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USDA Announces Projects to Provide Increased Renewable Energy Production, Reduce Reliance on Foreign Oil
June 17, 2011 – 8:20 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Projects Further Obama Administration’s Effort to Produce Clean Home-Grown Energy, Create Sustainable Rural Jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the establishment of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas …

US Official: Biofuels ‘Scapegoat’ for High Food Prices
June 15, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Steve Baragona   (Voice of America)   …(Agriculture) Secretary (Tom)Vilsack told a luncheon gathering in Washington not to believe everything one hears about ethanol’s role in today’s high and volatile food prices. “The truth of …

US Senate Defeats Coburn Amendment: Industry Reaction
June 15, 2011 – 6:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, on a cloture vote in the Senate to proceed to an amendment that would end the current ethanol tax incentive immediately, Senator Coburn’s amendment lost 40-59, falling 20 votes …

EdeniQ Licenses Yeast Technology From USDA
June 14, 2011 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/The Street)  EdeniQ, Inc., a California-based clean technology company serving the global biofuels industry, announced today that it has licensed yeast technology from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation …

Officials Expect USDA Blender Pump Financing to Be Successful
June 14, 2011 – 8:14 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s June 15 application deadline for blender pump funding via the Rural Energy for America Program is fast approaching and state energy coordinators say they have been busy …

Obama Administration Establishes White House Rural Council to Strengthen Rural Communities
June 9, 2011 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The White House today announced the establishment of the first White House Rural Council.  While rural communities face challenges, they also present economic potential.  To address these challenges, build on the …

Bloomberg Report Says Biochemical Pathway Attractive to Investors
June 7, 2011 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Private financial support for technology acceleration continues to be important, and certain technologies are becoming clear favorites for investors, according to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis of …

The True Story Behind Food Versus Fuel Debate
June 7, 2011 – 8:23 am | No Comment

by Ron Miller (Biofuels Digest/Prisma Advisors)  “Hunger, despair for millions” reads the headline in a national newspaper looking to link high food prices with the

growth of renewable fuels. Anti-ethanol factions oftentimes cite food costs in …

Vilsack: Food Price Hike More than Ethanol
May 31, 2011 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom  (AgWeek)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a gathering of international agricultural development activists recently that U.S. biofuels should not blamed for most of the increases in food prices in recent years. “With …

25x’25 Alliance Responds to ‘Draconian’ Cuts to Farm Energy Program
May 26, 2011 – 9:50 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25) The 25x’25 Alliance recognizes that all sectors must make sacrifices to achieve true reductions in spending and the national deficit. However, draconian cuts to a number ofUSDA renewable energy programs included in a larger …

Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill
May 24, 2011 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee) The House Appropriations Committee today (May 23, 2011) released the subcommittee draft of the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which will be marked up in the Agriculture Subcommittee …

USDA Chief Touts Ethanol’s Benefits
May 24, 2011 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Andy Humbles (The Tennessean)  He lauds TN’s key role in development of rising biofuel

…U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Nashville on Monday, speaking at a Thorntons gas station in West Nashville on the …

Ag Secretary Touts Agrivida
May 16, 2011 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Donna Goodison (Boston Herald)  Greater Boston doesn’t usually rate as a Hub of agriculture but yesterday U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Medford to praise start-up Agrivida Inc. as an example of how …

Perennial Corn Holds Hope for Cutting Environmental Damage
May 9, 2011 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  The time could come when farmers aren’t getting on their tractors every spring to plant their crops, or even plowing their fields, exposing them to erosion.

At least that’s the …

Ethanol Advocates Trying to Pump Up flex-fuel Infrastructure
May 9, 2011 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Art Hovey (Lincoln Journal Star)  Nebraska ethanol advocates lined up their flex-fuel vehicles Friday to fill up with 85 percent ethanol blends at the Aurora Co-op’s new 24-hour fueling site.

That was their most visible …

The Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) congratulates the Show Me Energy Cooperative for its selection by USDA as the first Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project area
May 9, 2011 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Show Me Energy)  The Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) congratulates the Show Me Energy Cooperative for its selection by USDA as the first Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project area.

The designation creates a “fuel …

New Biofuel to Spar with Ethanol
May 9, 2011 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  Imagine filling up the car on a fuel that isn’t made from oil but doesn’t have the drawbacks of corn ethanol, including its lower energy content and ability to …

UK Gets $6.9 Million Federal Grant to Help Reduce Reliance on Imported Oil
May 6, 2011 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Mary Meehan (Lexington Herald-Leader)  The University of Kentucky has received a $6.9 million federal grant to help reduce America’s reliance on imported oil, one of eight awards in the country.

“It’s going to be big,” …

KU Research Team Awarded $5.6 Million to Convert Biomass into Chemicals
May 6, 2011 – 8:07 am | No Comment

(The University of Kansas)  …A University of Kansas-led research team has received a $5.6 million grant to develop clean technologies to convert biomass into chemicals that could ultimately replace the petroleum-based chemicals currently used in …

USDA and DOE Award Biomass Research and Development Grants to Reduce America’s Reliance on Imported Oil
May 6, 2011 – 7:56 am | No Comment

Projects will help develop sustainable, renewable biofuels in the U.S.

As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced …

OpEd: A Diverse Biofuels Economy
May 4, 2011 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (USDA/The Daily Mail)  …Last year, the United States produced more than 13 billion gallons of ethanol with the bulk of it coming from the Midwest. But Congress set a national goal of …

Next-Generation Biofuels Panel Discussion
May 4, 2011 – 8:23 am | No Comment

(Milken Institute Global Conference)  With oil prices spiking and concern over climate change growing, biofuels hold tremendous appeal. But they must overcome considerable hurdles. Further process and technology refinements are needed to ensure that biofuels …

Gainesville Has Its First Ethanol Station
May 3, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

by Chad Smith (Gainesville.com)   …The Marathon station, located between 34th and 43rd streets near Plaza Royale, celebrated its grand re-opening Friday, ringing in the addition of E85 fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol and …

USDA & EPA Tour REG Biodiesel Plant in Newton, IA
May 2, 2011 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Renewable Energy Group (REG) executives hosted USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson as well as leaders from the ethanol industry at their REG Newton biorefinery to discuss …

BioProcess Algae Dedicates Grower Harvester Bioreactors
May 2, 2011 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  On Friday April 15, BioProcess Algae, dedicated its Grower Harvester bioreactorssignaling the final phase of construction for its commercial scale algae biorefinery. On hand for the event in Shenandoah, Iowa, were USDA …

Tanzania: Expert Faults Commercial Jatropha Investments
April 29, 2011 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  Jatropha should not replace any crops in arable farms and instead should be cultivated by smallholder farmers as hedges for farms, an expert has warned.

Pamoja Inc Co-Director Jonathan Otto said in Dar es Salaam …

Learn to Run a Biorefinery in a Virtual Control Room Developed by Iowa State Researchers
April 29, 2011 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  David Grewell flipped on the augers that carry corn from a truck to a biorefinery.

Then, with a few more clicks of his computer mouse, he turned on the pumps that send grain all the …

How to Decrease Algae Culture “Crashes”
April 28, 2011 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Arizona State University through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is studying the factors involved in algal crop failure known as culture “crashes.” Grazing zooplankton are …

Vilsack Rejects Correlation of Food Prices and Ethanol
April 28, 2011 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett (Western Farm Press)  As food prices rise, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is not fond of claims that ethanol production is a major cause. He also says an uptick in grain prices will …

Flex Fuel Pumps and a Green Energy Economy
April 28, 2011 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The White House Blog)  …Today there are millions of so-called ‘flex fuel vehicles’ on the road that can use fuel containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E-85).  But too few filling stations …

Michigan State University Receives $2.9M in Federal Grants for Biofuel Research
April 28, 2011 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Domsic  (LSJ.com) Michigan State University has received $2.9 million in federal grants for bio-based energy research.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded five-year grants for three projects focusing on various aspects of producing biofuels, …

USDA Revises Plan to Boost Biofuel Investment
April 28, 2011 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Ben Lefebvre  (Dow Jones Newswires/Denver Post)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is embarking on a revised biorefinery-finance program that it hopes will boost the amount of cellulosic-bio fuel production in the country.

The USDA seeks …

Algae Holds Promise as Renewable Fuel — Just Not Yet
April 28, 2011 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Abby Schultz  (CNBC.com)  …“There’s a significant amount of capital required for algal oil producers to scale up to commercial meaningful quantities,” says Jim Rekoske, general manager at Honeywell’s UOP division, which provides technologies to the …

USDA is Working to Create Supply, Demand for Biofuels
April 28, 2011 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Heather Thorstensen   (AgriNews.com)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to create more supply and demand for renewable fuels nationwide, said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

…During a media briefing, he discussed how the …

Cornoil – A Growing Feedstock for REG
April 27, 2011 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The synergies between the biodiesel, ethanol and advanced biofuels industries are growing. One of the things that’s been happening over the past few years is the ethanol industry creating a new …

Super Corn Sought to Limit Nitrogen Use, Pollution
April 18, 2011 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jon Birger (Bloomberg)  …Other than water and sunlight, there’s nothing more important to growing corn — the most-valuable U.S. crop, worth $66.7 billion in 2010 — than nitrogen. Generous applications of nitrogen fertilizer are …

Vilsack Testifies on Biofuels
April 18, 2011 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (USDA/Hoosier Ag Today)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently testified before a Senate committee on the effect and influence of biofuels. Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Vilsack responded to …

Ethanol Critics ‘Shortchanging’ U.S. Farmers, Vilsack Says
April 15, 2011 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga (Bloomberg)  Ethanol critics are engaged in a “false debate” over biofuels and should be asking how U.S. farmers can meet energy needs, rather than whether they should, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

“We’re …

U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
April 15, 2011 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  To support President Obama’s goal of reducing America’s oil imports by one-third by 2025, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) today jointly announced up to $30 million over …

USDA Rural Development Invites Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
April 15, 2011 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   Agricultural Producers in Non-rural Areas are Now Eligible, Funding May Be Used for Flex-Fuel Pumps

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (April 14, 2011) invited agricultural producers and rural small businesses to …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
April 13, 2011 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research grants awarded to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. …

Ethanol’s Overlooked Source of Food Supply
April 12, 2011 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Maguire   (Commodities Now/Reuters)  Ethanol producers often get much of the blame for driving the price of corn to its current multi-year high levels due to that industry’s strong usage of corn to make …

USDA Changes Corn Wording after Ethanol Makers Complain
April 11, 2011 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Charles Abbott and Christopher Doering (Reuters)  The government introduced new wording on corn use on Friday following complaints from ethanol makers that they were not getting credit for the corn byproducts that are fed to livestock.

Instead …

USDA Program Provides Consumers More Choices at the Pump With Flex-Fuel Options
April 8, 2011 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Funding for Flex-Fuel Pumps Will Help Build Out Critical Infrastructure and Promote Greater Use of Biofuels

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that Americans will soon have more choices at the gas …

The Class of 2011
April 8, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will these biofuels projects make the expected steps towards commercialization?

There was a strong response to yesterday’s Top Story about technologies that were  approaching make-or-break milestones in 2012. But what …

Enabling the Navy’s Great Green Fleet
April 7, 2011 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Louise Poirier (Fuel Magazine/Ethanol and Biofuels News/Hart Energy)   Amid persistent concerns about supplying the enormous energy demands of the United States’ armed forces, the military is pursuing alternatives, and the Department of the …

Stabenow Wants to Move Quickly, but Methodically on New Farm Bill
April 5, 2011 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom  (AgWeek)  Senate Agriculture Commitee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., says the Senate will proceed on its own schedule on the farm bill and should finish the bill as quickly as possible, but she …

The Band Wagon: Investors, First Gen Biofuels, Oil Companies Join the Advanced Biofuels Parade
April 5, 2011 – 9:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Coming out of graduate school at MIT in the late 1990s,” Biofuel Energy CEO Scott Pearce recalls, “everyone was flooding into technology companies, dot coms, and I went back into …

Next-Gen Biofuel Depends on Subsidies, Senate Told
April 4, 2011 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  Even as President Barack Obama renewed his push for next-generation biofuels, an industry official warned that cuts in biomass subsidies could discourage farmers from providing corn residue and other …

Ethanol Industry Hoping for Surge
March 31, 2011 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Kate Galbraith  (New York Times)    Cellulosic ethanol could be poised for a surge — finally.

Around the country and especially in the Midwest, a number of proposed plants that would turn corn cobs, wheat …

Senate Hearing Examines Oil Price Spikes, Role of Biofuels
March 31, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   During a U.S. Senate committee hearing on March 30, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said that focusing on advanced biofuels for homegrown energy is in the best interest of the …

A.I.M. Interview: USDA’s Dr. Rick Barrows
March 28, 2011 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)    …Fishmeal is a major source of protein and oil in the fish diet, and is also used heavily in pet foods, as well as for swine and poultry …

How to Avoid a Global Food Price Crisis
March 24, 2011 – 9:11 am | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (Financial Times/US Department of Agriculture)  Recent news stories have stoked fears about rising global food prices. But today, only a few years after a devastating food crisis, we can avoid the mistakes of …

Taking the American Biofuel Industry to the Next Level; From Talk to Action
March 24, 2011 – 7:58 am | No Comment

(Novozymes)  The United States has a lot riding on the success of its biofuel industry – energy independence, job creation, and environmental stewardship. But really, how far is the country in achieving its goals? There …

American Soybean Association Expresses Concerns about EU Renewable Energy Directive to USDA and USTR
March 21, 2011 – 7:09 am | No Comment

(American Soybean Association)  The American Soybean Association (ASA), joined by other U.S. oilseed producer and industry organizations, has expressed serious concerns to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) …

Governors Call for Improved Corn-for-Ethanol Reporting
March 17, 2011 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Western Farm Press)  A coalition of 34 U.S. governors from Washington to New York to Texas have called on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to alter the way his department reports the use of corn …

USDA Calls March 21 Meeting with Major US Biofuels Trade Association Heads
March 17, 2011 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the USDA has called the heads of nearly every major biofuels association into a “friendly, open” discussion, but on an urgent timetable, to discuss opportunities to find common …

Corn Growers To Explore Payment Shift
March 16, 2011 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Wallaces Farmer)  …NCGA (National Corn Growers Association) delegates attending the meeting in Tampa, Fla., adopted ethanol policy that states “NCGA supports reforming existing ethanol tax policy. Ideas to replace existing tax law, in the following priority …

National Agricultural Statistics Service Seeks Public Input on Distillers By-products Survey
March 16, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is seeking stakeholder input as it develops its survey focused on the use of distiller’s grains and by-products.

The Distillers’ By-products Survey will …

USDA Seeks Applications for Renewable Energy Funding, Loan Guarantees
March 15, 2011 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Funds Will Help Win the Future by Spurring Investment to Increase the Production and Use of Renewable Energy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is seeking applications to increase the production …

Propel Fuels Hosts USDA’s Judith Canales
March 10, 2011 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com) Propel Fuels hosted Judith Canales, Administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative Programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), yesterday at one of the fuel retailer’s stations in Oakland, California yesterday …

New Economic Study Affirms that Livestock Producers Benefit from Biodiesel
March 9, 2011 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Thanks to biodiesel, soybean oil and meal economics favor the livestock industry concludes a study released today. In addition without America’s advanced biofuel in the marketplace higher soybean meal prices could have cost …

Who’s the Boss? The Salt-Water, Fresh-Water Divide in Agricultural Research
March 8, 2011 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Reporter Bob Brooks followed up on the Digest’s story on phosphorus reserves with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, asking about opportunities with and research in aqua farming and salt-water tolerant …

Vilsack: US Farms Producing Enough for Food & Biofuels
March 7, 2011 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …“It is irritating to me that we have to read about this all the time, because what it is basically is saying is that the folks advancing this argument either do …

Ethanol 2011: Emerging Issues Forum April 7-8 Omaha, NE
March 4, 2011 – 12:36 pm | No Comment
Ethanol 2011:  Emerging Issues Forum    April 7-8   Omaha, NE

USDA Rural Development has provided funding for the Ethanol 2011: Emerging Issues Forum.

Confirmed Guest Speakers Include:
Jan Koninckx, Global Business Director-Biofuels, DuPont
Fuel production opportunities for the corn ethanol sector

Douglas Durante, Executive Director, Clean Fuels Development Coalition
Legislative …

The Brew Barons: Masters of Advanced Fermentation, Driving the Redefinition of Biofuels: Pt 1
March 1, 2011 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Is there enough energy, food, fiber and feed for all? Advances in industrial fermentation – a/k/a an incredulous “you’re making what? from what? using what? – will be the key to answering that …

USDA Expands Efforts to Develop Crop Insurance for Biofuels Producers
February 28, 2011 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced February 25, 2011, that USDA will soon seek proposals to study the feasibility of providing crop insurance to producers of biofuel feedstocks, including corn stover, straw …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Sign MOU to Support Continued Development of Biofuels and Related Products
February 28, 2011 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that he will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage the continued development of bio-based products for energy consumption, animal feed, chemicals and other uses.

” …

A Revised and Expanded Food Dollar Series: A Better Understanding of Our Food Costs
February 27, 2011 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Canning (US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service)  A new ERS food dollar series measures annual expenditures on domestically produced food by individuals living in the United States and provides a detailed answer …

Ethanol is ‘Good, Good, Good,’ Grassley Says
February 22, 2011 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Courtney Blanchard   (Telegraph Herald)  Senator rejects new criticism of U.S. ethanol policy that comes after reports of low corn reserves.

Near record-high corn prices and the lowest reserves in 15 years have reinvigorated the …

Ethanol Is Valuable State Crop, Group Says
February 22, 2011 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Ashland Current)  A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the total value of Wisconsin crops rose by more than $1 billion dollars last year to $4.8 billion, up from $3.5 billion …

The Money Identity, the Bond Supremacy, the Washington Ultimatum: Biofuels and Loan Guarantees
February 22, 2011 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Essentially, despite rising banking sector profits and good results from stress tests, the bank financing market has not returned for biofuels – the financing source for whom the USDA loan …

USDA Approves Corn Amylase Trait for Enogen(TM)
February 21, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment


First corn output trait for ethanol industry
Enables ethanol industry to improve efficiency and profitability
Significant environmental benefits

Syngenta announced February 11, 2011,  it has received full deregulation for its corn amylase trait from the U.S. Department of …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding for Projects to Create Jobs and New Economic Opportunities for Rural Residents
February 21, 2011 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 16 projects in 10 states for funding to create jobs and provide new economic opportunities. The projects are being funded through the Rural Economic Development Loan …

Action This Day: Concerted Industry Action May Avert Biofuels Policy Peril
February 17, 2011 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, there’s chaos this week, as members of the House of Representatives offer dozens, if not hundreds, of amendments to the continuing budget resolution designed to keep the government …

Tagging the Most Promising Feedstocks for Biofuels
February 7, 2011 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Cole Gustafson (Western Farm Press/North Dakota State University Extension Service)  A USDA-funded study is developing new pricing and trading standards for cellulosic biomass feedstocks. A first step in the study is to identify the …

Advancing Biocrop Alternatives in the Pacific Northwest
February 7, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Ann Perry   (USDA ARS)  Pacific Northwest farmers could someday be filling up their machinery’s tanks with fuels produced from their own fields, according to ongoing research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.

Since 2003, Agricultural Research …

Biodiesel Roars Back with Mandate, Tax Credits, B20 OKs
February 7, 2011 – 8:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“The EPA has said that they are going to enforce the 800 million gallon volume RFS2 requirement” said National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe to Biodiesel magazine, “and we will …

Get the Energy Sector Off the Dole
February 5, 2011 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Leonard  (Washington Monthly)  Why ending all government subsidies for fuel production will lead to a cleaner energy future—and why Obama has a rare chance to make it happen.

…If President Obama wants to set us on …

Plant Would Turn Waste to Ethanol in Holland, MI
February 2, 2011 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Goodell (The Holland Sentinel)  From the dump to powering your toaster in the morning — a company is proposing to turn waste into energy with a plant in Holland.

Renewable Energy Technologies LLC wants …

Company Developing Fuel for Future
February 1, 2011 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Jenette Sturges  (Naperville Sun)  In only a few short years, it could be fueling cars and trucks while producing 90 percent less greenhouse gas, providing energy security for the nation, and creating high-tech jobs in …

Farmers Now Delivering Biomass to POET’s Project LIBERTY Storage Site
February 1, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

(POET)  First farmers completed BCAP applications Monday

Farmers are now delivering biomass bales to POET’s 22-acre storage site in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the future home of the 25 million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant dubbed “Project LIBERTY.”

Area farmers harvested 56,000 …

Educators Will Be Trained in Ways to Teach about Biofuels, Thanks to $5 Million Grant
January 30, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Stacey Shackford (Cornell Chronicle)  From the farm to the fuel pump, Cornell educators hope to get youngsters excited about science, technology, engineering and math through interactive lessons in bioenergy with the help of $5 …

Is BCAP on the Chopping Block?
January 28, 2011 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, sources indicate that “the interim final rule is at the printer for the federal register” with respect to Section 9003 (Farm Bill) loan guarantees from the USDA, indicating …

USDA Accomplishments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
January 28, 2011 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (USDA)  At President Obama’s direction, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working hard to unleash the power of America’s innovators and entrepreneurs to build a green energy economy.   By producing renewable energy – …

Fate of the Union: 3-Point Plan for biofuels
January 25, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Biofuels Digest)  …While some would choose to ignore reality, the nation can produce more ethanol sustainably using grains like corn, wheat and barley. …The nation can also produce significant volumes …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Producer Payments to Promote Bioenergy Production in Rural America
January 21, 2011 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the …

USDA Announces Grants to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy Education
January 21, 2011 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced January 18, 2011, two grants that will create educational opportunities in math and science for students interested in bioenergy and bio-based products.

“Bioenergy and bio-based products hold …

New Issue Brief Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production
January 21, 2011 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Clean Fuels Foundation)   The Ethanol Across America education campaign released the latest in its series of Issue Briefs today on the Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production that illustrates the significant benefits of ethanol production …

Coskata Supported Biorefinery Selected To Receive $250 Million Loan Guarantee From USDA
January 20, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Coskata)  Guarantee will support a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Alabama
Coskata Inc., a developer of technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals, was notified by the USDA of their intent to provide a …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Outlines Progress on Effort to Advance Renewable Energy Production in America
January 20, 2011 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  Expansion of Biofuels Reaches All Regions of the Country

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced January 20, 2011, that biofuels and biomass energy projects across America have been selected for funding to continue the Administration’s support …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces BioPreferred Final Rule
January 20, 2011 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(USDA)  BioPreferredSM Program Designates Eight New Biobased Product Categories; More than 600 additional biobased products now eligible for preferred Federal purchasing
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the designation of eight additional biobased product categories which are …

Enerkem Awarded Loan Guarantee from U.S. Department of Agriculture for Its Mississippi Waste-to-Fuel Biorefinery
January 20, 2011 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem)  Enerkem Inc. today announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has  obtained a conditional commitment  for an US$  80 million  loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for  the construction of its  landmark waste-to-biofuels …

Report: Range Fuels to Shut Down Plant
January 17, 2011 – 9:22 am | No Comment

by Ucilia Wang  (Earth2Tech/Reuters)  The bad news about the layoffs at cellulosic biofuel maker Range Fuels just got worse. The financially-strapped company plans to shut down its plant in Georgia after making just one batch …

Range Fuels Confirms Layoffs, New Funding Drive; Executes Planned Shutdown in GA after First Ethanol Run
January 17, 2011 – 8:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Range Fuels confirmed to a variety of media outlets that it had made layoffs in Colorado and Georgia, and will shut down its Soperton, Georgia plant after an …

Finding Common Ground: Stay Halts Destruction of Planted Sugar Beets
January 14, 2011 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(BIO tech NOW)  BIO and government make case for allowing interim planting of genetically biotech beets until APHIS completes its environmental impact statement

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a …

Much-Touted Cellulosic Ethanol Is Late in Making Mandated Appearance
January 12, 2011 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Dina Fine Maron (ClimateWire/New York Times)  …U.S. EPA figures indicate that in the second half of 2010, not a drop of cellulosic ethanol — a much-touted fuel that taps the sugars from farm wastes …

Effort under Way to Restore BCAP Funding in 2011 Appropriations Bill
January 7, 2011 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Sue Sterling  (The Daily Star-Journal) Agricultural and environmental groups hope to convince legislators to restore funding for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program in the Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill that will be considered in March.

The …

The USDA Loan Guarantee Program and the Congressional Deficit-Reducing Drive
January 6, 2011 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …At risk in that budget process is the entire funding for the Section 9003 loan guarantee program – in the omnibus spending bill proposed in December by the outgoing Congress, …

INEOS Bio JV Receives Commitment for $75 Million USDA Loan Guarantee
January 5, 2011 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  Funding will create jobs through the construction and completion of advanced commercial facility in Florida

INEOS Bio and its joint venture partner, New Planet Energy, today announced they have received a conditional commitment for …

Disarming the Food to Fuel Conflict Part 2: The Misinformation Campaign
January 5, 2011 – 9:40 am | One Comment

by Christopher Klug (Tiny Green Bubble)  …According to the Renewable Fuels Association data, the United States produced and used approximately 10.6 billion gallons of ethanol in 2009, making the US the largest producer of ethanol …

Vilsack Pushes to Turn Waste into Ethanol
January 4, 2011 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by David DeWitte (Sioux City Journal)  USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack expects a forthcoming round of federal grants to help start non-corn-based advanced biofuel plants outside the nation’s traditional ethanol heartland boosting support for ethanol.

The government plans …

2011 Miscanthus Acres to Mushroom
December 30, 2010 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Miscanthus will see a giant leap in acreage in 2011, thanks to Soperton, Ga.-based Repreve Renewables LLC. The company currently has 500 acres planted in five locations in …

The 7% Solution: Sustainable US Biofuels without International Indirect Land Use Effects
October 23, 2009 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Looking at some real-world numbers, it becomes clear that the fear raised in Fixing a Critical Climate Accounting Error, Science, October 23, 2009, misses the point. Growing energy …

Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service Announce Value-Added Producer Grant
September 30, 2009 – 9:14 am | No Comment

USDA Rural Development welcomes projects that highlight innovative uses of agricultural products. This may include using existing agricultural products in non-traditional ways and/or merging agricultural products with technology in creative ways. As with all value-added …

Grant: Value-Added Producer Grants for Alternative Uses of Agricultural Products
September 3, 2009 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) help independent producers of agricultural commodities, agricultural producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures develop strategies to create marketing opportunities and to help develop business plans for …

Fueling the “Balance” A Defense Energy Strategy Primer
August 31, 2009 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jerry Warner and P.W. Singer (Brookings Institution)  … Underlying this effort are two complementary objectives. First, a significant percentage of the overall reduction in baseline energy will come from the department converting from petroleum …

The Rise of Biofuels from Algae
August 30, 2009 – 8:20 am | No Comment

(ClearSkies.com)  Clean Skies News Dipka Bhambhani reports on the rise of biofuels from algae as part of the nation’s energy portfolio.  WATCH VIDEO

Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development
August 28, 2009 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects will …

Resource Documents on Ethanol Importation and Tariffs
August 27, 2009 – 11:49 am | No Comment

Doug Newman, Ethanol Trade Analyst for the US International Trade Commission, has provided tables and a presentation which summarize amounts of ethanol imports to the US by source location and tariffs paid, along with a …

Row Over US Biofuel Rules Intensifies
August 14, 2009 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Cath Everett (BusinessGreen.com)  Corn ethanol industry accuses EPA of influencing independent panel to boost support for controversial biofuel carbon life cycle regulations.  An independent peer review of proposed US biofuel regulations has only served …

Growth Energy: GAO Report Clearly Refutes Big Food’s Claim That Ethanol was Behind Higher Food Prices
August 11, 2009 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, evaluated a recent US Government Accountabilty Office report, ““Now it’s the GAO that is saying that farm prices are a fraction of the hike to grocery bills. Whatever is …

Plant Feedstock Genomics Program Awards $1.6 Million for Genetic Studies of Biofuel Crops
July 31, 2009 – 11:31 am | No Comment

CSIRO and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers, have been awarded a A$1.6 million grant to increase the understanding of genes responsible for growth and yield in grasses for use as bio-energy and food crops.  The …

USDA Announces Grants for Advanced Biofuel Producers
July 23, 2009 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

U.S. Department of Agriculture to enter into Contracts to make payments to Eligible Advanced Biofuel Producers to support and ensure an expanding production of Advanced Biofuels. This program is authorized under Title IX, Section 9001, …

USDA Announces Grants for Biorefineries to Use Renewable Biomass for Fuel
July 23, 2009 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

USDA to make payments to eligible biorefineries to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power in the operation of these eligible …

Iowa Plants to Offer Farmers Cash for Corn Cobs
July 21, 2009 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Luke Meredith (AP)   … Poet spokesman Nathan Schock said the company hasn’t yet figured out how much it will pay farmers, but it could be $30 to $60 per ton for corn stover, which …

New Test Helps Identify Biofuels Enzyme
July 17, 2009 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Marcia Wood (USDA, Southeast Farm Press)  High-speed and high-tech, but surprisingly affordable, the sophisticated assay equips scientists with a faster, less expensive way to discover genes that enable microbes to make an enzyme known …

Biofuels are a Long-Term Renewable Solution
July 13, 2009 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Senator John Thune (R-SD)  (Politico)   As Congress, the administration and the private sector look for ways to reduce our consumption of imported oil, we should not overlook the most readily available domestic alternative to …

A Fair Accounting of Greenhouse Gases For All Potential Transportation Fuels
June 24, 2009 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association It is troubling–and, at the same time, sadly amusing–that an enterprising reporter at USA Today has done more homework on the possible indirect effects of increased renewable electricity generation …

Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions on a Collision Course
June 24, 2009 – 9:04 am | No Comment

by  Dr. Robert Wisner,   Biofuels Economist,   Ag Marketing Resource Center,   Iowa State University The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 (1) requires a gradual increase in the volume of various kinds of biofuels to …

“Drama Building for Biofuels in California”: a Biofuels Digest Special Report
June 16, 2009 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

Being a standard-bearer requires heroic endeavors, and perhaps inevitably, epic miscalculations as well.  This is the situation of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) in its recent announcement of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for …

Public Hearings: Environmental Impact Statements for Biomass Crop Assistance Program May-June Various US Locations
May 15, 2009 – 8:38 am | No Comment
Public Hearings: Environmental Impact Statements for Biomass Crop Assistance Program May-June Various US Locations

(US Department o fAgriculture) The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP is a new program authorized by the Food, Conservation, and …

National Biofuels Action Plan
April 6, 2009 – 10:06 am | No Comment

This plan, published in October 2008, was designed by the Biomass Research and Development Board to help industry achieve aggressive national goals enumerated in the “Twenty in Ten” initiative, the Renewable Fuel Standard of the Energy Independence …

Challenges adn Science Needed to escribe Sustainable Biofuel Production
March 17, 2009 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

Jeffrey Steiner, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, describes the current circumstances of developing criteria and indicators for sustainable biofuels production as comparable to building a plane and flying at the same time.  He is optimistic that today’s …

USDA Offers Guaranteed Loans for Commercial-Scale Biorefineries
December 7, 2008 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to guarantee loans of up to $250 million for commercial-scale biorefineries that produce biofuels from something other than corn starch. One company that plans to apply for …

Roadmap for Bioenergy and Biobased Products in the United States
October 31, 2007 – 9:00 am | No Comment

The United States has become increasingly dependent in recent decades on imported petroleum to meet its energy needs.  A portfolio of more diverse and domestic feedstocks for our nation’s energy and chemical supply must be …

Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: The Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply
April 28, 2005 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

USDA and DOE put together this study finding that there could be adequate biomass to displace 30% or more of current US annual petroleum consumption.  READ MORE