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Making It More Viable to Turn Agricultural Waste into Renewable Fuel

by Alayna DeMartini (Ohio State University College of Engineering)  Although the stalks and leaves of a corn plant can be turned into ethanol, the high cost of collecting, storing, and transporting the material has limited its use in producing the fuel. Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer at The Ohio State University, is

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Orders Review of Controversial Biofuel Waiver Program: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has directed members of his Cabinet to review the administration’s expanded use of waivers exempting small refineries from the nation’s biofuel policy, after hearing from farmers angry about the issue during his recent Midwest tour, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa State Researchers Studying Slow-Release Fertilizer to Feed Crops, Improve Water Quality

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University researchers weren’t looking for a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality, but they may have found one. Researchers looking to add value to biochar – a solid, porous co-product of heating corn stalks and other sources of biomass to produce liquid

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan of More Than 100 Actions for Her First 100 Days as President

by @AmyForAmerica (Medium.com) U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released a plan outlining the more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as President of the United States to take on the biggest challenges we face at home and abroad. … Through executive action, Senator Klobuchar will begin to

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Inslee’s “Evergreen Economy” Plan Includes Green Infrastructure and Climate-Smart Ag, but Barely

by Declan Foraise (Ecosystem Marketplace)  Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has built his entire campaign on climate change, and today (May 16, 2019) he unveiled his “Evergreen Economy” proposal to redirect more than two dozen existing US programs towards the climate challenge. Details remain scarce, but here is what we know about

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Engines CAN Be Friends with Ethanol!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ClearFlame Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ClearFlame Engines spoke at a recent Biofuels Digest webinar about diesel fueled engines and how they can be running on ethanol via ClearFlame engines that can be easily integrated into existing designs. They’ve already demonstrated a 10% savings in fuel by retrofitting their work truck to use

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

University of North Florida Researcher Awarded USDA Grant to Study Plant-Based Alternative Fuel Sources

(Univeristy of North Florida)  Switchgrass—a Productive Native Species—Could Possibly Fuel Vehicles into the Future  —  Dr. Mike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard: Information on Likely Program Effects on Gasoline Prices and Greenhouse Gas Emission

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  We reviewed the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires biofuels to be blended into U.S. transportation fuels in increasing volumes. The standard was associated with modest gas price increases in areas outside of the Midwest. Most corn ethanol—the most common U.S. biofuel—is produced in the Midwest,

June 6, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Allows Year-Round Sales of E15

by Eric Pfeiffer  (Hoosier Ag Today)  The EPA announced Friday morning that they have met the deadline for the summer driving season to allow year-round sales of E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol. “Corn farmers have been long-time advocates of higher blends of ethanol such as E15, touting its benefits to

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Represents Fastest Growing U.S. Ag Export

(Feed & Grain/U.S. Grains Council)  In 2018, U.S. ethanol exports totaled more than 6.5 billion liters — A recent analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) shows non-beverage ethanol has been the fastest growing U.S. agricultural export over the past decade by a significant margin. In 2018, U.S. ethanol exports totaled more

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

ACE Elevates Low Carbon White Paper to Senate AG Committee

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  ACE CEO Brian Jennings sends Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) data on the positive impact agriculture and low carbon fuels like corn ethanol can have as a hearing takes up the policy debate between farming and climate change. American Coalition for Ethanol

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Hemp Is Hot! The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Hemp

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Holland & Knight, a law firm based in Washington, D.C. and in the know of the fast changing federal regulations and rules, spoke at the Digest’s webinar this week about the road ahead for industrial hemp. Is it a smooth road ahead for hemp? Check out

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Sustainable Agricultural Systems Grant Opportunity DEADLINE: June 4, 2019

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Within AFRI, the longterm purpose of this Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) is to help transform the U.S. food and agricultural system to increase production in sustainable ways as we approach a world population of 10 billion by 2050, and to do so in the context

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Announces NIFA Grant Opportunity DEADLINES: August 1, 2019 for FY2019; April 2, 2020 for FY2020

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)   In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2019 and FY 2020. Applicants considering applying to the second year should check the AFRI RFA webpage and www.grants.gov. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Jet Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to National Jet Fuels Combustion Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  National Jet Fuels Combustion Program has a mission to help streamline the fuel approval process and has over 30 instituttions involved in their research and projects including 12 universities, 8 government agencies, 5 OEMs and several others. Med Colket, Retired Senior Fellow, United Technologies Research Center,

May 6, 2019 Read Full Article

China’s Huge Grain Stockpiles Set to Linger through Next Year

by Karen Braun (Rueters/NASDAQ)  … In 2017, China announced it would require gasoline supplies nationwide to be blended with ethanol by 2020, which would require about 15 million tonnes of the biofuel annually. China had an ethanol production capacity of about 2.8 million tonnes in 2017, though that has recently expanded.

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Celebrate Earth Week: Take a Look under the Hood of Advanced Biofuels USA’s E85 Retrofitted 2002 Ford Focus

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You can reduce your travel carbon footprint without waiting for electric cars to be affordable, available, and running on renewable electricity with fair trade batteries. Recently, Advanced Biofuels USA co-founder and Treasurer, Bob Kozak and I have had two opportunities to take people on a

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Royal Farms Celebrates Sustainability Initiative with Opening of Latest Renewable Fuel Station

(Royal Farms/Protec Fuel)  Pollution reduction equivalent of planting more than 54,000 trees already achieved with leading ethanol retail partner Protec Fuel —  Royal Farms and Protec Fuel Management, LLC (Protec) today announced the completion of the first phase in a sustainability initiative designed to offer customers renewable fuel options that save money

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Eligibility Criteria for Tribal and Alaska Native Biomass Demonstration Projects Under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act

(U.S. Forest Service)  The Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 amends the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), to enter into contracts or agreements with Indian tribes, and, in Alaska, tribal organizations to carry out demonstration projects to promote biomass

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

2017 Ag Census Includes Data on On-Farm Methane Digesters

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The USDA announced the results of its 2017 Census of Agriculture on April 11. The report includes millions of new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including data on on-farm biogas operations. According to the census, 686 methane digesters

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Gets Welcome News: USDA Study Shows It’s More Environmentally Friendly than Gasoline

(The Messenger)  … The United States Department of Agriculture has just released the findings of a USDA study about the environmental impact of the corn-ethanol industry. The conclusions are superb news — ethanol has significant greenhouse gas benefits when compared to gasoline. The most important conclusion of an extensive research project,

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Blender Pump Program Fuels Ethanol Demand

by Andy Raun (Hastings Tribune)  An infrastructure investment initiative funded three years ago by several agencies and businesses has doubled the number of ethanol blender pumps in place throughout the state, giving motorists more options for powering their vehicles with renewable fuels. The last of 88 new advanced blender pumps was

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Augean RNG Project to Convert 150,000 Gallons of Dairy Waste Per Day

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based owner and operator of waste and energy projects, recently launched a biogas project in Yakima County, Wash. The project is expected to convert 150,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

ABLC 2019 Round-Up

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … ABLC 2019 kicked off on Wednesday with about 540 delegates in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture building complete with secret service protection and escorts for some big-name super star speakers, with a pretty exciting vibe in the room. In ABLC terms,

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae R&D Featured in Interagency Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This month the federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative biomass technologies for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. Algae cultivation is prominently featured among the suite of technologies the effort is harnessing.  The B&RD Board is an interagency collaborative which is

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

The Next Chapter for Algae: The Farm Bill of 2018 Recognizes Algae as a Crop for the First Time. Will We Be Bold Enough to Treat It Like One?

by Rebecca White (iWi (Qualitas Health, Inc.)/Biofuels Digest)  This Wednesday marks a major milestone in the history of the American algae industry: the first meeting in which the Biomass R&D Board Technical Advisory Committee officials will discuss algae as an agricultural crop. Up until now, the vast majority of governmental funding and support

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article
    Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee   —   March 27-28, 2019   —   Arlington, VA

Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee — March 27-28, 2019 — Arlington, VA

This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register. Purpose of

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Rural America Is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green

by Art Cullen (The Guardian)  Here in farming country we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to renewable energy and food production  —  … Meanwhile, we’re losing our precious topsoil and polluting our rivers – killing the Gulf of Mexico in the process – as we chase ever-higher corn yields in

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article
    Celebrating Sustainability at Royal Farms   —   April 23, 2019   —   National Harbor, MD

Celebrating Sustainability at Royal Farms — April 23, 2019 — National Harbor, MD

During Earth Week, on Tuesday, April 23, at 10:00-11:00, you are invited to celebrate the great impact of the USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Project Grant (USDA BIP Grant), totaling nearly $9.1 million investments to install ethanol refueling infrastructure in Virginia and Maryland. The Virginia-Maryland collaboration was the only multi-state proposal selected

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

NFU Says No to Green New Deal: Climate Plan Proposed by Democrats Has Quickly Become Toxic in Rural America

by Jerry Hagstrom and Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Delegates to the National Farmers Union annual convention here on Tuesday maintained the group’s commitment to addressing climate change, but they rejected a proposal that it become involved in the Green New Deal that some Democrats in Congress have proposed. The NFU,

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

New USDA Program Supports Innovation in Agriculture

(Algae Biomass Organization)  ABO members are among a new generation of innovators that are bringing solutions to global challenges like food production, water use and climate change. As these innovators garner more attention, Congress has just begun to develop more programs that can give their efforts a boost.  One that will

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Agencies Release Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board today unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the B&RD Board – an interagency collaborative which is co-chaired by the

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Will 2019 Finally Be the Year of E15?

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol)  Retailer interest in E15 increased over the past few months, with many retailers believing President Donald Trump “signed something” making E15 legal year-round at an event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in October. We’ve explained there wasn’t any law or rule put into place at the

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Retailers Discuss Experiences with Ethanol at NEC

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Retailers at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference told attendees that growing the market for ethanol comes down to education. Bryan Goforth, executive vice president of Home Service Oil Company, a fuel distributer and retail store operator in Missouri, said the company’s recent decision

February 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Turning Salt-Damaged Fields into Marshes Could Save Maryland Farmland—and The Chesapeake Bay

by Virginia Gewin (CivilEats) As sea levels rise, saltwater is entering farms near the bay, damaging crops and releasing legacy nutrients into already-polluted waterways.  — Kate Tully has spent the last few years sampling farm soils, ditch water, and marsh muck on Maryland’s lower eastern shore. Tully, an agroecologist at the

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Biodiesel Maker Plans $58.7 Million Plant near Hull

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal)   A biofuels manufacturer is seeking $2.8 million in state incentives to build a $58.7 million plant near Hull. The proposed ReadiFuels-Iowa plant would produce about 34 million gallons of diesel fuel from distillers corn oil, grease, tallow and other non-edible feedstocks, according to documents

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA to EPA: What About Plan B on E15? USDA’s Censky Raises Possibility EPA Could Use Discretion on E15 Enforcement

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As the EPA races the clock to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 sales ahead of the summer driving season, if the rule isn’t done by June 1, the agency may have to resort to a plan B, USDA’s second in command told reporters

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program Seeks Internship Hosts

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, with the goal of increasing awareness and interest of traditionally underrepresented groups in the bioeconomy, NCSU has established a professional development and certificate program called the Sustainable Bioprogram and Bioenergy Program. The program is funding with a USDA NIFA grant similar to

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Audio: Grain, Ethanol Market Development Work To Surge With USDA ATP Funds

(U.S. Grains Council)  New funding to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) from the Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program – part of a larger “trade aid” package offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of new tariffs and global market uncertainty – will expand the organization’s global footprint and

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

One Fish Model Study Leads to Three Wins for the Environment

by Tim Theiss (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Department of Energy) Over the past two years, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been modeling to understand the costs and benefits of thinning forests and the potential for improving habitat, yielding benefits

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers Nearing Crisis Push back on Trump Trade Policies

by Ryan McCrimmon (Politico)  President Donald Trump’s trade war is magnifying some of the toughest farm conditions since the crisis that bankrupted thousands of farmers in the 1980s — and threatening a constituency crucial to his reelection hopes. The president’s trade policies have sent U.S. agricultural exports plunging, exacerbating already difficult

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-U.S. Asks Brazil to Consider Lifting Tariffs on Ethanol Exports

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)  The United States has asked Brazil to consider lifting tariffs imposed on its ethanol exports and is hopeful of a positive outcome, a senior official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. Brazil currently charges a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports surpassing 150 million liters a

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Want a Bipartisan Push on Climate Change? Start With Unleashing American Biofuels

by Jeff Cosman (Morning Consult/Attis Industries Inc.)  …  And in November, a letter from the Department of Energy, the EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture to Congress laid out a plan to encourage the use of efficient and carbon-neutral products made from woody biomass. In particular, it highlighted how

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Congress Retains Most Energy Programs in 2018 Farm Bill through Fiscal Year 2023

by Steve Hanson (U.S. Energy Information Administration)  On December 20, 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law, continuing federal support to a number of renewable electricity and bioenergy-related programs. Authorizations in the 2018 Farm Bill cover fiscal years (FY) 2019 through 2023, during which time energy

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Update on CAAFI State-Level Projects

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative )  SAJF Deployment Projects Florida, Alabama, Georgia Several developments in Alabama and Florida will enhance opportunities for the Southeast Partnership for Advance Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP).   The Alabama Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs (ADECA) has issued an RFP

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

On Tap: Retailers Preparing for Year-Round E15 Have Options for Pumps, Financing and Marketing.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …(W)ith the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expected to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to E15, hopefully before next summer’s driving season. Retailers will have to decide not only if they will offer the blend, but how they’ll dispense it. For those who

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

A Sensible Approach to Climate Change Policy

(Solutions from the Land)  … That opening now allows for the presentation and consideration of a more centered and pragmatic approach like that promoted by Solutions from the Land (SfL) and the other members of the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA). NACSAA is a producer-led alliance focused on utilizing climate-smart

January 17, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK–Chris Clayton

Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor reported that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting that his committee will schedule hearings on trade and climate change in the near future and quoted Senator Roberts acknowledging increased yields and the role of agriculture:  “It’s

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog Senate Ag Committee to Hold Hearing on Climate Change

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told reporters Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting that his committee will schedule hearings on trade and climate change in the near future. On climate, Roberts said the hearing will look at various issues.

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Seeks to Sell Shutdown, Trade Policies to Farmers

by Jonathan Lemire (Associated Press/Washington Post)  President Donald Trump urged farmers Monday to stick with him even as many grapple with the impact of his trade war with China and the partial government shutdown. … Trump said the wall was needed to cut down on illegal immigration, even though border crossings have

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Peterson Elected House Ag Chairman

by Jerry Hagstrom (DTN The Progressive Farmer) House Democrats on Friday elected Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, a position Peterson held from 2007 to 2011 when his party last was in the majority in the House. Since 2011 Peterson has been the committee’s ranking member.

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers Fear Another Hit as Trump Shutdown Threatens Ethanol Vow

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Year-round 15% ethanol-gas blend by summer now seen at risk; Shutdown could join trade war in limiting farmer income  —  … The government shutdown that Trump says could last “a long time” without funding for a border wall may hurt farmers by delaying the administration’s

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Issues Executive Order on Forest Management

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  An executive order on forest management issued by President Trump in late December addresses how rural economies can benefit through the utilization of byproducts created by forest restoration efforts. Trump issued the executive order on Dec. 21. It is officially titled “Promoting Active Management of America’s

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Minnesota Marks More Alternative Fuel Milestones in 2018

(American Lung Association in Minnesota/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The state that led the region in the growth and use of alternative fuels last year set even higher milestones in 2018, according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. This year, Minnesota became the first state in the country to have more than

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

COP24, 2018 Farm Bill Give Agriculture a Voice, Climate Smart Tools

(Solutions from the Land)  As 2018 closes out, advocates for the role agriculture can play in facing a changing climate can feel encouraged by developments on the international and domestic stages. Global climate negotiators in Katowice, Poland, came to a final agreement late last week on steps aimed at ensuring a

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Report: First ETBE Made with US Ethanol Could Reach Japan in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Japan is expected to import 890 million liters (235.11 million gallons) of fuel ethanol this year, mostly in the form of bio-ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE), according to an annual biofuels report the country recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae Agriculture Triumphs in Farm Bill Compromise

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a historic day for the algae industry, the U.S. Senate Tuesday approved a Farm Bill compromise that dramatically expands federal support for algae agriculture. The bill sets U.S. farm policy through 2023. It is expected to pass the House of Representatives as soon as today and receive President Trump’s

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Title Contains Climate Tweaks, Slimmer Funding

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) … While the bill is largely viewed as a status-quo farm bill, the bill importantly reauthorizes the Energy Title (IX) and contains some new programs and tweaks aimed at helping producers become more resilient to climate change.  … While overall the Energy Title

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: White House Delays New Farm Aid Payments on China Trade Hopes – Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  The White House is delaying additional payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China because it expects Beijing to resume buying U.S. soybeans, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The move comes despite

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Year of the Tree, CORSIA Fuels, Mabus’ Remarks, a Breakthrough on Woody Biomass?: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI General Meeting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When the world’s leaders for sustainable aviation fuels have a general meeting the week before the COP24 global climate sessions (this year in Poland), you can bet that the focus will be breaking the “You Can Have Two out of Three Conundrum” of aviation fuels. Which

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Farm Bill Helps Rural America Become More Resilient: Rural Economies Crucial to Combating Climate Change

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) commends the Farm Bill conferees and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees for their tireless commitment to produce a Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, this year. In a year when farmers, ranchers, and rural communities are struggling, and the agricultural

December 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Here’s How to Win on Climate-Change Policy

by Ted Halstead (Washington Post/Climate Leadership Council) … The real lesson to learn from these setbacks is that the political prospects of carbon taxation depend on how the revenue is used. As long as the public perceives a carbon tax as an increase in its energy costs and, therefore, a

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Penny for Your Corn? Stingy Trade-War Aid Irks U.S. Farmers

by P.J. Huffstutter and Mark Weinraub (Reuters)  … Federal economists have calculated that the nation’s losses in corn – its largest crop by harvest and export volume – amount to just a penny per bushel, a pittance farmers call absurd. That’s in stark contrast to the substantial $1.65 per bushel the

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

A Summary of Federal Programs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Incentives

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A wide array of federal incentives supports the development and deployment of alternatives to conventional fuels and engines in transportation. These incentives include tax deductions and credits for vehicle purchases and the installation of refueling systems, federal grants for conversion of older vehicles to newer technologies,

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Laws of Biofuels Deployment, and TACs that Whack: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI Annual Meeting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … This year, the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee of the Biomass R&D Board) did something about as audacious and rare as shouting loud praise of open markets and democratic values on the streets of Pyongyang. The TAC actually decided to write a document about the barriers

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Four Market and Policy Opportunities to Increase Agricultural Resilience

by Suzy Friedman, Colleen Willard and Stephanie Mercier (Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Farm Journal Foundation (FJF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA))  In July 2018, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Farm Journal Foundation (FJF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) convened, “Market and Policy Innovations for Resilient Agriculture,” a multi-stakeholder dialogue about opportunities to

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Rural Development Environmental Regulation for Rural Infrastructure Projects COMMENTS DUE December 24, 2018

(U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD), comprised of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agency, is issuing a direct final rule to update the Agency’s Environmental Policies and

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Midterm Elections—Implications for the Bioeconomy

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  And while the bioeconomy – biofuels, biobased products, chemicals, and more – enjoy bipartisan support, the new political landscape means that the biobased sector and stakeholders still need to be on their toes.  With one of the largest freshmen classes ever, and

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

NIFA Listens – Stakeholder Guidance on Agriculture Priorities DEADLINE: November 30, 2018

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking stakeholder feedback to inform the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA.  In short, NIFA is the extramural funding agency within USDA.  NIFA are attempting to ensure that they reach a broad spectrum of organizations involved in food and agricultural

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal Investments in Algae Cultivation Technologies Paying Big Dividends

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Algae-derived products and technologies are on the cusp of changing nearly everything. Algae will transform how we eat; will make the materials in your shoes more sustainable; provide fuel for vehicles and planes; recycle greenhouse gases and deliver many more products that have yet to be commercialized. … There is a

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Seeks to Revise, Extend Information Collection on BIP Grants COMMENT DEADLINE: December 11, 2018

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Farm Service Agency has opened a public comment period on the revision and extension of a currently approved information collection associated with FSA Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Grants to states. A notice published in the Federal Register indicates the information collection was originally needed for

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EcoAgriculture Partners Announces Climate Smart Agriculture Training Curriculum

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  EcoAgriculture Partners, a non-profit, integrated-landscape-management advocacy group, has announced a new climate smart agriculture (CSA) training curriculum is under development. Louise Buck, the organization’s director of collaborative management, was in New York City for last month’s Climate Week NYC , where she introduced the Training Curriculum

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler, USDA Secretary Perdue, and DOE Secretary Perry Send Letter to Congress on Biomass Carbon Neutrality — Managed Forests Can Bolster Domestic Energy Production

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry, sent a letter to the House and Senate Committee on Appropriations. The letter describes the agencies’ work to

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

US Forest Service Opens RFP for Wood Innovations Program DEADLINE: January 23, 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Forest Service is seeking grant applications for its Wood Innovations Program, which aims to support projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets, reduce wildfire risk, and improve forest health. The Forest Service issued the request for proposals (RFP) on Oct. 24, in

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Visit Sioux Falls Area on Thursday

by Jeremy Fugleberg (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit South Dakota on Thursday morning. An initial schedule from the Department of Agriculture indicates Perdue will visit several locations in the Sioux Falls area. He will: Tour the Poet ethanol plant in Chancellor and hold a roundtable

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

USGC: Ethanol Summit Sparks Engagement on Ethanol Policy

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ..Countries shared their experiences with implementing biofuels policy and discussed how best to support the development and implementation of ethanol policies with a role for trade. Recognized scientists and ethanol experts demonstrated how ethanol use in transportation fuels improves air quality, extends the current fuel

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) October 2, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland. Inside the Doubletree Inn,  it was as hectic as the traffic on Route 50.  Eightyfive paid attendees were gathering, registering, networking, and hurriedly settling in for the 9:15 start of this workshop titled Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion:

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s Past Midnight: Do You Know Where Funds for Your Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Stand?

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest) On September 30th, the 2018 Farm Bill officially expired. And while both chambers of Congress passed their respective bills, the final version of the legislation that supports the agricultural sector in the U.S. is still being negotiated between House and Senate leaders in conference

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

From Waste to Fuel: Researchers to Develop Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts

by Julianne Beck (Northwestern University Campus News)  A new collaboration led by Michael Jewett, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University, will combine recent technological advancements in bioengineering to develop a transformative production system for next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. The multi-institutional project is supported by a three-year, $1.6 million contract

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Consumption for Fuel at All-Time High, Lags Goals: USDA

by Joshua Pedrick (S&P Global Platts) The volume of ethanol blended with gasoline is at an all-time high in India thanks to the government allowing a new feedstock in the production process, but continues to lag goals, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday. … The country could reach an ethanol

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New E15 Push Expected from White House: Update

(Argus Media)  President Donald Trump’s administration will within weeks renew efforts to allow the year-round sale of higher-ethanol gasoline blends, according to multiple sources in biofuels and refining industries. The administration will announce changes to allow the year-round sale of 15pc ethanol gasoline in October, according to sources familiar with the

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Delay Possible as Deadline Looms

(NAFB News Service/Hoosier Ag Today)  The farm bill deadline at the end of the month could pass without a new farm bill or an extension. As the pace of the farm bill committee stalls, leadership says the actual deadline that would have any impact on farm country is in December, if

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA to Make RFS Waiver Info Public

by Anna-Lisa Laca (AgWeb)  Over the past year, farmers and ethanol advocates alike have pressed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be more transparent when it comes to Renewable Identification Number (RIN) waivers for small refineries. Today, EPA recognized that concern and created a handful of new sections on their website

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

iSEE Helps Secure $6M+ in New Research Grants for U of I Agriculture Studies: $5M DOE Grant for Energy Crops Study

(Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) … A U of I Crop Scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the production of affordable, sustainable sources for market-ready fuels and other valuable products. U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer, and

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Resilience through Regional Partnership: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) is a consortium consisting of the University of Florida (lead), the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and other institutions, government agencies, the civil aviation industry, and Agrisoma Biosciences and Applied Research Associates (ARA) from

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standards Boosts Air Quality

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/My San Antonio)  The Express-News Editorial Board recently missed the mark, claiming that the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, is bad policy. The RFS has boosted local economies, strengthened U.S. energy security and improved overall air quality. … The Editorial Board cites an outdated and scientifically

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Finding Pathways for Biofuels Advocates Say State Low-Carbon Fuel Policies Could Drive More Ethanol Demand

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Just a few blocks from the commotion and crowds at the Global Climate Action Summit, biofuel advocates gathered Thursday to champion more low-carbon fuel standards that could take the country’s biofuels industry in new directions. While the climate summit focused on all the various

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Argentina to Pass B10 Mandate Thanks to Falling Exports

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Argentina, while exports are dropping, domestic consumption is seen rising this year to an all-time high of 1.48 billion liters, and for the first time since the policy was put in place in 2014, the blending rate will be above the mandated 10% at 10.3%. Some

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

New Members of Biomass Research and Development TAC Announced DOE Office of Energy Efficien

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the newest members of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the DOE concerning the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), an interagency program that

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Fiscal Year 2019

(U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (the Agency) Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act to allow potential applicants time to submit applications for financial assistance under Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Federal Fiscal Year (FY)

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Six States Account for More than 70% of U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Six states accounted for 72% of U.S. fuel ethanol production in 2016, according to the most recent estimates from EIA’s State Energy Data System. Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota collectively produced 265 million barrels of fuel ethanol out of the U.S. total of 367 million

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Funding Opportunity: Algae Production Systems SBIR DEADLINE: October 25, 2018

(Algae Biomass Organization) The USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D), has opened a new opportunity that could support algae production systems.  The SBIR Aquaculture topic area funds research projects that can improve the production efficiency

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog — Ethanol Groups Seek EPA Documents on Small Refinery Waivers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Two leading ethanol interest groups and one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers asked a federal court on Thursday to force two federal agencies to hand over records related to the issuance of small refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard. In a lawsuit

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

NCGA: USDA Trade Aid Won’t Make Up for Lost Markets

(National Corn Growers Association)  The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today said plans unveiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide aid to farmers negatively impacted by trade tariffs and ongoing trade uncertainty would be insufficient to even begin to address the serious damage done to the corn market

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Put Algae in the Farm Bill!

(Algae Biomass Organization)  …  Algae are fast becoming a significant component in food and health products, and it is time that this new crop was afforded the support by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that other crops have seen for decades. Thanks to outreach by ABO and its members, a number

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Stands With Ethanol on Waivers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Federal Agencies Disagree on Accounting for Small-Refinery Waivers in 2019  —  EPA has made clear it is not considering public comments on small-refinery waivers and how they affect the Renewable Fuel Standard. But a USDA memorandum sent to EPA on Aug. 15 disputes the EPA’s

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa RFA Hosts 10th Annual Biofuels Tour

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently hosted the 10th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour, taking nearly 40 participants representing members of Congress from around the country on a biofuels journey through the state, including visits to an ethanol plant, biodiesel plant, family farm, soybean crush facility, and

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Offers Trade Aid to Farmers, but Some Question Its Fairness

by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Catherine Boudreau and Liz Crampton (Politico)  The Trump administration on Monday detailed how it will dole out $6.3 billion in aid to assist farmers stung by retaliatory tariffs — and it’s already sparking backlash from some sectors where industry leaders say growers won’t get their fair share.

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Education Program Tweets Video on University of Idaho Biodiesel Firsts

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program)  The goals of the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program as originally established in Sec. 9004 of the Farm Security Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8104) were to stimulate biodiesel consumption and to stimulate the development of a biodiesel infrastructure. The information and outreach activities

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Under Secretary Discusses Impact of Ethanol, Hemp

by Tonya S. Grace (Kentucky New Era)  Bill Northey talked ethanol and hemp while stopping in Christian County on his way to Missouri. Northey, confirmed in February as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new under secretary for farm production and conservation, visited the local community on Wednesday with U.S. Congressman James

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Aemetis Reports Progress with Cellulosic Ethanol Project

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting increased revenues and gross margins. The company also reported process being made with its Riverbank cellulosic ethanol plant, including engineering, environmental permitting and EPC project milestones. “Record gasoline demand in the second quarter helped

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

USGC Joins USDA Trade Mission to Promote Ethanol

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council and ethanol industry partners added an octane enhancer to the USDA’s Agricultural Trade Mission to Indonesia in July, led by USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. The Council delegation joined the larger mission to Indonesia to follow-up on

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article
    DOE Announces Open Meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee   —   August 22-23, 2018   —   Arlington, VA

DOE Announces Open Meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee — August 22-23, 2018 — Arlington, VA

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products. Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following: Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities Update on DOE Biomass R&D Activities Presentations from national laboratories and federal agencies

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program DEADLINES: October 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service/Federal Register)  This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program) to provide guaranteed loans to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial scale biorefineries using eligible technology and of

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Significant Environmental Milestone for Mississippi Project

(Velocys)  The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Mississippi biorefinery.   Velocys plc (VLS.L), the renewable fuels company, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the environmental assessment report

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Leahy among Lawmakers Taking Farm Bill to Conference

(WCAX)   Both houses of Congress have passed their respective versions of the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that affects farmers around the country. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, will try to come together to pass one version of the bill. Farm bill negotiations

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

When Markets Misbehave, Send the Marines! (World Governments Get a Case of Bioeconomy Interventionitis)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The European Court of Justice has ruled that organisms altered via genome editing are GMOs and subject to GMO regulation in Europe, including warning labels for foods.  And in the US, President Trump announced $12 billion in relief for farmers impacted by the Administration’s trade policies

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

More Support for Carbon Utilization in Congress

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This month the momentum for supporting technologies that put carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to good use got a boost in Congress with the introduction of the bipartisan Carbon Utilization Act of 2018. The House bill would support utilization technologies, such as algae cultivation, by allowing them

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Mandates in the EU by Member State in 2018

by Sabine Lieberz (US Department of Agriculture)  This report provides an overview on the biofuel use mandates in the various EU-28 member states. It supplements the EU-28 Biofuel Annual Report. The 2009 EU Energy and Climate Change Package set out a 10 percent minimum target for renewable energy consumed by the

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Provides Aid for Farmers, Biofuel Groups Call for RVP Relief

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA has announced it will authorize up to $12 billion in aid to assist farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods. The ethanol industry also called on the Trump administration to provide Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

“There’s No Place Like Home” Grown Sorghum

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements  — … U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become renewable fuels.  … Sorghum is a grass grown in many places and regions around the world, but also is increasingly being grown

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Higher Blends of Ethanol Should Be Available Year-Round

by Anthony Bush (Marion Star)  … Most urgently,  (Agriculture) Secretary (Sonny) Perdue must follow the president’s directive to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to end harmful sales regulations on higher ethanol blends like E15 and above. These regulations restrict the sale of higher blends during the summer months when travel

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

White House Readies Plan for $12 Billion in Emergency Aid to Farmers Caught in Trump’s Escalating Trade War

by Damian Paletta and Caitlin Dewey (Washington Post)  The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday plans to announce a $12 billion package of emergency aid for farmers caught in the midst of President Trump’s escalating trade war, two people briefed on the plan said, the latest sign that growing tensions between the

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels

by Madelyn Beck (Harvest Public Media/KUNC)  … That’s because for the last few years, the EPA and the Department of Energy have been at odds, with taxpayer money creating a new biofuel industry that may not have the room to grow outside the lab. … The Department of Energy spent hundreds

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Surfactants, 100% Renewable and Biobased: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Croda’s Eco Range

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Croda’s new Eco Range of surfactants is 100% renewable and 100% biobased. Croda’s is the first plant of its type in North America to produce 100% renewable, 100% biobased surfactants. The versatile bio-ethylene oxide plant can accept bioethanol from different renewable sources. The new line is registered

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Operation Considering Barley for Biofuel, Fish Food

by Jessica Holdman (Bismark Tribune)  … The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved an $83,810 Renewable Energy Program grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using North Dakota barley for biofuel and a high value protein concentrate byproduct to sell to commercial fisheries. “It’s a higher value market than where we’re

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Appoints New Biomass R&D TAC Members

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, D.C., the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has appointed several new volunteers from industry, academia, nonprofits, and local government to the TAC which advises the federal government about its bioenergy R&D programs. These are the first appointments to the TAC by the current

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Secretary Perdue on Trump’s Message to Farmers: You Won’t Suffer in a Trade Fight with China

by Berkeley Lovelace Jr. (CNBC) Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Trump has told him to assure American farmers that they won’t suffer from the U.S. trade fight with China. Perdue says he is calculating the potential impact of trade disruptions on a weekly basis, and making it known to the Trump

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Researchers Creating Catalyst to Improve Jet Biofuel Production

by Maegan Murray  (Washington State University-Tri-Cities)  Efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University researchers a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. WSU Tri-Cities associate professor

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Sweeping Farm Bill, Setting up Fight with House

by Caitlin Dewey and Erica Werner (Washington Post)  The Senate passed its version of the $428 billion farm bill Thursday, setting up a bitter fight against the House over food stamps, farm subsidies and conservation funding. The Senate measure passed in an 86-to-11 vote, overwhelming support that reflected a bipartisan desire

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Can USDA Stretch Corn, Soybean Farmers’ Safety Net with Tariff Relief?

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming)  Rumors of USDA’s Tariff Easing Strategy Not Confirmed  —  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is giving himself a couple of months – until around Labor Day – before deciding whether to proceed with President Trump’s promise of shielding farmers from “China’s unfair retaliation.” For tactical reasons, Perdue

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would qualify Laufer’s lab for larger grants for commercialization. The grant is through the Agriculture and

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Considers Delaying Friday Biofuel Announcement: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering delaying its widely anticipated announcement on Friday on 2019 renewable fuel volumes as it re-examines plans to force larger refineries to make up for gallons exempted at smaller plants, according to two sources familiar with the

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

WSU Professor Lands $500,000 Grant to Pursue Lignin to Biofuel Conversion

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri-Cities)  WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid — to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts. Interested in the project, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Ag Committee Restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title Funding

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 13, the Senate ag committee approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs. The legislation, officially titled the Agriculture

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Senators Hope to Reap Farm Bill Amendments

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up amendments to the farm bill today, but negotiations were still ongoing as to just which of 186 submitted would get a vote. Here are a few energy highlights from a list obtained by POLITICO. — If E15 at

June 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the White House quashed the release of a plan to change the Renewable Fuels Standard amid

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, create more energy choices for businesses, and advance the development and deployment of low-carbon, clean

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. In contrast to the GOP-only bill that has advanced in the House, the bipartisan Senate farm bill refrains from eliminating the Energy Title, but provides mandatory funding to only one

June 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Notice for Solicitation of Members for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee DEADLINE: June 30, 2018

(U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  … U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).  …  Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2018. … The Biomass Research and Development Act

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Sen. Tina Smith Tells Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders that Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key to Reviving Lagging Farm Economy

(Office of Senator Tina Smith (D-MN))  Senator Leads Bipartisan Push for Strong Funding and Focus on Energy As Senate Begins Work on Farm Bill in Coming Days  —  As the Senate prepares to begin work on the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S Senator Tina Smith, today told the leaders of the Senate Agriculture

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and that’s not just good for the project owners in question, it’s good for every stakeholder

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustain RFS as Important Tool in GHG-Reduction Strategy

(Solutions from the Land)  One of the three pillars of climate-smart agriculture is actions that farmers can take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and simultaneously improve profitability. A principal means by which the agriculture sector can help governments around the world reach global emission-reduction goals is through the production

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

ABO Secures Unprecedented $136 Million For Algae and Related Projects — Deadlines Approaching

(Algae Biomass Organization)  ABO’s ongoing work in Washington, DC, to educate Congress and federal agencies on the importance of robust algae research, development and demonstration has resulted in the release of an unprecedented series of funding opportunities for algae. Deadlines for letters of intent are fast approaching. Four major algae funding

May 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Have Earned Bipartisan Support

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Since 2002, the farm bill has contained an energy title, with cost-effective programs that support private investment in renewable energy, biobased manufacturing and energy efficiency. The programs are extremely successful in helping businesses create employment and economic growth opportunities in rural communities across the

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Officials to Meet on Biofuel Policy Changes – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Energy and Agriculture plan to meet on Thursday to hammer out details of President Donald Trump’s planned changes to the nation’s biofuel laws, according to two sources familiar with the matter. … Trump has told

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Year-Round: Mixed Messages from RFS, RINs Meeting

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  It was good news and bad news for corn growers and ethanol proponents after President Donald Trump met with legislators to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. A White House meeting with Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., resulted

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill to Get Second Vote in US House in June: Roll Call

(CNBC/Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, according to a report. The vote on the $867 billion bill will be held on June 22, Republican Representative Steve Scalise said, Roll Call reported. Roll

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn’t exist 30 years ago. Erick Lutt, director of industrial and environmental policy for Biotechnology Innovation Organization, speaking at the 2018 Bio Industry Summit

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Growing Leaders for the Emerging Bioeconomy: A Personal Experience with CABLE

by Leyla Battista* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership and Education (CABLE) grant was established by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare the next generation of leaders and integrate them into the emerging bioeconomy. The grant was split between nineteen partnering universities across the country.

May 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Breaking News: Attack on Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes:  Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee last night to eviscerate the clean energy title programs of the farm bill.  It

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy Breaks Ground on Landmark Trash-to-Jet Fuel Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Near Reno, Nevada, Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground today for its 10 million gallon per year first commercial plant that makes jet fuel from municipal solid waste. For thousands of years we have had a love/hate relationship with waste. We love to make it, we hate

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

A Proposed Rule by the Agricultural Marketing Service: National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard COMMENTS DUE 7/3/18

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) A recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish the national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a new rule that would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

ICYMI: $227M Available from US in Push for Vehicle, Feedstock and Bioconversion Advances

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We usually say, ICYMIs for those In Case You Missed Its that show up in someone’s inbox.  This week, we might re-purpose that useful acronym to:  In Case Your Money Isn’t Sufficient — because there are three funding opportunities that have been flying slightly under the radar this week

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance on imports and improving the environment (through reducing both the absolute level of fossil fuel

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects $3 Million in Research Projects to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). DOE has selected two projects from the University of Tennessee and Northwestern University that will receive

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed for quotas  —  A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round sales of higher-ethanol gasoline in exchange for possible policy changes to rein in compliance costs

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess the

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article
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