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Senate Ag Committee Restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title Funding
June 14, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 13, the Senate ag committee approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that …

Senators Hope to Reap Farm Bill Amendments
June 13, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up amendments to the farm bill today, but negotiations were still ongoing as to just which of 186 submitted would get a vote. Here …

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit
June 12, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the …

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions
June 8, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, …

Notice for Solicitation of Members for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee DEADLINE: June 30, 2018
June 7, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  … U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).  …  Deadline for Technical …

Sen. Tina Smith Tells Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders that Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key to Reviving Lagging Farm Economy
June 7, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(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 …

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses
June 5, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and …

Sustain RFS as Important Tool in GHG-Reduction Strategy
May 31, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Solutions from the Land)  One of the three pillars of climate-smart agriculture is actions that farmers can take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and simultaneously improve profitability. A principal means by which the agriculture …

ABO Secures Unprecedented $136 Million For Algae and Related Projects — Deadlines Approaching
May 30, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  ABO’s ongoing work in Washington, DC, to educate Congress and federal agencies on the importance of robust algae research, development and demonstration has resulted in the release of an unprecedented series of funding …

Trump Administration Officials to Meet on Biofuel Policy Changes – Sources
May 24, 2018 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Energy and Agriculture plan to meet on Thursday to hammer out details of President Donald Trump’s planned changes to the …

E15 Year-Round: Mixed Messages from RFS, RINs Meeting
May 23, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  It was good news and bad news for corn growers and ethanol proponents after President Donald Trump met with legislators to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard.
A White House meeting with Sens. …

Farm Bill to Get Second Vote in US House in June: Roll Call
May 23, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(CNBC/Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, according to a report. The vote on the $867 billion bill …

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties
May 21, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn’t exist 30 years ago.

Erick Lutt, director of industrial …

Growing Leaders for the Emerging Bioeconomy: A Personal Experience with CABLE
May 21, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Leyla Battista* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership and Education (CABLE) grant was established by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare the next generation of leaders and integrate them …

Breaking News: Attack on Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs
May 18, 2018 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes: 

Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee …

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy Breaks Ground on Landmark Trash-to-Jet Fuel Project
May 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Near Reno, Nevada, Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground today for its 10 million gallon per year first commercial plant that makes jet fuel from municipal solid waste.
For thousands of years we …

EIA Data: E85 Usage by Federal Fleets More Than Doubled from 2010 to 2016
May 16, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and other flex …

A Proposed Rule by the Agricultural Marketing Service: National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard COMMENTS DUE 7/3/18
May 15, 2018 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) A recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish the national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is …

ICYMI: $227M Available from US in Push for Vehicle, Feedstock and Bioconversion Advances
May 15, 2018 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We usually say, ICYMIs for those In Case You Missed Its that show up in someone’s inbox.  This week, we might re-purpose that useful acronym to:  In Case Your Money Isn’t Sufficient — because …

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

Department of Energy Selects $3 Million in Research Projects to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products
May 9, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). DOE …

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed
May 9, 2018 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed for quotas  —  A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round …

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 8, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

Bosselman Travel Center to Observe Renewable Fuels Month on May 18
May 7, 2018 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (Grand Island Independent)  Bosselman Travel Center at 3335 W. Wood River Road in Grand Island will be celebrating Renewable Fuels Month in May.

The Bosselman event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 …

USDA Solicits Applications for Repowering Assistance Program
May 7, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used …

Duckweed Redux: Are Duckweed’s Ducks Finally in a Row for Protein, Fuels and More?
May 3, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation and Duckweed DAYS commenced their inaugural Duckweed Project to commercialize the duckweed model developed by the Andrew J. Young Foundation. Tests conducted during a pilot program indicated that …

Washington Insider: Biofuels Mandates Under Pressure
April 26, 2018 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Oil state partisans, including certain refiners, have raged about a credit-trading market within the program that they say causes undue economic pain. The biofuels industry counters that those compliance credits, known as …

Ag Policy Blog — NFU Opposes House Version of Farm Bil
April 26, 2018 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In another blow to support for the House version of the farm bill, the National Farmers Union’s board of directors early Wednesday passed a unanimous resolution to oppose the …

EPA Data Shows Small Refiner Waivers Have Lowered 2016, 2017 RFS Blending Obligations by 1.6 Billion Gallons
April 25, 2018 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion …

Refinery Workers Return to Capitol Hill to Rally for Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
April 25, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(United Steelworkers/PR Newswire)  The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on Thursday, April 26, about 100 workers from independent merchant oil refineries owned by Monroe Energy, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and PBF Energy will rally for …

Canadian Biofuels Report: Ethanol at Full Capacity, Imports up
April 24, 2018 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Canada recently filed its 2017 annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network, showing Canadian production is at full capacity and imports of ethanol rose in …

Perdue’s Strong First Year at USDA May Be Clouded by Ethanol Doubts
April 20, 2018 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming)  … In May 2017, during his (Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue) first month as secretary, he created the post of undersecretary for trade, a longtime goal of farm groups, as part of …

House Committee Passes 2018 Farm Bill
April 20, 2018 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  In a statement, House Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., criticized the legislation, calling it “a flawed bill that is the result of a bad nontransparent process.” Cuts to …

McConnell Introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018
April 18, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and …

RFA: E15 Debuts in St. Louis Metro Region
April 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is excited to announce that E15 has debuted in the St. Louis area and will be available throughout the year.
Home Service Oil Co. now offers both E15 …

Study Shows 95% of Wooden Pallets are Recycled, Indicating Significant Gains in Landfill Avoidance
April 16, 2018 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(National Wooden Pallet & Container Association/PR Newswire)   Preliminary results of a research project conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wood pallets at landfill sites reveal that 95% of wooden pallets are being recycled.  

The landfill avoidance …

Jet Fuels from Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Consortium
April 16, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Draft 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorizes Energy Title Programs
April 13, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The legislation …

Trump Administration Weighs High-Ethanol Fuel Waiver to Placate Farmers
April 12, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration is considering allowing the sale of a higher ethanol fuel blend in the summer, a source familiar with the issue said, a move that would placate …

USGC Opens Application Period for Advisory Teams
April 11, 2018 – 10:46 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is now accepting applications for the organization’s advisory teams, known as A-teams, for the 2018-2020 term. A-teams are comprised of USGC member experts that provide insight and …

Trump Ethanol Moves May Be Worse for Farmers Than Soy Tariff
April 10, 2018 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Change to biofuel mandate may mean destruction of corn demand; Growers already dealing with trade concerns, crop gluts  —  Based on his own back-of-the-envelope calculations, Minnesota farmer Kirby Hettver could lose tens of thousands …

RFS Wrangling Continues: GOP Senators Ask for Small-Refiner Waiver Suspension
April 10, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Details have yet to emerge from a planned meeting at the White House on Monday between President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet regarding possible changes to the …

No Crop Left Behind: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA/NIFA’s Coordinated Agricultural Projects
April 10, 2018 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Er, what are AHB, SUBI, BANR, SBAR, NARA, CENUSA, SPARC, IBSS and NEWBIO?
You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 11th, 2018
April 9, 2018 – 10:47 am | No Comment

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, …

Rural Issues Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title
April 6, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Since their inception in the 2002 Farm Bill, Energy Title (Title IX) programs have helped farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and rural communities generate thousands of jobs and millions in economic …

Illinois Researchers Receive $1 Million to Study Bioenergy Crops
April 6, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Illinois)  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for …

Carinata Rising: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
April 3, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is …

Commentary: Biofuels Are Driving US Growth
April 2, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Tribune News Service/Madison.com/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … Biofuels are a target because they supply a full 10 percent of America’s motor fuel, and every extra gallon increases competition at the …

Biomass Crop Producers Eye Favorable Marketplace
April 1, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Wurzbacher (Penn State Extension)  The Association of Warm-Season Grass Producers (AWSGP) has had a busy year, and now voices market optimism for perennial grass products.
One of the group’s primary efforts from the start has …

Exclusive: Trump Weighs Dropping Personal Efforts on Biofuel Reform – Sources
March 30, 2018 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   President Donald Trump is seriously considering abandoning efforts to remake the nation’s biofuel laws after wading deep into an issue that divides some of his core constituencies, according to three sources …

RFA Leader: EPA Eroding RFS — Assistant to President Says Search Continues for a Win-Win Proposal
March 22, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A special assistant to President Donald Trump on agriculture said Wednesday, “the search for a win-win continues” in the debate over how to relieve oil refiners of their obligations …

USDA Biobased Economy Report Indicates Potential for Rural Prosperity with Renewable Chemicals
March 22, 2018 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Pharmiweb)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today applauded USDA’s release of a new report, “Indicators of the U.S. Biobased Economy.” The report measures substantial economic growth, job creation, and household income for the agricultural sector from …

What Would a Bill Look Like?
March 21, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. John Shimkus have some ideas. The two have been working on a bill for well over a year to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, a likely …

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Says Exports at Risk in Tariff Disputes
March 20, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Karl Plume (Reuters)  U.S. agricultural exports could be at risk in any retaliation over tariffs implemented by the White House, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said on Monday.

Perdue said that while the United States …

Trump Administration Preparing List of Possible Biofuels Tweaks – Sources
March 20, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to winnow down proposals to lower the cost of the nation’s biofuels policy to oil …

Environmental Groups Back Ted Cruz, Republicans on Overhaul of Renewable Fuel Standard
March 16, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (Washington Times)  Green organizations back ending corn ethanol mandate  —  … The intense opposition to the RFS from environmental and conservation groups comes as the White House and congressional leaders work to craft the …

USDA Seeks Applicants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects under the Rural Energy for America Program DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
March 15, 2018 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today invited applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. 
These loan guarantees and grants are …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
March 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule (perennial) and guar (annual) feedstocks …

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It
March 13, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in …

Update: White House Calls off Biofuels Meeting
March 12, 2018 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse) Oil, biofuels interests were originally set to meet Monday morning. READ MORE
BIOFUELS WHITE HOUSE MEETING SCRAPPED: (Politico’s Morning Energy)
MONDAY WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON RFS CALLED OFF (Brownfield Ag News; includes AUDIO)
Ethanol Interests Shout Opposition …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Its Programs
March 12, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the …

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending
March 9, 2018 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, …

200 Companies, Trade Groups Urge Congress forward on Farm Bill Energy Title Programs
March 9, 2018 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than 200 companies and trade associations today wrote House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, urging them “to reauthorize and maintain stable mandatory funding for energy title programs in the …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refinery Workers Head to Washington to Urge Biofuels Reform
March 7, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation’s biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation’s …

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally
March 6, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

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 …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership & Education Program Student Addresses Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
March 5, 2018 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leyla Battista, a senior biosystems engineering student at Auburn University, took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to attend and speak at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) Friday in …

Heard On The Floor at ABLC Day 2 – Listen to the Wind of Change
March 5, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Starting with the Federal Perspective and Programs Forum first thing in the morning, we heard from Harry Baumes from USDA who announced 5 more projects projecting to achieve financial closing in …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1
March 1, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2018
March 1, 2018 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There was high drama in Washington, DC as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway and President Trump readies to meet at the White House with a number of biofuels leaders about …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic.
LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than …

Study Says CRP Mixes Don’t Live up to Biofuel Potential
February 21, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Mixed prairie grasses that are used in Conservation Reserve Program lands did not live up to their potential as biomass crops for cellulosic biofuel production, in an eight-year study. D.K. Lee, …

Indiana Farm Leaders on Importance of NAFTA
February 20, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “There are a lot of positives of NAFTA as it relates to agriculture in Indiana; and all throughout the value chain and economy we would feel the impact should …

Expected Drop in Farm Income Highlights Need for Biofuels, RFS
February 19, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s February 2018 Farm Income Forecast predicts net farm income will decline by or 6.7 percent this year. According to Growth Energy, the expected drop underscores the need for …

Catalysts, Cleaning and Cook
February 19, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s not every day that scientists stumble upon novel ways to make biofuel, but that’s exactly what Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have done by discovering that a simple catalyst …

New DOE Study: Ethanol Among Best Options for Future Engine Efficiency Improvements and Emissions Reduction
February 15, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today hailed the release of two studies by the Department of Energy that find ethanol-based high octane fuels can deliver substantial fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions when …

Pruitt Commits to Creating Regulatory Certainty for Biomass
February 14, 2018 – 9:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 13, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with members of the  forest products industry and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to discuss a range of environmental issues. Pruitt also …

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill
February 13, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release of the Task Force on Agriculture …

Withdrawal of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for and the Cancellation of the Farm-to-Fleet Feedstock Program Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)
February 7, 2018 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and is cancelling funding for the …

Reaction to President Trump’s SOTU
January 31, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  President Donald Trump did mention energy in his first State of the Union address, albeit briefly.
“We have ended the war on American energy, and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” …

Biobased Buzz: Renewable Propylene Glycol – Early Success in Renewable Chemical Market
January 26, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … According to the Department of Energy, substitution of renewable propylene glycol made from biomass can reduce greenhouse gases by 61 percent, as compared to using petroleum-based propylene …

Industry Honors Biodiesel Champions, Reflects on History
January 24, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(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 …

Ag Secretary to Roll out Farm Bill & Legislative Principles in Pennsylvania
January 24, 2018 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Farmer)  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Pennsylvania Wednesday, Jan. 24 to roll out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and legislative principles for 2018.  READ MORE
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pulls …

USDA, DOE to Fund Biomass Genomics Research
January 23, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have opened a funding opportunity that aims to support genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstock …

Dry Idea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioeconomy in Arid Regions
January 22, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Scale up to profitable production, however, requires …

US Government Report Strengthens Consensus on Biodiesel Benefits
January 22, 2018 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Argonne National Laboratory, US Dept. of Agriculture, and Purdue University affirm impressive emissions reductions  —  A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits …

Research Finds Land Management Practices Matter in Cellulosic Biofuels Production
January 22, 2018 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  New research from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago at Illinois and the International Food Policy Research Institute shows that incorporating conservation practices can both increase soil …

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program
January 18, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up to $250 million. USDA has funding available and is …

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology
January 17, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization …

Developing Climate-Smart Ag Farm Groups Meet to Examine Role of Agriculture in Building Climate Resiliency
January 17, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Farm organizations are beginning to talk about the evolution of climate-smart agriculture and the need to ensure the U.S. remains at the table as the United Nations begins developing …

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018
January 12, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018.
Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include …

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel
January 12, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Katie Nichols (Alabama Extension Daily)  Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several …

USDA: Ethanol Plants Are Operating near Full Capacity but Constraints Limit Growth
January 12, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing)  The number of U.S. ethanol plants more than quadrupled since 1999, as demand for ethanol has increased. This growth in the number of plants is driven mainly by the Renewable Fuel Standard program, which was first …

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 5, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program. The funding comes from …

USDA Reports Says Indonesia Faces Ethanol Dilemma
January 4, 2018 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Indonesia instituted a national ethanol policy in 2006, but has been having troubles meeting their goals. The country’s plans to develop bioethanol are facing many setbacks, including costly inputs, capacity …

Rick Santorum: Refiners Attack President Trump at Their Peril
January 3, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … But some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known …

Editorial: Keep Biofuel Benefits Flowing
December 27, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Journal)  … A study conducted for the U.S. Agriculture Department found corn ethanol’s life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, by 2022, will be 43 percent lower than gasoline baseline emissions if ethanol plants continue as usual. If ethanol …

The Sun Also Ryzes: Ryze Renewable Secures Financing, Heads for Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels in Nevada
December 22, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, we’d like to share news that a new biorefinery for diesel and jet fuel has finalized $112.6 million loan, backed by a USDA loan guarantee.
This is Ryze Renewables, which will construct …

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s …

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally
December 13, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now
December 13, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on the stage and on the floor.
Jet fuel deployment – how much, how soon, by whom? …

Agri-Pulse Open Mic Interview–U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
December 11, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  This week’s guest on Open Mic is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. While countless farm groups and members of the agriculture industry have expressed concern with the Trump Administration’s threats to pull out of …

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy
December 11, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Richard Valdmanis and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  President Donald Trump’s administration called two lawmakers from the U.S. corn belt to convince them to join talks about potential changes to biofuels policy to ease the burden on oil refineries, …

Bioproducts, USDA and You: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service Partnership
December 11, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and …

Barrasso Calls on EPA to Study the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Impact on the Environment
December 8, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)  Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt …

Accelerating Innovation in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
December 6, 2017 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

EPA Finalizes RFS Volumes for 2018 and Biomass Based Diesel Volumes for 2019
November 30, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program for 2018, and biomass-based diesel for 2019.
“Maintaining the renewable …

Results of UW-Madison Study on Carbon Emissions Disputed
November 29, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Carol Spaeth-Bauer (Wisconsin State Farmer)  A University of Wisconsin-Madison study released on Nov. 15 has officials in the ethanol industry frustrated, disputing the methodology of the study saying the claims of the study are not supported by fact.   
The …

Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice?
November 27, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With the holiday season in full swing, we know Santa’s working on his list; who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? This is Washington, D.C., so you know …

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes
November 22, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be …

Farm to Flight – Carinata Crop Commercialization Takes off
November 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Qantas will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australiaearly in the new year in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. Qantas’ new Dreamliner …

RFA: Record Corn Yield Underscores RFS Success
November 15, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its average corn yield estimate to 175.4 bushels per acre, which if holds, would be a new record.
The November World Agriculture Supply and …

Aemetis Provides Update of Cellulosic Ethanol Initiatives
November 14, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … During an earnings call, McAfee provided an overview of advanced biofuel projects under development by Aemetis, including the LanzaTech cellulosic upgrade to the company’s Keyes, California, plant and the …

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy
November 13, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project network to facilitate the development of regionally-based …

From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published
November 9, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  New charts and graphs based …

USDA ERS Publishes Report on Ethanol, DDGS Export Opportunities
November 8, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In October, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report on global ethanol mandates that outlines the opportunities for exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). 
According …

USDA to Re-Engage Stakeholders on Revisions to Biotechnology Regulations
November 8, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the Agency’s biotechnology regulations and will re-engage with …

BIRD Energy to Invest $4.8 Million in Cooperative Israel-U.S. Clean Energy Projects
November 6, 2017 – 9:15 am | No Comment

(The BIRD Foundation/PR Newswire)  The total value of the approved projects is $10.5 million in the areas of Hydrogen/Storage, Transportation, Biofuels and Energy Efficiency —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) along …

Feeding Everyone and Fueling Many, Too: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA
November 4, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the …

USDA Invests in Agricultural Technology Research
November 1, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

( USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems …

DOE Schedules Meeting of Biomass Advisory Committee
November 1, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C.
According to information published in the …

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring
October 31, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol …

RFA Data: More than 4,000 U.S. Stations Offering E85
October 27, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Drivers of flex fuel vehicles (FFVs), which can handle higher ethanol blends up to 85%, now have even more places to fuel up. According to E85prices.com, operated by the Renewable Fuels …

USDA Invests in Agricultural Technology Research
October 27, 2017 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Stuck between Two GOP Sides on Ethanol
October 27, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency, in its ambitious effort to roll back the previous administration’s energy and environmental policies, has had a significant stumble with Republicans lawmakers. On both sides of the ethanol …

Lawmakers Urge Consistent Approach to Federal Regulation of Biotechnology
October 25, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a letter to three federal agency heads on Tuesday, a group of 79 bipartisan members of the United States House of Representatives expressed concern about the direction being …

$7M Grant Helps Sheetz Expand Biofuel Availability
October 25, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Paul J. Gough (Pittsburgh Business Times)  Ethanol-added gasoline is available in more places in Pennsylvania, thanks to a $7 million federal grant to Sheetz.  The Altoona-based convenience store operator, which has locations all over southwestern Pennsylvania, …

A Spirit of Kuleana: Renewable Fuels Ventures Strive for New Geographies, Feedstock, Products
October 24, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Nothing rang clearer as an industry imperative at ABLC Next last week than the theme of diversification in a Year of Living Dangerously, and we saw it in the news this …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC
October 19, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated …

UA to Head New Center Focusing on Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 18, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(University of Arizona News)  The goals of the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center will be to address the nation’s needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthen Arizona’s bioeconomy, and provide training for the next generation of …

Grant Opportunity: Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) DEADLINE: December 8, 2017
October 12, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, …

Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative November 2017 Meetings
October 12, 2017 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Food and Drug Administration) The U.S Food and Drug Administration is announcing public meetings to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California, regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. Congress appropriated …

Canadian Bio Fuel Company Announces Significant Collaboration with University of Florida
October 4, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Agrisoma Biosciences Inc./PR Newswire)  Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of bio jet fuel in the United States.

The Quebec-based company and its subsidiary, Agrisoma USA, is working with a …

‘No Rationale for Further Reducing’ 2018 RFS RVO, RFA Says in Response to EPA Notice
September 26, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Today, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA), seeking comment on potential options for reductions in the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes beyond those …

Ohio State Leads Effort to Prep Students for Biobased Careers
September 25, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Turner (Ohio State University)  Students at The Ohio State University and Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, will soon benefit from a $2.8 million grant designed to develop leaders for …

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $21.1 Million to Grow the Bioeconomy
September 25, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products …

USDA Trade Mission to Expand Export Opportunities to Brazil
September 22, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(World-Grain.com)  During a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade mission to São Paulo and Recife, Brazil, Sept. 25-29, leaders from 24 U.S. agribusinesses and trade organizations will explore opportunities to expand their agricultural exports and …

Censky, McKinney Nomination Hearing Addresses Biofuels, RFS
September 21, 2017 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Sept. 19, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on the nomination of Stephen Censky at deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects
September 21, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to …

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product
September 14, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project followed by advanced ethanol for Mid-Atlantic …

Where Corn Pollutes America Most, and Who’s Responsible
September 13, 2017 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Roston (Bloomberg)  Companies want to know the environmental impact of their supply chains. Researchers used a crucial commodity to show them.  —  Not every day does an obscure scientific report directly help massive U.S. …

Hot Spots: Top 5 Places to Watch in Florida
September 11, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Florida is a hot state, in more ways than one, and we cover the Top 5 hottest Florida spots that hopefully remain intact or recover quickly after Irma’s impact, especially …

Report Discusses Future of Ethanol Market in Spain
August 29, 2017 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides insight into the future ethanol market in Spain following the 2016 expiration of the ethanol-specific …

Local Scientists Looking at Transforming Sugar Beets into Jet Fuel
August 25, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jon Shainman (WPTV)  Scientists on the Treasure Coast literally taking things from the ground to see if they can power things in the skies.
“I was physically pulling beets out of the ground in Belle Glade …

Report Discusses Future Growth of Australian Ethanol Industry
August 22, 2017 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Australian biofuel production will reach 290 million liters (79.61 million gallons) this year, including 250 …

DOE, DOD Aim for Take-Off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation
August 22, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the …

Breaking New Ground
August 17, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A Georgia-based joint venture is combining enzymatic and resin technologies with advanced distillation to convert brown grease to low-sulfur biodiesel. The plan is to prove out the process and make …

Environmentalists Are Urging the USDA to Reject This Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Tree
August 10, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, amid concerns about the tree’s possible negative effects on the environment.
The …