standard which was put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2007. (Ethanol News (EIN) News)
  • In 2014 29 states churned out a record 14.3 Billion Gallons of Ethanol. The US is also projected to break its previous mark by producing a record 14.59 Billion Gallons in 2015. (EIN News)
  • In 2013/14, Brazilian ethanol production reached 27.5 billion liters (7.3 billion gallons). Most of this production is absorbed by the domestic market where it is sold as either pure ethanol fuel or blended with gasoline. All gasoline sold in Brazil includes a blend of 18 to 27 percent ethanol. (
  • Renewable Fuel Association Report for 2014 stated that Brazil produced 6,190 million Gallons of Ethanol. (RFA)
  • In Argentina in 2015 there are 38 bioethanol plants with a production capacity of 5.2 billion liters or 1,373,694,659 Gallons or 1.3 billion Gallons (USDA.GOV Biofuels Annual Report)
  • Renewable Fuel Association Report for 2014 stated that Argentina produced 160 million Gallons of Ethanol. (RFA)

Industry Gross Revenue

  • Assuming all plants in the industry earned a net profit of $0.54 per gallon, then, total ethanol production for the U.S. in 2014 of 14.3 billion gallon ethanol implies aggregate industry (pre-tax) profits of $7.8 billion. (Scott Irwin, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois, farmdoc daily (5):41)
  • (Navigant Research) reported worldwide revenue from biofuels for road transportation was $166.5 billion in 2014.
  • The global biorefinery market was valued at $432.4 billion in 2014, and it is expected to grow with a CAGR of 14.0% during 2015 – 2020. (EIN News)
  • In 2012, ethanol contributed US$43.8 billion to Brazil’s gross domestic product (GDP) – equivalent to almost 2% of the entire Brazilian economy. (
  • In 2013, exports of soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean oil brought in 23.2 billion dollars (Inter Service Press News Agency)

Soybean production (size and location and value)

  • In 2014 according to the US Department of Agriculture Department of Economics, Statistics, and Market information Systems there were 83,061,000 acres of soybeans were harvested in the United States (3,968,823,000 bushels), which were valued at $40,288,536,000. (USDA Website)
  • Soybeans are the second-most-planted field crop in the United States after corn. More than 80 percent of U.S. soybean acreage is concentrated in the upper Midwest, although significant amounts are still planted in the historically important areas of the Delta and Southeast. (USDA)
  • Top Ten Soybean producing states in 2015: Illinois 550, 480,000; Iowa 549,920,000; Indiana 284,580,000; Minnesota 379,000,000, Nebraska 291,200,000; Missouri 198,660; Ohio 239,500; South Dakota 235,060; North Dakota 190,410,00; Arkansas 161,160,000 (
  • 2014/15 Brazil will plant 30.5 million hectares. Brazil is expected to harvest more than 90 million tons of soybeans in 2014. Brazil exported $30.96 billion in soy complex in 2013, which was the primary export sector for the year. The Midwest region of Brazil is the main producer of grain in the country, accounting for 40% of national production. (Farm
  • In 2015 31 million hectares of Soybeans were planted in Argentina. (Inter Press Services News Agency) In Argentina 58 Billion Metric Tons of Soybeans were harvested in 2014 (Bloomberg Business Article)
Animal Feed – how much do farmers spend on animal feed each year in the world?

    • Global Ruminant (Cow) feed Market stands at $140 Billion in 2013, growing at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 2.8 to reach $ 170 Billion by 2020, with South America as one of the markets leading the growth chart.
    • The global Swine (Pig) feed market generated a value of $73,674.1 Million in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% by 2018.
    • Broilers (Chickens) dominated the global poultry feed market in 2012 with more that half of the market shares. The globally poultry (Chicken, quails, turkey, duck, and geese) feed market is projected to generate revenues worth $252,036.2 Million and poultry feed additives is projected to generate $7,829.8 Million by 2018 growing at a CAGR of 6.1% and 6.0 % respectively by 2018. (Markets and Markets) website