C magazine

Advocating for future fuels

Adjoining fields of corn and soybeans

Renewable fuels rely on feedstocks from crops like soybeans and corn.

Sep 19, 2022

By Sarah Haugen

Efforts to reduce carbon in transportation may seem focused on electric vehicles. In reality, liquid fuels will also play an important role, especially in agriculture and rural America

“It will take an evolution, not a revolution, for our country to reduce its carbon footprint,” says Darin Hunhoff, who leads CHS energy businesses. “This means relying on a mix of versatile energy solutions like electric, wind and solar, but also renewable fuels and fossil fuels. As a refiner of fossil fuels, producer of soybean oil and ethanol, and a global grain marketer, CHS has a unique perspective on how vital energy and agriculture will be in the future.”

CHS has formed an employee-led group across energy, grain, processing and government affairs to educate policymakers about the importance of liquid fuels. “We knew we had to come to this issue as one CHS to make sure our policymakers understand how important liquid fuel is for rural America,” says Hunhoff

Informed by both ag and energy perspectives, the CHS government affairs team advocates for owners on issues including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, refining regulations and ethanol policy. The group also meets regularly to discuss emerging trends, like renewable diesel production and E15 regulation

“The unique voice we bring to the table can help cut through the noise with a clear vision on the importance of liquid fuels,” says Hunhoff. “We know our owners and customers will rely on liquid fuels for the foreseeable future and we will make sure the needs of our owners are heard.”