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Cantwell Applauds Launch of Jet Biofuels Program that Will Support Green Jobs Statewide
August 10, 2011 – 8:26 am | No Comment

( Today (August 9, 2011)  U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) toured the cutting-edge laboratories at Targeted Growth in Seattle and announced the launch of Washington state’s first large-scale program for the growth of camelina sativa, …

Aviation Calls For Government Backing To Boost Biofuels
August 9, 2011 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Graham Warwick (Aviation Week)  The U.S. aviation industry is pressing Congress to extend funding for goverment programs providing support to start up commercial-scale production of renewable biofuels.
…Work on the 2012 Farm Bill is getting …

Energy Programs Prepare for Debt Deal Pain
August 1, 2011 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode & Darren Samuelsohn   (Politico)  Popular energy and environmental programs should prepare for a decade of spending cuts under the debt deal reached late Sunday between the White House and congressional leaders.
Less clear, …

Hankinson Ethanol Plant Installing Demo-Scale Anaerobic Digester
August 1, 2011 – 8:10 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Hankinson Renewable Energy LLC, a 120 MMgy ethanol plant in Hankinson, N.D., is in the process of starting up an anaerobic digester to produce 54 MMBtu of biogas a …

Trash-to-Fuel Company Enerkem Raises Another $30M
August 1, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

by Matthew Lynley (Green Beat)  Enerkem, a company that specializes in converting unusable waste into ethanol and other chemicals, announced today that it has raised $30 million in an extension of its most recent funding round.
Enerkem …

USDA Awards $45 Million to Four New BCAP Projects
July 29, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in six states to expand the availability of non-food crops to be …

Chu, Vilsack, Pfannenstiel Headline, Light up BIOMASS 2011 Congress
July 29, 2011 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and US Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jackalyne Pfannenstiel provided a rousing opening to the DOE’s …

Energy Independence: On-Farm Biodiesel Production
July 28, 2011 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his farm near Alburgh, Vermont.
…Rainville first got interested in oilseed production when University of Vermont Extension approached him about growing  canola …

Energy and Forestry Programs Examined During Farm Bill’s Title IX (Energy) Hearing
July 25, 2011 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Many programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill will expire in 2012 unless they are included in a new Farm Bill. Among those programs that would expire …

Farm Bill Energy Title: Rural Energy for America Program
July 22, 2011 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 19, 2011, the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and Environmental and Energy Study Institute(EESI) held a briefing on the energy title of the Farm Bill, with a special focus …

Biodiesel Achieves 5-to-1 Return on Fossil Energy
July 22, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

(American Soybean Association/Southeast Farm Press)   Newly published research from the University of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that for every unit of fossil energy needed to produce biodiesel, the return is …

Hoover Algae-to-Oil Fuel Plant Fails to Get Grant
July 19, 2011 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Steve Irvine (The Birmingham News)  The Ohio-based company seeking to put a pilot plant in Hoover that would harvest oil from algae to form an alternative fuel didn’t receive the $45 million grant it …

Analysis: Ethanol to Edge Pigs for Corn Use, but Not Quite Yet
July 19, 2011 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Charles Abbott and Karl Plume  (Reuters)  Ethanol appears almost certain to win the food-versus-fuel contest in the United States. But not just yet.
The Agriculture Department forecast that a tad more corn will be used to make …

CTSI Defense Energy Technology Challenge: Deadline August 5
July 19, 2011 – 5:28 am | No Comment

Energy security and independence are two goals at the heart of the U.S. Military’s investment in clean energy technologies.  From it’s own research labs to partnerships with start-ups and major contractors, the U.S. Department of …

CTSI Defense Energy Technology Challenge: Deadline August 5
July 18, 2011 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

Energy security and independence are two goals at the heart of the U.S. Military’s investment in clean energy technologies.  From it’s own research labs to partnerships with start-ups and major contractors, the U.S. Department of …

Debate over Corn Use Estimates Shows Need for Solid Ethanol Data
July 15, 2011 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The latest USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates marked a milestone of sorts for the ethanol industry. For the first time, the USDA predicts that more corn will …

China’s Hunger for Corn Turns Market on Ear
July 12, 2011 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Tom Polansek, Ian Berry and Scott Kilman   (Wall Street Journal)  Demand From Beijing Augurs Higher Food, Futures Prices
A Chinese buying spree for U.S. corn is putting on display the ability of Beijing to …

New Analysis Continues to Disprove Food v. Fuel Canard
July 12, 2011 – 7:58 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  There is no statistical evidence to support the argument that growth in ethanol production is driving consumer food prices higher, according to a comprehensive study released today by Informa Economics. Rather, the report …

Ethanol Prices Have Dropped, Will Grocery Manufacturers Follow?
July 6, 2011 – 7:44 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Dreyer (Growth Energy/Renewable Energy World)  After a report detailed that farmers have planted the largest number of corn acres in decades and with corn prices falling, one might expect grocery prices to drop. …

Momentum Gathering towards Aviation Biofuels Commercialisation as US and European Policy-Makers Signal Support
July 5, 2011 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The momentum driving the introduction of aviation biofuels received a significant boost with a number of initiatives and events taking place at last week’s Paris Air Show. While the transatlantic biofuel flights conducted by …

FEW: ‘Feed is Food’ Cautions Panel
July 5, 2011 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Food Safety Modernization Act is changing how ethanol producers do business, and it’s shifting focus on just being fuel producers that incidentally make a feed coproduct, to being …

GI Joe, Funding Man from Head to Toe: The DoD and Drop-In Biofuels at Scale
July 1, 2011 – 8:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the Defense Department looks at its options to directly jump-start drop-in biofuels production at scale, we look at the Defense Production Act – the rationale, the process, the funding, …

Led By DoD, Federal Government Hoping To Fund Biorefineries
July 1, 2011 – 8:05 am | No Comment

by Yuliya Chernova   (Wall Street Journal)  The Department of Defense, an emerging market force in biofuels, is working on a new program to finance non-petroleum fuel production, in collaboration with the departments of energy and …

The Jobless Recovery, Biofuels, Eency-Weency Balance Sheets, and You
June 30, 2011 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership – ho-hum, you say, and I think I hear you yawning.
…“Invent here, make elsewhere” is a failed industrial policy, according to …

Ashtabula County: Growing New Energy Industry
June 29, 2011 – 9:17 am | No Comment

by Tom Beres (WKYC)  Farmers in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania are being recruited to grow a special grass that can be converted to biofuel energy.
Some are already planting miscanthus, a durable grass that won’t spread and …

Indian River Agrees to Provide 55,000 Tons of Vegetative Waste Annually to Planned Bio-Ethanol Fuel Plant
June 27, 2011 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Henry A. Stephens  (TCPalm)  INEOS New Planet BioEnergy, which is building an estimated $150 million plant on Oslo Road, will be shipping in 90,000 tons a year of yard clippings, tree trimmings and other …

Biofuels Are Creating a Big Buzz in Military
June 27, 2011 – 9:13 am | No Comment

by Renee Schoof (McClatchy Newspapers/Seattle Times)  Maj. Aaron Jelinek of the Air Force Thunderbirds flies his F-16 upside down, rolls it, thunders past his teammates in breathtaking close charges and joins five other fighter jets …

Biofuels Are Job Creators, Not Hunger Villian: U.S.
June 23, 2011 – 8:17 am | No Comment

by Charles Abbott  (Reuters)  Biofuels are a “tremendous job creator” for rural areas, said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday, ahead of a global meeting where the farm-grown fuels may be criticized as a factor in …

Valley Plants Plan to Make Corn-Free Ethanol
June 20, 2011 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Tim Sheehan (The Fresno Bee) Two plants aim for biofuels made without corn.
With corn prices up and demand rising, work is under way in the Valley to develop two biorefineries to make ethanol without …

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 (   …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 (  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 (  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

(  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 (  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  ( 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  (  …“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   (   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 (  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 ( 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 (  …“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.
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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 …