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New Algae Farm for Goondiwindi
June 28, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Queensland Country Life)  Goondiwindi’s Woods Grain has secured a $579,000 grant from the Palaszczuk Government.to build an algae farm for livestock production.

“This has resulted in collaboration with Professor Peer Schenk, at the University of Queensland, who …

Regulating the Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions from Biofuels Imposes High Hidden Costs on Fuel Consumers
June 28, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  … To penalize the carbon emissions from this so-called indirect land use change, the USEPA and California Air Resources Board include an indirect land use change factor when considering the …

Meeting Needs, Maximizing Benefits
June 27, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers continuously implement new environmentally friendly techniques to raise their crops.  —  Corn farmers—and with them, the ethanol industry—are growing more sustainable.

Farmers in corn states are embracing a variety …

What Lies beneath: The Ship that Could Revolutionise Seaweed Cultivation
June 27, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Julian Turner (Ship Technology) Researchers and industry in Norway are designing the world’s largest seaweed cultivation vessel to meet growing demand for the multi-functional algae.  —  Most commonly associated in the West with seaside holidays …

Syngenta and Growth Energy Partner to Promote E15 Fuel at American Ethanol E15 250 Race
June 26, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta/AgriMarketing)  Syngenta and Growth Energy are once again working with Iowa Speedway to demonstrate the value of E15 at the NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen. The race, which will be …

Alexander & Baldwin Partners with TerViva on Energy Crop Project in Central Maui
June 23, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Alexander & Baldwin/PR Newswire)  High-yield pongamia grows sustainably, uses less water and fertilizer than other crops  —  Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) (NYSE: ALEX) and TerViva today announced plans to cultivate pongamia on 250 acres …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 22, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at …

Explosive New ICCT Report Says “Offsets” Will Dominate “Alternative Fuels” in Aviation
June 22, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT

Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels
Challenges in feedstock costs
Carbon pricing too little, too late
The …

Corn Better Used as Food than Biofuel, Study Finds
June 21, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether …

Algaemagic: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the MAGIC Marine Algae Consortium Project
June 21, 2017 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Huntley and Zackary Johnson gave this illuminating overview of the MAGIC Marine Algae consortium project at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Algae from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae Biofuels Using Atmospheric CO2
June 21, 2017 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Huessmann and John Benemann gave this illuminating overview of Microalgae Biofuels Production on CO2 from Air at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-op Offers Farmers a Sweet Deal
June 20, 2017 – 11:20 pm | No Comment

by Travis Poland (Lambton Shield)  Farmers can earn more money without doing more work  —  A new technology will allow local farmers to get more cash out of their cash crops without any extra work.

Comet …

L’Oréal, Barry Callebaut Join Palm Oil Innovation Group to Reform Palm Oil Sourcing
June 19, 2017 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut joined as the newest members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group in search of responsibly produced palm oil. These companies join others in …

First Kelp Crop Harvested in Cornell Pilot Program
June 15, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Nicole Smith (Riverhead News-Review)  Early Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski climbed aboard a barge and headed into the Peconic Bay. Their mission: to harvest sugar kelp, …

Keeping the Forests as Forests
June 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  Across the Northeast U.S. and much of the country, markets for low-grade wood resources have fallen off dramatically.  In this context, “low grade” is used to describe …

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America
June 14, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need …

Algae — Life after Biofuels: Mining Algae’s 1001 Uses
June 14, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Monica Jain of Fish 2.0 writes in National Geographic about how the algae brand is about to undergo an image makeover, and may soon seem flat-out glamorous — once again. Algae got …

African Oil Trader Taleveras Takes First Step into Biofuels
June 14, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  Taleveras signs joint venture with Global Green Development; First phase of biofuels project seen costing $400-$600 million  —  Taleveras Group, the African oil trading company, is making its first moves into renewable …

Assam’ Oil Refinery Soon to Process Biofuel from Bamboo
June 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(The Northeast Today) A biofuel refinery, the first of its kind in India, set up at the Numaligarh Refinery (NRL) in Assam, will soon process biofuel from bamboo, abundantly found in Arunachal Pradesh, Petroleum and Natural …

Researchers Strive to Reduce Cost and Time of Algal Biofuel Production
June 12, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working to lower the cost of producing biofuels from algae by utilizing an indoor system that mimics …

Phyco2 Refocuses Algae R&D on Agriculture, Nutrition
June 12, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Phyco2 said that is shifting its focus to meet the growing market demand for algae production.

Six primary high-value markets with strong growth both in the United States and …

Algae, Algae, Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
June 9, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  They are accelerate the commercialization of algal biofuels and other products through development of an integrated, photosynthetic, open …

RFS Has Been ‘Tremendous Success’ Since Adoption, According to RFA Analysis
June 7, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  More than a decade after the original renewable fuel standard (RFS) was signed into law, tremendous progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and …

Study Evaluates Camelina’s Varied Response to Location
June 5, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(American Society of Agronomy/Biomass Magazine)  A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains.

The end …

Pioneering Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Hangs On, Barely
June 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (High Plains Public Radio)  A leading research center focused on local farmers and environmental conservation is hanging on by a thread, even as the movement to diversify agriculture, which it helped launch, …

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels
June 5, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(BECOOL/AltEnergyMag) A new Horizon 2020 project will foster cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from sustainable agricultural value chains, based on lignocellulosic biomass. Coordinated by the University of Bologna, Department …

Algae Industry Magazine Announces 2017 Readers Poll Winners
June 2, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Algae Industry Magazine announced winners in its 2017 Readers Poll in the following categories: Algae Ambassador; Save Our World Application; Political Event or Action that Impacted Our Industry; Culinary Innovation, Chef, Recipe …

Algae at Scale: Qualitas Health Triples Algae Farm Acreage for Omega-3 Now, Protein Soon
May 30, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think beyond nanotechnology. It’s Nanno Technology, as Qualitas’ nannochloropsis strain gets deployed in New Mexico at the old Green Crude Farm (now Green Stream Farms), as well as in Texas.

In …

Presentations from BETO’s 2017 Project Peer Review Now Online
May 26, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

On March 6–9, 2017, BETO hosted its biennial Project Peer Review in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio were presented to the public and a panel …

Research Focuses on Reclaiming Strip-Mine Sites for Biofuel Crop Production
May 26, 2017 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Amy Duke (Pennsylvania State University) Strip mines are so common in rural Pennsylvania that many people are unfazed by the sight of rock-filled piles of dirt and tracts of barren land.

Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn …

Advancing the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and Feedstock R&D
May 25, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing …

NexSteppe Launches Metano Alto to Catalyze New Growth in Biogas Markets
May 23, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe Inc.)  NexSteppe Inc., a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today the world wide launch of a new product line: Metano Alto.  Metano Alto Industrial …

Industry and Farmers See Biofuels as a Crucial Market ‘Outside CAP’
May 22, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (ERUACTIV)  Farmers see biofuels as a crucial source of income but investors clashed with NGOs at an event organised by EURACTIV last week (12 May), over the European Commission’s post-2020 biofuels proposal …

Horizontal Bioreactors: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Culture Biosystems
May 19, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Challenges that have plagued algae ventures? The availability of feedstock to make products, the loss of investor appetite at early stage and pre-commercial, and inefficient cultivation systems.

By contrast, Culture Biosystem’s design …

NREL Research Takes Off For International Space Station
May 18, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Hicks (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Experiments bear repeating, especially when they explode on their way to the International Space Station.

Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield …

Greenbelt Resources Executes Letter of Intent with the Andrew J. Young Foundation
May 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (the LOI) by the Andrew J. Young (AJY) Foundation to build a …

Biomass Crops Could Provide Unexpected Wildlife Benefits
May 17, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) A biomass crop could be providing unexpected ecological benefits, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.

The authors of the study say that elephant grass (Miscanthus), which is commonly …

Latin American Oil Palm Mostly Replaces Pasture
May 17, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(IOP Environmental Research Web)  Oil-palm plantations in Latin America are mostly replacing cattle pasture and other previously intervened lands rather than forests, a study by scientists in Puerto Rico has found.

The research – which also …

Biofuels: Could Agave, Hemp and Saltbush Be the Fuels of the Future?
May 10, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Dyani Lewis (The Guardian)  Oilier plants, new processing technologies and multipurpose crops could put the biofuel industry back in the race for greener transport fuels.  —  Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral …

ATEC Passes First Semester
May 10, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC), a collaboration among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Algae Foundation, universities, community colleges, and industry production companies across the United States, has successfully implemented the first …

EU Biofuels Policy: What Is the Impact on Rural Development?
May 8, 2017 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)   EU farmers are “very concerned” about the impact of the European Commission’s change of heart on biofuels, claiming the EU’s restrictive policy is putting thousands of rural jobs at risk.

Yet, the …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
May 8, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

Scientists Make Genetically Engineered Algae That Can Thrive Outdoors
May 5, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marlene Cimons (Nexus Media)  Look out for souped-up algae that can be made into food, fuel and pharmaceuticals.  — … Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energyhave successfully grown a genetically engineered …

Big Equipment and Politics at the International Biomass Conference and Expo
May 5, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Doug Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shredders, chippers, conveying systems, balers, and pellet mills were the highlights of the International Biomass Conference and Expo held recently in Minneapolis.  The big equipment is aimed at the …

Kelp Farming Project Could Come to Catalina Island
May 5, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Parimal M. Rohit (The Log)  USC’s Wrigley Institute and Marine BioEnergy propose an experimental project to produce a biofuel alternative.  —  Plans to build an experimental kelp cultivation system just off the shore of Catalina …

CAAFI’s R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series: INL Presented on the Development of Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems
May 5, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuel Initiative)  CAAFI’s R&D team continued the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinar series on March 24th. This webinar series is intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative …

Algae Industry Growing in Southern Queensland
May 4, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) ABC News Brisbane (Australia) reports that University of Queensland researchers are growing their highest density algae at a pilot farm in Brisbane. “We’ll see how this goes in large scale, but …

Algae Bioenergy State of Technology Review
May 4, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  Even though algae remain an attractive target for bioenergy applications over the longer term because of their high photosynthetic efficiency, the near-term prospects for primary algae-based energy/fuels production are poor due to the …

Miscanthus Offers Missouri Farmers Use for Marginal Land
May 4, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Alex Lindley  (Moberly Monitor) … “What attracted us to it was it a good crop to grow on ground that wasn’t really suitable for hay or for row crops,” said Fleming, who is one of …

Orchard Waste Could Be a Fruitful Source of Biofuel
May 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(IneffableIsland.com)  Waste prunings from orchards, vineyards and olive groves could be a valuable source of biomass energy and help boost rural economies, say EU-funded researchers. The key ingredient is a sustainable supply chain.

As the EU …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 1, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

“Think of it as 100+ acres of energy storage and carbon sequestration,” said Kelly King, Vice President and Co-Founder of Pacific Biodiesel and recently inaugurated member of the Maui County Council. “There are 36,000 acres …

Kings of the Bioeconomy: Pacific Biodiesel Keeps Getting It Done
May 1, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There just isn’t an organization out there like Pacific Biodiesel. Labors on, fighting the good fight, hitting every sustainability grace note, and always surprising the industry with one more innovative …

Advancements in Agriculture, Good for People and the Planet
April 28, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The Hill/U.S. Dairy Export Council)  This Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March for Science …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.

“While water and wind …

Spring Harvested Canola Unlikely to Be Food Quality
April 26, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer)  Plenty of canola from the 2016crop remains to be harvested but not much will be food worthy, says an analyst.

Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing, believes 1.3 million acres …

Trial of Seaweed Farm under way near Oban
April 26, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Kevin Keane (BBC Scotland) Trials have begun near Oban to create one of the UK’s first seaweed farms.

Harvesting of wild seaweed has been taking place for centuries but researchers say there is huge potential to …

Green Energy: University of Iowa, Farmers Partner to Grow Biofuel
April 26, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Liora Engel-Smith (Muscatine Journal)  … The university has been burning the grass, known as Miscanthus, in its power plant to reduce its reliance on coal. At first glance, Miscanthus does not look like much. It …

South Dakota State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Projects Use Cutting-Edge Science to Feed and Fuel the Future
April 25, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(Farm Forum)  … Through Senior Capstone Design projects, the senior engineering students partner with innovators in the ag industry using the latest technology. The experience provides an opportunity to work on projects that will impact agriculture …

Zambian Mine in First-of-a-Kind Tailings Dump Site Rehab, Hopes to Eventually Produce Biodiesel
April 25, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Mia Breytenbach (Mining Weekly)  Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site.

The …

Letter: Diversify Michigan Energy
April 25, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dale (Detroit News)  Regarding “Renewable Fuel Standard has failed, April 16,” Prof. Wolfram has failed to do his homework.

The corn grown to make ethanol is not the same as sweet corn we eat. …

EXCLUSIVE-Vomitoxin Makes Nasty Appearance for U.S. Farm Sector
April 25, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Huffstutter and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters/Times of India)  Wet harvest, slow grain sales encourage growth of toxins;  Scope of problem in U.S. grain supply not yet known  —  A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been …

NexSteppe Signs Partnership to Commercialize Embrapa Biomass Sorghum
April 25, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced a new partnership today with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.  The partnership will focus on commercializing …

Biodiesel Sunflower Power Hits a Speed Bump
April 24, 2017 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Brian Perry (Maui News)  Photogenic crop attracts more attention than area can safely handle  —  “No Trespassing” signs have been posted around Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ experimental crop of sunflowers on 14 acres near the …

Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet
April 24, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Life-cycle modeling for ethanol needs to be updated to reflect big improvements in corn’s GHG emissions profile  —  … Fuels that help automakers achieve efficiency standards are going …

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”
April 21, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on …

Novel Technology to Be Used in Search for Disease-Free Seaweed
April 21, 2017 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  A hi-tech piece of lab equipment that could be used for the first time to help breed disease-resistant algae for the seaweed-growing industry has been delivered to the Scottish Association for Marine …

Potential Biofuel Feedstocks and Production in Zambia
April 19, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Paul C. Samboko, Mitelo Subakanya, Cliff Dlamini  (United Nations University-WIDER)  The need for energy security and climate change mitigation have increased blending mandates worldwide; in Southern Africa, demand for biofuels could increase following South Africa’s planned …

SabrTech to Launch Portable Algae-Growing System Soon
April 13, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Ola Wietecha (Undercurrent News)  Nova Scotia-based SabrTech — which spent years designing an easy-to-transport algae-growing system called RiverBox — is planning to launch its product shortly, which the company says will revolutionize algae production.

SabrTech spent about two years …

Indonesia Labels EU Palm Oil Resolution ‘Discriminative’ and ‘Protectionist’
April 13, 2017 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)   Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced the European Parliament Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests, describing it as ‘discriminative’.

In addition, the ministry claims the EU decision was …

Biotechnology: Disrupting the Global Asset Classes of National Security
April 12, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BiofuelsDigest)  …  For any society, an even more perfect class of technology assets would allow us to move in either direction — perfect convertibility. When energy prices are low and supply is …

Grains Piled on Runways, Parking Lots, Fields Amid Global Glut
April 11, 2017 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Huffstutter and Karl Plume (Reuters)  … World stockpiles of corn and wheat are at record highs. From Iowa to China, years of bumper crops and low prices have overwhelmed storage capacity for basic foodstuffs.

Global …

How Ethanol Is Making North Dakota Farmland Less Fertile
April 10, 2017 – 11:14 pm | No Comment

by Sam Harrington (Yale Climate Connections)  Until about 10 years ago, spring wheat was a favorite crop for farmers in North Dakota.

Erickson: “Beginning in 2007, when the government heavily incentivized corn production for ethanol use, corn …

Florida Considers Accelerating Hemp Research as Orange Alternative
April 10, 2017 – 10:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, state legislators are looking to ease restrictions on industrial hemp research.  According to the Florida State Senate, house bill 1217 that “authorizes specified universities in state to engage …

Frontiers of Gene-Editing, and Why Calyxt Is One to Watch
April 10, 2017 – 9:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  At its heart, it’s a company about transformation in basic food feedstocks. But where the technological imperative for years has been about, to use an example, more corn and …

EU Clamps Down on Imports of Unsustainable Palm Oil for Biofuels
April 10, 2017 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

(European Parliament/Biomass Magazine)  To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in Southeast Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the …

A&B Planning Pongamia Project on Former HC&S Land
April 10, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  Alexander & Baldwin is close to formalizing a partnership with a seed oil producing company on a 250-acre demonstration project to produce biofuels from the pongamia tree on old sugar …

Understanding Land Use Change – Are New Tools Needed?
April 10, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  Are we using the right tools to understand land use change, particularly at the local level, and how can understanding of land use change be improved?

The Renewable Fuel …

Seaweed Cultivation Could Provide a Promising Source of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels, Finds Norwegian Report
April 7, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Seaweed could become a promising source of biofuels for aviation if sustainably produced and economic and policy challenges can be overcome, says a report by Norwegian NGO Bellona. Seaweeds, or macroalgae, generally contain …

GMO-Ethanol Corn Contamination Raises Concerns about Another “StarLink” Disaster
April 6, 2017 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Ken Roseboro (Huffington Post)  Food corn buyers say Syngenta’s Enogen GMO corn is contaminating non-GMO white corn fields, creating a potential “trainwreck;” may be linked to bad masa flour in California.

Enogen, a genetically modified …

The Whole-Soil Carbon Flux in Response to Warming
April 6, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin E. Hicks Pries, C. Castanha, R. C. Porras, M. S. Torn (Science Magazine) Soils contain about twice as much carbon as Earth’s atmosphere, so their response to warming is crucial to understanding carbon fluxes in a changing …

Italian Farmers Produce Low Cost Biomethane with Positive Environmental Impacts
April 6, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Ecofys)  Sequential cropping can be a promising model to produce additional biomass without negative impacts on land use change or food production. In a research study for the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Ecofys found that …

US Forest Service and Biomass: A Symbiotic Partnership
April 5, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  More than 100 million trees across California, many located in the federally managed Sierra, Stanislaus and Sequoia National Forests, are dead, owing to a years-long drought and a nasty …

Addressing Biomass Energy ‘Alternative Facts’
April 5, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by William Strauss (FutureMetrics/Biomass Magazine)  …  The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate statements about the use of wood for energy. Those statements are presented as facts, or …

A&B Map Shows Possible Uses for Fallow Sugar Fields
April 4, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Lee Imada (Maui News)  A general map showing possible uses of now fallow sugar fields — including areas for possible biodiesel-producing tree orchards, coffee and cacao crops and livestock-irrigated pastures — was projected on …

Couple Biodiesel Oil Crops Technology Provides More Oil per Acre, Advanced Biofuel Center Announces
April 3, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuel Center/AltEnergyMag.com)  … The Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC) recently announced progress on its work with its mission “more Biodiesel oil per hectare” by developing two or more dedicated Biodiesel Crops in same acreage and that …

Can Sewage Solve Our Energy Crisis?
April 3, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Len Calderone (AltEnergyMag.com)  Sewage-to-energy would cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Industry calculations show that if all biosolids in the United States were converted into biomass energy, they would yield 7 million to …

Etihad Airways and Boeing Check on Biofuel Progress at Masdar
April 3, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Ehihad Airways)  Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, joined Scott Fancher, Boeing Senior Vice President, at the integrated seawater and agriculture system facility within Masdar …

Textbook: Biofuels and Bioenergy
April 3, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

edited by John Love and John A.  Bryant (Wiley-Blackwell)  With increased public and scientific attention driven by factors such as oil price spikes, the need for increased energy security, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions …

Indian Oil Seeking Haryana Land to Build 2G Ethanol Plant
March 31, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the Indian Oil Company is seeking 50 acres from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation to build its planned second-generation ethanol plant near to its oil …

Bioeconomy under the Radar
March 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders Tout Potential Growth, Challenges for Renewable Refinery Products  —  … Whether it is spoons, Coke bottles or carpets made out of corn, livestock enzymes for pharmaceuticals, or John …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

New Biomass Conversion Idea Could Help Ag Industry
March 30, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Cavanaugh (California Ag Today)  A new biomass process will convert woody ag waste, including almond hulls and shells, into ethanol, which has a demand and makes the conversion possible.

Eric McAfee is Chairman, CEO and …

State of Technology Review – Algae Bioenergy
March 29, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This IEA Bioenergy report provides an international update on the status and prospects for using microalgae and macroalgae as feedstocks for producing biofuels and bioenergy products. The report’s scope covers algae-based options for …

The Potential of Biofuels in China
March 29, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) This IEA Bioenergy Task 39 report looks at the potential of biofuels in China. Although climate change and energy security are of concern to China, it is not clear which of these drivers has …

Five Things You Need to Know about the ‘Food vs Fuel’ Debate
March 28, 2017 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Politico/ePURE)  The European Commission wants to phase out the use of crop-based biofuels in Europe, even though biofuels like renewable ethanol are currently the main driver of EU transport decarbonization. They also …

Biodiesel Demo Aims to Increase Farmer Use
March 28, 2017 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(Wallaces Farmer)  Every farmer should plant with B20 biodiesel this spring, says Iowa co-op.  —  A demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to persuade more farmers in the state to use biodiesel. United Farmers …

State Ag Department Greenlights 16 Promising Industrial Hemp Research Projects
March 24, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture)  Projects Mark Return of Hemp to PA following Gov. Wolf’s Signing of Act 92  —  After decades of being gone from the landscape of Pennsylvania, a promising and versatile crop with …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 24, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) When it comes to cutting emissions from transport, shipping and aviation are often considered the elephant in the room: having been excluded from the Paris agreement and being inadequately addressed under existing …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

Academics and IEA Slam ‘Misleading’ Chatham House Bioenergy Report
March 14, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading.

The group of academics from across …

A Global Synthesis of Jatropha Cultivation: Insights into Land Use Change and Management Practices
March 13, 2017 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

David C. Walmsley Rob Bailis, and Alexandra-Maria Klein (Environmental Science & Technology) Despite setbacks, interest in Jatropha cultivation remains high. This study addressed the question to what extent Jatropha cultivation has replaced specific vegetation and …

Viable Biomass for Hawaii
March 13, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Gretchen Miller (Biofuels Digest)  …  Meghan Pawlowksi, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture, crawled around her field site on the last sugarcane plantation in Hawaii, Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial …

BioApplied: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Initiative
March 13, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s a biorefinery initiative in Canada’s Atlantic region (first initiated in Nova Scotia but expanding regionally).  A partnership between Emera, Innovacorp, and the Federal and Provincial governments, are aimed at creating the necessary conditions …

Sandia Purposefully Crashing Algae Ponds
March 10, 2017 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  For algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators …

Express Yourself: The Coming Revolution in Crop Yields via Epigenetics
March 9, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  For now, let’s visit briefly the story of epigenetics. If you are concerned that a) the world doesn’t want genetic modification and b) the world needs crops with more …

Study: Climate Change May Hurt Nation’s Agricultural Productivity
March 8, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The agriculture sector needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Camelina, Canola Show Promise as Cool-Season Crops
March 7, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(The Crop Science Society of America/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  In California, growers usually choose warm-season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka and his team at UC Davis, including project …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 7, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Marika Andersen (Bellona)  Today, Bellona publishes its new report on the potential and challenges of using seaweed biofuels in aviation. The report provides comprehensive recommendations for researchers, public authorities and consumers. By mapping existing …

Biofuel Is Nigeria’s New Economy –Shidok, PPPRA Boss
March 6, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(The Sun) From Uche Usim, Abuja  —  When the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, assumed office in 2015, one of the programmes he highlighted the Muhammadu Buhari administration would face headlong was …

FutureMetrics Has Published a New White Paper: “Alternative Facts” in the Recent Chatham House Study
March 6, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(FutureMetrics)  Providing misleading, inaccurate, and sometime outright fiction as facts could be called propaganda. With overtones of Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the term “alternative facts” has recently been coined.

Either way, it is information that is …

Heard on the Floor: Disruptive Technology, Feedstocks under the Microscope at ABLC 2017’s Opening Day
March 2, 2017 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy  (Biofuels Digest)  … While there were big questions, there were big answers, beginning with a panel on The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative. John Pieper from Dupont Industrial Biosciences shared their latest work with …

Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
February 28, 2017 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Growing deep-rooted perennial crops, like switchgrass or willow, together with annual crops and livestock in a farming system is starting to gain traction. This is due in large part …

The Carinata Kings: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
February 28, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

Growing Hemp for Industrial Purposes to Be Allowed in South Australia
February 27, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Novak (The Advertiser/News.com.au)  Growing and manufacturing hemp for industrial purposes, such as cosmetics, clothing or construction materials, will be allowed in South Australia now the State Government has thrown its support behind a Greens …

Egypt Produces Jet Biofuel from Jatropha
February 27, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(SciDev.Net) Research team produces aviation fuel from jatropha plants grown in desert with sewage water; Aim is to cut aviation emissions, but high cost remains a challenge for use by the end of 2017; Semi-industrial experiments kicked off …

Penn State Forest Economist Helping to Propel African Croton Biofuel Effort
February 22, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem  (Penn State News)  Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson’s blood, and the combination has helped shape …

‘Zero Net Energy Farm’ in California Draws Midwest Farmer Interest
February 20, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, farmers from the Midwest are in California’s Central Valley touring the first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm, or “ZNEF,” to learn how to generate all electrical and heating power …

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space
February 18, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. …

New Willow Harvester In Action
February 17, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO) Something new happened in the bioenergy willow world this week in Pennsylvania.  A new type of willow energy crop harvester got its first run on a willow crop in Pennsylvania.  The machine, a 2 row …

Cattle Pastures and Other Degraded Lands Become New Oil Palm Plantations
February 17, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  A new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in …

New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities

Sixty-three …

Technology Roadmap: How2Guide for Bioenergy
February 17, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy today, providing heat and electricity, as well as transport fuels. Yet, more so than for other low‑carbon energy technologies, the complex and multi‑faceted supply …

PHYCO2, MSU Make Wastewater Reusable through Pure Algae Growth
February 14, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(PHYCO2/Biodiesel Magazine)  PHYCO2 LLC, an emerging algae production, waste water treatment and carbon dioxide sequestration company, announced the successful treatment of wastewater from breweries to comply with state water discharge limits for nitrates and phosphates. During Phase …

NDSU Scientists Study Distillers Grains as Fertilizer
February 9, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(North Dakota State University)  Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles increased corn and spring wheat yields.  —  Distillers grains could be a source of fertilizer for some crops, according to research at North Dakota …

Mixotrophic Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioProcess Algae
February 9, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BPA designs, builds, and operates commercial scale Grower Harvester bioreactors that enable efficient conversion of light and CO2 into high value microbial feedstock. BioProcess Algae LLC is based in Omaha, …

Biodiesel Benefits ‘Global Food System’ as GHG Profile Improves
February 8, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The food and livestock industries have railed against biofuels for years, based on the argument that corn ethanol and soy biodiesel raise food prices. More recently, some have suggested that …

Sugar Farmers Back Bioethanol Industry
February 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Manila Bulletin)  With farmers looking to maximize profits for their harvest of sugarcane farming communities in Batangas came out in droves to attend the Farmers Festival for Bioethanol held in Sta. Teresita this province.

The sugarcane …

The Leftover Makeover Once-Over: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Stover
February 6, 2017 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have completed a survey of the economic activities and rural jobs that a corn stover bioeconomy can offer, which is currently featured on …

Land-Use Change Possibly Produces More Carbon Dioxide than Assumed So Far
February 6, 2017 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)  Climate Researchers Study Impacts of Land-use Change on Carbon Dioxide – Reforestation Is Important to Climate Protection and Species Diversity – Study in Nature Geoscience  —  CO2 emissions caused by changes …

Gates Foundation Extends Sorghum Research with a $6.1 Million Grant to the Danforth Center
February 3, 2017 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world’s largest independent plant science institutes, today announced a three-year $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to …

Forestry Firm UPM Says Eyeing Next Biofuel Investment
February 3, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish pulp and paper maker UPM-Kymmene is planning its next step in wood-based renewable fuel products after a successful ramp-up at its initial biofuels plant, the head of UPM’s biofuels business said …

A Better Way to Farm Algae
February 3, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Matt Wheeler (Phys.Org)  … Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, has devoted his research to this area, and developed a new technology for energy efficient cultivation and harvesting of microalgae.

“The study is an …

Algae Production Started on Bonaire
January 24, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Emmy Koeleman  (All about Feed)  Wageningen University & Research (UR) in the Netherlands is building a small-scale algae pilot on the isle of Bonaire. The Dutch University is partnering with the Council of International Education …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects
January 23, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge …

Ghana’s First Ethanol Producer Diversifying and Seeking More Cassava
January 20, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Ghana, the country’s only ethanol producer—Caltech—has produced 150,000 liters of ethanol from cassava since starting up the 3 million liter per year facility in August. The company is also expanding …

SUNY Morrisville Leads NY Back To Industrial Hemp Production
January 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Kulikowsky (MyTwinTiers.com)  Morrisville partners with JD Farms in Eaton on industrial hemp pilot program  —  Hemp may not be what you’d think of as the next big cash crop but plenty in New York, …

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-Based Marine Microalgae System
January 18, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a …

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy
January 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Renewable Energy World/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight’s natural hues. …

API and MYBiomass Announce Joint-Development Agreement for the Production of Nanocellulose for Downstream Applications
January 16, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Web/American Process/MYBiomass)  American Process Inc. (API) and MYBiomass Sdn. Bhd. (MYBiomass) will work together to develop technology to produce nanocellulose and cellulosic sugars from oil palm empty fruit-bunches, a lignocellulosic feedstock widely available in …

The Bioeconomy, #1 Catalyst for Rural Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Rural Development
January 13, 2017 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. …

Breakthrough in the Corn Belt: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Corn Ethanol and Greenhouse Gas Savings
January 13, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported this week that an explosive new peer-reviewed report from ICF found that greenhouse gas emissions reductions from typical corn-based ethanol production have soared to 43 percent compared to 2005-era …

Glyphosate Paper Claims Liver Disease Link in Rats: Findings Disputed by Monsanto as Using ‘Flawed Data’
January 13, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Matthew Appleby  (Horticulture Week)  The active ingredient in herbicide Roundup has been cited as a cause of liver disease after experiments on rats, but Monsanto has refuted the claims as “bad science”.  —

The study, …

USDA Releases New Report on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, with additional benefits projected through 2022  —  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release …

Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems
January 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Science News/University of Michigan)  When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a new study. — … …

Growing Algae for Food and Biofuel Could Cut Greenhouse Emissions
January 9, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  Cultivating algae for food and biofuel could make a serious dent in our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as helping to save freshwater resources and reduce deforestation.

Currently the emissions associated with land-use …

Electric Vehicles Threaten to Overtake Biofuels
January 6, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jan Rocha (Climate News Network)  A sharp increase in the predicted global number of EVs prompts Brazil to rev up its promotion of low-carbon biofuels.  —  By 2040, the number of electric cars in …

Potential Biofuel Crops in Hawaii May Successfully Sequester Carbon in Soil
January 5, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/PLOS)  Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by …

USDA: Incentives Available for Drop-In Biofuel Delivered to Navy
January 3, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks.

A notice published …

Change Is in the Air for Food Sustainability
January 3, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Robin Booker (The Western Producer)  There are many innovative products and services available to Canadian crop producers that could help improve sustainability. However, the global food sector is struggling to find ways to reward growers …