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Gillibrand Tours Plant

by Mike Putz  (Dyersville Commercial)  Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand might be trailing in the polls both in Iowa and nationally, but she believes stops like the one she made to Big River Resources in Dyersville will convince Iowans to send her to the White House. The New York Senator visited

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Mexican Fuel Marketers Confident They Can Offer Ethanol Following Tour if Iowa Ethanol Supply Chain

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) hosted a tour in conjunction with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Iowa last week to show nine decision-makers from key Mexican retail and supplier groups how ethanol blends have been successfully and profitably incorporated

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Stating Carbon Fuel Standards: BIO World Congress Eyes Taking Low-Carbon Fuel Standards Beyond California

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The uncertainty of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard and political fights with the petroleum industry are giving more weight to the need for major biofuel states to consider their own low-carbon fuel standards. After years of pushing for a federal low-carbon fuels standard, the

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Intervention Delaying EPA Biofuel Waiver Action, Sources Say

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump’s request for a review of the administration’s expanded use of biofuel waivers for oil refiners is holding up its decisions on 2018 applications, according to three sources familiar with the matter, two of whom said Trump may soon host a meeting on the

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he bioeconomy’s biggest and grandest show, the BIO World Congress, takes us on an accustomed journey through the present and future in a sector that has more twists and turns than the rides at Six Flags and the acceleration of a mission to Mars.

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Firm Launches Plan to Cut One Trillion Tons of CO2 From Atmosphere

(Solutions from the Land)  A company that says it is “dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet,” announced last month the launch of The Terraton Initiative™, a project designed to accelerate carbon sequestration at an unprecedented scale. … Among the steps cited by Indigo are regenerative farming practices

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

AFPM Launches Ad Campaign Urging the President to Protect Refinery Jobs

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  Today (July 8, 2019), AFPM launched an advertising campaign asking President Trump to keep his promise to protect U.S. refiners from unchecked ethanol mandates that threaten to kill our jobs. This campaign comes on the heels of increasing calls from the ethanol industry to eliminate small

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

With 2020 Looming, Trump Weighs Boosting Farmers at Refineries’ Expense

by James Osborne  (Houston Chronicle)  The future of an exemption shielding oil refining companies from a federal mandate that they blend corn-based ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply is looking increasingly uncertain amid increasing political pressure on the Trump administration ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Months after the Environmental Protection Agency,

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa State University Is Home to a New Bioenergy Crops Research Farm

(Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)  Iowa and Midwest agriculture has started to change in recent years. One visible change is the interest to grow crops for biofuel and bioproducts (referred to as “energy crops”). Fossil fuel usage contributes to the growing problem with greenhouse gases. Alternative energy options from plant

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Raised & Rooted Alt Protein, African Iron Superfood, Biological Biocide, Digital Agronomic Tools, CO2 Munching Microbe, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 4th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the U.S., it’s Independence Day and many folks are celebrating across the country, but it doesn’t mean the bioeconomy is taking a break. In fact, bioeconomy innovations, much like hamburgers and hot dogs across America, are getting hot, hot, hot! Here are the top innovations

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Decision 2020 Bioeconomy – 25 Declared Presidential Candidates and How They Stand on the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s best for you? Who’s best for us? Who supports what you do, and how strongly? In this guide, we’ve looked at the policies and activities of 25 declared presidential candidates, which we have listed in alphabetical order. We’ve focused on bioeconomy issues, with a special

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Grassley Statement on New Threats to RFS

(Office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released the following statement in response to recent media reports on new threats to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  “For years, Big Oil and its advocates on and off Capitol Hill have worked hard to undermine the RFS and dole

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Oh My! Dan’s Back: AgCertain Industries Acquires KemX Global

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time, many have been uncertain as to what direction former REG CEO Dan Oh would take in developing a new entry into the fast-growing bioeconomy, but now we can be certain, or rather, AgCertain. News has filtered out of Iowa that Oh’s new company,

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

by J.Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy)  A new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions.1 The efficiencies gained using ILM practices could generate a new revenue

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

King Introduces Bills Protecting RFS from Small Refinery Exemptions

(Office of Congressman Steve King (R-IA-4th)  Legislation Recovers Volume Lost to Waivers by Increasing RFS Requirement Gallon -for-Gallon  —  Congressman Steve King releases this statement following his introduction of two bills that are designed to protect the volume requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard from being undermined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s

June 25, 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

Could the RFS Move Toward a Low Carbon Program Like LCFS?

by Jeff Barber (OPIS)  The idea of revising the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to operate more like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) appears to be getting a fresh look. The rise in prices for  California’s LCFS credits may be a motivating factor. More about that in a minute….  Let’s first look back to

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on Our Journey

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … For decades, we’ve applied our work ethic and expertise in laboratories, innovation centers and refineries throughout the state. As a result, we’ve become a leader in bioprocessing, in addition to our agrarian achievements. … There’s a lot happening on the biosciences front in

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Lallemand’s Biofuels Division Surpasses Ethanol Production Milestone

(Biofuels International)  Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS), part of Lallemand, has announced that the company’s TransFerm platform has surpassed over 25 billion gallons of ethanol production. The TransFerm platform comprises yeast strains that produce glucoamylase within fermentation, which reduces the need to purchase exogenous commercial enzymes, as well as reducing glycerol

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Sapp Bros. Opens New Biodiesel Blending Facility in Sioux City

(MEG Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Sapp Bros. is celebrating the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal located in Sioux City, Iowa, with an open house June 13 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Central time at 4800 Frelon Drive. Media representatives are invited to the open house to learn more about the

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump in Iowa Touts Ethanol while Bashing Biden

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  President Trump gave rallygoers in Iowa on Tuesday a sign of what might come in 2020, speaking to them about ethanol while taking hard jabs at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Speaking in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate his administration’s decision to allow 15 percent of ethanol to be mixed

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

As Biden Tours Iowa, Farmers Want to Know Where He Stands on Ethanol

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Joe Biden may have an ethanol problem.  The former U.S. vice president has pledged support for advanced biofuels as part of his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. But Biden, who leads the crowded Democratic field in opinion polls in Iowa and nationally, faces lingering questions in the

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Refiner Group Sues Trump EPA over High-Ethanol Gasoline

by Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  The main U.S. refining industry association said on Monday it sued to block the Trump administration’s effort to expand sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, arguing the move exceeded the administration’s authority. The legal challenge from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association escalated a

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: Inslee Sees a Place for Corn in Plan to Scrap EPA’s Ethanol Mandate

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee says there would be a place for corn ethanol in his plan to replace the nation’s renewable fuel program with one that has a record of making corn farmers wary. Inslee tells John that his plan focuses on more advanced second-generation

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Opinion: Presidential Candidates Need a Vision for Biofuels

by Rob Hogg, Amanda Ragan and Bill Couser (Des Moines Register/Biofuels Vision 2020) As presidential candidates visit Iowa ahead of the caucuses, Biofuels Vision 2020 – a coalition of biofuels supporters – is here to educate the candidates about how renewable, low-carbon biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel reduce the carbon footprint of

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

2020 Democratic Front-Runner Joe Biden and President Trump Plan Dueling Campaign Stops in Iowa on Tuesday

by Jeff Daniels (CNBC)  -Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to return to Iowa next Tuesday, marking only his second trip to the key caucus state since formally declaring a run for the White House. – But Biden plans to skip an event Sunday in Iowa that will represent the largest

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The Daily 202: Trump Keeps Trying to Pick Winners and Losers – from the Bailout for Farmers to a Border Wall Contract

by James Hohmann (Washington Post)  … Trump proceeded to tout initiatives he’s taken to help corn growers. He noted that he directed the EPA to make it easier to sell more ethanol in vehicle fuel, lifting summertime fueling restrictions on E15 gasoline, which means it contains as much as 15 percent

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Project LIBERTY: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to POET

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET has been turning one big idea after another into biofuel and renewable alternative product solutions for thirty years. They have grown from a single, humble refinery in Scotland, South Dakota, to one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol and other biorefined products. Dave Bushong,

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Significance of Ag’s Role in Addressing Climate Change Grows in Congress This Week

(Solutions from the Land)  A hearing held this week by the Senate Agriculture Committee on the impact of climate change on the ag sector marks what is hoped will be the start of a serious effort by Congress to address the needs of farmers, ranchers and forestland owners as they face increasingly

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Possible Trump Visit to Iowa Ethanol Mill Signals E15 Win

by Mario Parker and Jennifer Jacobs (Bloomberg)  President Donald Trump is considering visiting an ethanol refinery in Iowa in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter, a signal that the administration will fulfill a pledge to permit the year-round sale of high-ethanol gasoline sought by corn farmers in the state.

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Tours Ethanol Plant with Former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

by Katy Siddall (River Cities’ Reader)  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio toured the POET Biorefinery in Gowrie, Iowa and discussed the benefits of value-added agriculture in rural America. De Blasio was joined by Secretary Tom Vilsack, who served both as Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture under President Obama and as

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Innovative Foundation in Iowa

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority) … Iowa is home to three public universities – the University of Iowa, Iowa State University (ISU) and the University of Northern Iowa – that are world-renowned for dynamic research capabilities in plant, animal and human biosciences. This network leverages more than $1 billion

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

California Certifies Two Edeniq Customers for Corn Kernel Fiber Ethanol

(Edeniq/Business Wire)  Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane received LCFS approvals using Edeniq’s Intellulose 2.0 corn fiber technology —  Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a leading biotechnology company that develops processes for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol, today announced that the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) approved its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

House Members Call on EPA to End Refiner Exemptions

(St. Joseph Post)  A bipartisan coalition of 35 members of the House of Representatives says the Environmental Protection Agency should stop issuing small refiner exemptions to large or unqualified refiners. The EPA has approved 54 waivers through the Renewable Fuel Standard, totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuels in the

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

POET Ads Spotlight Farm Crisis

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET, LLC, is launching a major advertising campaign directed at “leaders in the nation’s capital to confront the economic crisis in rural America and support crop-based products like ethanol to revitalize farm income.” “American farmers are no strangers to adversity,” said Kyle Gilley, POET Senior

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

More States Follow California’s Lead with Low Carbon Fuel Standard Programs

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News/GNA)  … Following the example of California and other West Coast states and provinces, more and more states across the nation are considering the development of their own low carbon fuel programs. One of the most recent advances is in the state of New York. On February

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Caucus: Marianne Williamson Stops at Golden Grain Energy for Ethanol Crash Course

by Lisa Grouette (The Globe Gazette/KPVI)  Marianne Williamson, a proclaimed spiritual leader and activist, sat in on a PowerPoint-style presentation Monday afternoon at Golden Grain Energy to learn more about an Iowa staple: ethanol and ethanol production. The ethanol educational crash-course was a campaign stop for Williamson who officially launched

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Legislature Provides FY 2020 Funds for Blender Pump Program

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Iowa legislature funded another year of Iowa’s cost-share blender pump program. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, commonly referred to as the state’s blender pump program, provides cost-share grants to Iowa retailers wishing to upgrade fueling infrastructure to offer E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends. The

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Andrew Yang Tours Ethanol Plant in Rural Iowa

by Katy Siddall (River Cities’ Reader)  Entrepreneur and presidential-candidate Andrew Yang toured POET Biorefining in Gowrie, Iowa. Yang was joined by Focus on Rural America Chair Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge, who has served Iowa as Lt Gov and as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture. “I’m grateful Mr. Yang came to Gowrie, a small town in

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

2019 Ethanol Producer Award Winners Announced

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2019 Ethanol Producer Award winners have been selected. Following a nomination period and voting process that included Ethanol Producer Magazine editorial staff and editorial board members, EPM is proud to announce this year’s winners. They are as follows: Project of the Year: Flint Hills Resources Fairmont

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Former DuPont Employee Gets 42 Months in Prison for Stealing Trade Secrets

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … As part of his guilty plea, Isler (Josh Harry Isler) admitted that, during August 2013, while employed with DuPont, and after having accepted an offer of employment with a smaller competitor, he stole and misappropriated, without authorization, trade secrets of DuPont. According to admissions contained

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

SW Iowa Renewable Energy Sows Seeds for Monarchs

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWire.com)  Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) is one step closer to providing monarch butterflies with a new place to fill up on their cross-country journey. The ethanol plant seeded their Monarch Fueling Station this week with the help of local farmer Rick Frost. Habitat Establishment Coordinator Kevin Reynolds helped

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

Midwest Sees Surge in Clean Energy Jobs

by Casey Leins (US News and World Report)  The Midwest added more than 28,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, resulting in a 4 percent growth rate, according to a recent report released by national advocacy groups Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The 12 Midwestern states employed more than 737,000 workers

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article
    Road to the Green New Deal   —   various dates April-May 2019   —   various locations

Road to the Green New Deal — various dates April-May 2019 — various locations

In 2018, young Sunrise leaders put the Green New Deal on the map and permanently changed the conversation on climate policy in this country. The political establishment is scrambling to keep up with thousands of people across the country who are eager to take action and bring the promise of

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sioux Falls-Based Ethanol Producer Poet Awarded Millions by Arbitration Panel

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader)  Sioux Falls-based Poet has asked a federal judge to confirm a multi-million dollar arbitration award it received from a company that it claims botched an ethanol production system at a plant in Iowa. A panel of three arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association held three hearings

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sen. Grassley Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired.com)  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was honored at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) in Washington DC this week with the Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy. Accepting the award, Grassley said he was honored, but noted that his “work’s not done yet.” The Iowa senator, who has been

April 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Some Agricultural Views from Some Democratic Presidential Candidates

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan all took questions at the Heartland Forum in consecutive order on stage. … Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, also

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Chemicals Produced by Vertimass Now Eligible for Iowa Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit

(Vertimass/Cision/PR Newswire) Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable chemicals offers ethanol producers alternative product capability  —  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has approved the addition of four new renewable chemicals to the list of those eligible under its first-in-the-nation renewable chemical production tax credit program. Vertimass technology allows the sustainable production of the

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Democrats Still Need Rural Voters to Defeat Trump

by  J.D. Scholten (The Hill) … To win back the White House, Democrats can’t just rely on “Whole Foods” districts of educated, affluent suburbanites. Democrats can do well in “Dollar General” districts if they show up and address the issues. No one gave me much of a chance when I ran against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), but

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Mighty Earth Wants to Push 2020 Candidates on the Use of Biofuels

by Zachary Oren Smith (Iowa City Press-Citizen)  … Mighty Earth, a program affiliated with left-leaning think tank Center for International Policy, has three paid organizers setting up shop in Iowa City, Des Moines and the Quad-Cities in hopes of getting 2020 candidates to pledge opposition to biofuels.  “The climate impacts of food-based biofuels

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Backstabbing the Ethanol Industry

by David Kruse (The Daily Reporter) I was told by a director of the Iowa Corn Growers that at a meeting they discussed my recent reports where I had noted that the National Corn Growers Association is dropping the ball in pushing back against President Donald Trump personally on renewable identification

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Oregon Rack Gasoline Jumps Nearly 34 Cents in Two Weeks on Ethanol Troubles

by Kenneth Raphael, Jeffrey Bair and Wes Swift (S&P Global Platts)  Portland, Oregon, rack gasoline has jumped more than 33 cents since March 12 on ethanol shortages tied to the recent “bomb cyclone” in the US Midwest that set off flooding and interrupted rail movement of ethanol, according to DTN data

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Floods Threaten to Cause Ethanol Disruptions and Higher Pump Prices

by Mario Parker and Michael Hirtzer  (Bloomberg)  Midwest rail lines have washed out, delaying biofuel shipments; Gasoline futures rise to five-month high before peak season  —  Flood waters spilling across the U.S. Midwest have swamped ethanol shipments, disrupting refineries and threatening to push up gasoline pump prices ahead of the summer

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Front Group Taking Aim at Biofuels

by Kevin Kinney (The Gazette)  … I’m concerned that Mighty Earth — a group based in Washington, D.C. — is starting to campaign locally against ethanol and other biofuels. The group claims to care about the planet, but their entire campaign seems designed to drive a wedge between Iowa Democrats and family

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Celebrating Leading Women in Biofuels

(Growth Energy)  Supporting American ethanol … also means supporting female leadership. In honor of International Women’s Day, we are taking a moment to recognize just a FEW of the female pioneers leading the biofuels industry – and all the women who advance technologies and innovative solutions in our industry every day.

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

RPT-Floods Shut Nearly a Sixth of U.S. Ethanol Production

by Humeyra Pamuk, Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 percent of the nation’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Candidates Should Recognize Biofuel Benefits

by Mike Naig and Dave Loebsack (Quad City Times)  We may come from different political parties, but we share at least one common vision. Both of us strongly support renewable fuel, like biodiesel, for the vital role it plays in Iowa’s farm economy and job market, creating a cleaner environment, enhancing

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Shows Biofuels Are 3 Percent of Iowa GDP

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has released a new study that shows biofuels are responsible for over $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP, or roughly three percent. The study, authored by John Urbanchuk of ABF Economics and commissioned by IRFA, also found that biofuels account for over 48,000 Iowa jobs and

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Waivers Reduce Incentive to Produce Biofuels

(KCRG)  Between 2017 and 2018, U.S. ethanol consumption dropped for the first time in a decade and the Renewable Fuels Association says that’s because of the Environmental Protection Agency hurting demand. One of the reasons former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned from the agency was because of approving dozens of refiner

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Amy Klobuchar Knocks EPA’s Secret Waivers that Boost Big Oil

by Pat Rynard (Iowa Starting Line)  Senator Amy Klobuchar blasted the Trump Administration’s continued use of blending waivers for renewable fuels usage while in Iowa this weekend. Using it as an example of how Donald Trump’s presidency has hurt rural America, she linked the EPA’s decisions to the first decline in

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Commitment to R&D is the Key

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Toward that end, Iowa offers incentives such as the Research Activities Tax Credit to alleviate the potential financial risk associated with R&D investments, and ultimately, improve the potential for profitability. As one of the few states providing this kind of incentive,

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

O’Rourke Mostly Gets a Pass for His Lack of Specifics

by Edward-Isaac Dovere (The Atlantic)  … The first woman who asked a question wanted to know about ethanol. E10 or E15?  …  Beto O’Rourke’s full answer went on for a bit. “How do we free ourselves from a commodity market over which we have no control? We do so by adding value

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Former Sen Beto O’Rourke’s First Iowa Trip Includes Ethanol Plant

by Katy Siddall  (River Cities Reader) … Beto O’Rourke, former Texas Congressman and newly-announced presidential candidate, made a visit to an ethanol plant in rural Iowa on one of his first stops as he courts caucus-goers. O’Rourke toured Big River Renewables LLC, an ethanol plant in West Burlington, Iowa, on Friday morning. “I want

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

NBB Commemorates National Biodiesel Day with Biodiesel Success Stories

(National Biodiesel Board)  Meet just a few of biodiesel’s movers and shakers making an impact in this innovative industry —  National Biodiesel Day takes place March 18, in honor of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday. In the 1890s, Rudolf invented the diesel engine, which was designed to run on peanut oil. Rudolf knew early

March 15, 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

The Energy 202: A Wave of State Bills Could Threaten Science and Climate Education

by Paulina Firozi (Washington Post)  State lawmakers from Connecticut to Florida are proposing measures that some groups say could threaten how science and climate change are taught in the classroom. More than a dozen such bills have popped up this year, including from state lawmakers pushing back against broad scientific consensus that

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Refueling Station Coming to Seneca

by Kevin Solari (Morris Herald-News)  REG opening 1st facility of its kind at Seneca refinery  —   The Seneca location for Renewable Energy Group is going to be a testing ground for a new concept for the company. At an open house Friday, the the Ames, Iowa-based biofuel company revealed its new

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Grassley, Wyden Introduce Tax Extenders Bill

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 28, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation to extend 29 tax credits, including those that benefit producers of renewable diesel, second generation biofuels and bioenergy. According to information released by the Senate Committee on Finance,

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Paul, Grassley Introduce Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Today (February 27, 2019), U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019(S.581), legislation that would remove burdensome regulations on domestic energy production. “The Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act provides new economic opportunity for Kentucky farmers

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Commercialization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Douglas B. Rivers, PhD,from Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview and more READ MORE    

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

GROWMARK Offers Pre-Blended E15 at More Terminals

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  GROWMARK Energy is adding to the number terminals around the Midwest offering pre-blended E15, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, which has worked closely with the farmer-owned cooperative on related issues such as regulatory compliance and adoption of RFA’s Misfueling Mitigation Plan (MMP). GROWMARK will now offer pre-blended E15

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Support 669 New Jobs and More Than $127 Million in Capital Investment in Iowa

(Iowa Economic Development Authority)  ..(T)he Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board awarded tax benefits to five companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 669 jobs and will result in more than $127 million in new capital investment for the state. The board

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Evolution of Ethanol

by Kristin Danley-Greiner  (The Messenger)  …  Monte Shaw, director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said that an estimated 10,000 families are directly invested in locally owned ethanol plants. There are hundreds of thousands of producers who are directly linked, too. He grew up on an Iowa farm in the

February 26, 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

Groups Exploring Potential Midwest LCFS Collaborative

by Jordan Godwin (OPIS/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been involved in preliminary conversations around the possibility of a collaborative effort of Midwest states seeking to establish a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program similar to the West Coast Collaborative, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said Tuesday. In

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Operatives Say Ethanol Worship Is Now as Corny as The West Wing

by Ben Jacobs (The Guardian)  … Tim Gannon, the Democratic nominee for Iowa secretary of agriculture in 2018, told the Guardian the idea of ethanol as a dealbreaker in the state was “very much a stereotypical thing because of The West Wing and the big issue with Ted Cruz four years

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Reps Dave Loebsack, Darin LaHood Lead Push for Multi-Year Biodiesel Tax Extension

by Joe Hand (River Cities Reader)  Representatives Dave Loebsack and Darin LaHood today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling for a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. In a letter to House Leadership, the lawmakers called for swift action in the House to ensure our farmers and

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Grassroots Efforts in the Biodiesel Industry

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)  The executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board says the key to growing the biodiesel industry is implementing programs at the state level.  Grant Kimberley says in Iowa, for example, they have been able to put together a package of incentive programs.  “From retail incentives

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

County Considers Biofuel Relocation Option

by Joe Sutter (Messenger News)  An update to Webster County’s Urban Renewal Area will enable payments to Cargill Inc. for a wastewater treatment project, as well as paving the way for a potential joint project between the county and Iowa Central Community College for its biofuels testing lab. … The plan

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR START-UPS: BIO World Congress — July 8-11, 2019 — Des Moines, IA    DEADLINE:  unclear

CALL FOR START-UPS: BIO World Congress — July 8-11, 2019 — Des Moines, IA DEADLINE: unclear

The Start-Up Stadium @ BIO World Congress provides high visibility to early-stage emerging GreenTech companies. During the sessions, 32 start-up companies across 7 sessions will share their new technologies and value proposition through formal 8-minute presentations followed by a 6-minute Q&A to an audience of investors, analysts and strategists from across the value

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BIO World Congress — July 8-11, 2019 — Des Moines, IA     DEADLINE: unclear

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BIO World Congress — July 8-11, 2019 — Des Moines, IA DEADLINE: unclear

The BIO World Congress provides an unparalleled platform for innovative thinkers to share their ideas, technologies and industry expertise. We are now accepting proposal submissions that reflect current trends, ideas and discoveries within the six program themes below. All proposals must be submitted through BIO’s online Program Portal system. 2019 Program Track Themes If

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Prepares for a ‘Crazy Year’ Trying to Sway the Trump Administration

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Ethanol producers are preparing for major action at the federal level in the months ahead, both in terms of litigation against Trump administration actions on the nation’s renewable fuel mandate and lobbying to finalize rules regarding the ethanol mandate. “You know, 2019 is going to be

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Burgeoning Biomethane: RNG Is a Partner, Not Competitor, to Ethanol

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. A transformation is underway in Iowa. Last year, Verbio North America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of German bioenergy producer Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, purchased

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Out of Harm’s Way

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A fatal fire at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in 2016 prompted the facility to make changes and encourage other plants to do the same.  —  …  Reliance on Design Perhaps the most important change implemented and recommended by SIRE is the installation of an explosion-proof

January 28, 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

Attis, Iowa State Partner on Lignin-Based Carbon Fiber

(Attis Industries Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine) Attis Industries Inc., a diversified innovation and technology holding company, today announced a partnership with Iowa State University for a funded research program to develop carbon fibers for use in a wide variety of applications derived entirely or predominately from lignin produced at Attis’ planned biorefineries. Carbon fibers

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Casey’s and Quick Oil Company Win Biofuel Marketing Awards Secretary Naig Recognizes Efforts to Promote Ethanol and Biodiesel

(FUELIowa) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig awarded biofuel marketing awards to two central Iowa-based companies. Quick Oil Company in Perry was winner of the 2019 Biodiesel Marketing Award, and Casey’s General Stores headquartered in Ankeny received this year’s Ethanol Marketing Award. The annual awards, initiated 11 years ago by FUELIowa

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group Partner with Clariant to Advance Cellulosic Biofuel Research

(ExxonMobil/Renewable Energy Group/Globe Newswire)  Partnership to expand on joint ExxonMobil and REG research into cellulosic biodiesel; Clariant’s sunliquid® technology to facilitate creation of compatible cellulosic sugars; Objective is to combine technologies into a single, integrated biodiesel production process ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) said today that they have signed a joint research

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest)  Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including exceptionally large deals  —  Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in biofuels picked up considerably in 2018 after a slowdown in 2017, and by historic standards, the deals grew considerably in

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Casey’s General Stores and Quick Oil Company with the 2019 Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards at the FUEL-Iowa annual meeting Tuesday in Des Moines. The awards were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Governor Reynolds’ Budget Includes $3 Million for RFIP

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) Governor Kim Reynolds released her 2019 Iowa budget proposal. Included in her budget was $3 million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP), which provides cost-share grants to help Iowa retailers incorporate blender pumps, storage tanks, and other necessary equipment to offer higher blends of biofuels.

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmland Expansion Increases Carbon Footprint across Northern Corn Belt

(Illinois Farmer Today)  Faster conversion of land into agricultural production in recent years has raised the region’s carbon cost of producing grains, according to recently published research from an Iowa State University scientist. The study, published in the academic journal Environmental Research Letters, shows that increases in crop production due

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Ricketts: My Goals for 2-19

by Pete Ricketts (Office of Governor of Nebraska/Star Herald)  As we enter the new year, I have put together a list of goals for our state in 2019. I am sharing a few of them here. … Year-Round E15 – In October, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and I joined President Trump in

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

A Fox Guarding the RFS Henhouse

by David Kruse (The CommStock Report/Spencer Daily Reporter)  From a subscriber: “I asked my local Cenex manager why the price of E85 was still high. E10 has dropped 43 cents in the last couple of months and E85 hasn’t changed from $1.94. He told me that the RIN price has often been close

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Impact: Iowa’s Status as the Largest Ethanol-Producing State Means Its Ethanol Economy Affects the Entire Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A waiter in a Cedar Rapids restaurant, for instance, recently asked Shaw (Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) about Trump’s E15 waiver, upon hearing that Shaw advocates for biofuels and ethanol through the IRFA. “So here’s a waiter in the

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Top 18 of 2018 – Looking Back to Look Forward

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … So on this last day of 2018, join the Biofuels Digest in looking back at our most visited and popular stories of 2018. … In today’s Digest, the hottest technologies, aviation developments we only dreamed of, cash out of trash innovations, biogas, cellulosic biofuels, lignin,

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Nearly $4 billion dollars was infused into capital investments in the U.S. for renewable and bioscience projects in 2018. This significant investment is merely part of an upward trend that’s yielded more than 273,000 new jobs at bioscience companies across the country since

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article
    2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit   —   January 29, 2019   —   Altoona, IA (Free)

2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit — January 29, 2019 — Altoona, IA (Free)

GET ENERGIZED! at the 2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. Hear experts give their perspective on  how biofuels will fit into future petroleum markets, the role for biofuels in meeting global clean air policies and overcoming trade and policy hurdles to market growth. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit is the 2nd largest

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Relieving the Pressure: There’s Movement at Last to Obtain an RVP Waiver for E15 …

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “There’s a very tight window between today and June 1,” says Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol. “The big-picture goal is for the proposed rule to be out for public comment and for EPA to wrap up a final rule prior

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Harvestone Welcomes First Four Ethanol Plants onto its Marketing Platform

(Harvestone Group/MarketWatch/PR Newswire)  Harvestone Group LLC is pleased to announce the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors combine for over 210 million gallons of annualized ethanol production.       

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Michael Bloomberg Backtracks on Ethanol, Slams Trump in Iowa

by Nolan Hicks  (New York Post)  Eyeing a possible presidential run, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg reversed his previous harsh criticism of ethanol and blasted away at President Trump, saying that someone should “take away” the president’s keyboard. Bloomberg made the comments after spending the day in agriculture-dependent Iowa, a crucial early battleground for

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

In Sioux City, Steve King Talks Farm Bill, Temporary Migrant Workers

by Katie Peikes (Iowa Public Radio) … The Republican congressman says he’d like to see his legislation in the farm bill that would keep states from regulating production standards for agricultural products sold in interstate commerce by other states. King drafted that legislation nearly a decade ago. He says California was

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

DuPont Will Repay $10.5 Million in State Incentives, under Approved Settlement

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) DuPont will give Iowa a big check — $10.5 million — after closing and selling the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada. Iowa economic development leaders approved a settlement Friday that calls for DuPont to repay all but about $3.7 million it received in

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Editorial: Iowa State Analysis Makes Clear the Trade Wars’ Damage to Ag Producers

(Omaha World-Herald)  A recent report from Iowa State University offers sobering findings that show why our country needs to resolve its tariff wars with China and other nations. The university researchers found that over the next year, the disruptions and loss of market share will cost the Iowa economy between

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

VERBIO Acquires Cellulose Ethanol Plant from DuPont in Nevada/Iowa, USA.

(VERBIO)  VERBIO North America Corporation, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, a 51 percent subsidiary of VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, has signed a contract today with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and company to purchase a cellulose ethanol plant located in Nevada, Iowa, USA. The purchase includes about 100,000 tons of baled

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Bioeconomy 2019: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Bioeconomy Development Priorities

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s next in the biobased revolution? After fuels, chemicals, say many. What’s the role of incentives, the size of the opportunity and the potential rewards for a region? The Iowa Economic Development Authority took a look at development priorities — and how these relate to Iowa’s capabilities

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Faces More Speed Bumps EPA’S Rule for Year-Round E15 Sales Is Still Not in Federal Register.

by Dan Looker (Success Farming)  When President Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, last month that his administration will approve year-round sales of E15, farmers and the ethanol industry were pleased. They looked forward to more sales of the gasoline blend with 15% ethanol as early as

November 6, 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

Consultative Expansion

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion of one of today’s fastest-growing biodiesel refiners.  —  BioJoe Renwick, founder and co-owner of Winnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, is

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

For the Times They Are a Changin’ – Conversions Abound from Diesel to Renewable Diesel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Phillips 66 and REG’s announcement about a new renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast planned for 2021 comes after a notable increase in refineries that are being converted and changed over to renewable diesel. Change is good, especially in this case. … While it was

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Analyst: Ethanol Industry Has Room to Grow: Exports on Pace to Shatter Last Year’s Record.

by Daniel Grant (FarmWeekNow) The rate of growth for the U.S. ethanol industry may have slowed in recent years, but it’s far from over, according to Bill Holbrook, senior analyst for ProExporter. Production capacity continues to grow as producers look to overseas markets to export ethanol and one of its key co-products,

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Big Oil Looks to Stop Utilities’ Charging Investments

by Jeffrey Tomich (E&E News Energywire)  State utility regulators across the Midwest are revving up their interest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. And the petroleum industry and its allies are urging them to hit the brakes. The American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, and Americans for Prosperity have all weighed

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Pyromaniax Unbound

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Why the attention? Some of it in the most recent data and news regarding commercial status. TCat-8 has operated for over 2,000 hours with continuous catalyst circulation including a fluid bed reactor, catalyst stripper, catalyst regenerator, quench tower, and recycle compressor. The pilot plant is operating mass balance

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with more than 200 existing plants, four new projects is a small figure. Greenfield ethanol plant development is in a lull,

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

October’s Pink at the Pump® Campaign to Fight Breast Cancer with Cleaner-Burning E15

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Join participating Iowa E15 retailers, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), and The Hormel Institute for October’s Pink at the Pump® campaign to fight breast cancer with cleaner-burning E15. Participating Iowa E15 retailers will donate 3-cents of every gallon of E15 sold during the entire month of October to NBCF and The

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Hints at Iowa Trip to Announce ‘Something Very Important’

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) President Donald Trump on Monday hinted at a possible upcoming trip to Iowa to announce “something very important” while touting a new U.S. trade deal with Canada and Mexico.  The comments came as Trump thanked Sen. Joni Ernst during a Rose Garden news conference announcing the $1.2 trillion

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in the US

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Cassidy Walter

As Cassidy Walter of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association points out in a recent Gazette op-ed, “In fact, not only has Big Oil enjoyed federal tax subsidies for the past 100 years, the federal government actually mandates all vehicle fuel be petroleum-based except for what is allowed by the RFS.

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Contrary to Columnist’s Claims, the RFS Works

by Cassidy Walter (The Gazette/Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  As an outspoken libertarian in favor of open markets, it is unfortunate that in a recent column, Adam Sullivan did not look closer at the history of U.S. energy policy before disregarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) while blindly repeating every discredited claim about biofuels

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

NGL Crude Logistics LLC Agrees to Pay $25 Million Civil Penalty and to Retire $10 Million in Renewable Fuel Production Credits Under Settlement With United States

(U.S. Department of Justice) The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with NGL Crude Logistics, LLC that requires the company to retire 36 million renewable fuel credits and pay a $25 million civil penalty under the settlement to resolve violations of the Renewable Fuel

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

HERO BX – Even Kryptonite Can’t Stop the Largest Biodiesel Producer in the Eastern U.S. from Getting Stronger and Bigger

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The largest biodiesel producer in the Eastern United States is getting larger, and stronger. Lake Erie Biofuels dba HERO BX purchased the assets of a Clinton, Iowa biodiesel facility from Tenaska Commodities, LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska, Inc. The ambitious HERO BX Founder & CEO Samuel P.

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

CARD: Trade Disruptions Cost Iowa Ethanol Producers $105 Million

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new study by researchers at Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development has determined current trade disruptions are having a significant impact on the state’s economy, including its ethanol industry. The study examined different scenarios. Overall, the study shows losses to Iowa’s

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter to Editor: Legislators, Please End Renewable Fuel Restrictions

by Bob Bowman (Clinton Herald)  The ethanol industry is critical to the Midwest, supporting thousands of jobs and adding billions of dollars to our economy. It also drives corn demand at a time when Iowa farm family income is at the lowest level in over a decade. However, the sale of

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

Green Plains Mothballs 20% of Production Capacity Due to Trump’s Trade War

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Reuters reports that Green Plains is mothballing its ethanol production plants in Superior, Iowa and Lakota, Iowa as well as running its Fairmont, Minnesota plant at half capacity as President Trump’s trade war takes a bite out of demand from China. Together, the three facilities produced

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Agriculture Youth Benefit From GROWMARK Support

by Carrie Muehling (AgWired.com)  Illinois FFA State Officers including Treasurer Taylor Hartke helped to bring in the flags during a moving ceremony to open the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Illinois FFA members joined FFA officers from Iowa and Wisconsin and 4-H youth from Ontario in marching in the 4-H

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Donald Trump Is Feeling the Heat From Midwestern Farmers

by Justin Worland (Time Magazine) On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made two big promises: renegotiating free trade agreements and helping corn growers by supporting ethanol.  …  As tensions over trade have proven painful to Midwestern farmers in the short term, demands that he do more to back ethanol have increased from

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Conservation Helps the Ag Economy, but Farmers Bear All of the Costs

by Scott Henry (Des Moines Register)  … A study from Environmental Defense Fund and managerial accounting firm K·Coe Isom AgKnowledge finds that conservation can boost farm profitability. The analysis includes detailed financial case studies of three Midwestern corn, soy and wheat farmers — including my fourth-generation farm — as well as a

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Diversification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.  The company’s Ethanol Group provides facility operations, risk management, ethanol and distiller dried grains marketing. The Andersons’ recently provided this illuminating

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Making America Great Again Starts with the States

by David Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Dave VanderGriend, president of Urban Air Initiative, doesn’t mince words in his column this month, calling out EPA for what he says is collusion with the oil industry. —  … The 15.8 billion gallons of ethanol we produce and the economic benefits it

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Trail President Speaks up for Ethanol Production

by Mikkel Pates (Forum News Service/Bismark Tribune)  Now more than ever, farmers who believe in the future of ethanol need to speak up for it, says Gerald Bachmeier, president of the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association. Bachmeier, who also serves as chief executive officer of Red Trail Energy LLC, in

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

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

Unorthodox Antioxidant Focus Drives Stover Ventures towards Cellulosic Dream

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A remarkable and usually under the radar company known as Stover Ventures is said to be nearing its once-unlikely goal of raising capital — mostly so far from Iowa farmers — to construct a biorefinery near Osage, Iowa which will convert up to 14,400 tons per year of

August 23, 2018 Read Full Article

King Says Farmers Want EPA Action on Ethanol, not $12 Billion Aide Package

by O. Kay Henderson (RadioIowa)  Republican Congressman Steve King today said the best thing the Trump Administration could do to alleviate farmers’ angst about the trade war would be to allow higher percentages of ethanol to be blended into gasoline year-round. “Let the market determine what that blend could be It could

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

How Progressives Can Reconnect with Rural Voters

by Patty Judge (Des Moines Register/Focus on Rural America)  … Many of the political elites on the coasts have argued that progressives should simply write off the rural Midwest because it is too white, too old and too conservative to ever support a progressive national candidate. In 2017 Focus on Rural

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa RFA Giving Away Biodiesel at Farm Progress Show

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Iowa Soybean Association to offer farmers attending the 2018 Farm Progress Show eight chances to win $500 worth of biodiesel-blended fuel. “Biodiesel adds so much value to Iowa’s farmers,” said Cassidy Walter, IRFA biodiesel lead. “Farm Progress Show is the

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Gets Local Perspective on Ag

by Seth Boyes (Dickinson County News)  Steffes Company in Milford played host to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday Aug. 6.  …  “If you’re a member of Congress, you can’t keep your mouth shut if you think the president’s hurting your people,” he said. He went on to say the president seemed

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowans Tell EPA Chief President Made E15 Promise, It’s Time to Deliver

by O. Kay Henderson  (RadioIowa)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator met privately with Iowa commodity group leaders at the Iowa State Fair today — but Andrew Wheeler told reporters afterwards there is no decision yet on regulations that would allow a higher blend of ethanol to be sold year-round.

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Ad Wars

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Renewable Fuels Association launched a weeklong ad campaign in Iowa on Monday, coinciding with Wheeler’s visit to the state’s annual fair. The ads hit EPA on the Renewable Fuel Standard and push the agency to institute year-round sales of E15 blends. The ads

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Hubbell Wants More Support for Farmers Hurt by Trade War

by Rod Boshart (Sioux City Journal)  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell called out Gov. Kim Reynolds Saturday for not taking a more-aggressive public stance on behalf of Iowa farmers and rural interests being hurt by President Trump’s trade war with China rather than “towing the party line” in the trade dispute.

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Lifecycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Corncob Ethanol in China

by Yu Wang, Ming‐Hsun Cheng, Mark Mba Wright (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  Converting corncobs into fuel ethanol is different from converting stover because cobs have higher hemicellulose and lower lignin than stover. Current research provides life‐cycle assessments of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for stover ethanol but lacks such assessments for corncob ethanol.

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Cannabis, Canola, Solids, Hog Fuel, Wheat: What’s New with Food and Feedstocks?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and forest type. We’ve been reporting all the innovations in making new stuff from this old

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Lessons on the Road to GoBig: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM Cellulosic Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming what has been the No. 1 hurdle to commercialization for producers around the

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

IRFA Launches Online Resource for Those Seeking Biodiesel Experts

(The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced the launch of a resource designed to make finding Iowa’s biodiesel experts easier than a Google search. The Iowa Biodiesel Speakers Bureau is now live on the IRFA website. It is a collection of biodiesel experts from across the

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Sen. Ernst Questions CEQ Nominee on RFS and Year-Round E15

by AJ Taylor (KIOW)  Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) stressed the importance of biofuels to rural communities and the need to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the nomination of Mary Bridget Neumayr to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Not Happy with EPA RFS Reply

(The Hagstrom Report/The Fence Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency finally replied to a letter that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators sent in April inquiring about waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard, but Grassley was not pleased with the agency’s answer. EPA said it granted

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article
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