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U.S. National Biodiesel Board Petitions against ‘Illegal’ Biodiesel Imports
March 23, 2017 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Christine Prentice and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The National Biodiesel Board said on Thursday it has filed a petition to the U.S. government to investigate imports from Argentina and Indonesia, saying they have violated trade laws …

Groups Call Food-vs.-Fuel Fight Truce
February 24, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Now, representatives of two ag groups previously at odds over the RFS say they have moved on. The reason, they say, is that the 5 billion bushels of …

Dinneen: ‘Ethanol Lifts Ag’
February 22, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Though there is angst in rural America about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and agriculture trade in particular, the leader of the nation’s largest ethanol interest …

#Ethanol Report on Export Picture
February 9, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol exports are in the news this week. First we heard about record net ethanol exports for 2016 in a new report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), followed quickly by …

A Taxing Issue for Ethanol Producers?
February 7, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Brian Kuehl and Donna Funk (K·Coe Isom) Will a possible US tax reform and border adjustability affect ethanol producers in the US? —  … There is a high likelihood that comprehensive tax reform legislation will become …

India Complains against US at WTO over Subsidies
February 7, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(LiveMint) India has complained against the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for what it calls illegal subsidies and domestic content requirements for the renewable energy sector in eight American states, even as the Donald …

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 …

Uganda: Museveni Wants Law on Sugarcane By-Products
January 25, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by  Ismail Musa Ladu (The Monitor/All Africa)  President Museveni has directed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ms Amelia Kyambadde to bring to Parliament, within six months, a law that will allow for the …

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 …

Ag Leaders Praise Branstad as China Pick
December 22, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht Lee (Agri-Media/Midwest Producer)  Midwestern agricultural leaders have been watching President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of trade – with China, in particular – with some concern. But their hopes were lifted Dec. 7 when …

America’s New Ambassador To China Is A Boon To The Renewables Sector
December 14, 2016 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  President-elect Donald Trump nominated Iowa governor Terry Branstad to be America’s ambassador to China last week. China’s government was quick to praise the pick, having developed a strong relationship with …

China Pledges to Increase Openness with Foreign Investment Rules
December 8, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by  Michael Martina  (WHBL)  … Although the guidelines are not finalised, and the extent of the reforms remain unclear, the revised lists include openings in manufacturing sectors such as rail transportation equipment, automotive electronics and new …

Argentina Biodiesel Producers Fear Losing Access to U.S. Market
December 1, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters) Argentina’s biodiesel producers fear losing access to the United States, the destination of nearly all their exports, after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in presidential elections earlier this month, representatives of the sector said.

The …

US Elections: Who Wins, Who Loses – What Trump’s Victory Means for the Bioeconomy
November 9, 2016 – 10:17 am | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digests)  In Washington, Donald Trump captured the US Presidency in an upset victory that confounded pollsters and political pundits even as it delighted supporters of his maverick candidacy based on themes …

Biodiesel Board to Argue against Argentine Imports
November 6, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem & Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Early last year the EPA sent a letter to the Argentine biodiesel board that set out how its members could qualify their fuel as having been produced from “qualified …

How Do the Presidential Candidates Stack up on Farm and Rural Policy Issues?
October 13, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Sara Wyant (Farm Forum)  As some of you know, Agri-Pulse made a significant commitment to track the presidential candidates, starting in 2015. We followed each one during the primaries, to the nominating conventions and …

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 …

EU-Canada CETA Agreement Could Devastate European Ethanol Industry, ePure Warns
September 29, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is a major threat to the EU ethanol industry, the European renewable ethanol association ePure warns.

The agreement, which is to be discussed by the EU’s trade …

CETA Threatens to Trigger US Ethanol Exports to EU through the Back Door – ePURE
September 23, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(e-PURE)  The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), which is to be discussed by the EU’s Trade Ministers during the informal Council meeting in Bratislava on 23 September, is a major threat to the EU …

Export Exchange 2016 Presents Great Opportunity
September 21, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Export Exchange 2016 is essential. It brings together international buyers and end users of coarse grains and other products, including DDGS, with U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives.  — …

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 …

Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House
August 17, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Zaid Jilani and Naomi LaChance (The Intercept)  Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.

Under fire from Bernie …

Cambodia-Thai Cassava Woes
August 16, 2016 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Sok Chan (Khmer Times) The value of Cambodia’s cassava exports to Thailand is being adversely affected by Thailand’s periodic closing of informal border checkpoints, forcing some farmers to grow alternative cash crops as prices wildly …

Rwanda: Mauritian Investors to Construct Sugar Factory in Eastern Provice
August 9, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Emmanuel Ntirenganya (AllAfrica.com)  The Government has given investors from Mauritius the green light to set up a sugar processing factory in the country. The agreement will see the investors construct a factory with capacity to …

Love of Fried Food Could Curb India’s Crude Oil Imports
August 9, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Saket Sundria, Debjit Chakraborty (Bloomberg)  India says cooking oil can make 2 million tons of biodiesel; Government is trying to curb crude imports as economy grows  —  The nation of 1.3 billion people can make at …

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress
August 8, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be …

US, Brazil Demonstrate What’s Possible
August 5, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  UNICA wants to focus the discussion on the importance of advanced biofuels, like sugarcane ethanol. The RFS is one of the world’s most ambitious programs promoting biofuels and a key …

Trump VP Pick Draws Rave Reviews from Agriculture
July 18, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri Pulse)  … On the Renewable Fuel Standard, a policy that Trump supports, Pence voted in favor of the original 2005 legislation that created the program, but voted against the 2007 bill that created the current version …

Bill Intro’d in Senate to Reform, Extend Tax Credit through 2019
July 15, 2016 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and restructure the incentive from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. …

Big Soy Crop No Help for U.S. Biofuel Makers Overrun by Imports
June 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biodiesel plants idled as shipments from Asia, Argentina jump; Foreign supplies cheaper or cleaner than fuel from Midwest soy  —  Makers of renewable fuels derived from the vast soybean fields across the …

Brexit: What Does It Mean for the Advanced Bioeconomy?
June 24, 2016 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister …

Knock on Wood: Why Trade and Brand Will Trump Tech in the Advanced Bioeconomy
June 23, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So if the advanced bioeconomy is so prevalent and so pervasive, why do we hear so much about the struggles of projects to be built? Why is it so much …

The Battle Over Argentine Biofuel
June 3, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  Argentina biodiesel faces anti-dumping tariffs if it enters the EU market but there might be some relief in sight.

After years of crying foul, Argentina finally got some good news late last …

Workshop In Japan Aims To Dispel Myths On U.S. Ethanol GHGs
May 20, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its industry partners sought to dispel myths about U.S. ethanol and open the door for the renewable fuel in the Japanese market this week at a …

USTR Releases Special 301 Report on Protection of American Intellectual Property Rights Across the World
April 27, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Office of the United States Trade Representative)  Obama Administration unveils list of the world’s most significant challenges facing American intellectual property rights alongside bipartisan members of Congress and business community leaders  —  On the heels …

Greenbelt Resources CEO Visits Cuba — Company Seeks Partners to Deploy Sustainable Energy Technology
March 24, 2016 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  As a result of recent changes to Commerce Department regulations by the Obama administration regarding trade with Cuba, the advanced modular technology available from Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of …

Lawmakers Calling for Reduction on Ethanol Tariffs
March 23, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/WKKG) On Monday, nine U.S. House members sent a letter to U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman, urging him to examine opportunities to reduce any tariffs on U.S. produced energy, including ethanol, during the Transatlantic …

DATA CHECK: For Innovation, No Magic in 3% Rule
March 1, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Mervis (Science Magazine)  Science policy wonks use the ratio of research spending to overall economic activity to judge whether a country is investing enough in innovation. For decades 3% has been the magic number, …

Platts, Department of Commerce’s ITA Form Strategic Agreement
February 29, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Platts/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets and a division of McGraw Hill Financial, has entered into a strategic agreement with the U.S. …

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 …

National Biodiesel Board Challenge to Rules on Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Continues
January 19, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(American Soybean Association)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week filed a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding their petition for review of EPA rules on Argentinian biodiesel …

The Biggest Trade Agreement You’ve Never Heard of
October 7, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest expansion of free trade in a generation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership could reshape world trade in food and agriculture. Here’s the need to know:

What it is: The Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Biotechnology: OSTP Seeks Comment on Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
October 7, 2015 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, PC)  On October 6, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit relevant data and information, including case studies that may …

Grassley on the Oil Export Ban, Attempt to Diminish Ethanol
October 4, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley)  Note:  This week, the Senate Banking Committee voted to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports.  The committee defeated an amendment that would have eliminated the corn ethanol blending requirements …

National Biodiesel Board Responds to Protectionist EU Trade Policy
September 15, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released the following statement from Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs, regarding the European Commission’s decision announced Tuesday to extend protectionist trade duties that have blocked …

Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade
September 3, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jayson Beckman (US Department of Agriculture)  Global biofuel production rose tremendously over 2001-13, led largely by rapid growth in the United States and the European Union (EU). Brazil, the second largest biofuel producer, doubled its …

Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?
August 28, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Most liberals don’t hate biofuels. But most don’t love them either, mainly because of their underlying environmental concerns about first-generation biofuels, corn starch ethanol and soy biodiesel. The left’s deep …

US Biofuels Part of Food, Feed Global Solution
August 25, 2015 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cleaner burning, higher performing fuels and their nutritious coproducts are valuable at home and abroad, and have the potential to resolve many issues around the globe, writes Tom …

Import Tariffs to Keep EU Biofuel Industry ‘Stagnant’
July 28, 2015 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Agrimoney.com)  The European biofuels industry is to stagnate next year, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture’s bureau in The Hague, unless import tariffs are relaxed.

The bureau noted that the EU has …

Study: Lifting US Crude Export Ban Could Lead to Layoffs
July 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Downstream Today/The CRUDE Coalition)  Exporting U.S. crude oil would raise gasoline, diesel and home heating prices, cutting into the vast benefits Americans are enjoying from lower crude oil prices, according to a new report by …

Carmakers Worry Higher Biofuel Mix Could Damage Engines
April 17, 2015 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Raras Cahyafitri and Linda Yulismann (The Jakarta Post) … “The usage of biodiesel is good. However, we are still worried about the impacts. There are engines that can accept 15 percent or even 20 percent …

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 …

Vilsack Calls for Ethanol Industry Support of Trade Negotiations
March 2, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in his keynote address at the 2015 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference held …

U.S. Industry Blasts EPA Decision on Biodiesel Imports
January 27, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA to Fast-Track Argentinian Biodiesel by Easing Sustainability Requirements

The National Biodiesel Board on Tuesday sharply criticized a decision by the EPA to allow streamlined Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the …

Beyond Boats To China
January 19, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world’s top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?

The prospect of China reissuing distillers grains import …

Opening Channels For Export
January 19, 2015 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is teaming up with Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service on a new four-way partnership in ethanol export …

As US Cleans up, It’s Exporting More Pollution
December 11, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Dina Cappiello (Associated Press)   Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming …

CPO Biodiesel to Help Lower State Expenditure by US$2.43 bln
October 17, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Kamis (AntaraNews.com)  The use of crude palm oil (CPO) as biodiesel fuel can reduce the state expenditure by US$2.43 billion, according to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

“The state expenditure could be …

U.S. Biodiesel Industry Challenges EU Trade Barriers
October 2, 2014 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Tuesday filed comments with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009.

NBB urged the commission …

U.S. Trade Rep Tours Biodiesel Leader’s Family Farm, Discusses RFS Threats
August 13, 2014 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Argentine biodiesel imports could reverse domestic energy progress

Hosting a U.S. Trade Representative on his family farm outside Des Moines, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, took the opportunity to …

Southern African, EU Negotiators Sign New Trade Pact
July 22, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Negotiators for Southern African states have agreed a new trade pact with the European Union which will give the countries a bigger market for food exports, South Africa’s trade and industry department said.

If ratified …

Platts Webinar – European Road Fuels
July 9, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) Tim Worledge, the Associate Editorial Director of Platts Agriculture relayed some of the history and the status quo of the biofuel industry in Europe during a webinar hosted by …

Trade Mission to Peru to Address Biomass, Biofuel Opportunities
June 6, 2014 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration is organizing a renewable energy and energy efficiency trade mission to Peru. Scheduled for November, the policy mission will promote the export …

USDA Trade Mission to China Will Include Focus on Ethanol
May 12, 2014 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Janet Adkison (RFD TV)  China is a growing market for U.S. agricultural products.   Recognizing the country’s potential, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host an agriculture trade mission set to begin next week.  The …

Vilsack Renews Endorsement of Ethanol in Phoenix
February 28, 2014 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack left no one in doubt regarding his commitment to the ethanol industry in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 27. The ethanol producers, farmers and …

Ethanol Tariff Induces Debate at NEC
February 19, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It is rare that a conference panel needs to be truly moderated, but the rabble-rousing conversation that ensued between international ethanol industry representatives at the National Ethanol Conference kept …

Aemetis Announces Commissioning of Biodiesel Distillation Unit at India Plant
February 5, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that its 50 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India has been upgraded to …

Biofuels and the Straw Man
September 4, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …ActionAid UK released a report this week focusing on the story of Addax Biofuels in Sierra Leone.

As Addax points out, it was not given the opportunity by Action Aid to …

Republic of Indonesia to Cut Oil Import, Promote Use of Biofuels
August 29, 2013 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Antara News)  “Right now, we need an immediate solution to the current account deficit. The government will overcome the deficit by reducing imports, particularly fuel oils,” Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said.

Indonesia is taking steps …

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Invited to Identify Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports to the EU
August 7, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (U.S. International Trade Commission)  The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is preparing a fact-finding study entitled Trade Barriers that U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union (Inv. …

The European Parliament Is Making a Bad Biofuels Proposal Worse
May 8, 2013 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  …This conflict is not one between green ambitions and trade rules – it is a conflict between trade rules and a biofuels policy aiming to favour domestically produced biofuels at the expense of foreign …

End All Trade Barriers
January 18, 2013 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  …While the U.S. ethanol industry historically only exported a small amount of its product every year, that all changed in 2009 when improving industry economics led to …

Brazil-US Ethanol Tariff Discussions Pick Up as Expiration Nears
September 28, 2011 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the U.S ethanol industry confronts the reality that the 45-cent-per-gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and 54-cent ethanol import tariff will end on Dec. 31, some industry representatives …

Ending US Ethanol Subsidies Could Be Bullish for European Prices
July 14, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  A plan by US senators to end ethanol subsidies on July 31 could prove bullish for the European market, trading sources said Wednesday.

“It should be pretty supportive, the EU needs the [US ethanol] supply,” …

Mina-Made Ethanol Heading to Brazil
May 31, 2011 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jeff Natalie-Lees  (Aberdeen News)  Export options help facility weather weaker domestic demand

Ethanol produced in Mina is helping Brazil avoid a fuel crisis after a weak sugar cane crop cut that country’s ethanol production.

When the …

EU Rules on Biofuel Concern Soybean Growers
May 31, 2011 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  The European Union has set new environmental and labor standards for the crops used to make biofuels there, angering U.S. farmers who worry that such restrictions could spread to …

Colombia Pursues Sweet Dream of Becoming a Sugar-Cane Ethanol Powerhouse
May 10, 2011 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Nathanial Gronewold (Greenwire/New York Times)  …Though 85 percent of Colombia’s cane crop is harvested this old-fashioned way, industry leaders say they have no intention of mechanizing the harvest, for fear of mass unemployment in …

Obama’s Visit to Brazil Yields ‘Encouraging’ Renewable Fuels Cooperation, According to Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
March 21, 2011 – 8:09 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/EIN News/UNICA)  Two important announcements involving renewable energy made on the opening day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s official visit to Brazil, both directly relevant to Brazil’s successful sugarcane ethanol industry, are encouraging signs that Brazil and …

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

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