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Red Rock Central High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seventeen students from Red Rock Central High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn about their local ethanol facility’s business practices and economic footprint. The students, who were 12th graders from the school’s Ag Business class, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Fridley and Richfield Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who fueled up with Unleaded Plus (E15) during an hour-long promotion at Bona Brothers Minnoco in Fridley today. From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded 20 drivers who made the switch to E15.

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota State Mankato Agroecology Class Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from Minnesota State University, Mankato toured Guardian Energy yesterday to get a closer look at clean renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned several components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, ethanol

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Targray Announces Fargo Biodiesel Terminal to Meet Growing Demand in Upper Midwest

(Targray/PR Web)  Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, has announced the opening of its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Centrally located in West Fargo, North Dakota, the new terminal will provide local fuel retailers, distributors and fleet

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Sleepy Eye High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Associati0n)  Twenty-eight students from Sleepy Eye High School’s Natural Resources class toured Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton yesterday to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. During the tour, the students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant as well as potential career opportunities

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Plymouth Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM rewarded over 50 drivers who chose E15 (Unleaded Plus) during a two-hour promotion today at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth. From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 FM teamed up at the

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Climate Change in the Classroom: Climate Change Activities for Any Class (Parts 1-4)

(Climate Generation)  Climate change lessons and material doesn’t have to be isolated in science classes alone. This blog is number four of a four part series about the activities, lessons, and standards that teachers from various subject areas and grade levels are using to teach climate change in their classrooms. Content

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota Congressman Tours Syngenta R&D Site

(Syngenta/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., recently toured the Syngenta Seeds Stanton, Minnesota, R&D facility and North America Seedcare Institute and participated in a discussion on the future of biofuels, including home-grown American ethanol. … “Recently I toured Syngenta’s Seedcare Institute and demo field in Stanton,” Lewis said. “During my

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Marshall High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-two students from Marshall High School toured the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant today to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, who were from the school’s automotive repair and maintenance class, learned of the various processes of ethanol production at the 50 million gallon-a-year

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Midterm Elections, RVO Decisions, and Lame Duck Tax Relief

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association)  … When testifying recently before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the acting administrator was judicious in answering questions about EPA’s small refinery exemptions (SREs). He has publicly stated that there should be more transparency in the process for granting SREs, and that it would

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Careers for a Changing Climate-Documentary

(Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy)  Preview a clip from Green Careers for a Changing Climate, a new documentary from Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy that introduces students to Green STEM Careers as a solution to climate change. Funding for this project was provided by: General Mills, Target, Xcel Energy Foundation,

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

With Summertime Restrictions Over, Minneapolis Drivers Choose E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM teamed up today to mark the end of the summertime restriction on E15 by rewarding drivers who chose E15 at the Winner station on 46th Street. From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded drivers who chose

September 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Brief: Researchers Discover How Caged Molecules ‘Rattle and Sing’

(University of Minnesota)  A team of energy researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered that molecular motion can be predicted with high accuracy when confining molecules in small nanocages. Their theoretical method is suitable for screening millions of possible nanomaterials and could improve production of

September 17, 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

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
    Youth Climate Kickoff   —   October 13, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Youth Climate Kickoff — October 13, 2018 — St. Paul, MN

Save the date for this year’s Youth Climate Kickoff on October 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Central High School in St. Paul. High school youth from across the state are invited to meet other youth, build leadership skills, and plan actions for the fall. Learn about the latest projects

September 3, 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

Plans for Luverne: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo is a renewable technology, chemical products, and next-generation biofuels company. Gevo has developed proprietary technology that uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks. Gevo’s

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Bandit Big Rig Series to Highlight MN Biodiesel

(Bandit Big Rig Series/Globe Newswire)  MN Soybean Research & Promotion Council to promote B20, ‘Indomitus’ truck  —  Beards, biodiesel and Bandit Big Rig racing— that’s what’s in store for racing enthusiasts Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Elko Speedway. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the Bandit Big Rig Series

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

High End Crop Traits: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Calyxt is pioneering a paradigm shift to deliver both healthier specialty food ingredients, such as healthier oils and high fiber wheat for consumers as well as agriculturally advantageous traits, such as herbicide tolerance to farmers. The technology enables Calyxt to precisely and specifically edit a plant

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Earnings Season: as Novozymes, DSM, Amyris, Gevo, Corbion, and Aemetis Report, Who’s up, Who’s down?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest, let’s look at trends driving the industry’s results at scale — and while money is not the measure of all progress, it is the ultimate yardstick and especially for companies that have reached industrial scale. So, let’s look at Q2 earnings statements now

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville yesterday to learn about renewable energy production. Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual one day event held in three different areas of the state that offers children in grades three to six a fun

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo to Deploy Shockwave’s Process to Enhance Production of Proteins and Vegetable Oils for the Food Chain While Lowering the Carbon Intensity of Its Ethanol and Isobutanol

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Shockwave to Finance the Deployment of Its Equipment at Gevo’s Luverne Facility  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process  as well as related technology and equipment (collectively the “Shockwave

August 14, 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

Farmers Crowd in to Hear Minnesota Governor Candidates

by Don Davis (Forum News Service/Fairbault Daily News)  Minnesota’s five major governor candidates bent over backwards to show they are on farmers’ side during the first forum with them all. … Farmers and agri-business people were eager to hear what they had to say, with all 1,000 seats filled and another

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article
    31st Annual American Coalition for Ethanol Conference   —   August 15-17, 2018   —   Minneapolis, MN

31st Annual American Coalition for Ethanol Conference — August 15-17, 2018 — Minneapolis, MN

“Grit Wins” is the theme for the 31st annual American Coalition for Ethanol conference August 15-17 at the Renaissance Depot Hotel in Minneapolis. “We think Grit Wins really encompasses the courage and resolve that ACE members have exhibited in the face of a lot of challenges in the last 12 months,” says

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo Discusses Future Expansion Plans for Luverne Plant Site

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “During the quarter we made very good progress in restructuring our balance sheet and on the business development front by securing our first commercial off-take agreement for our renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel,” said Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo. “We continue to make progress with our

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Building Commercialization Partnerships: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest materials and grasses). GBL works with feedstock partners to deliver capital efficient

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Top 10 Advances in Renewable Butanol: What’s Speeding up, Where Are the Slow-Downs?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Portugal comes the news that SilicoLife was awarded with a SME instrument phase 1 grant for the commercial evaluation of its BUTANOVA technology, a new biological process to produce n-butanol. BUTANOVA technology consists on a novel and proprietary metabolic pathway designed computationally by SilicoLife and

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Time for EPA to Clean up the Mess It Made of the RFS

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Let’s be clear here. There are legitimate complaints from the biofuel industry because (acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew) Wheeler’s predecessor turned over the agency to Big Oil. How else can you explain the 2.25 billion gallons of ethanol that were lost via

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Teachers Learn about Renewable Energy Production

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Teachers from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture program that toured Guardian Energy today are looking at incorporating renewable energy production into their respective curricula. Twenty-one teachers from the department’s Minnesota Agriculture In The Classroom program took part in a 75-minute tour of Guardian Energy to get an overview

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Inver Grove Heights Biofuel Plant Still on Track, but Hurdles Remain

by Erin Adler (Star Tribune)  Garbage-to-ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights still needs approvals.   —  Plans to create the country’s first garbage-to-ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights are progressing. Yet hurdles remain for Enerkem, the Canadian company that wants to build the multimillion-dollar facility. “[I] hope it happens,” said Joe Lynch, Inver

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Releases 2018 Half Year Report

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) released its 2018 Half Year Report to its producer and vendor members at a networking event in Prior Lake yesterday. The report gave members an overview of Minnesota’s ethanol industry in the first six months of 2018 and the various initatives MN

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

An FAQ on 45Q: What Federal Carbon Storage Tax Credit Means for Midwest

by Frank Jossi (Energy News)  A federal tax credit passed earlier this year could increase the amount of carbon being stored underground. The revamped “45Q” tax credit boosts the amount of money available to companies willing to capture and store carbon emissions in geologic formations or use CO2 to extract oil

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Industrial Glucose: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Process Technologies Clean Sugar Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For over 20 years, Fluid-Quip has been engineering and manufacturing separation equipment for corn wet milling and pulp and paper applications. Fluid-Quip Process Technologies has more recently leveraged wet milling knowledge to develop enhancements for dry-grind ethanol plants — and clean sugar technology at the forefront,

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Land O’Lakes, Inc. and California Bioenergy Partner to Advance “Barn to Biogas” in California

(Land O’Lakes/Cision/PR Newswire)   Land O’Lakes, Inc. and California Bioenergy, LLC (CalBio) have launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration to support the financing, installation and management of on-farm methane digesters to generate renewable compressed natural gas (“R-CNG”) fuel in California – creating an innovative farmer-led model for “barn to biogas” that can shape nationwide solutions to

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes R&D. And aromatics without the mess, a sky-vacumming organism and much more. As we reported last week here, the U.S.

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo and Avfuel Enter into Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Agreement

(GEVO/Globe Newswire)  First Long-Term Commercial Contract for Renewable Jet Fuel  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today (June 21, 2018) that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018 (the “Supply Agreement”). Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Scum Oil and Waste Oil

(University of Minnesota)  Process Converts Scum to Biodiesel  —  A new waste remediation process converts scum from waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) into ASTM compliant biodiesel. The six-step method begins with a filtration step that separates water/oil/solid while converting soap to free fatty acid (FFA). A combination of acid washing and acid

June 20, 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

Targray Opens Minnesota Biodiesel Distribution Center in Minneapolis – Saint Paul

(Targray/Sys-con Media/PR Newswire)  Biodiesel supplier’s new terminal will address growth in demand stemming from state’s B20 mandate  —   Targray, a leading North American supplier of Biodiesel, has announced the opening of its Minnesota Biodiesel distribution center, serving the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. Strategically located in the heart of Saint Paul, the new biodiesel terminal

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s Support Wavering in Farm Country Over Ethanol, Trade Moves

by Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA chief seen as betraying Trump’s promises on biofuels; Trade tensions put demand for agricultural goods at risk — Even as Donald Trump tweets his support for U.S. agriculture, farmer loyalty for the president looks like it’s starting to waver over moves that may undermine corn-based ethanol and

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Attis Industries Narrows Site Selection to Six States for Construction of Advanced New Biorefining Facilities

(Attis Industries)  Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota Present Most Competitive Options  —  Attis Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATIS) (the “Company” or “Attis”), a diversified innovation and technology holding company, today announced its approval of its lead sites for acquisition and construction of its planned biorefining facilities. Attis has accumulated a portfolio of

May 29, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

More Stringent Biofuel Standard Suspended: State Officials Issue Waiver until June 30 Because of Shortages of B20 Product.

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  Minnesota regulators have temporarily suspended a new and more stringent standard for biodiesel use due to shortages of the product. On May 1, the amount of biofuel that must by state law be blended into diesel jumped from 10 percent to 20 percent. But production at

May 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

E15 Rewards for St. Paul Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who switched to E15 on the Holiday station at Old Hudson Road in St Paul.  From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MBA and KS95 rewarded 35 drivers who chose to fuel up with E15.

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific (Summit), focused on current and future prospects for expanded ethanol use throughout the region. The

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

St. James High School Visits Guardian Energy

(Minneapolis Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty seven students from St. James High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville today to learn more about homegrown renewable energy.  The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant, which produces 130 million gallons of ethanol a year. “Ethanol is a

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Worthington High School Tours Heron Lake Bioenergy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Fifteen students from Worthington High School toured Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 1st to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. The students, all 12th graders from the school’s senior agriculture class, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Heron Lake Bioenergy, which produces

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Betting on Ethanol-Blended Gasoline

by Tom Gerlach (The Hill/American Lung Association of Minnesota)  Living on an island on the U.S.-Canada Border is not for everyone. But my family has lived in the Rainy Lake-Rainy River country of northern Minnesota for more than 100 years. It is our way of life. When your morning commute involves

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Meetings Set for Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant in Inver Grove Heights

by Bob Shaw (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  A plan to reuse 2 million gallons of wastewater a day will be discussed at upcoming meetings in Rosemount. The Metropolitan Council is considering supplying a proposed garbage-to-ethanol plant with recycled wastewater from a sewage treatment plant. The water from the Empire Township treatment

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it all down, but now California and 16 other states suing to stop him. … …

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Hatching Higher Protein

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly a dozen plants is about to get smaller. Production of Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC’s high-protein feed ingredient is expected

April 26, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Minneapolis Drivers Choose E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today at the Tesoro station on Riverside Avenue in Minneapolis to reward drivers who switched to E15.  From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MBA and KS95 rewarded drivers who switched to Unleaded Plus (E15). Among the prizes given

April 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The New War Over Ethanol, And How It Might Affect You

by F. Todd Davidson (Forbes)  A seemingly small action from the Environmental Protection Agency could spark a new war between Big Oil and Big Ag that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. agricultural, energy, and transportation industries. Last month the EPA granted an exemption to one of the largest refiners in the United

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Partners in Production–Chemical Companies Are Developing Technologies that Would Create New Market Opportunities for the Ethanol Industry

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry has polished its coproduction of distillers grains. Now, a handful of companies have found different uses for DDGS, or ethanol itself, that can provide new value-added coproducts for the industry. Ethanol is flexible and can be used to make chemicals for products

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the federal government is rolling back environmental regulations. Emissions from cars, trucks and other mobile sources are on the rise nationally.

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Ethanol Producer Award Winners Announced

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The winners of the first-ever Ethanol Producer Awards have been chosen. Ethanol Producer Magazine collected nominations in five categories: The Good Neighbor Award, Board of the Year, Project of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Workplace of the Year. Editorial staff and the magazine’s editorial

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They have developed an industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce isobutanol without typical byproducts operating at

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Central High School Visits Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty students from Central High School in Norwood Young America toured Winthrop’s Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about clean renewable Minnesota energy. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Heartland Corn Products, which produces 110 million gallons of ethanol

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Fridley Drivers Choose E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers in Fridley who switched to E15 during a two-hour appearance at the Holiday on University Avenue. From 12 pm to 2 pm, MBA and KS95 rewarded drivers who switched to Unleaded Plus (E15) from

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Auto Bits: 3 Ways Soybean Farmers’ Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air

(The Examiner) … Soybean farmers have been at the forefront of developing a homegrown renewable fuel that has resulted in a dramatic improvement of the air quality in the Gopher state. … You may be scratching your head and saying, “I don’t drive a diesel vehicle. Why should I care?” Well,

April 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Ridgewater College Tours CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from Ridgewater College toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to get a closer look at how home-grown renewable energy is produced. The students, from the college’s animal nutrition class toured the various stages and processes of ethanol production at

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Rep. Collin Peterson Voices Support For Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Rep. Collin Peterson visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to reiterate his support for Minnesota’s ethanol industry. “Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company is doing some exciting work and are continuing to find new innovative markets for ethanol and its coproducts. While at

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

ASTM Sub-Committee Approves Additional Route to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel and Increases Approved Blend Levels to 50%

(GEVO/Globe Newswire) Next Step is for full ASTM Approval  —   Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that late last week an ASTM International Sub-Committee voted in favor of revising specification D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) to (i) include ethanol in addition to isobutanol; and (ii) more importantly, increase

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Teach Climate Scholarship Application for Summer Institute for Climate Change Education June 26-28, 2018 St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

(Climate Generation) We are excited to be able to offer scholarships for teachers to attend a professional development opportunity. These scholarships are made possible through the Teach Climate Teachers Scholarship Movement. Priority is given to demonstrated need and first time attendees. Applying for the scholarship does not guarantee acceptance. Join a network of

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Biologics Partners With Kingsford® Charcoal to Launch New EcoLight™ Natural Charcoal Lighter Fluid

(Green Biologics/PR Newswire)  Green Biologics, Inc. announced that it has agreed to supply their patented GreenFlame® bio-based charcoal lighter fluid formulation exclusively to Kingsford® Charcoal, to be marketed under a new brand: EcoLight™. The licensing agreement builds on the successful 2017 introduction of GreenFlame, a natural USDA BioPreferred® certified, clean-burning charcoal lighter fluid based

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Duluth Steam Plant to Burn Biofuel

by Peter Passi (Duluth News Tribune)  Duluth’s steam plant will be swapping out coal and natural gas for biofuel in the near future. Earlier this week, the Duluth City Council authorized Duluth Energy Systems to enter into a five-year agreement with an Ottawa, Ontario-based company that produces a type of

April 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Low-Cost Sugars and Lignin: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing demand for biochemicals, bioplastics and biofuels. Sweetwater CEO Arunas Chesonis gave this illuminating presentation on the company’s

March 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Plymouth Drivers Get Rewarded for Choosing E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose E15 during a two-hour long promotion at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth. From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MBA and KS95 rewarded drivers who switched to E15 (Unleaded

March 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Where’s Ethanol Going to Go?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … According to POET CEO Jeff Broin, there’s a deal on the table — changing almost by the hour, but a deal none the less. A deal on the table to provide year-round E15 approval for the biofuels industry and that may offer some relief to small merchant oil

March 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Medford High School Students Tour Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.  The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant, which produces 130 million gallons of ethanol a year. “We appreciate the

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article
    Export Exchange 2018   —   October 22-24, 2018   —   Minneapolis, MN

Export Exchange 2018 — October 22-24, 2018 — Minneapolis, MN

Nearly 200 international buyers and end-users are expected to be in Minneapolis, Minnesota from Oct. 22 to 24, 2018  – eager to meet and build relationships with more than 300 domestic suppliers in attendance over three days of educational sessions and networking opportunities. The U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association and

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

New Biodiesel Mandate Starts on May 1, Johnson Says Minnesota Is Ready for B20

by Brandon Lewis (KTOE)  Six weeks remain until Minnesota’s new B20 mandate kicks-in on May 1. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says all evidence points to the state being ready to go ahead with the change. “For farmers it means a higher price for soybeans and for all of us

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article
  Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018   —   April 25, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018 — April 25, 2018 — St. Paul, MN

Join Climate Generation for a day at the capitol! This is a chance for youth to experience first-hand how to participate in government and policy.  Meet with Governor Dayton and our MN Senators and Representatives to talk about why you care about climate change and social justice. Join together with youth

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant Operators Say No to RIN Price Cap — Comments from Renewable Fuels Association Member Companies

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Another White House meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 12, to continue discussions between oil refinery and biofuels interests over the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which were created under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a way to encourage refiners to blend more biofuels.

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

University Of Minnesota Grad Students Tour Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A group of graduate students from the University of Minnesota toured Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to get a deeper understanding of ethanol production. The students, from the university’s Renewable Energy Technologies and Food Engineering classes, toured the various processes of ethanol production at Guardian Energy, which produces

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support two new cost-shared research projects for advancing fluid power systems for off-road vehicles. These five

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Whitefox ICE Installation at Fox River Exceeds Expectations

(Whitefox Technologies Ltd./Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC completed the installation of its Whitefox ICE bolt-on solution at its ethanol plant in Oshkosh in December and is already seeing a positive impact at the gas meter and improvements to its operations. Neal Kemmet, Fox River president and general

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … So you have USDA saying ethanol demand has basically peaked. The Department of Energy is saying ethanol is really the only fuel that can provide the energy and market demands needed in the next 15 years — for roughly 9 billion more gallons

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Gevo Grants Musket Corporation Exclusive Right to Supply Isobutanol Gasoline Blends in Greater Houston Region

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Musket to Focus on Growing Customer and Retail Network  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corporation, a national fuel distributor under the umbrella of the Love’s Family of Companies, by amending its existing isobutanol supply agreement to provide Musket with the

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

“That’s Chuck Grassley. Should I Take the Call?” Klobuchar Keynote Ignites ABLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an unplanned on-stage telephone conversation between Senators Amy Klobuchar and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa was the highlight of ABLC 2018 as high drama at the White House over biofuels policy turned for just one moment into side-splitting comedy. “What happened with the

March 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Boosted Minnesota’s Economy By $2.1 Billion In 2017

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry remained robust in 2017, contributing $2.17 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). In a new study by ABF Economics, the ethanol industry in Minnesota produced 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.7 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) and 247 million pounds of

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article
  Be Ready for B20 Workshop Series   —  March 5 through March 21, 2018   —   Various locations, Minnesota

Be Ready for B20 Workshop Series — March 5 through March 21, 2018 — Various locations, Minnesota

Many would say the 2014 implementation of 10 percent biodiesel blends in diesel fuel in Minnesota was a success. The Diesel Hotline didn’t receive any major calls about biodiesel, and testing by officials with the hotline showed no problems with biodiesel. Mike Youngerberg, senior director of product development & commercialization

February 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Youth Convening Minnesota

(Climate Generation) Youth Convening Minnesota (YCM) is an opportunity for high school youth to learn about climate change and gain the leadership skills needed to convene their local community on climate change and inspire solutions. YCM is a seven-month leadership opportunity beginning in November 2017 and culminating in spring of

February 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Minnesota Schedules Workshops as State Prepares to Implement B20

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As Minnesota prepares to implement its 20 percent biodiesel (B20) requirement in diesel fuel May 1, a series of workshops will be held across the state beginning Feb. 12 in Saint Paul. The “Be Ready for B20 Workshop Series” is designed for diesel retailers, distributors, fleets,

February 7, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Over 30 States Broke Blend Wall in 2016

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 30 states and the District of Columbia in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average, breaking through the so-called E10 Blend Wall. That compares to 2015 when the national average ethanol

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

ACE Presents on Ethanol Markets at MN Ag Expo

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, updated attendees at the MN Ag EXPO in Mankato, Minnesota, on the changing landscape that allows retailers to offer ethanol-blended fuels at lower prices, highlighting the positive market growth of E15 and flex fuels here

January 30, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Diesel Brothers’ Stars at MN Ag Expo

by Tim Krohn (Mankato Free Press)  The DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” show, were at the MN Ag Expo on Wednesday talking with fans and previewing a truck the foursome is building for the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. “People will go crazy over this truck,” said Dave Sparks,

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Against the Odds

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, plus a special sidebar story from Joe Jobe. As 2017 dawned with another expired biodiesel

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Industry Honors Biodiesel Champions, Reflects on History

(National Biodiesel Board)  Annual awards highlight 25 years of biodiesel success  —  As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years, the National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize a diverse group of individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to biodiesel. From long-time champions to present-day breakthroughs, the commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award

by Cindy Zimmerman (BiodieselConference.org)  Minnesota has been a leader in the biodiesel industry for decades and Mike Youngerberg has been working since 1986 to advance soybean industry priorities as a member of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association staff. Mike’s dedication earned him the

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

LETTER: Thanks to the Residents for Fueling up in the Battle against Breast Cancer

by Nancy Pilhofer and Lance Klatt (Hope Chest/Minnoco/LillieNews.com)  On behalf of Hope Chest for Breast Cancer and Minnoco, we would like to thank our community’s residents for fueling up with E15/Unleaded Plus. Local Minnoco owners in our community including South St. Paul and throughout Minnesota donated two cents for each gallon of E15/Unleaded Plus sold during the second half

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio Value Engine Is Leavin’ the Station, Are You on It?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tie-ins for Zymergen, Radiant Genomics, DMC, Capricorn Venture Partners, Syngenta and CHS demonstrate the firepower and scope of digital biology. Today, products made via traditional biological tools tap into easy-to-grow-in-a-lab organisms, and mostly nothin’ else. Sort of like making all the wines in the world from

January 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Moving Billboards Celebrate Ethanol on Grain Trucks Statewide

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association)  Drivers who recently found themselves behind a grain truck may have noticed new signage touting the benefits of ethanol. Decals were distributed to farmers for placement on grain trucks statewide to promote the use of ethanol as part of an effort organized by the Renewable Fuels Association

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

#TeachClimate Network

The goals of this network are to bring together educators to: have an opportunity for informal discussions about challenges and successes to implementing climate change education discuss the use of climate fiction, “cli-fi” as a vehicle for understanding climate change scenarios and probabilities and connecting to climate science have fun

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article
  Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —   June 26-28, 2018    —    Collegeville, MN

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2018 — Collegeville, MN

Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom!   PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO: Hear from experts and scientists on their research on climate science and climate change solutions Dive deep into our Next

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Newly Appointed Minnesota Senator Strong Supporter of Ethanol

(NAFB News Service/Hoosier Ag Today)  The appointed U.S. Senator, taking the place of Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota, will “fiercely defend ethanol.” Democrat Tina Smith will add another big voice of support for corn ethanol in Congress. Smith was appointed this week (December 15, 2017) by Minnesota’s Governor to take the

December 29, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Minnesota Continues as Leader in Alternative Fuel in 2017

(American Lung Association)  Minnesota again led the region in the growth and use of cleaner alternatives to traditional petroleum fuels in 2017, according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center lists 763 public and private alternative fuel stations located in Minnesota, compared

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article
  Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —   June 26-28, 2018   —   Collegeville, MN

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2018 — Collegeville, MN

Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom! PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO: Hear from experts and scientists on their research on climate science and climate change solutions Engage with hands-on activities that

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Livestock Producers From Ecuador Visit CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   A delegation of livestock producers from Ecuador visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson yesterday to get a better understanding of dried distiller’s grains (DDGs) production. During their visit, the livestock producers learned how DDGs are produced alongside ethanol and the many benefits of using

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Heartland Corn Products Host Sibley East High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-nine students from Sibley East High School in Arlington toured Winthrop’s Heartland Corn Products on Nov 14 to gain a better appreciation and understanding on local renewable fuel production. The high school students, from grades 9 to 12, learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage,

November 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article
  Talk Climate Institute   —   March 12-13, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Talk Climate Institute — March 12-13, 2018 — St. Paul, MN

Join Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy for this two day intensive workshop designed to empower people to talk about climate change. Understand the powerful factors that shape opinions, and gain the practical skills needed to influence behavior and inspire commitments to solutions. The reality of climate change is daunting,

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Tests in Milwaukee Zoo Locomotives a Success

(Coalition for Sustainable Rail/Biomass Magazine)  Two steam locomotives at the Milwaukee County Zoo were fueled with a renewable wood-based solid fuel last week to reduce fossil coal emissions, and the test runs were a success. The Coalition for Sustainable Rail and the Natural Resources Research Institute completed a final series of

November 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard — the coverage of the announce in few cases focused on the changes in DowDuPont’s

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Aviation Fuels and Much More: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”.  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They have developed an industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce isobutanol without

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

More than 200 Stations in Minnesota Now Offer E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   In a landmark development for Minnesota’s ethanol industry, there are now 202 stations in the state that offer E15. In the past two weeks, several stations in the Twin Cities metro area and in Rochester and Mankato have begun offering E15, bringing the total number of stations with

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Explaining the value for high school students of a visit to a working biorefinery, Morris Area High School teacher Dylan Viss said, “Allowing my students to go on this tour enabled them to see and experience real-life, practical applications of the science and chemical processes highlighted in

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Morris Area High School Toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC)

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from Morris Area High School toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant today to get a better understanding of homegrown renewable fuel production. The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various stages and processes of ethanol production at CVEC, which produces 50 million

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   Twelve students from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant on Sept 29 to learn about renewable energy production. The students, comprising of 10th to 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Corn Processing, which included ethanol production, the facility’s fructose

October 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Highwater Ethanol Hosts Wabasso High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Sixteen students from Wabasso High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which produces 59.5 million gallons a year. “We regularly host high school students at

October 16, 2017 Read Full Article

White Bear Lake Drivers Choose E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose E15 (Unleaded Plus) at the Holiday station on Centerville Road in White Bear Lake. From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, MBA and KS95 rewarded 45 drivers who switched to E15 from regular

October 11, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

NRRI Unveils Refined Solid, Renewable Biofuel

by Beth Bly (Business North)  Executives from several partnership organizations were on hand Wednesday morning at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Lab as the Renewable Energy Lab was unveiled. More than 10 years in the making, the lab currently has the ability to produce solid biofuel from wood waste on

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Scholarship Winners Announced

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  First- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2017 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Kaci Gwilt of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, is the contest’s first-place winner. Gwilt,

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Is Going to Experiment with Biofuels on Flights out of Brisbane

by Simon Thomsen (Business Insider)  Virgin Australia will run a two-year trial mixing biojet fuels with regular avgas on flights out of Brisbane in a move the challenger airline is claiming as a world first. US-based renewable fuel producer Gevo Inc will supply the biojet, through Brisbane Airport’s fuel supply system,

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but we can all agree we should do something with that waste. Today, we look at

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twelve students from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant on Sept 29 to learn about renewable energy production. The students, comprising of 10th to 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Corn Processing, which included ethanol production, the facility’s fructose

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Red Rock Central High School Visits Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School traveled across town on Sept 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production.  The students, from grades 9 to 12, toured Highwater Ethanol’s administrative office, water treatment process, incoming grain grading and handling, ethanol loadout, ethanol

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

CSNews’ 2017 Fuels Leader of the Year Is…

by Angela Hanson (Convenience Store News)  Through the efforts of the Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association (MSSA) and its executive director Lance Klatt, among others, retailers and consumers alike are growing their adoption of E15, making it an increasingly important part of the future fuels landscape. While E15

September 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Democrat Senators Offer Farm Bill Energy Package

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senator Al Franken (D-MN), together with Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) have introduced the Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017, to reauthorize Title IX programs and funding through 2023. … According to the Agriculture Energy Coalition, the legislation would make renewable chemicals facilities fully

September 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

YES! Fall Summits

(Climate Generation)  This fall, we’re partnering again with a youth program in greater Minnesota, YES!(Youth Energy Summit). We’re providing the climate change connection at their Fall Summits to help inform the projects students will be working on throughout the year. These events, held at St. John’s University and Laurentian Environmental Learning

September 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Minnesota State Fair Highlighting EVs, E85, Biodiesel

by Michael Bates (NGT News)  This year’s Minnesota State Fair – from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4 – will feature the Eco Experience exhibit, which will showcase alt-fuel vehicles and related technologies, and highlight how these technologies reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. … On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, an

August 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Japan’s Ag Ministry Director Visits Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Deputy Director for Food Security at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura, toured Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to learn about renewable fuel production in Minnesota. During the two-hour tour, Eura learned about incoming grain handling, grain storage, liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, dried distillers

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why don’t we see more biobased chemical plants built these days? Lignin. Why do people shy away from

August 17, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Column: Keeping Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Communities Strong

by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) (The Globe) … That’s why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance program, which farmers depend upon when commodity prices are low. … Supporting rural communities with

August 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-one children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to get a closer look at homegrown renewable energy production. Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual program that hosts one-day events in three different areas of the state. Sponsored by farmers and agribusinesses, the events are

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Inside the Cellulosic Industry

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the U.S.’s cellulosic ethanol sector in the past year—two new companies have emerged to pick up

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Minnesota Rejects Request From Truckers to Delay Plan to Mandate B20 Biofuel Mix

(Transport Topics)  Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials have rejected a request by the state’s trucking association to delay a plan to increase the mix of biofuel to 20% of all diesel sold in the state beginning May 1. … In a July 17 letter to the state’s Department of Commerce,

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

MN Soybean Unveils Minnesota Tough Biodiesel Truck

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council unveiled a DieselSellerz original biodiesel truck this week at the Minnesota Farmfest. The DieselSellerz is the “world’s largest diesel truck classifieds community,” with a crew that has become known for building and giving away tricked-out diesel trucks, as well as other

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Summer Farm Bill Road Trips: Ag Secretary Kicks off RV Tour as House Committee Continues its Listening Tour

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … The House Agriculture Committee has its road trip, labeled “Conversations in the Field,” which included a field hearing in Texas on Monday and another one at Farmfest in Minnesota on Thursday. Now Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is taking off on a five-state RV

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article
  Teacher Awareness Immersion Program   —   August 29, 2017   —   Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN

Teacher Awareness Immersion Program — August 29, 2017 — Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Teacher Awareness Immersion Program. Details: We will select 20 teachers in the Minneapolis/Bloomington area to embark on a farm tour and tour of an agricultural

July 20, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Teachers Offered a Day on the Farm

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has partnered with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start a program to help urban teachers learn more about agriculture so they can teach it to their students. To kick it off, educators in Minneapolis and Sacramento are invited to take

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education Wraps Up

(Climate Generation)  Last week, we wrapped up our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment! Over 50 educators from more than 10 states joined us for four impactful days of climate change education, supported by the generous contributions of our sponsors

July 6, 2017 Read Full Article

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest materials and grasses). GBL works with feedstock partners to deliver capital

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

New London-Spicer High School Visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirteen students from New London-Spicer High School visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about ethanol production. “We were pleased to welcome New London-Spicer High School to our facility to learn about Minnesota-produced renewable energy. Tours like this are an opportunity for students

June 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Chickens, Get Ripped! ICM Unveils High-End Protein as 5th Core Product for Ethanol Biz

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, ICM is rolling out a new product category for the US ethanol industry this week, a companion to ethanol, distillers grains, corn oil, and CO2. And, perhaps, a window into a future of a whole range of specialty products with higher pricing profiles.

June 20, 2017 Read Full Article

U of Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Pilot Promises to Turn Scum into pProfit

(University of Minnesota)  For University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) professor and Center for Biorefining director R. Roger Ruan and doctoral candidate Erik Anderson are converting scum into high-quality biodiesel. Scum, a white, muddy

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

U of Minnesota Helps Startup Resynergi Create Energy from Plastic Waste and Biomass

(University of Minnesota)  California waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and gas. Resynergi is combining U of M Professor Roger Ruan’s microwave-based technology to convert biomass

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Minnesota Soybean Teams Up With DieselSellerz to Promote Biodiesel

by Kelsey Barchenger  (KEYC) The stars from Discovery’s hit show ‘Diesel Brothers’ are partnering with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council to promote biodiesel.  The DieselSellerz brothers are taking on the task of building a biodiesel truck for the Soybean organization with the build set to air on an upcoming

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel in Minnesota: 15 Years in the Blink of an Eye

by  Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Fifteen years ago, March of 2002, a gallon of unleaded gas averaged around $1.36 a gallon. … Minnesota became the first in the nation to require that all diesel fuel sold in the state contain at least a 2 percent blend (B2) of biodiesel. It may

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel’s Progress: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s ATJ

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alcohol-to-jet. Several are working on it – Byogy, for example, and Vertimass, Virent and LanzaTech. But Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes extensive engine testing and data analysis by all of the major original equipment manufacturers to establish

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Worthington High School Visits Heron Lake BioEnergy

(Minnesota Bi0-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Worthington High School visited Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 30 to learn about ethanol production. The students, all 12th graders, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Heron Lake Bioenergy, which produces 63 million gallons of ethanol a year. “It’s important

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force to Meet June 9 on B20 Mandate

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Minnesota’s Biodiesel Task Force is scheduled to meet June 9 in Saint Paul to discuss whether statutory conditions have been met in order to move the state’s biodiesel mandate from 10 to 20 percent on May 1, 2018. Task force members will be asked to

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Scholarships Available for Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — June 26-28, 2017 — St. Paul, MN

We are excited to be able to offer scholarships to attend Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 26-29, 2017. We are able to offer this scholarship due to the generosity of a group of concerned donors that want to

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Owning The Ethanol Exec Role

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One year into her role as Guardian Energy CEO, Jeanne McCaherty has tapped into her previous experience at Cargill and the unique make-up of the ethanol industry.  —  It’s hard to believe that Jeanne McCaherty holds only one title for Guardian Energy Management LLC.

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Self-Imposed Industry Barriers

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is working to facilitate the rapid adoption of E15 by consumers as the new regular fuel across Minnesota. Given MBA’s work, we often engage with the many minutiae that go into advancing the use of E15. When it comes

May 26, 2017 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference — September 27-28, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN     DEADLINE:  June 2, 2017

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference — September 27-28, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: June 2, 2017

Produced by Christianson PLLP and organized by BBI International, this year’s Biofuels Financial Conference is focused on the best ways to explore new options in today’s changing ethanol and biodiesel industries. By understanding risks associated with various technology and marketing initiatives, and by exploring various options for making the best

May 19, 2017 Read Full Article
  Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference   —   September 27-28, 2017   —    Minneapolis, MN

Christianson PLLP’s Biofuels Financial Conference — September 27-28, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN

Produced by Christianson PLLP and organized by BBI International, this year’s Biofuels Financial Conference is focused on the best ways to explore new options in today’s changing ethanol and biodiesel industries. By understanding risks associated with various technology and marketing initiatives, and by exploring various options for making the best

May 19, 2017 Read Full Article
  2017 BDC Fall Symposium   —   September 19-20, 2017   —   Minneapolis, MN

2017 BDC Fall Symposium — September 19-20, 2017 — Minneapolis, MN

The Fall Symposium is being held in conjunction with a tour of the Green Biologics commercial biobutanol plant in Little Falls, MN on Wednesday morning.  This commercial conversion of an corn ethanol plant has been in operation since last fall. BDC Member Patrick Simms, Global Vice President of Engineering said

May 15, 2017 Read Full Article
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