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Here Comes BioChina: Amyris, Others Bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom
April 19, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and …

Guest View: Corn Is for Food, Not Fuel
April 14, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Stanford L. Levin (The Southern)  …  If corn were used for food instead of for ethanol, two beneficial things would happen. First, we would create more high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry …

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 …

Managing Margin, Risk, Financial Transparency in the Ethanol Industry
April 5, 2017 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Steve Rosvold (KRM Business Solutions/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When it comes to margin and risk management, ethanol producers have difficult and unique choices. In most commodity processing industries, the output price is highly correlated to input price.

The …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

Letter to Editor: Ethanol Is a ‘Win-Win’
February 15, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/The Courier)  … Back in 1996, well before the Renewable Fuel Standard was ever implemented, corn was $3.67 a bushel. Today it is $3.64 a bushel.
Why? Thanks to technology and improvements …

Ethanol and Biofuel Policies
February 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but rather policies that mandate and subsidize biofuels. …

Congress should end its intervention in the biofuels …

Letter to Editor: Protect Illinois Farmers from Crude Manipulation
February 8, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Belleville News-Democrat)  When Illinois farmers sell wheat, rye or oats on the open market, they can rightly expect that supply and demand will set the price, with …

Trump Swamp Work Can Start with RFS Repeal
January 27, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by David Williams (Houston County News/Lacrosse Tribune)  …  Billionaire investor and Trump confidant Carl Icahn is requesting changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law requiring gasoline manufacturers to incorporate renewable fuels into their …

New UN Report Shows Food vs Fuel Fallacy
January 17, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food prices declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, down 1.5 percent from 2015. …

Competitive Enterprises Institute Wants RFS Frozen and Sunsetted
January 13, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Competitive Enterprises Institute has put forth proposals for the next session of Congress including freezing the Renewable Fuel Standard below the blend wall while setting a sunset …

Ethanol Increasingly a Stabilizing Factor for Iowa Farmers’ Income
January 9, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jon Leu (Daily Nonpareil)  At a time when Iowa farmers produced a second consecutive record corn crop amid falling prices for their commodity, the state’s growing ethanol industry remains a stabilizing factor.

National crop production …

Can Ethanol Cure China’s Corn Indigestion?
December 23, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Julien Hall, Samar Niazi, and Gao Xiaojuan (Platts Commodity Pulse VIDEO)  China’s corn stockpiles, built up over the past couple of years, have reached problematic levels. In this video, S&P Global Platts Agriculture editors Julien …

Fueling Destruction: The Unintended Consequences of the Renewable Fuel Standard on Land, Water, and Wildlife
December 20, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by David DeGennaro  (National Wildlife Federation)  Since Congress passed into law in 2005 a federal mandate to blend corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels into conventional gasoline, the increased demand for corn – which has supplied …

RFS Standards Help Ohioans
December 12, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Fox (The Clermont Sun) Letter to Editor:   Commissioner Uible’s recent letter “Fixing the RFS Pothole” was full of myth and inaccuracies regarding the ethanol industry and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Uible claims ethanol is …

Farmers to Trump: You Owe Us
December 6, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Jane Wells (CNBC)  … This even as the oil industry — suffering from its own low prices — could push the Trump administration to reduce support for ethanol. “I think some people would still like …

US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future
December 2, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf (FarmDoc Daily)  Ethanol was a factor in both the price run-up that began in 2006 and the price run-down that began in 2013. Tepid growth replaced explosive growth. The question for the …

Busting the Mythology of Food vs. Fuel
November 30, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Rice (Journal-Advocate) Making ethanol doesn’t rob the hungry of needed nutrition …  Ethanol has long been recognized as an additive to increase octane and help internal combustion engines burn cleaner. Until 2005, the chief …

The Facts Show We Don’t Have to Choose between ‘Food versus Fuel’
November 17, 2016 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The Hill/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  According to the Wall Street Journal, the “U.S. is on track this year to post the longest stretch of falling food prices in more than …

New Report Knocks the Stuffing Out of ‘Food vs. Fuel’ Turkeys
November 17, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Millions of Americans preparing for Thanksgiving next week are undoubtedly noticing that dinner will cost less than it did a year ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overall grocery prices …

Here’s How Ethanol COSTS Farmers At Least $57 BILLION
October 24, 2016 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Follett  (The Daily Caller)  A federal ethanol mandate has cost American farmers at least $57 billion dollars through increased corn prices, according to calculations by the National Chicken Council.

When America became the world’s …

Letter to the Editor: Fixing the RFS Pothole
October 13, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by David Uible (Clermont County Commissioner/Clermont County GOP/The Clermont Sun)  … On principle, I believe in free markets, and in keeping the government small and control as local as possible. The EPA, an unelected federal agency, shouldn’t …

Expected Record Harvest Won’t Profit Farmers Facing Their Third Year of Falling Income
October 3, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

By Barbara Soderlin and Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Fields across the Midlands are packed with copper-colored cornstalks, an expected record-size crop drying in the breeze as the fall harvest gets underway.

But there’s a worry underlying …

China Set to Export Corn, Threatening Global Market: Sources
October 1, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by  Dominique Patton (Reuters)  China has given approval to at least two companies to export corn, trading sources said, in a radical move by the world’s No. 2 producer to cut its ballooning surplus and …

Making the Case for Young Farmers
September 23, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (The Jamestown Sun)  … Kasey Bitz was one of 44 farmers participating in the North Dakota Farmers Union legislative fly-in that returned from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. Members of the group met …

Ethanol’s Important
September 12, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jay Douthit  (Kent County Farm Bureau/My Eastern Shore) To the editor: The Kent County Farm Bureau stands with the Maryland Farm Bureau in support of the National Corn Growers Association’s opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed …

Debating the Value of Ethanol as a Viable Fuel (3 Letters)
September 12, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Denver Post)  Re: “EPA dodges responsibility on ethanol,” Sept. 3 editorial.  The ethanol industry agrees with The Denver Post that the Environmental Protection Agency should conduct updated scientific assessments on …

Food Price Deflation Cheers Consumers, Hurts Farmers, Grocers and Restaurants
August 31, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Heather Haddon and Julie Jargon (The Wall Street Journal)  The U.S. is on track this year to post the longest stretch of falling food prices in more than 50 years, a streak that is …

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline besides Ethanol?
August 26, 2016 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is there some fundamental reason that the automotive biofuels people haven’t shifted to butanol or iso-butanol or some other compound that would be more compatible with gasoline and the present …

What Is to Be Done? Farm Crisis in the Making?
August 22, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Krause (Storm Lake Times Letter to Editor)  Only 35 years after the 1980s farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11% from last …

Blog: Simplistic Argument Targets Ethanol, Again
August 16, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent column provides some insight into anti-ethanol stances by making a connection between beef prices, the cow herd expansion and restaurant profits, with rather breath-taking simplification.  —  A …

RFA: Record Corn, Ethanol Production Underscore Need for RFS
August 15, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  America’s farmers are poised to harvest a record corn crop this fall and achieve the highest yield per acre in U.S. history, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  … First, environmentalists complained we were paying farmers too much …

World Bank: Next Victim of Cheap Oil Is Renewable Fuel
August 3, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano  (Washington Times)  The World Bank said Tuesday (July 26, 2016) that low oil prices have hurt demand for renewable fuel.

Even while the bank’s latest commodity outlook is raising its oil price projections …

The Unintended Consequences of First Generation Biofuels
July 22, 2016 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Morteza Soleymannezhad (Forbes)  Biofuel analysts usually tend to focus more on the gasoline-corn price relationship and less on the oil-corn price relationship. In this article I illuminate one of the unintended implications of the …

Higher Ethanol Use ‘Crucial’ for Grain Price Sustainability: POET CEO
June 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  Increasing the amount of ethanol blended with gasoline, both in the US and across the globe is “crucial” to supporting global grain prices, POET CEO Jeff Broin said Tuesday.

The worst case …

Guest View: For the Farmers, the Biofuel Bubble Has Already Burst
May 19, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Isaac Orr (Quad City Times/The Heartland Institute)  …  Many of the agriculture-related policy discussions taking place in the nation’s capital focus on how corn farmers will be hurt by the biofuel mandate because RFS …

Ethanol Industry – Challenging Near-Term Conditions
April 11, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Seeking Alpha)  Ethanol producers are battling with narrowing margins and excess supply. The industry faces uncertain regulatory support and relatively mild near-term gasoline demand growth amid increasing supply. This suggests a challenging near-term outlook for the industry.

Despite …

Interagency Effort Provides Links to Biofuel Data on One Web Page
April 8, 2016 – 9:43 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Biofuel number crunchers in the know are finding their jobs easier because of a website hosted by the USDA Economic Research Service where the Interagency Council on Agricultural & …

Shock Rise in Corn Production Leads to Price Plunge
April 4, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In grains, the big news has been the USDA prospective plantings report, which has corn up to 93 million acres in 2016, up 5 million over last year, and it …

Meet The New ‘Tool’ In Big Oil’s Efforts To Scuttle Ethanol +VIDEO: An Open Letter to George “David” Banks
March 22, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  I just finished reading your article “Renewable Fuel Standard Continues To Devastate,” published in February on the High Plains Leader & Times website. …  In fact, your article looks …

Endless Assault on the RFS
March 15, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (The Hill/ Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  With regard to the recent opinion expressed by Rob Green of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, all I can say is gosh, what a better …

Study: Eliminating GMOs Would Take Toll on Environment, Economies
March 1, 2016 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University)  Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the …

17 Answers for Your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Biomass and More.
December 28, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Q. We’ve heard a lot about carbon capture, but what about carbon capture and conversion (to a more soluble, transportable and storable form), for example conversion to bicarbonate?

A. To date, …

Gas Prices Drop Below E-85
December 11, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(KEYC) The cost for a gallon of standard gasoline has fallen beneath the price for a gallon of E–85.

And while some may see this as a blow to the ethanol industry, producers of the fuel are …

Low Gas Prices Good for Ethanol Industry and Farmers
November 24, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Agriculture.com)  Americans are back on the road for the first time since 2008, lured, in part, by low gasoline prices expected to persist through the new year. Travel is forecast to exceed 3.1 …

Debunking Biofuels: Do They Really Raise Food Prices?
November 18, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Pariettin(MSN.com)  … Many factors determine the price of food in the U.S. If the introduction of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) had as significant an impact on food prices as certain outlets have suggested, …

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage
November 18, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and …

Ethanol Industry Making Profits Despite Lower Price of Fuel
November 17, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/McClatchy-Tribune/Star Tribune)  Low prices at the gas pump have put a persistent squeeze on Midwest ethanol producers, but most are staying profitable.

Of eight Minnesota-affiliated ethanol producers tracked by the Star Tribune, all but one made …

House Science Committee Hearing Exposes Fundamental Flaws in RFS Opponents Attacks
November 4, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (November 3, 2015), the House Science, Space and Technology committee held a joint hearing of the subcommittees on Environment and Oversight titled “Renewable Fuel Standard: A Ten Year Review of Costs …

Common Ground: SD Farm Groups Differ on Policy, but Support Ethanol
October 27, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) … Agweek visited with the presidents of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union, the two general farm organizations that aren’t specific to a commodity or a species …

Not Just about Bin-Busting
October 7, 2015 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  … “When it comes to growing corn, no one does it better than America’s family farmers,” National Corn Growers President Chip Bowling said at a Farm Progress Show press conference.

“But our challenge today …

How Viable Is Ethanol? Profit Margins Decrease as Corn Prices Drop from 2014
September 8, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Will Buss (Belleville News-Democrat)  Ethanol producers’ profit margins have been squeezed while gasoline prices have fluctuated and oil prices have dropped. However, the biofuels industry is holding to its firm belief in the clean …

Crude Oil Pressures Ethanol / DTN Hypothetical Ethanol Plant Margins Narrow
August 26, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  It has become the question of the day for U.S. ethanol producers: What happens to the industry if crude oil prices continue to tumble? … Donna Funk, certified public accountant …

Ethanol Acts as Lone Bright Spot Amid China Commodity Gloom
August 17, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice and Niu Shuping  (Reuters)  Recent news from China makes depressing reading for commoditiesproducers, with a slowing economy, tumbling stock prices and a currency devaluation all signaling weaker demand.

There is one exception: the world’s …

Lower Gasoline Prices Still Pinching the Ethanol Industry
August 10, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Profits are down even though price of corn for fuel remains low. U.S. ethanol plants are producing more fuel, selling it at lower prices and taking a hit on profits.

Producers made …

Past Few Years Have Been Tough on Corn, Bean Prices
August 10, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Scott Seitz (Norwalk Reflector)  Revenue for local farmers is below the ‘break-even point’ — In 2012, corn was priced as high as $8.25 per bushel, while soybeans went for as much as $18.     Fast …

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa
July 16, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution …

Livestock Feed to Overtake Biofuel in Grain Demand Growth – FAO/OECD
July 1, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(CNBC/Reuters)  Livestock feed will surpass biofuels as the main source of growth in global grain consumption in the next 10 years as emerging countries consume more animal protein while lower oil prices and policy changes …

Biofuel Crops Will Feel Effects of Slumping Oil Prices, Research Shows
July 1, 2015 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

Eric Atkins (The Globe and Mail)  The crash in oil prices will be felt at the farm gate as demand and prices moderate for biofuel crops corn and soybean, says a new report from the …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Steve Murphy, GM, POET Biorefining-Laddonia & POET Biorefining – Macon
June 26, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Good afternoon, My name is Steve Murphy and I am the General Manager for two POET Biorefining plants. … I am here to make one and only one point today. What this proposed rule …

Biofuels under Attack: Same Old Story
June 3, 2015 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Grassley (The Iowa Republican)  … Consumers like biofuels.  The idea of a homegrown product that reduces emissions harmful to the environment and brings the United States freedom from volatile oil-producing countries is appealing.

The EPA …

Don’t Blame Ethanol and the RFA for High Food Prices
May 26, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Wall Street Journal)  There is no support for the statement that ethanol production has driven up food prices.

Mike Brown and Rob Green’s “Paying for Ethanol at the Pump and on …

Follow the Money
May 19, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After a period of incredible profitability, leaders in the ethanol industry are better positioned for thinner margins.

In an industry ruled by volatility, it’s important for producers to position themselves …

Commodities: DDGS Priced out of Domestic Market
April 30, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With planting season right around the corner, the conversation about grain prices this time of year normally focuses on soil moisture, and temperatures.  This year, though, conversations about DDGS …

Prices Giving Positive Ethanol Margins, Negative for Corn Farmers
April 7, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Market conditions in mid-March indicated ethanol producers could pay about 10 percent more than the current cash corn price before reaching the plant “shut-down level,” according to an …

Corn Futures Dependent on Battle between Wheat and Soybeans
March 9, 2015 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by  Ryan Crossingham (Farm & Ranch Guide)   Corn futures have been stuck in a holding pattern according to Randy Martinson, Progressive Ag managing partner in West Fargo, N.D.

“Basically we’ve been sideways,” he said. “It looks …

Brazilian Study Explores Multiple Causes of 2007 Mexico Tortilla Crisis
March 2, 2015 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In light of signs of a moderation in the long upward trend in commodity prices, and recurrent assignment of blame for food insecurity and high food prices to the …

The Big Move: The Leap from First-Gen to Next-Gen Biofuels Companies, How Does It Happen?
February 9, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does the biofuels industry move from its roots in first-gen corn starch or cane sugar fermentation towards diversified products, more capacity and distribution, and new inputs like cellulosics?

How are …

Once-Golden Biofuels Market Flattened by Cheap Diesel
February 8, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Fleisher (Trib Total Media)  Last fall, Ed Vescovi planned to restart a dormant biodiesel plant in Beaver County.  The market for biofuel was shaky. But a new owner, Weavertown Environmental, pledged to get …

House Bills Aim to Alter, Eliminate the RFS
February 6, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 4, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced the introduction of two bills that aim to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS), including the RFS Elimination Act and the RFS …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
February 6, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Offner (WCFCourier.com) … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
January 27, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Offner (WCFCourier.com) … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Welcome to the Twilight Zone
January 27, 2015 – 1:27 pm | One Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine if you will a country with two natural resource industries. Both produce high demand products. One is the lowest priced producer on the planet and is able …

Crop Outlook Reveals Lower Corn Prices, Shrinking Demand from Biofuels
January 14, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  The crop demand outlook for the 2014/15 marketing year is a mixed bag, according to Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.

Westhoff gave attendees of the American …

Will New Congress Take on Ethanol?
January 9, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Rob Nikolewski (Watchdog.org)  It’s possibly the most controversial mandate on the books — a  requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard that billions of gallons of ethanol be mixed into the gasoline American consumers put into their …

Gasoline Price Plunge in U.S. Slowed by Higher Ethanol Costs
January 8, 2015 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The biggest plunge in U.S. gasoline prices since 2008 is slowing as higher ethanol boosts the cost to make the motor fuel.  Ethanol futures surpassed gasoline last month for the first …

USDA Says Corn Acres to Decline, Yields Increase in Decade Ahead
December 30, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA long-term projections call for slightly lower corn acres to be planted over the next decade while corn yields steadily climb. The USDA will release the complete long-term …

Ethanol Production and Profits Are Through The Roof
December 7, 2014 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Emily Cassidy (Environmental Working Group)  Corn ethanol production has soared to record heights this year, and with large harvests and low corn prices, that means record profits for the industry. …

… Production has soared …

High Turkey Prices: Don’t Blame Ethanol
November 26, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Alan Neuhauser  (U.S. News and World Report/MSN.com)  No clucking way.   Turkey prices are still higher than average, the American Farm Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics found last week – but don’t blame the Environmental …

Fuel Standard Good for US Economy
November 18, 2014 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Tim Walz (D-Minn.) (AgWeek)  Imagine a future where America controls its own energy destiny — a future in which we stop spending $1 billion per day on foreign oil and start investing those funds …

Stu Ellis: What Do We Do with All of This Corn?
October 30, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Stu Ellis (Herald-Review.com)  … Last fall, the market was telling farmers to raise more soybeans in 2014, but don’t cut back too much on corn acres, and total planted acreage in the U.S. subsequently …

New Report Sheds Light on the Old “Food Vs. Fuel” Bioenergy Debate
October 14, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Runyon (RenewableEnergyWorld.com) There was never any conflict between using corn for food or for ethanol since corn growers send most of their product to animal feedlots. That product isn’t even meant for human consumption …

Commodities: DDGS Value Comes Down to Logistics
October 2, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Chinese MIR 162 (Syngenta trait corn) issues are still not resolved, leaving significant amounts of contracted tonnage that needs to move a different direction.  River logistics are still an …

Fuel Standard Good for US’s Economic Engine
October 1, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) (The Hill)  Imagine a future where America controls its own energy destiny — a future in which we stop spending $1 billion per day on foreign oil and start investing …

That Dread US Ethanol Policy that Reduced Foreign Oil, Saved Consumers $800 P.A., and Produced More Food
August 15, 2014 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, USDA released its August World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.   The 2014 corn crop is estimated at 14.032 billion bushels. That is 172 million bushels higher …

The Impact of Ethanol Production on the North Dakota Agricultural Retail Industry
August 12, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Richard Taylor and Won W. Koo   (Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies North Dakota State University)  … The first immediate impact of ethanol was increased agricultural commodity prices. In 2005, the corn price averaged $2.00 per bushel. …

Webinar: What Could Corn Projections Mean for Biofuels? August 14, 2014 10:00AM CDT
August 12, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Webinar: What Could Corn Projections Mean for Biofuels?   August 14, 2014   10:00AM CDT

With a massive corn crop on the way and biofuels feedstock prices tumbling, the second half of 2014 could be pivotal for U.S. ethanol market dynamics. As the corn market heads into a new marketing …

Low Corn Prices Favor New Type of Ethanol in Brazil
July 22, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Gustavo Bonato and Caroline Stauffer (Reuters)  Low corn prices in Brazil following a bumper crop are worrying farmers but providing favorable margins for an incipient corn-ethanol industry, said the manager of Usimat, the first Brazilian …

Ethanol & Corn Production Up, Food & Gas Prices Down
July 18, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Growth Energy is attacking the myth that ethanol production increases food prices.

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy notes that time and again, Big Oil, big Food and special interests are attacking the ethanol …

Corn Ethanol Benefits Farmers, Community, Industry
July 11, 2014 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Heather Meade (Daily Advocate)  There are seven operational ethanol plants in Ohio, one of which is located just outside of Greenville – The Andersons, Inc., which was opened in conjunction with the Marathon Petroleum …

Ethanol, Oil, Corn Duke It Out in “The Battle of the Benjamins”
June 13, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corn producers, ethanol producers and crude oil refiners: locked in a rollercoaster of commodity prices, and a battle for market share and profits.   As the EPA readies to unleash its …

Corn Farmers Eye Other Crops for Next Year
January 15, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Kai Ryssdal (MarketPlace.org)  … Keith Alverson, a sixth generation ethanol corn farmer in Chester, South Dakota, says it’s all about supply and demand. Corn prices were up last year thanks to two years of drought …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Renewable Fuel Standard Is Working, So Why Change It?
January 6, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

Senator Amy Kolbuchar (D-MN) (Post Bulletin)  … Unfortunately, a recent proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the biofuel targets for 2014 threatens the progress we have made.

The EPA’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard rule would, …

Improved Margins Could Support Ethanol Production Despite the EPA
January 2, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Xun Yao Chen  (MarketRealist.com)  The EIA’s proposal to cut use of ethanol in oil has also negatively impacted corn prices this year. A significant portion of corn is used to produce ethanol, so a …

Ethanol Plunges Most in Two Weeks as Cheaper Corn Reduces Costs
January 2, 2014 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Ethanol futures plunged the most in two weeks as cheaper prices for corn, the worst-performing commodity this year, made it more profitable for distillers to increase output. … Ethanol’s discount to gasoline …

Corn Plummeting Spurs Talk of ’80s U.S. Farmland Bust: Mortgages
December 18, 2013 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen M. Howley (Bloomberg)  … Now, as corn prices start to decline, bankers and agricultural economists are predicting a slowdown in farmland prices that could turn into a bust.

“I can see the fear in farmers’ …

Ethanol Use to Hit Record as Corn Prices Slump, Feds Project
December 17, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Zain Shauk  (FuelFix)  Corn prices have fallen 40 percent in 2013, a drop that inspired refineries to blend a record amount of ethanol into gasoline in August.

The price drop came as the government projected …

Oil Seen as Main Driver of Ethanol and Grain Prices in UN Study
December 16, 2013 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg  (Bloomberg)   Oil prices were found to be the main drivers of ethanol and grain prices in a statistical analysis by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization.

Ethanol moves in line with oil …

Low Corn Prices Predicted to Push Ethanol Demand
December 12, 2013 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  Corn used for ethanol production could exceed the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate this year due to low prices, a University of Purdue economist said.

The department has set a target of 4.9 billion bushels …

EPA Caves to the Petroleum Industry, Could Cost Taxpayers
December 9, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Laura Sesana  (The Washington Times) The petroleum industry’s renewed campaign against Congressionally mandated increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline appears to be working. The result, however—EPA’s proposal to reduce ethanol requirements for 2014—could cost taxpayers …

Dinneen: RFS Not for Big Oil’s Convenience
December 6, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The case for keeping the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as-is is being made today at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing in Arlington, Va. Our friends from the Renewable Fuels Association …

Nightmare Scenario: Renewable Fuels’ Defenders Pull out the Stops to Persuade EPA to Continue the War on Imported Oil
December 5, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, the EPA has scheduled a day of testimony on its proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel volume targets — and a proposed 40 percent slash in the advanced biofuels category to …

Iowans Worry about Ethanol’s Lost Political Clout
November 25, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Beaumont (Associated Press)  … Now, Iowa’s senior political leaders are pondering how to shore up political support for the corn-based fuel at a time when its economic and environmental benefits are under attack .

The …

CARD Report: Altering RFS Would Have Modest Effect on Corn Prices
November 21, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new paper from the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University indicates that if the U.S. EPA does significantly reduce the renewable fuel standard (RFS) renewable volume …

Declining Corn Prices Hurting South Dakota Farmers
October 29, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Natalie-Lees (Aberdeen News)  Corn is about one-half the price it was a year ago, a movement that will dramatically impact farmers’ bottom lines.

The cash price for corn at North Central Farmers Elevator in Ipswich …

Make Hay: The Global Bioenergy Mood
October 28, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … To check on the current mood, we stopped in this week for a conversation with Novozymes EVP Andy Fordyce, who’s been on the hustings all this year as Novozymes rolled …

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Introduce RFS Reform Act
October 22, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Office of Representative Jim Costa (D-CA 16th))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement today regarding the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in …

Corn Prices Pressured by Both Supply and Demand Factors
October 15, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Darrel Good and Scott Irwin  (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  Corn prices continue the long retreat from the peak of September 2012, declining to the lowest level since late August 2010. The most recent price weakness …

Letters to the Editor: Supporting Ethanol; Bumper Corn Crop; Corn for Feed
October 15, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Chicago Tribune)  by Martin Barbre (National Corn Growers Association) Your Oct. 5 editorial “Crop politics; Government subsidies promote corn over common sense” reflects several things: The Tribune is not the pro-business/jobs advocate you pretend to be, …

Ethanol Prices Plummet, Pressuring Gasoline
October 3, 2013 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Lincoln Journal Star)  A “somewhat meager rally” may be underway for spot gasoline prices, but oil market expert Tom Kloza said lower corn prices are causing “radical changes” for ethanol, and even for Renewable Identification …

Tulare County Farmers Hear about Raising Sorghum for Biofuel
October 2, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by David Castellon (Visalia Times Delta) When the subject of biofuel comes up, chances are you’ll think of corn converted to ethanol.

But on Wednesday, representatives from a Chicago-based seed manufacturer tried to change that way of …

RFS Hasn’t Hurt the Poultry Industry
September 26, 2013 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

by Gary Pestoriou (The Hill’s Congress Blog)    I followed with interest the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). I became very skeptical of the statements by those representing …

Analyzing the Influence of Energy Policy
September 25, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jake Ferris (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The change in stock levels from 2001-’05 accounted for about $1.28 of the $2.49 per bushel increase in corn prices (Table 2)—just over 50 percent. About 18 cents …

Uneven Crop, Shifting Markets: Considering the Prospects for the Corn and Ethanol Markets Ahead.
September 25, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (Bruce) Babcock (the Cargill endowed chair of energy economics at Iowa State University) is more optimistic about the potential for E85 consumption to grow. If corn prices stay …

Ethanol Blend Wall? What Blend Wall?
September 20, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The oil industry has formally petitioned the EPA to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014, arguing that the ethanol market is saturated. But …

Analyst Says Ethanol Rush Is Over, Corn May Drop to $3.25
September 12, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Brett Wessler (Ag Professional)  Livestock producers are likely to see shrinking feed costs ahead with one market analyst forecasting lower corn prices as ethanol demand will be “flat-lining” into 2022.

Dan Basse, AgResource Company, told the …

Ethanol Industry on the Offensive after August Recess
September 9, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (Paul) Bertels (vice president of production and utilization for the National Corn Growers Association) said the harvest should bring in about 12.9 billion bushels of corn, the third largest …

Record Corn Crop Refutes Critics, Ethanol Industry Says
August 13, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …“Following the worst drought in 50 years, USDA is projecting that U.S. farmers will produce a record 13.8 billion bushels of corn this year and the third best …

Ethanol, Corn Prices, Government Payments, and the REAL Reason Meat Groups Oppose the RFS
May 7, 2013 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  As part of its ongoing review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the House Energy & Commerce Committee recently asked stakeholders to comment on the impact of the RFS on the …

Pacific Ethanol Says Importing Sorghum to Make Biofuel
April 2, 2013 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Karl Plume (Reuters)  Pacific Ethanol Inc said that it is importing sorghum as well as buying the grain from domestic sources as prices for corn, the primary feedstock for the U.S. ethanol industry, hovered …

Ethanol Producers Respond to Market Conditions
March 18, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beginning in summer 2012, the prices of ethanol and corn reached levels where production costs at relatively simple ethanol plants exceeded revenue. These simple plants, which are not able …

Ethanol Rises Versus Gasoline as Motor Fuel Slumps, Corn Gains
February 28, 2013 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Ethanol’s discount to gasoline fell the most in more than three months as the motor fuel slumped and corn rose.

The spread narrowed 10.45 cents to 58.56 cents a gallon, the smallest …

Perspectives on 2013: Ethanol Industry Executives Approach 2013 with Optimism and Concern.
November 6, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen & Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Looking into the future, Jeff Roskam, CEO of the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, fears any modification of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). “Period,” he …

Ethanol Is Working
October 8, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Chicago Tribune)  Letter to Editor:   The recent editorial “A crop shortage should provoke policy changes. Are you listening, Congress?” paints a dire picture that forecasts food shortages and civil unrest. Sounds …

Are High Grain Prices Good for Anyone?
October 2, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Roy Roberson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Sounds like a good deal for grain growers and a bad one for livestock producers and consumers, but are such high prices really good for any of us?

• …

Market Speculators, Oil Drive High Food Prices
September 13, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. drought, disastrous as it is, does not signal Armageddon for food prices, biofuels and the poor. First, one needs to understand that the main drivers behind rising …

Biofuels Lobby Asks Obama to Keep US Ethanol Mandate Amid Drought
August 28, 2012 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Eight groups representing a cross section of the US biofuels industry asked the White House on Monday to keep the ethanol mandate in place, despite governors’ calls to shrink it in response to a …

Ethanol Waiver May Lower Corn But Raise Gas Prices
August 23, 2012 – 9:27 pm | No Comment

by Bertha Coombs (CNBC)  Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The …

Updated Assessment of the Drought’s Impacts on Crop Prices and Biofuel Production
August 17, 2012 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Babcock (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development)  …The sharply lowered production estimates suggest the preliminary assessment of the impact of the drought on crop prices and biofuel production that I conducted last month …