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Cellulosic E85 Standard for First Time at Petit Le Mans
September 30, 2010 – 9:20 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Breaking News!  For the first time in any race at any venue in any country, all the entries using E85 are powered by cellulosic E85.
It is happening at Petit Le Mans at …

EUR 6.1 mln Project to Farm Algae for Biofuels
September 30, 2010 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(FIS)  Scientists are proposing the creation of methane gas from algae grown in great offshore farms to power adapted vehicles. A new GBP 5 million (EUR 6.1 million) UK and Irish joint project called BioMara disclosed …

Purdue Receives Nearly $1.6 Million for Biofuels Crop Research
September 30, 2010 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing/Purdue)  Purdue University is receiving $1.59 million in federal funding for a project to conduct a sustainability assessment of energy crops for biofuels.
The funding is part of a $16.5 million renewable fuel initiative by the …

ALMS: Inside The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
September 30, 2010 – 6:22 am | No Comment

by Marshall Pruett  (SpeedTV)  It doesn’t use a battery. It draws technology from F1. It handles like an AWD car. And with an extra 160hp on tap, it simply flies. Meet Porsche’s racing hybrid.
…Porsche also …

Cleantech Stimulus Still Not Stimulating
September 29, 2010 – 5:45 am | No Comment

by David Gold (   …While stimulus supporters and the press love to focus on the selection of award winners for grants and loans, funds appropriated but sitting in the U.S. Treasury have zero potential to …

Verenium Launches DELTAZYM(R) GA L-E5 Enzyme for Fuel Ethanol Production
September 29, 2010 – 5:37 am | No Comment

(Verenium)   Verenium Corporation, a pioneer in the development and commercialization of high-performance industrial enzyme solutions, today announced that it will now market and sell DELTAZYM(R) GA L-E5, a high performance enzyme for the saccharification of liquefied …

USDA Agencies in California to Hold Twelve Public Meetings on Biofuels
September 28, 2010 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)   Public comments sought on how USDA agencies can assist California’s biofuel’s industry 
California’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and USDA Rural Development (RD), and the …

Maryland Clean Energy Summit October 27-29, 2011 Baltimore, MD
September 28, 2010 – 1:00 pm | No Comment
Maryland Clean Energy Summit October 27-29, 2011 Baltimore, MD

This conference brings thought leaders from industry, academia and government together to focus on the job creation and business development opportunities inherent in addressing the climate change challenge. Looking to the development of future technologies, …

William & Mary Receives $500,000 for Biofuel Study
September 28, 2010 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(TAPPI)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, D.C., USA, has awarded the College of William & Mary, WIlliansburg, Va., $500,000 to study various aspects of using wild aquatic algae as both biofuel feedstock and as …

Dutch Researchers Use Modified Pyrolysis Technique to Produce Bio-oil
September 28, 2010 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(TAPPI)  Researchers at the University of Technology in Twente, the Netherlands, have reportedly developed a new technique that enables large-scale production of biofuels without adverse effects on food supplies. According to a report this past …

TAPPI PEERS October 17-20 Norfolk, VA
September 28, 2010 – 12:36 pm | No Comment
TAPPI PEERS October 17-20 Norfolk, VA

Biorefinery Program at TAPPI PEERS Covers Spectrum of Latest Developments
A full Biorefinery Program at the TAPPI 2010 PEERS Conference, October 17 -20 in Norfolk, Va., USA, explores new and emerging advances in hemicellulose extraction for maximizing …

Colorado State University Study: Turning Algae Into Fuel Is Ecofriendly
September 28, 2010 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(  A Colorado State University study says turning algae into a biofuel is more environmentally friendly than the process for petroleum diesel or soy biodiesel.
The study based its conclusion on the complete process for each …

USDA: US Ethanol Production More Efficient than Ever
September 28, 2010 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

John Davis ( …In an interview with USDA radio, Harry Baumes, Director of USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses says a new study shows that we’re getting more energy out of corn than what …

Aviation Week & Space Technology Explores Future of Green Aviation
September 28, 2010 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Aviation Week)  Special report includes latest innovations in biofuels, laminar flow, and electric propulsion
Much progress has been made in recent years in the development of biofuels made from microalgae, animal fat and other non-petroleum-based substances, and …

Drayson LMP1 Green Racing Message Celebrated at Petit Le Mans
September 28, 2010 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Drayson Racing)  One year ago, Drayson Racing debuted theNo.8 Drayson Racing Lola Coupé with Judd Power in the Le Mans Prototype One (LMP1) class of the Petit Le Mans. The clear mission of the move …

Genome of Chlorella Microalgae Decoded
September 28, 2010 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The analysis of the complete genome of Chlorella microalgae, a promising genus for biofuel production, has been completed by the Laboratoire Information Génomique et Structurale of CNRS. The Laboratory is currently heading an …

Farmers Urge States to Implement Sustainable Biofuel Criteria
September 28, 2010 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Dafydd ab Iago (EuroPolitics)  The European organisation of farmers’ associations Copa-Cogeca warned, on 24 September, that schemes to verify the sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids may not be implemented by member states on …

Biofuels: a New Methodology to Estimate GHG Emissions Due to Global Land Use Change
September 28, 2010 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Roland Hiederer, Fabien Ramos, et al. (European Commission Joint Research Centre)  This study implements a new methodology developed by the JRC IES and IE for estimating changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from soil and …

Sekab Trials Corn Waste Ethanol Production
September 28, 2010 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Swedish ethanol producer Sekab and Swedish technology specialist Taurus Energy will next month begin trialling the production of ethanol from corn waste. 
The trials will take place at Sekab’s ethanol demonstration plant in Ornskoldsvik, northern …

Mumias to Start Production of Ethanol Next Year, Says Kidero
September 28, 2010 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bonyo   (Daily Nation)  …The plant that is expected to produce about 22 million litres of ethanol a year will be the latest addition to the firm’s portfolio.

According to the company, the ethanol will …

EPA Helps to Launch Science and Engineering Festival
September 28, 2010 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development, Paul Anastas, joins other science leaders to kick off the USA Science and Engineering Festival on September …

Cellulosic Biofuels Summit 2010 November 15-18 Washington, DC
September 28, 2010 – 10:51 am | No Comment
Cellulosic Biofuels Summit 2010 November 15-18 Washington, DC

The 5th Annual Premier Cellulosic
Biofuels Industry-Building Event
Three Exceptional Meetings Dedicated to Finance & Investment Opportunities, Policy & Regulatory Solutions, Scaling Up to the Biorefineries of the Future and Establishing the Feedstock Supply Chain
This November, at …

Midwest Biodiesel to rehire workers thanks to $300,000 loan
September 28, 2010 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Volkmann (St. Louis Business Journal)  Midwest Biodiesel Products LLC, the only biodiesel refiner in the St. Louis area, plans to use a $300,000 loan from the St. Louis Business Development Fund and St. …

Journal of Peasant Studies Publishes Perspectives on New Agrarian Relations Related to Biofuels
September 28, 2010 – 7:23 am | No Comment

(Journal of Peasant Studies)   In this collection we ask a number of questions emerging out of the new agrarian political economy created by the ‘biofuel complex’. Together the papers offer perspectives from political economy, political …

Deal Reached on Malaysian Ensyn Biofuel Plant
September 28, 2010 – 7:05 am | No Comment

by Bert Hill  (Ottawa Citizen)  Construction will start this year on a biofuel plant in Malaysia that uses the technology of Ensyn Technologies, an Ottawa company.

A Malaysian government agency has announced that the plant will turn …

Green Star Signs Contract to Fabricate Biodiesel Plant for Processing Algae Oil
September 28, 2010 – 6:43 am | No Comment

(Green Star Products)  Green Star Products, Inc., announced it has signed a contract to build a biodiesel facility. This is the first of several contracts in conjunction with an ambitious Algae-to-Biodiesel project on the west coast.
Green …

Southeast Missouri St. Official Says Sorghum May Replace Corn as Preferred Crop for Ethanol
September 27, 2010 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(AP/KSPR)  …Wesley Mueller, Southeast professor of agriculture, said sorghum grown at the university farm in the future could produce 500 gallons of ethanol per acre. These figures rapidly outpace corn, which generally yields 235 gallons …

Corvallis Ethanol Producer Optimistic
September 27, 2010 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Nathalie Weinstein (Daily Journal of Commerce: Oregon)   Large basins of fermented sugars are brewing at Trillium FiberFuels in Corvallis. But this brew isn’t beer; it’s cellulosic ethanol, a promising biofuel that the start-up company says …

Montana Senators Push Military Option on Biofuels
September 27, 2010 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by James Cartledge  (  As the Senate debated and ultimately failed to pass reforms in the military this week, two Senators from Montana introduced legislation to boost markets for biofuel.
Sens. Max Baucus and John Tester’s bill, …

Cunning Capitalists Go Blazing Into Biofuels
September 27, 2010 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Hilary Kramer  (Forbes)  …One Renaissance man in the thick of the green chemical and biofuel revolution is David Milroy. I knew Australian-born Milroy from his days as the trailblazer in the global telecom and …

Ohio to Offer $8M in Subsidies for Ethanol, Biodiesel
September 27, 2010 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Dayton Business Journal)  Ohio is preparing to dole out $8 million to boost manufacturers by subsidizing ethanol and biodiesel refining equipment purchases.
…Under the Advancing Biofuels Beyond the Basics program, companies can snag $500,000 to $1 …

Hot Technologies, RFS Power US Biodiesel Revival
September 27, 2010 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …With the collapse in markets, rising prices and the evaporation of the tax credits, condition were ripe for the end of biodiesel 1.0. By early 2010, only two major producers …

United States Joins Alliance to Promote Clean Cooking in Developing Countries
September 27, 2010 – 8:14 am | No Comment

By Arpita Bhattacharyya, Andrew Light (Center for American Progress)  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday an impressive collaboration at the Clinton Global Initiative that brings together U.S. agencies and the United Nations Foundation to …

BlueFire Renewables Signs 15 Year Feedstock Supply Contract for Fulton, MS Cellulosic Ethanol Facility
September 27, 2010 – 6:55 am | No Comment

(PRNewsWire)  BlueFire Renewables, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, announced a contract with Cooper Marine & Timberlands to provide feedstock …

Phyco BioSciences and CBE to Develop Algae in China
September 27, 2010 – 6:16 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Phyco BioSciences, Inc., has announced an agreement with Hong Kong based China Biological Engineering, Limited to develop two projects in the Peoples Republic of China beginning this Fall. The first project is a …

Searching in the Microbial World for Efficient Ways to Produce Biofuel
September 24, 2010 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Dennis O’Brien (USDA/ARS)   With the help of genetic materials from a cow’s rumen, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing new ways to break down plant fibers for conversion into biofuel.
To convert corn stover …

California Bioenergy Bill Killed
September 24, 2010 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine)  A bill (AB 222) that would have expedited the introduction of new conversion technologies to produce green power and advanced biofuels from solid waste materials in California is officially dead, …

Deficit Hawks Not Talking Turkey About Ethanol
September 24, 2010 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)  A Bloomberg story today warned that deficit hawks in Congress – and potentially those that might be elected this fall – are targeting ethanol as an example of wasteful …

Swedish Biofuels Do Have Major Benefits for the Climate
September 24, 2010 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Alpha Galileo)  For the first time, researchers have taken an overall look at Swedish biofuels and analysed what impact they have on the environment, both in relation to one another and to the fossil fuel alternatives …

Dutch flowers Grown with Carbon Dioxide from Bioethanol plant in Rotterdam
September 24, 2010 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(IBTimes/Green Energy UK)   More and more of the millions of flowers grown in Dutch greenhouses each year are receiving carbon dioxide from carbon capture and storage systems. As the leading European bioethanol producer, Abengoa Bioenergía …

Oxford Resource Partners, LP and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. Announce a Miscanthus Biomass Pilot Project in Ohio
September 24, 2010 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(Oxford Resource Partners)   Opportunity to Convert Reclaimed Mine Lands for Renewable Energy
Oxford Resource Partners, LP and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. announced their collaborative agreement to develop a pilot project to produce Mendel’s proprietary Miscanthus varieties on land previously …

Waste-Based Microbial Oil set to Become a Raw Material for Renewable Diesel
September 24, 2010 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corporation)  Neste Oil has applied for patents to cover technology developed to produce microbial oil from waste and residues with the help of various yeasts and molds for use as a feedstock for its …

Making an Impact on and off Track with Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
September 23, 2010 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(American Le Mans Series)   Porsche and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón were guests Tuesday of the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Washington DC got its first …

Cellulosic Ethanol Production Shows Promise
September 23, 2010 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

By Kerri Ebert (Midwest Producer)  …Kansas State University agricultural economist David Lambert has been developing economic models focusing on how development of the cellulosic ethanol industry could help meet EISA targets of 16 billion gallons …

Camelina: Potential Biofuels Crop in Western Nebraska
September 23, 2010 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by IANR News Service   (North Platte Bulletin)  …Camelina is a yellow-flowering oilseed crop that grows one to three feet tall. It has some advantages as an industrial oil crop, said University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientist Ed …

The A.I.M. Interview: Algae Genetic Engineer Dr. Stephen Mayfield
September 23, 2010 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  If moving genes around on a chromosome is your idea of a good time, meet Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology.
…Steve is now …

Leillani Returns to Racing:New Partnership Brings Together Racing, Veterans for Clean Energy
September 23, 2010 – 6:40 am | No Comment

(Operation Free)  Stock car racing fans at Kansas Speedway on September 30 will receive an unusual message from one of the cars speeding around the track: America needs to compete in the “Race to Energy …

Bio-Based Chemicals East Conference Review—Reason for Optimism
September 22, 2010 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Sherry  (Advanced Biofuels USA)     The Bio-Based Chemicals East conference brought together members of the emerging biochemicals industry—world-class scientists, global agribusiness and chemical industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and governmental representatives—to create the connections necessary for …

USDA Report Shows Improving Corn-Ethanol Energy Efficiency
September 22, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Harry Baumes, Acting Director of USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, says a report that surveyed corn growers in 2005 and ethanol plants in 2008 indicates the net energy gain …

Fueling a New Market
September 22, 2010 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A mid-Atlantic company may have developed a solution for two of ethanol producers’ main problems: natural gas usage and how to increase demand for their product.
…LPP Combustion LLC may …

MemfoACT Carbon Membrane Helps to Convert Low-Grade Biogas into Biofuel
September 22, 2010 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(AZo Materials)  MemfoACT, a spin-off from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), has secured NOK 25 million to turn its award-winning membrane technology into a commercial product.
Based on research conducted at NTNU’s Department …

The Biorefinery Project of the Future: A 10-Part Series
September 22, 2010 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We have spoken to farmers, local business owners, environmentalists, community development officials, engine developers, scientists, policy makers, producers, investors, lenders, blenders, wholesalers, retailers, and end users. We have visited development projects …

Hoover Eyed for Site to Grow Algae for Biofuel
September 22, 2010 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Val Walton (The Birmingham News)  Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos wrote a letter of support last week for the SouthEast Region Algae Consortium (SERAC) — a group of scientists, engineers and experts in biofuels and algae …

Progress for Abengoa’s Kansas Cellulosic Ethanol Project
September 22, 2010 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by James Cartledge  (  Abengoa Bioenergy has secured 60% of the feedstocks it needs for its hybrid ethanol facility being developed in Hugoton, Kansas.
…The Hugoton facility is set to be the first commercial-scale installation of …

Students Learn FFV Conversion Process
September 22, 2010 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Kautz (DomesticFuel)  Students at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) are studying the flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) conversion process. As first reported on, by using FlexFuel U.S.’s system, the students are excited …

2010 Fuel Scorecard Released
September 22, 2010 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel) The Truman National Security Project has released its 2010 Fuel Scorecard and ethanol scores near the top of the list as viable fuel options for the future. Based on several factors that affect …

Green race: Algae-to-Biofuel Firm Announces Breakthroughs
September 22, 2010 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Steve Clark (The Brownsville Herald)  Photon8 Inc., Brad Bartilson’s Brownsville-based startup company, has managed to plow through some sticky issues in its quest for commercially feasible algae-to-biofuel production and is two years ahead of schedule …

Improved Labs Energize Biomass Research
September 22, 2010 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)   When you’ve lived in the same “home” for more than 20 years, a time comes when you need to upgrade your furnishings to keep current and spruce things up a bit. …

Central America Working towards Standardised Biofuel Evaluation Criteria
September 22, 2010 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Eco Periodicals)  During a recent meeting in San Salvador, member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) weighed up the possibility of standardising criteria for assessing the quality of biofuels and their potential impact in …

E-Fuel Introduces MicroFusion™ Reactor
September 22, 2010 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(PRNewsWire)  Disruptive technology makes possible to process all organic biomass into ethanol fuel.
E-Fuel is pleased to announce its latest innovation, the E-Fuel MicroFusion Reactor, a disruptive technology which empowers users to process all forms of …

Hostile Takeover: What Happens to Biofuels if Republicans Take Congress?
September 22, 2010 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

Interview of BIO’s Brent Erickson by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …BE: I have been a little bit disappointed in the Obama administration. When he was in the Senate he as very pro-biofuels.  He had to …

The Valley of Death: Why Energy Is Not Like IT
September 22, 2010 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Lacey (RenewableEnergyWorld)  We often wonder when the next Google of clean energy will materialize. When will the lone inventor finally emerge from his garage to change the world and solve our energy problems? …

Biofuels Could Be Cleared For Aircraft Use
September 22, 2010 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Graham Warwick (AviationWeek)  In just five years, the aviation industry’s decades-long reliance on petroleum-based fuels has been turned on its head. The future lies in fuels from sources that range from animal fat to microalgae. …

Holden Running with Ethanol
September 22, 2010 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by John Parry (WeeklyTimesNow)  Buyers of Holden’s new Commodore will be able to run it on 85 per cent ethanol.   But they will have to drive to Melbourne or one of four other capital cities to …

EPA Emissions Rules Could Hinder Ethanol
September 22, 2010 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Des Moines Register)  Biofuels producers don’t like to think of themselves as a cause of global warming, but that’s how they could be regulated under the Obama administration’s regulations on greenhouse gases.
The regulations, due to …

Can Biofuels Beat Drugs Crops and Save Lives in Afghanistan?
September 22, 2010 – 9:01 am | No Comment

by Dean Irvine (CNN)  …Wayne Arden, who has a background in technology and finance, and John Fox whose career has been in the renewable energy field, published a White Paper on producing and using biodiesel …

Where There’s Bugs, There’s Brass: UK Firm Lands $500m Biofuel Contract
September 22, 2010 – 8:53 am | No Comment

by Shanta Barley  (The Guardian)  TMO Renewables wins contract with US firm Fiberight using its ‘turbo-charged’ GM bacteria that convert rubbish into biofuels.
A British company that uses a genetically modified compost-heap bug to produce biofuel …

BlueFire Renewables Secures 15-Year Off-Take Agreement with Tenaska BioFuels for Mississippi Cellulosic Ethanol Facility
September 22, 2010 – 8:36 am | No Comment

(PRNewswire)  Contract Is Among First of Its Kind in U.S.
BlueFire Renewables, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, has announced an …

Low Carbon Earth Summit October 19-26, 2011 Dalian, China
September 22, 2010 – 7:57 am | No Comment
Low Carbon Earth Summit October 19-26, 2011 Dalian, China

The Global Low Carbon Economic Wave has attracted attentions from almost all walks of life. Particularly, after the UNFCCC Copenhagen Conference 2009 (COP-15), the task forces are not just limited to the policy and economic …

Renewable Algal Energy Scores $3 Million from DOE
September 22, 2010 – 7:28 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Renewable Algal Energy, LLC of Kingsport, Tennessee, has announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded them $3,000,000 to develop “Algal Biodiesel via Innovative Harvesting and Aquaculture Systems.”   READ MORE  and …

Biomass Fuels Summit October 12-13 Vancouver, WA
September 21, 2010 – 6:41 pm | No Comment
Biomass Fuels Summit October 12-13 Vancouver, WA

Two of our country’s biggest challenges are economic growth and energy independence.
Both are solved through biofuels. Of the 36 billion gallons mandated by congress, 20 billion gallons must come from cellulosic and woody biomass derived …

Airbus and British Airways Join Cranfield U. on Algae for Aviation Fuel
September 21, 2010 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Sustainable Use of Renewable Fuels (SURF) consortium, which brings together Airbus, British Airways, Rolls-Royce, Finnair, Gatwick Airport, IATA and Cranfield University was announced at this week’s Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva. …

ISAAA Chief Said Biotech Crops Only Way out of Global Poverty, Food Crises
September 21, 2010 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Dr. Clive James, executive director of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), said that “In the next 50 years, the global population will consume …

Hatcher Team Creates New Process to Boost Biofuel Production from Algae
September 21, 2010 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(Old Dominion University)  …During the past five years, researchers at Old Dominion University have devised ways to cultivate and harvest microscopic algae, and then to convert them into a biodiesel fuel by a proprietary one-step …

State Assists Laurel Ethanol Startup
September 21, 2010 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal)  The state of Nebraska on Thursday awarded a half million dollars in infrastructure funds to assist a northeast Nebraska startup planning to turn an ethanol byproduct into plastics.
Laurel BioComposite, a …

Three Fuel-Efficient Cars Win Automotive X Prize Competition
September 21, 2010 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(Los Angeles Times)  …The Edison2 entry Very Light Car #98 from Virginia won $5 million in the mainstream class, running on E85 ethanol fuel. The aerodynamic 4-wheeled auto demonstrated the equivalent of 102.5 miles per …

Airlines Chief Urges More Investment in Biofuels
September 21, 2010 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(AFP)  The head of the world’s biggest airline association, IATA, berated the oil industry and governments on Friday for investing “peanuts” in cleaner biofuels.
“Biofuels could break the tyranny of oil and lift millions from poverty along …

More Choices
 at Fueling Stations?
September 21, 2010 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Marc Katz  (Dayton Daily News)  …“Ethanol is not the (total) answer,” said John DiMartini, Ethanol Marketing Manager of The Andersons, which has a plant in Greenville. “But together (with other alternative fuels) we can …

Convergence of Agriculture and Energy: IV. Infrastructure Considerations for Biomass Harvest, Transportation, and Storage
September 21, 2010 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

 by Jerry Fruin (Chair), Mark D. Stowers, Kelly Tiller  (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology)  The sustainable collection of biomass feedstocks is an important consideration for cellulosic ethanol production. The sustainable amount of biomass that …

More Ethanol In Gasoline: ‘Minimal Risk’ To Old Cars, Study Says
September 21, 2010 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by John Voelcker  (  We’ve written before about just how worried automakers are at proposals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase the ethanol content of pump gasoline from 10 to 12 or even 15 …

Argentina Clean Energy Congress March 29-30 Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 21, 2010 – 12:08 pm | No Comment
Argentina Clean Energy Congress March 29-30 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Our congress brings together global private and public sector leaders to discuss renewable energies with a select and private list of attendees.  Institutional leaders from around the world representing entire sectors will be available to share …

America’s Energy Future: Emerging Technologies & Job Creation October 12 Houston, TX
September 21, 2010 – 11:25 am | No Comment
America’s Energy Future: Emerging Technologies & Job Creation October 12 Houston, TX

As the Energy Capital of the World, Houston is the leader in energy policy, ground-breaking energy technologies for oil and gas production, alternative energy development and energy conservation. GHP’s America’s Energy Future: Emerging Technologies & …

With No New Permits in Indonesia, Sinar Mas to Enter Liberia
September 21, 2010 – 10:05 am | No Comment

(Jakarta Globe/Bloomberg/Reuters/AFP) Singapore palm oil producer Golden Agri-Resources, part of Indonesia’s Sinar Mas Group, said on Friday that its subsidiary Golden VerOleum would form a $1.6 billion partnership with the government of Liberia in a …

Big Oil and Biofuels Clash over UK’s 2020 Biofuels Target
September 21, 2010 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Joelle Dent (Biofuels Digest Asia)  There’s blast furnace heat but little light so far in the debate on the UK biofuels target for 2020. Some advisors have urged that the current target of 10 …

The Amyris IPO: Will It Fly? Should It? The Risks and Rewards
September 17, 2010 – 7:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Documents filed with the SEC confirm what many voices in the industry have been saying about the Amyris, Gevo and PetroAlgae IPOs – they are “financing events” to fund these …

RFA Disputes EPA’s Inclusion of Biogenic Carbon Emissions
September 17, 2010 – 6:59 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering equating biogenic carbon emissions with fossil fuel emissions under the Tailoring Rule, which requires the accounting and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions under the …

Neutrons Helping Researchers Unlock Secrets to Cheaper Ethanol
September 17, 2010 – 6:37 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  New insight into the structure of switchgrass and poplars is fueling discussions that could result in more efficient methods to turn biomass into biofuel.
Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory …

First General Aviation Engine Powers Light Aircraft with Biofuel
September 17, 2010 – 6:26 am | No Comment

by Natasha Odendaal (Engineering News)  Local general aviation company Adept Airmotive has developed the first general aviation engine that is able to power a light aircraft with a range of environment-friendly alternative fuels, such as biofuels …

Cassava and the Future of Thailand’s Biofuel Industry
September 17, 2010 – 6:20 am | No Comment

by David Lonardo & Benjamin Lazarus  (American World Services Corporation/Biofuels Digest)  …The country of Thailand, already one of the world’s leading agri-food exporters, believes it can attract investment in the advanced biofuel sector by providing …

Blairstown Ethanol Plant Gets $2.9 Million State Grant
September 17, 2010 – 6:04 am | No Comment

by George Ford (SourceMedia Group News/Eastern Iowa Business)  The Iowa Power Fund Board awarded a $2.9 million grant to a cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown.
Fiberight-Blairstown Operating LLC received the grant to demonstrate how municipal solid waste …

Glycos Biotechnologies Creates First Ever Metabolic Process for Synthesis of Biofuels and Biochemicals from Fatty Acids
September 17, 2010 – 5:58 am | No Comment

(Glycos Biotechnologies)  Breakthrough Further Expands Industrial Biochemical Company’s Diversified Feedstock Platform Strategy
Glycos Biotechnologies, Inc. (GlycosBio), an emerging biochemical company pioneering metabolic engineering and microbiology innovations for the production of sustainable biochemicals, today announced it has …

Classifying Biofuel Subsidies: Farm Bill and WTO Considerations
September 17, 2010 – 5:42 am | No Comment

by Cindy O’Connor (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Report from a Washington DC, September 14, 2010 briefing sponsored by Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council
With legislative work beginning on the next Farm Bill and new WTO rounds; the …

Biofuels From Trash Could Replace Half of EU Gasoline by 2020, Study Says
September 16, 2010 – 6:43 am | No Comment

by Alex Morales  (Bloomberg)  Biofuels made from plant waste and municipal trash rather than food crops could replace more than half of gasoline used in the European Union by 2020, industry analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance …

Researchers: Develop Biofuels and Advanced Engines
September 16, 2010 – 5:51 am | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel)   The next generation of biofuels must be developed in conjunction with advanced combustion engines, if there is to be long-term success of those biofuels. That word comes from researchers at the Sandia National …

Statoil Invests In Ethanol-From-Seaweed Venture In California
September 16, 2010 – 5:40 am | No Comment

by Angel Gonzalez  (Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal)  Norwegian oil major Statoil ASA (STO) has agreed to invest in a San Francisco Bay Area start-up to develop ethanol from seaweed, and to potentially commercialize the fuel in Norway …

Easing Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production
September 16, 2010 – 5:35 am | No Comment

(  Following the discovery of the genes of two enzymes that toughen plants, researchers aim to breed non-food crops that require less processing, energy and chemicals to convert them into biofuel.
…Lead Researcher, Professor Paul Dupree, …

Hydrothermal Biofuels Research Pilot Plant Opens in Sydney
September 15, 2010 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Bleasdale (Biofuels Digest/AusBiotech)  …The last of five integrated biofuels facilities funded under the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Program was officially opened on Friday 9 September 2010. Located at the …

Russian Technologies to Build Biofuel Factory
September 15, 2010 – 6:53 am | No Comment

(The Moscow Times)  Russian Technologies will begin construction of the country’s first biofuel factory next spring, the state corporation’s chief, Sergei Chemezov, said Monday.
The factory — to be located in the Irkutsk region — will turn …

Join the Navy and Free the World: A Special Report on Military Biofuels
September 15, 2010 – 6:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Navy’s long term strategy is to supply 50% of its energy from renewables by 2020.
How much is that? Well, statistics on energy consumption from the Department Energy Supply Center …

The A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Danny Kainer
September 14, 2010 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  Training a workforce for the algae production industry is going to be a Catch 22 type of situation. It will take a large community of workers with highly developed skills …

His Corporate Strategy: The Scientific Method
September 14, 2010 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Pollack  (New York Times) …Now Dr. Venter is turning from reading the genetic code to an even more audacious goal: writing it. At Synthetic Genomics, he wants to create living creatures — bacteria, …

The Pros & Cons of Miscanthus
September 14, 2010 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  …The potential of miscanthus and switchgrass has been studied extensively by researchers Greg McIsaac, Mark B. David and Corey A. Mitchell…
The study focused on two important environmental concerns surrounding biomass: water …

Sustainable Biochar to Mitigate Global Climate Change
September 14, 2010 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by  By Dominic Woolf, James E. Amonette, et al.  (Nature Communications)  Production of biochar (the carbon (C)-rich solid formed by pyrolysis of biomass) and its storage in soils have been suggested as a means of abating …

Biofuel and Bioenergy Production from Sugar Beets
September 14, 2010 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

The University of California-Davis is a recipient of a $10,000 EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Phase I grant.
They will design an integrated, efficient biological system that can be used to convert sugar beets …

Extraction of Sugars from Algae for Direct Conversion to Butanol
September 14, 2010 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is a recipient of a $10,000 EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Phase I grant.
…(A)lthough much research has been done on trying to convert algae oils into biodiesel, …

BioWinol Technologies: A Hybrid Green Process for Biofuel Production
September 14, 2010 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

Oklahoma State University is a recipient of a $10,000 EPA People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Phase I grant for a hybrid green process for biofuel production.
BIOWINol Technologies proposed a unique hybrid technology that uses …

EPA Awards Grants for Students to Design Sustainable Technologies to Help Environment and Economy
September 14, 2010 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 55 grants to teams of college and university students across the country who will design creative solutions to sustainability challenges in the developed and developing world. The People, …

Petrobras Signs $250 Million Contract for 20 Ethanol Barge Trains
September 14, 2010 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Platts) Brazil’s state-led oil company Petrobras said Friday that it chose a
Brazilian shipyard to build a reais 432.3 million ($251 million) fleet of 20
river-barge trains to cut the cost of shipping ethanol to refiners and …

Flex Fuel US Can Sell to Fleets
September 14, 2010 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Kautz (DomesticFuel)  Flex Fuel U.S.®, a company dedicated to the development of future fuel solutions and alternative fuel conversion systems, has been awarded approval to sell and install E85 Flex Fuel conversion systems to Federal …

Mendota Sugar Beets Could Be Used for Energy
September 14, 2010 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rodriquez (The Fresno Bee)  Mendota operation could employ about 100 people.
…The proposed plant would use sugar beets and orchard prunings to make ethanol, electricity and compressed natural gas. Another element of the project …

How to Ruin OPEC’s Birthday
September 14, 2010 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Gal Luft (Foreign Policy)  The Middle Eastern oil cartel celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. Here’s how to keep it from running our lives for another half-century.
…To weaken OPEC we must change the playing …

Global Fuels Receives Feasibility Study Grant
September 14, 2010 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  Dexter, Mo.-based Global Fuels LLC recently received a $48,833 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to explore the technical and economic possibility of producing next generation biofuels. “We are …

Biorefinery Town of Tomorrow
September 14, 2010 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Luke Geiver  (Biorefining Magazine)  The work of ThermoChem Recovery International has already changed the future for one small Wisconsin community.
A small town in the woods of Wisconsin, fresh off the bankruptcy and closing of …

BBI International Launches Biorefining Magazine and Conference
September 14, 2010 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(BBI International)  BBI International, a leader in globally recognized bioenergy events and trade magazines, has launched a new magazine and international conference. Biorefining magazine and the aligned International Biorefining Conference & Trade Show will provide …

SRSenergy and Partners Secure $6.2 Million DOE Contract
September 14, 2010 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Solution Recovery Services, of Dexter Michigan, an employee owned industry leader in oil separation and purification systems has partnered with Touchstone Research Laboratory, a privately owned U.S. company with principal operations in Triadelphia, …

UMass Professor Develops Improved Biofuel Processing Method
September 14, 2010 – 8:36 am | No Comment

by Matthew M. Robare  (Daily Collegian)    
A chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts developed an improved method of converting wood into synthetic fuels.
“We’re focused on lignocellulosic biomass,” said Assistant Professor Paul Dauenhauer. “What I mean by …

The Greening of Aircraft Propulsion – Progress and Prospects October 20 London, UK
September 14, 2010 – 8:22 am | No Comment
The Greening of Aircraft Propulsion – Progress and Prospects October 20 London, UK

If air travel is to survive and prosper in the medium to long term it is understood that its environmental impact needs to be minimised. A key element in this is clearly the aircraft propulsion …

Agro2 Pioneers Ethanol from Cassava in Panama
September 14, 2010 – 8:08 am | No Comment

(Agro2/  Agro2 announces it will be the first company to research and produce ethanol from cassava in Panama, thanks to funding from FACT Foundation and the Global Sustainable Biomass Fund of NL Agency, a division …

Carbon Dioxide Recycling in the Biofuels Industry,” a Special Digest report
September 14, 2010 – 7:26 am | No Comment

by Sam A. Rushing (Biofuels Digest)  …Since CO2 has been shown to be the globe’s worst offender as a greenhouse gas, the very use of this gas in a technology which would foster the production …

Jatropha 2.0 Arrives: Koch’s FHR, LIFE Technologies Invest in SG Biofuels
September 14, 2010 – 7:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Earlier this year, SG Biofuels and Life Technologies formed a strategic alliance, and recently announced they have completed the sequence of the Jatropha genome.
The company’s integrated breeding and biotechnology approach …

Green Jet Fuel Takes Flight
September 13, 2010 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Tyler Hamilton (Toronto Star) Could a unique microorganism found in the waters of Atlantic Canada represent the future of jet fuel production?
That’s what Halifax-based Ocean Nutrition Canada is hoping to find out as part of …

Fiberight Receives $2.9M Grant for Cellulosic Plant
September 13, 2010 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  Fiberight-Blairstown Operating LLC has received a $2.9 million grant to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa. The award was given by the Iowa Power Board Fund yesterday. Fiberight …

Ban on Field Burning Prompts Plan to Convert Straw to Energy
September 13, 2010 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Dana Tims (The Oregonian)  …They propose breaking ground next year on a $25 million bioenergy park somewhere in the Willamette Valley.
The multi-faceted facility would convert straw and other waste materials into saleable products such …

Fulcrum Bioenergy Begins Work on Ethanol Plant
September 13, 2010 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  
Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. will begin construction and engineering work on a new plant in Nevada to convert household garbage into ethanol fuel.
The Sierra Biofuels plant, which will produce fuel for cars and trucks, is …

Ethanol Gets Iowa Football Fans Pumped Up
September 13, 2010 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (DomesticFuel)  Did you know that 60 cents of each gallon of E85 purchased stays in the state of Iowa? I didn’t know that until I participated in the Iowa Corn Fed Game …

Breaking the Chains: 6 Solutions for Ending Dependence on Foreign Oil
September 13, 2010 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Lewis Reynolds  (Politics Daily)  America doesn’t have to depend on overseas sources for one of its most vital national needs. A move toward energy independence, aside from creating as many as 14 million new …

Ethanol Mandates Cast Cloud Over Gasoline Retailing
September 13, 2010 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Grondin Francella  (Convenience Store News)  …The EPA is considering a request to authorize the use of E15, while ethanol advocates are calling for the immediate approval of E12 and longer-term, even higher ethanol …

2010 Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit October 14 Madison, WI
September 13, 2010 – 3:13 pm | No Comment
2010 Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit October 14 Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit is an annual event that brings together members of the Midwestern community as well as leading scientists in the bioenergy field to take part in workshops and and panels focusing on …

Plant and MicroBiology Scientists Receive Corn Biofuel Grant
September 13, 2010 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Karyn Houston  (UC Berkley College of Natural Resources)  …The $793,000 grant from the Department of Energy looks at how to utilize the tons of leftover “crop residue” left behind after the kernel is used. …

Engineering Yeast Can Make Biofuels Commercially Viable
September 13, 2010 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by John Timmer (Ars Technica)  …Cellulose is a very long polymer of sugar molecules. Yeast will happily use those sugars to produce ethanol, but it can’t get at them while they’re trapped in cellulose. As …

Algae-Based Biofuel Plant to Be Built in Puerto Rico
September 13, 2010 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by By Jorge J. Muñiz Ortiz   (Latin American Herald Tribune)   State-owned utility AEE and the firm Bio-Lipidos on Thursday announced plans to build a plant in northern Puerto Rico that will produce a pure fuel based …

Drayson Racing Flex-Fuel Lola-Judd Qualifies 7th at Silverstone
September 13, 2010 – 8:18 am | No Comment

(Drayson Racing)   Drayson Racing is again using international sportscar racing to prove the overall performance a Flex-Fuel race car can achieve. Jonny Cocker (Guisborough, Yorks, UK) used the No.11 Drayson Racing Lola Coupé with Judd …

LMS: A Greener ILMC?
September 11, 2010 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by John Dagys  (Speed TV)  Paul Drayson calls for green initiatives to be integrated into Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
…But the jump into the ILMC hasn’t come without some sacrifice. Drayson’s Lola B09/60 Judd is unable …

Thailand Energy Authorities to Finance Research on Algae Biofuel
September 10, 2010 – 10:31 am | No Comment

(AzoCleanTech)  …The two universities currently conducting the algae research are the Kasetsart University in the area of freshwater algae and the Burapha University in the area of marine algae.
The Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department …

Carbon2Green Will Produce Biodiesel
September 10, 2010 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  …Carbon2Green is currently conducting a pilot project in the Bandundu region of DRC and wants to achieve a funding enabling it, by the end of the year, to proceed with the hiring of over …

Public Consultation on Version 1.1 of the RSB Principles & Criteria and Guidance for P&Cs
September 10, 2010 – 9:49 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels)  In November 2009, the RSB Steering Board approved Version One of the RSB Principles & Criteria (P&Cs) and the Certification System for pilot testing after public regional outreaches and extensive consultation …

Ford Incorporates B20 Discussion in Super Duty Pickup Truck Marketing
September 10, 2010 – 8:35 am | No Comment

Ford designed its 2011 Super Duty® diesel pickup trucks to run on 20 percent biodiesel, and has included a discussion of biodiesel in their diesel truck marketing campaign.
Mike Rowe of TV’s “Dirty Jobs” fame tells …

Piper Jaffray Monthly Bio-Industrials Update: Energy Crop &
September 10, 2010 – 6:55 am | No Comment

(Piper Jaffray) …Energy crops are designed to use marginal land, or in the case of Brazil, extend the growing season. Sugarcane-ethanol facilities in Brazil typically run for 6-8 months due to the relatively long growing …

American Jianye to Convert Waste to Alcohol-Based Fuels
September 9, 2010 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Anuradha Shukla  (Smart-Products TMCnet) …American Jianye Greentech Holdings, Ltd., a China-based developer, manufacturer and distributor of alcohol-based automobile fuels and civil-use fuels, including methanol, ethanol, and blended fuels, announced plans to build a second …

Bioethanol Effort Gets Boost in Florida
September 9, 2010 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Diane Krieger Spivak (Post-Tribune)  Project in south Lake County based on same technology.  
A proposed Florida bioethanol plant that will use the same process as a planned Schneider plant will use has been issued an …

Old Braddock Gas Station May Be Converted to Pump ‘Biofuels’
September 9, 2010 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Joe Napsha (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)   A business that collects used cooking oil and processes it into fuel for diesel-powered vehicles plans to convert a dilapidated gas station in Braddock into a biofuels filling station next year.
Fossil …

Sundrop’s Solar Gasification Uses Total Concentration
September 9, 2010 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Eric Lane (Green Tech Media)  Sundrop Fuels is a Colorado company that combines concentrated solar power (CSP) technology with biofuels production processes.
While most biomass-to-biofuels systems burn feedstocks as the first step in biofuel production, Sundrop …

Bioenergy Deployment Consortium Fall Meeting September 21-23 Cedar Rapids, IA
September 9, 2010 – 2:47 pm | No Comment
Bioenergy Deployment Consortium Fall Meeting September 21-23 Cedar Rapids, IA

The Bioenergy Deployment Consortium (BDC) will hold its fall meeting at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza Cedar Rapids Iowa September 21 to 23.  September 21 will include a tour of the corn to ethanol plant …

Drayson Racing Brings Innovative Flex-Fuel Race Car Home to Silverstone
September 9, 2010 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Drayson Racing) Drayson Racing’s No.11 Drayson Racing Lola Coupé with Judd Power returns to the United Kingdom 12 September for the Autosport 1000Km of Silverstone in the Le Mans Prototype One (LMP1) Class. The UK-based organisation …

Senate Must Pass Small-Business Incentives, Voinovich Says
September 9, 2010 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery  (The Washington Post) …
The senator is a strong advocate of responsible budgeting and has long called for increasing the gas tax, the traditional financing source for the nation’s roadways. He said he …

USDA Seeks Applications from Producers to Conduct Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies
September 9, 2010 – 10:10 am | No Comment

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced September 7, 2010, the availability of funding under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems for agriculture producers and rural small businesses.
“Renewable …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Repowering Assistance Support to Reduce Biorefinery Fossil Fuel Use
September 9, 2010 – 10:02 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced September 9, 2010, the selection of a biorefinery producer to receive payments under a program to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement for fossil …

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson Discusses Farm Bill Issues with Saratoga County Farmers
September 9, 2010 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Paul Post  (The Saratogan)  …For local dairy producers, one of the most pressing concerns is ethanol production that drives up corn prices — hurting small family farms in the process.
…”We’ve got a big problem …

China May Absorb South Africa’s Grain Surplus – Agriculture Ministry
September 9, 2010 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Hopewell Radebe (Business Day/Reuters) The government yesterday brought hope to grain farmers who are struggling to find alternative markets to dispose of surplus maize following a bumper crop that drove prices down.
… Last month, Grain SA chairman …

Doubt Cast on Cob-Based Biofuels
September 9, 2010 – 8:50 am | No Comment

(JCOnline)   …But a new study from Purdue University, funded by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, suggests that farmers will have to make more money off corn cobs than is currently available to cover their costs …