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Columnist Misstates the Facts on Corn
March 27, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Troy Knecht (Rapid City Journal)  Columnist Frank Carroll recently took shots at the corn/ethanol industries so I’d like to share some facts. Carroll opines that corn ethanol isn’t environmentally friendly. On the contrary, a …

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 …

CPAC Panel: Ethanol Regs Aren’t Helping Corn Belt Economies
February 27, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Follett (The Daily Caller News Foundation)  Members of the Conservative Political Action Conference panel “Energy Rationing: The Tragic, Unintended Consequences,” argued the federal ethanol mandate isn’t benefiting the regions of the country it’s …

Adding Flowability
February 20, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  New DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability.  —  A new mineral additive technology offering energy and yield benefits to DDGS processing has been developed …

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant
February 16, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, …

INTERVIEW-Argentina Could Double Percentage of Ethanol in Fuels -Official
February 16, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters)  Argentina in the next two to three years could double the proportion of ethanol used in gasoline from the current 12 percent of the blend, a government official told Reuters. If the …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

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 …

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants
February 3, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in …

Letter – Connect the Dots
February 3, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Watertown Public Opinion)  A few weeks ago, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said, “It’s all about the corn; as corn goes, so goes South Dakota’s economy…”  Let’s connect the dots. If that is the case, …

Trump Puts US Food, Farm Companies on Edge over Mexico Trade
February 3, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Tom Polansek, Mark Weinraub and Frank Jack Daniel (Channel NewsAsia’World-Grain.com)  U.S. food producers and shippers are trying to speed up exports to Mexico and line up alternative markets as concerns rise that this lucrative …

Syngenta Announces $340,000 Donation to Prime the Pump Fund
February 3, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta)  Prime the Pump dedicated to making higher ethanol blends available at retail outlets; E15 approved for more than 87 percent of all vehicles on the road; Increased availability for E15 at retail seen as key to …

Europeans Want EU Policy to Promote First-Generation Biofuels, New Survey Finds
January 24, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Europeans overwhelmingly support the use of conventional biofuels made from crops and believe EU policy should encourage it, according to an EU-wide opinion survey released today (23 January, 2017).

More than …

A Double Whammy for Corn and Ethanol Industries
January 23, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Michigan Farmer)  China imposes additional tariffs on DDGS and ethanol.  —  … Inevitably, changes in trade could bludgeon an already wounded ag economy. A tug of war with punitive tariffs has already started with the world’s …

Germany Cuts Palm Oil Use for Biodiesel by 1/3: Report
January 23, 2017 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food published an English-language edition of its Evaluation and Progress Report 2015 under the Biomass Energy Sustainability Ordinance.

Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance The FOAF reports …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields
January 9, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to Yield10 Bioscience and will focus …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2017
January 3, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2017? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.

As the …

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development
January 2, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based on rapeseed (72%), used cooking oil (19%), animal fat (8%) and fatty acids (1%). The feedstock …

A New Era Gets Fueled Up
December 30, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Joe Petrie (AviationPros.com)  At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Alaska Airlines is forging ahead with plans to implement a biofuel supply for its commercial jets.   …   Carol Sim, director of environmental affairs for Alaska …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
December 14, 2016 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar …

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016
December 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 …

Commission’s Proposal to Phase out Conventional Biofuels Ignores Science and Jeopardises Biofuel Investments
November 30, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) regrets the European Commission’s intentions to phase out, or significantly reduce, the use of conventional biofuels in Europe, contained in the proposed Renewable Energy Directive for the period …

European Ethanol Industry Calls for Ethanol Support
November 30, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The European ethanol industry is coming together in defense of ethanol as the European Commission has publicly announced that it is considering a gradual phase out of first generation biofuels produced …

Argonne Researchers Study How Reflectivity of Biofuel Crops Impacts Climate
November 21, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Joan Koka (Argonne National Laboratory)  … The new analysis, published in The Royal Chemistry Society’s Energy & Environmental Science, incorporates the additional effect of changes in reflectivity, or “albedo.” Albedo effects sum up the amount …

Elite Corn, without Control by Elites: NCGA, Benson Hill Biosystems Partner to Democratize Corn R&D, Unleash Innovation
November 17, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural technology company unlocking the genetic potential of plants, today announced a strategic partnership and grant from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

Benson Hill’s …

Canada’s “Chemical Valley” Lobbying to Lure New Biofuel Plant
November 15, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing/Reuters)  Sarnia, Ontario, home to dozens of Canada’s refineries and chemical plants, is lobbying hard to lure a biotech plant to the city as the local petrochemical-powered economy braces for the impact of a provincial …

Ethanol Use Can Reduce India’s Fuel Imports, Says PM Modi
November 14, 2016 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(PTI/The Indian Express)  “Ethanol production and sale has tripled in the last two years,” Modi said, adding that “ethanol can be a balancing power in the economy.”  —  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said …

Commission’s Biofuel Plans Will Cost Europe’s Cereal and Beet Farmers at least €2 Billion per Year
November 14, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  On the occasion of the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference taking place in Brussels, the European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS), the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), the International Confederation of European Beet …

Corn: It’s What’s for Dinner, for People, Animals and Gasoline-Eating Vehicles
November 10, 2016 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Chris Beutler (Today’s Producer)  …  U.S. raises nearly 36 percent of all the corn grown worldwide, and it is the most widely produced grain in the world.

Corn is often thought of as a vegetable, …

Can Biofuels Take Flight? Alternative Fuels for Jetliners Face Political and Economic Headwinds
November 7, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by John Stang (Geek Wire)  Two major steps in Washington’s infant jet biofuel industry are expected to take place in the next couple months.

In November, a study group is expected to provide the Port of …

Developing New Markets Will Help MN Corn Farmers Become the Most Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible in the U.S.
November 7, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Demmer  (Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council/Filmore County Journal)  … Yes, corn is used for more than just feeding livestock. It touches our lives in many ways, whether we’re brushing our teeth (corn is …

Koch Brothers Build Biofuel Giant Aided by Mandates They Abhor
November 7, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Buying bankrupt plants on cheap creates No. 5 U.S. producer; Free-market preachers seek profit without mandated use of fuel  —  Jeremy Bezdek admits that the proposal he made to his bosses at …

Pheasants Choose Farms over Grasslands, Surprising MN Researchers
November 7, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Dave Orrick (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  Female pheasants have surprised researchers by running into corn and soybean fields — but not just for the crops.

Female pheasants, Minnesota researchers have found, often abandon natural grasslands …

MSU Awarded Grant to Research Biofuel, Carbon Capture Technologies for Upper Missouri River Basin
November 4, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Evelyn Boswell  (Montana State University)  A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems while training the …

Ethanol in U.S. Gas Tanks Is Backfiring for Climate Change
October 24, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by John Upton (Climate Central)  It may have seemed apparent to members of Congress a decade ago that if a motorist pumped a gallon of fuel made from corn into their gas tank, a gallon …

US Grain Exports Increase in 2015/16, Ethanol Exports to China Grow 1227%
October 21, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US exports of feed grains in all forms in 2015/2016 increased by more than 300,000 tonnes from the previous marketing year, US Department of Agriculture data shows.

Totalling at 100.5 million tonnes, …

Airlines to Test Alternative Fuel
October 14, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Anum Yoon (Triple Pundit)  As the world turns its attention to addressing global warming, the airline industry, too, is researching ways to do its part and lower greenhouse gas emissions. One option is investing more into …

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Praj
October 14, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of ethanol from conventional to advanced. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Praj – going through …

Higher US Ethanol Production from Sorghum, Corn Yield: Professor
October 12, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The higher ethanol production seen so far in 2016 has come from greater sorghum use and boosted yields from corn, said a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Department …

Fed Approval Paves Way for Low-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal)  In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol’s registration of its Stockton ethanol plant to generate valuable credits by producing cellulosic ethanol with …

Gevo Produces First Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel Specified for Use on Commercial Airline Flights–Alaska Airlines to Fly First Commercial Flight with Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel in ‘Next Few Months’
October 12, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has completed production of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights.  Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic …

Ethanol Plays Important Role in Corn Industry
October 7, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Purvis (Gering Citizen)  On Sept. 21, the Nebraska Ethanol Board rolled out a new campaign to increase awareness of the 15 percent alcohol/gasoline blend called E15. While encouraging renewable fuels, the ethanol industry …

An EU Biofuels Proposal Worth Getting Behind
October 7, 2016 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest)  Europe’s bioethanol association ePure just released a renewables policy paper that’s something to get excited about.

It’s a show of confidence and ambition on the part of Europe’s ethanol CEOs.  Their …

NEW PBS Documentary: The Ethanol Effect
October 6, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is debuting a new ethanol documentary this Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm ET called, “The Ethanol Effect“. The film, produced by DPTV, takes a look …

USDA to Pay Farmers More than $7 Billion Due to Low Crop Prices
October 5, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Tom Polansek (Reuters)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay more than $7 billion of taxpayers’ money to farmers this fall to keep them afloat in the face of low crop prices, agency officials said …

Airline Low-Carbon Future Needs Fuel Nobody Makes in Volume
October 4, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Joe Ryan (Bloomberg)  JetBLue among airlines testing fuel made from corn, garbage; ‘We just don’t have any alternative,’ Boeing executive says  —  The airline industry’s plan to ease its impact on global warming hinges on …

USGC: US Feed Grains Exports to Mexico Soar in 2015-‘16
October 3, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  A recent U.S. Grains Council Chart of Note shows the standout performance of U.S. exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms to Mexico over the past six years.

For marketing year 2015-‘16, …

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 …

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants
September 29, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jess Hewitt and Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   … Now, there is also competition for production between renewable fuels. Ethanol plants can produce fuel ethanol but they can also be retrofitted or …

Letter to the Editor: Time to Give Ethanol Credit
September 26, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by  Bill Bushong (Northern Virginia Daily)  I have been following coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to alter the renewable fuel standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation on corn-based ethanol, …

European Ethanol’s Greenhouse Gas Savings Increase 8.5% in 2015: New Report
September 26, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Theo Kumah (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, ethanol’s direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuel have increased from 59% in 2014 to 64% in 2015, an increase of 8.5% against the …

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 Europe Deem Low-Emission Mobility Strategy Damaging to Production
September 22, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by George Griffiths (Platts)  The European Commission’s Low-Emission Mobility Strategy would lead to the “permanent loss of 133,000 rural jobs supported by the ethanol industry,” Mark Turley, CEO of Ethanol Europe, said Wednesday.

Speaking at the Agro-Inno …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes, P&G
September 22, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio
September 18, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the …

How Low Can #Ethanol’s Carbon Intensity Go?
September 14, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  …  “Carbon Intensity: Field-to-Wheel How Low Can You Go?” was one of the break-out sessions during the 29th annual Ethanol Conference. During the discussion, panelists walked attendees through the nuts and …

Chinese Ethanol Almost Competitive Enough to Export
September 12, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Xiaojuan Gao (Platts)  The export arbitrage for China ethanol has narrowed to the point where transactions could be occurring very soon, market participants said Friday, citing a combination of factors including increasing international ethanol market …

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 …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

From Farm to Fingernails: GreenBiologics Remakes Little Falls Ethanol Plant
September 11, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Zach Kayser  (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal)  A multi-million dollar conversion project in Little Falls aims to bear uncommon, environmentally sustainable fruit when it’s completed later this year.  Green Biologics, which is based in the …

Review of John DeCicco et al. Article Titled “Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use”
September 9, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center)  … The authors essentially challenge the accuracy of traditional life cycle analysis with their new model.

The authors argue that “for a biofuel to provide a net …

Biofuels Not Contributing to Decline in Bee Habitat
September 9, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(WNAX) A new study from the National Academy of Sciences says the expansion of corn and soybean acres to supply feed stock for biofuels is hampering habitat for bees. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen says …

BioFuelNet Responds To Study Claiming “ Biofuels Are Worse Than Gasoline”
September 8, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Marie-Joe Costantine (BioFuelNet)  Study stating “ biofuels are worse than gasoline” is fundamentally flawed  —  … In the study, when (John) DeCicco and colleagues calculate the CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere, they consider all parts …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 2, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we looked at …

Welcome to Aviation Biofuels Math Class with Mr. Mercutio
August 31, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you were reading BBC’s coverage of the aviation biofuels space yesterday, you would have seen the provocative headline:
Wood fuel plan to cut plane CO2 branded as ‘pipe dream’
Then would …

Germans Developing Flower-Power Biofuel
August 30, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Brian Parkin (Bloomberg News/Arkansas Online)  A giant form of a flowering daisy plant that can grow 10 feet high may become the favored fuel of Germany’s biogas industry.

The plant, with small yellow flowers, whose …

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 …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Biofuels Worse for Climate Change than Gasoline, U-M Study Says
August 25, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Keith Matheny (Detroit Free Press)  The multi-billion-dollar U.S. biofuels industry — promoted and expanded for over a decade by the federal government — may be built on a false assumption, according to a new University …

Strategic Intent: The Digest 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer, Bunge and Monsanto
August 25, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, we are conducting Strategic Intent, our 19 webinar series on major companies and their partnerships, progress and plans in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this edition, we explored Bayer, …

Will New Biofuels Help Decarbonize Aviation and Shipping?
August 23, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Kent Harrington (Chenected)  …  For example, which country should own the emissions from a Mexico City flight to New York, or a ship moving goods between Shanghai and Los Angeles? The country of departure, …

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 …

Misguided Energy Mandates Fueling Higher Prices
August 15, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (The Heritage Foundation/The Intelligencer) … President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law and expanded it in 2007. The RFS, which originated with that act, mandates that refiners mix …

WEBINAR: Cellulosic Ethanol: More Ethanol from the Same Kernel of Corn — August 17, 2016
August 12, 2016 – 5:47 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Cellulosic Ethanol: More Ethanol from the Same Kernel of Corn   —   August 17, 2016

Advances in cellulosic technology are helping to make ethanol even more sustainable and could help producers significantly increase total production by using pre-existing assets. Panelists will discuss the outlook for cellulosic ethanol and how new …

UF/IFAS Study: Sweet Potato Crop Shows Promise as Feed and Fuel
August 9, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Newswise/University of Florida)  As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato …

Latin Americans Committed to Advancing Biofuels
August 9, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Fernando Olmedo (Biodisol/Agence France Presse (Google Translation))  Twenty Latin American countries pledged Friday to continue “promoting emphasizing” the development of biofuels with support from multilateral financial institutions, during a forum on clean energy in San …

Working the Calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock
August 8, 2016 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What color is your parachute?” went the title of a best-selling book from the 80s on job hunting. The concept applies equally to biomass feedstock in the 2010s. There’s one …

Modeling Predicts which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops
July 19, 2016 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Katie Elyce Jones (Phys.Org)  To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Use of E15 Overwhelmingly Favored in Wisconsin
July 19, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Corn Growers Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent statewide opinion poll shows that Wisconsin citizens favor the use of ethanol blends in fuel up to 15 percent (E15), by a 2 to 1 margin. The …

Earth-Friendly American Ethanol: An Important Success Story
July 19, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(NewsUSA/WDRB.com)  There is little question ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil — lowering gasoline prices, improving the environment with lower emissions and growing the economy with jobs that can’t be outsourced.

In …

Making It Work for the Grower: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Cellulosic Feedstock
July 19, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:

(1) improving existing ethanol …

UDSA GAIN Reports Address Polish, Lithuanian Ethanol Production
July 18, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Total production of bioethanol in Poland is estimated at 200,000 metric tons, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. The domestic …

NCC Calls for Further Reduction of 2017 Ethanol Levels
July 15, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(National Chicken Council)  The National Chicken Council (NCC) strongly supports efforts to create a more reasonable and sustainable approach to the nation’s biofuel fuel policy, as the compelled diversion of corn from feed to fuel …

Iowa’s Ethanol Plants Consistently Gaining in Efficiency
July 6, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Dirck Steimel (Iowa Farm Bureau)  While political battles over the Renewable Fuel Stan­dard (RFS) continue to grab headlines, Iowa’s ethanol plants are quietly pushing ahead and becoming more and more efficient.
The 43 corn-based and …

How Biofuels Can Help Break Up Big Oil’s Marketshare Monopoly
July 6, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Morning Consult)  … In 2015, 14.8 billion gallons of ethanol was produced, supporting 85,967 direct jobs, while net petroleum import dependence fell to just 25 percent, and would have been 32 percent without …

@NASCAR #E15 Race Offers Fans ‘All American Fun’
July 1, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Jimmy Small is in his third race season as president of Iowa Speedway. TheAmerican Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen is in its fourth year while the American Ethanol sponsorship is …

South Dakota Ethanol Industry Calls for Larger Ethanol Market
June 27, 2016 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Selena Yakabe  (The Dickinson Press)   South Dakota’s $3.8 billion ethanol industry is facing a “glass ceiling,” according to officials. … Hunter Roberts, the South Dakota representative for the Governor’s Biofuel Coalition, said this (Renewable Volume …

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 …

The Problem and Promise of Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times) … So how can we produce ethanol sustainably — that is, a scheme under which farmers can make money without releasing nitrate to the river and help power America while …

ICM Has Short List for Its Gen 1.5 Cellulosic Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, ICM said it is is currently in discussion with a short list of those interested in being selected as an early adopter of its Gen 1.5 technology, and …

Why is ATJ Renewable Jet Fuel Rockin’ It?
June 15, 2016 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  There are many pathways from biomass to jet — right now, the hottest is ATJ, or alcohol to jet. In the case of Gevo, they want to convert first-gen …

50% Yield Boost for Ethanol? No CO2? What?! White Dog Labs Comes out of Stealth
June 13, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In what might become the most transformative development in fermentation yields since Noah debuted winemaking technology in the Book of Genesis, US-based White Dog Labs have unveiled a new process that …

Alaska Airlines Pioneers Use of Corn-Based Biofuel on Two Jet Flights
June 8, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Q13Fox.com)  Alaska airlines made aviation history today, when it flew two planes partially fueled by “biofuel” made from fermented corn. The airline fueled up two jets at Sea-Tac Airport. One headed south, to San Francisco, the other …

Helping Ethanol Producers Get the Most Out of Their Product
June 6, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) When margins matter most, strategies to ratchet up ethanol yield make good business sense.  —  In the ethanol production world, yield is king. Fluid Quip Process Technologies and Edeniq Inc. …

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?
May 28, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and just plain wrong. In fact, thanks to improvements in farming techniques, increasing the amount of …

New Water-Quality Data on Impact of Corn, Soybeans on Nitrate in Iowa streams
May 26, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  As Iowa farmers have planted more acres of corn to meet the demand driven by the corn-based ethanol industry, many models predicted that nitrate concentrations in Iowa streams would increase accordingly. However, recent IIHR …

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt
May 19, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The company …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
May 19, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Feature: Ethanol Producers Say California ‘Carbon Intensity’ Scores Still Too High
May 16, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick  (Platts)  Most “legacy” ethanol producers who sell their product in California are unhappy with updated “carbon intensity” scores, saying the application process was inconsistent and left scores too high to meet the …

Farmers to Have Role in Changing Ethanol Industry
May 4, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Rose Spangler (Lancaster Farming)  Ethanol isn’t a new concept. Using corn to make it isn’t either. And Pennsylvania even has a plant to create it, Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC in Clearfield, which is capable …

Bolt-On Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Edeniq
May 3, 2016 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Edeniq is a biorefining and cellulosic technology company. Edeniq delivers integrated process innovations that unlock sugars. These technological innovations uniquely combine mechanical and biological processes. Edeniq’s capital light and operationally …

How to Make $250M in Cellulosic Biofuels with an Investment under $6M
May 3, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Cellulosic fiber makes up approximately 10% of the corn kernel and cannot be converted into ethanol during the typical production process. By utilizing Edeniq’s Pathway technologies, including specialized enzymes …

Cellerate + Enogen = More Ethanol Production
April 26, 2016 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to Syngenta, the combination of Cellerate process technology with Enogen can increase ethanol production by 20 percent. The 18 day trial was conducted at the Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) …

Argentina Ethanol Blend Hike to 26% in 2017 ‘Impossible’: Industry Group
April 26, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Charles Newbery (Platts)  Argentina’s ethanol sector needs more time and investment in order to meet potential significant increases in the country’s gasoline ethanol blend, Claudio Molina, executive director of the Argentine Biofuels and Hydrogen Association, …

UK Government Would Probably Abandon Biomass Policy If Not Committed to It by EU law, MPs Say
April 19, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  A cross-party group of MPs has said that the UK government would probably abandon the EU’s biomass and policy if it was not committed to it by EU law.

The group, part …

Comet, BioAmber in Big Cellulosic Sugar Partnership: Biobased’s Hot Babes Hook Up
April 19, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Comet Biorefining has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet’s upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be …

Cooper: Don’t Reverse Course on Ethanol
April 14, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Tom Thoma (Globe Gazette)  Alan Guebert’s recent column (“The ethanol trap”) asks, “Where would the nation, its farmers, livestock growers, and rural America be today had ethanol not been given … a role in …

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions
April 11, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize an overwhelming body of new evidence showing …

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 & …

China’s Grain Reforms to Boost Depressed Corn Processing Industry
April 6, 2016 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Niu Shuping and David Stanway (Reuters/AgWeek)  China’s plan to let the market set corn prices is bad news for international grain exporters, but should boost the country’s struggling corn processors that use the grain …

Argentina Ups Ethanol Blending Mandate in Gasoline to 12% from 10%
April 5, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Charles Newbery (Platts)  The Argentine government Friday said it has raised the ethanol blending mandate in gasoline to 12% from 10% with immediate effect, according to a decree published in the Official Bulletin, the government’s …

REG’s Rolling Thunder: What Did Not Kill Them (Falling Oil Prices), Made Them Stronger
April 5, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been a couple of years since we visited REG and the difference is palpable. The company has become a little ADM, rather than a big Amyris or TerraVia. You …

After a Decade of Growth, Corn Use for Ethanol Projected to Decline
April 4, 2016 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Ag Professional)  Ethanol production in the United States is based almost entirely on corn as a feedstock. Corn‑based ethanol production is projected to fall over the next 10 years.

This reflects declining overall …

Prospective Plantings: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Corn, Soy, Sorghum, Wheat Acreage
April 4, 2016 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2016 planting intentions.

U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, according …

Corn Growers Ratify a Strategy for Increasing Demand
March 22, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Southeast Farm Press)  Corn growers push to increase ethanol demand, explore new uses, increase livestock exports and improve transportation infrastructure. — National Corn Growers Association finalized a new strategic plan March 5 to focus on four …

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Independent Science News) … The disastrous experience with Fischer-Tropsch biofuels is just one part of a much larger failure of cellulosic and algal biofuels, on which billions of dollars of public subsidies have been …

Gevo Signs Licensing and Joint Development Agreements With Porta
February 26, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Gevo and Porta Are Targeting the Construction of at Least Four Isobutanol Plants in Argentina; First Plant to be Wholly Owned by Porta, With a Targeted Production Capacity of Up to Five Million Gallons …

Ethanol Market Participants at Odds over Chinese Import Viability
February 26, 2016 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Toh Wei Zheng (Platts)  There was considerable debate about the role of China as a potential export market for ethanol in the long run during the FO Licht Sugar & Ethanol conference held in Bangkok, …

Corn Growers’ Ethanol Committee Meets with California Officials
February 26, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Crop Protection News)  The ethanol committee of the National Corn Growers Association met with California regulators and industry leaders to talk about the economy, reducing greenhouse gases, and producing higher quality blends that can be …

Ethanol Fuels Missouri Corn Checkoff Success
February 26, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Benjamin Herrold (Missouri Farmer Today)  Gary Marshall has seen how the Missouri corn checkoff has shaped the industry and impacted farmers. Marshall, the CEO of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising …

Putting Corn in Your Car Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
February 23, 2016 – 8:15 pm | One Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  When I first looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol I thought it was simple: Grow an acre of corn for fuel and it means you have to grow another …

Analysis: ‘TTIP Would Benefit US Biofuels’
February 23, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, currently being negotiated by the United States and the European Union becomes reality, a recent analysis by the Center for Agricultural …

Swallowing the Frog
February 23, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Doug Rich (High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  The best statement made about the current market situation for grains at the Kansas Commodity Classic came from Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. Novak …

7 Megatrends for the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2016 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the bioeconomy headed? In the annual State of the Industry briefing at the 2016 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, the Digest presented a survey on that topic.

Here are the …

Report: Energy Efficiency of Ethanol Continues to Improve
February 22, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reports recently published by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist and the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute demonstrate that ethanol production continues to become …

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge
February 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.  … After a couple of years in limbo due to challenges to the Low Carbon Fuel …

Nigeria: Investing in an Ethanol Plant for Export
February 9, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Uba Godwin  (This Day/AllAfrica.com/Global Trust Consulting Group)  Uba Godwin writes on how cassava and other raw materials could be processed into ethanol for export  —  It is disheartened that Nigerians at this level of …

4 Advanced Biofuel Plants for Argentina as Porta, Gevo Announce Deal
February 3, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo and Porta are targeting the construction of at least four isobutanol plants in Argentina; first plant to be wholly owned by Porta, with a targeted production capacity of up to …

Ethanol Expansion May Boost Michigan Basis
January 25, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip (Brownfield Ag News)  Strong ethanol demand and ample supplies are two of the main reasons the Andersons are doubling ethanol production at their Michigan facility.  Mike Irman, Vice President and General Manager …

Let’s Give Credit Where It’s Due
January 25, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Kenneth Riffle (Salina Journal) Opinion:  … Ethanol utilized as an oxygenate in blended gasoline helps control carbon monoxide emissions. As an economic driver, ethanol has strengthened rural communities by adding value to agricultural production. If adhered …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM Find “Breakthrough Process” for a “Long-Sought Molecule”
January 20, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st …

New White Paper Identifies Opportunities for Increased Ethanol Demand: Growing Beyond the RFS Keys on Regulatory Relief
January 18, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Across America)  Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy …

Little Falls Ethanol Plant Begins Renovation
January 15, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Vicki Ikeogu (SC Times)  Construction has started at a Little Falls ethanol plant to convert it to a renewable chemical manufacturing plant.  U.K.-based Green Biologics Ltd. owns Central Minnesota Renewables, formerly known as Central Minnesota Ethanol …

Dirt Work Begins on Ringneck Energy as Project Details Finalized
January 4, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “Most investors are from South Dakota by far,” he reported, but the project did attract investors from Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. “Generally, from areas where they …

Any Alcohol into Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Byogy
January 4, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity
December 23, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t buy the fuels” myth, and …

US Wild Bee Numbers Decline as Land Is Converted for Biofuel
December 22, 2015 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC News)  Wild bees in the US have declined in many farming areas according to the first national effort to map their numbers.  —  The study suggests that between 2008 and 2013, …

Biofuels May Curb Carbon Dioxide Levels
December 15, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jeannine Otto (AgriNews)  “What is it that can do better than corn? We only know one plant right now, and that’s manioc — you know it as tapioca,” said Elwynn Taylor, ag meteorologist and professor …

How Much Corn for Ethanol? USDA Takes Cautious Approach to Corn Use in New Ethanol Mandate
December 11, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Alan Brugler (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  USDA on Wednesday increased projected 2015-16 corn use for ethanol by 25 million bushels from its November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Was this enough to reflect …

State Should Set Goals on Use of Low-Carbon Biofuel
December 8, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Dave Eames, Ethan N. Elkind (Sacramento Bee/Kansas City Star)  New federal rules issued last week will boost biofuel production nationwide; Biofuel comes from a variety of agricultural crops, algae, forest residue; California has not taken full advantage …

Malawi Begins Flex-Fuel Adaptor Kit Trials to Boost Ethanol Consumption
December 4, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malawi, 24 cars have been fitted with conversion kits to allow any mixture of ethanol and gasoline up to 100% of either as part of a demonstration project in …

Ethanol Production Hits Record as Distillers Are Flush with Corn
November 28, 2015 – 12:11 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg News/Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel) Flush with grain from the third-largest U.S. corn harvest, ethanol distilleries are cranking out unprecedented amounts of the biofuel.

Ethanol production last week reached a record 1 million barrels …