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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, …

Consequences of Drought Stress on Biofuels
September 11, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/U.S. Department of Energy) …However, weather conditions could greatly affect crop yields. In this study, researchers examined the effect of weather on biofuel production by comparing switchgrass and corn stover harvested after a year of …

Water-Energy Dependence around Pacific Rim Mapped in New Sandia Study
September 20, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories)  A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies.
The Sandia …

Limpopo Receives R940m Investment for Renewable Energy from US, Chinese Companies
May 12, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(African News Agency/Engineering News)  American and Chinese companies are set to invest R940-million in Limpopo to pursue renewable energy and ethanol profits, government and investors have announced. The United States’ Bio-Processing Innovation and the Beijing …

Cassava May Help Support Ethanol Needs
March 15, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat (Bangkok Post) Rising ethanol demand this year, coupled with expected sugar-cane production cuts due to the severe drought, are likely to force ethanol producers to switch to cassava as their feedstock instead of …

Scorching Summer Drives California Innovation and Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  California’s politicians and people are responding to the state’s increasingly dire symptoms of climate change with innovation, resolve, and biofuel policies.
California’s determination to recapture its milder and …

Study: Easing Ethanol Mandate Could Have Cut Corn Prices during Drought
March 9, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(University of Nebraska-Lincoln)  By relaxing a federal ethanol mandate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could have counteracted the impact of the 2012 drought on corn prices, a new study by UNL agricultural economists concludes.
The study …

Renewed Interest in Grain Sorghum in Nebraska
March 29, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Browfield Ag News)  A combination of dry weather and increased demand from the ethanol sector could have grain sorghum poised for a comeback in Nebraska.
Grain sorghum plantings in the state plummeted from 550-thousand …

Optimistic Bearing: Staying Bullish on Ethanol Even in the Trough of Negative Margins.
March 25, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …“Ethanol’s value proposition, as a very cost-effective molecule in the motor gasoline pool, has proven itself over time, and we’re very confident of that in the future,” says …

Ethanol–Does the RFS Matter?
March 21, 2013 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  …The suggestion to waive the mandate assumes that ethanol production and blending is motivated only by the RFS and that a lower mandate would result in less …

Idle Ethanol Plants Wait for New Fuel Standards
March 20, 2013 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Grant Gerlock (KBIA)  Ethanol is an up and down industry, and right now it’s down. Ethanol plants in at least 13 states have stopped running over recent months because of higher corn prices and …

Operation Deathanol, RINs, and the Selling of the Fossil Fuels Story
March 19, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Read any stories about renewable fuels lately in mainstream media? Bet they’re bad ones.  Here we look at the latest chapter in the “death to all renewables” propaganda war.
If you …

Ethanol Plants Turning toward Grain Sorghum
March 5, 2013 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Art Hovey (Lincoln Star Journal)  …On a much brighter note, the managers of ethanol plants in Trenton and Ravenna are pushing hard to make a crop also known as milo the main ingredient in …

WASDE Report
December 27, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Total global grain supplies were raised slightly to 2705.6 MMT, the second-largest on record.

The U.S. ethanol industry is projected to use 78.9 MMT (net DDGS), meaning just 2.92% …

Renewable Fuel Standard Benefits Consumers, Economy
December 20, 2012 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Tadd Nicholson  (Chillicothe Gazette)   …Blending corn ethanol into gasoline reduces our reliance on foreign oil, helping to meet our nation’s goal of energy independence. In 2011, thanks in part to corn ethanol, the …

Ethanol Use in Gasoline Production Would Be the Same with or without RFS Waiver
December 6, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Daryll Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer (Southwest Farm Press/University of Tennessee)  …On November 16, 2012, the EPA denied the request of Governor Perdue and others. The short story is that while the EPA recognizes …

25x’25 Commends EPA Decision to Uphold RFS
November 16, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) In response to the EPA decision today upholding volume requirements of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, 25x’25 Co-chairmen Read Smith and Bart Ruth issued the following joint statement:
“EPA’s decision today finding no evidence that …

Renewable Fuels: Notices–Denial of Requests for a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard
November 16, 2012 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  In August 2012, Governors from several States requested a waiver of the national volume requirements for the renewable fuel standard program (RFS) pursuant to Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act. …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?
October 25, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … United States   Concerns over the price impacts of a devastating US drought have led to call for a waiver in the US Renewable Fuel Standard volumetric targets. Proposed waivers have …

Geoff Cooper Addresses Attendees at Export Exchange
October 24, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Johansen (  Attendees for the 2012 Export Exchange were the audience for Renewable Fuels Associations’s Geoff Cooper. Geoff serves as the organizations Vice President and spoke to over 500 of the worlds feed producers, marketers and buyers. He …

Rain Dancing on Wall Street, Main Street and Elm Street
October 23, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As drought, recession, and capital starvation form a perfect storm, will advanced biofuels be thrown under the bus?  Industry leaders say that dropping biofuels production targets will not reverse impacts …

RFS Waiver Would Have Minor Effect on Corn Price in Short Term
October 16, 2012 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An October report from the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute concludes that a reduction in the renewable fuel standard wouldn’t greatly reduce corn prices in the 2012/’13 crop …

Study: Waiving RFS Could Increase Feed Costs for Livestock, Poultry Producers
October 15, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2013 could actually result in higher net feeding costs for livestock and poultry producers, according to a new analysis conducted by Cardno-ENTRIX and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association …

The RFS: It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It
October 8, 2012 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This summer’s drought in the farm belt raised real fears about food supplies and prices. But some in the livestock, poultry and meat processing industries are using …

Corn Price Decline Less Than 1% With Full RFS Waiver
October 8, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Corn and Soybean Digest)  A full waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) conventional biofuel requirement might reduce corn prices by just 0.5% (4¢/bu.) in 2012-2013, according to a new analysis conducted by the Food and Agriculture …

Are High Grain Prices Good for Anyone?
October 2, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Roy Roberson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Sounds like a good deal for grain growers and a bad one for livestock producers and consumers, but are such high prices really good for any of us?
• …

When Will I Be Loved?: Supporters of the US Renewable Fuel Standard Begin to Rally
September 28, 2012 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“Fuels America is built around one core idea: renewable fuel is essential to the U.S. economy, our nation’s energy security, our rural communities and the environment,” said former Congressman Jim …

Crop Prices Probably Peaked After Drought Cuts U.S. Output
September 24, 2012 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Luzi Ann Javier (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Rallies in corn, wheat and soybeans because of drought in the U.S., the top grains shipper, are probably over and it would need worsening weather elsewhere to push up …

Requests to Waive the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Aftermath of the 2012 Heat Wave and Drought
September 21, 2012 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) In the wake of the devastating heat wave and drought which covered much of the United States this year, it has become clear that there will be less …

Response To EPRINC Study: “Ethanol’s Lost Promise”
September 19, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  About EPRINC: EPRINC is a non-profit group funded by Big Oil, staffed by former oil company employees, and directed by a board of trustees that is a veritable who’s-who …

Sorghum in Spotlight Due to Drought, Pending EPA Action
September 17, 2012 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   For years, National Sorghum Producers have advocated for increasing the use of grain sorghum, or milo, as an ethanol feedstock. Lately, the idea seems to be gaining steam. …

Paris Backs Halt in Biofuel Use to Avert Food Shortages
September 17, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  A French plan to fight food price volatility took further shape yesterday (12 September) with a call to pause global development of biofuels, just a day after President François Hollande pushed for creation of …

RFS Waiver Comment Period Extended
September 13, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a 15 day extension of the comment period on the requests for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), who filed for …

Market Speculators, Oil Drive High Food Prices
September 13, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. drought, disastrous as it is, does not signal Armageddon for food prices, biofuels and the poor. First, one needs to understand that the main drivers behind rising …

Fears of Global Food Price Crisis Recede
September 13, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Nigel Hunt and Veronica Brown (Reuters)    * USDA report paints less severe corn crop picture than feared
* FAO says situation seems comfortable
* Analysts still wary on prices as U.S. corn harvest in early stages
The …

Ethanol Mandate Waiver: Decks Stacked Against Petitioners
September 11, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Marlo Lewis (  The Governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The petitioners hope thereby to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record …

Ethanol and the Journalism It Attracts
September 11, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Terry Daynard  (The Record)   Opinion pieces about fuel ethanol have been popular among national journalists this summer, most seem written quickly and researched poorly.
The one published recently by news services columnist Carol Goar …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

Analysis: U.S. Bankers Say, Love or Hate It, Ethanol Here to Stay
September 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Christine Stebbins  (Reuters) …”Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a …

Hard to Pass Food-Price Spikes on to Consumers
September 6, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Neil Shah (The Wall Street Journal)  America’s widest drought since 1956 has killed corn, soybean and wheat crops and raised the risk of higher prices for everything from hamburgers and Coke to cooking oil. …

Ethanol Stays in Gasoline Even If Mandate Ends
August 28, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Ethanol, the best-performing energy commodity this year, is cheaper than gasoline, encouraging refiners to use the biofuel even if President Barack Obama’s administration ends a requirement to do so.
A 49 …

Biofuels Lobby Asks Obama to Keep US Ethanol Mandate Amid Drought
August 28, 2012 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Eight groups representing a cross section of the US biofuels industry asked the White House on Monday to keep the ethanol mandate in place, despite governors’ calls to shrink it in response to a …

A Waiver that Wouldn’t Be Wise
August 27, 2012 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (News Observer)  Last week Gov. Beverly Perdue filed a waiver request for the Renewable Fuel Standard, one of the nation’s most successful energy policies and of critical importance to North Carolina’s economy, …

Can Ethanol Cut Foreign Oil Imports?
August 27, 2012 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Forbes)  …By most standards, the hope that is such first-generation fuel additives are supplanted by next-generation ones, or those produced from cellulose. Worth it?
Such fibers are abundant and could supply 130 million …

Oklahoma Researchers Look to Refuel Ethanol
August 27, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Adam Wilmoth (News OK)  The extended drought has reduced the country’s corn supply and driven up corn costs, affecting the price of ethanol and gasoline. Oklahoma researchers are working to solve both problems.
Researchers in …

Biofuels Group: Big Oil Also behind Ethanol Waiver Requests
August 27, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  …Monte Shaw, executive director with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, credits the uptick in gubernatorial and congressional interest to oil groups viewing 2013 as the last chance to nix the …

Ethanol Waiver May Lower Corn But Raise Gas Prices
August 23, 2012 – 9:27 pm | No Comment

by Bertha Coombs (CNBC)  Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The …

Ethanol Production in U.S. Low Enough to Drain Surplus, CME Says
August 22, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Ethanol production in the U.S. has fallen enough to drain a stockpile glut of the biofuel, CME Group Inc. (CME)said.
Output has declined 15 percent to 819,000 barrels a day from a …

Dating Your Feedstock and Never Marrying: The 6 Hottest Ways to Alleviate Food vs Fuel
August 21, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the US drought, food vs fuel has returned as an issue.  What alternatives are scientists, entrepreneurs developing to take us beyond the old debate?
…1. Feedstock diversification.  In biofuels, it …

Minister: Ban Biofuel, It Boosts Famine
August 21, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(The Local: German’s News in English)  Biofuel containing corn should be banned from German petrol pumps, a minister has demanded, as droughts and a dramatic rise in food prices mean more of the world population is going hungry.
“Rising …

Drought Sparks Intense Fight over RFS Waiver
August 20, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Talk of a possible renewable fuel standard (RFS) waiver request became a reality in mid-August, when the U.S. EPA was officially petitioned. The clock starts on a 90-day deadline …

Updated Assessment of the Drought’s Impacts on Crop Prices and Biofuel Production
August 17, 2012 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Babcock (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development)  …The sharply lowered production estimates suggest the preliminary assessment of the impact of the drought on crop prices and biofuel production that I conducted last month …

Ethanol Plant Closures Cause DDGS Supply Issues
August 15, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Drovers Cattle Network)  The 2012 drought is not only taking its toll on U.S. Midwest crop and livestock producers. Ethanol plants also are succumbing as high corn prices dry up their operating margins. Suspension of …

Biodiesel on the March; REG Reports Record Revenues for Q2
August 15, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As is sometimes overlooked, the advanced biofuels pool in the US Renewable Fuel Standard is not only a qualifying pool for cellulosic biofuels – which have struggled to come to …

US Ethanol Mandate Waiver Would Not Destroy Corn Demand: Deutsche Bank
August 14, 2012 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  A waiver of the US ethanol mandate would not destroy corn demand because current gasoline blending economics still favor the use of the corn-based biofuel, Deutsche Bank’ analysts Michael Lewis and Christina McGlone said …

Biofuels Industry Group Pushes Lawmakers on Corn Ethanol Views
August 13, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  … The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has been warning its political allies on Capitol Hill that attacks against corn ethanol will hinder next-generation fuels, too.
BIO has reached out to lawmakers …

Midwest Drought Helps Push U.S. Gasoline Prices Higher
August 13, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Gasoline prices in the United States rose over the past two weeks, driven partly by supply disruptions and a drought-induced rise in ethanol prices, a widely followed survey showed on Sunday.
…Trilby Lundberg, who conducts …

10 Ways Ethanol is Helping Livestock Producers
August 13, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  … (E)thanol production provides multiple benefits to Midwestern livestock producers:
1. The ethanol industry has driven the production of a larger corn crop. Simply put, there is more corn to go around.
2. The …

Ethanol Credits May Ease Pressure on U.S. Corn, IEA Says
August 13, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Nariman Gizitdinov (Bloomberg)  Ethanol credits held by U.S. refiners may help reduce demand for the blending fuel and ease pressure on rising prices of corn, from which ethanol is made, the International Energy Agency said.
The …

Czarnikow Sees Improved EU Ethanol Outlook After U.S. Drought
August 10, 2012 – 10:16 pm | No Comment

by Whitney McFerron (Bloomberg)  Surging corn prices and policy changes in the U.S. and European Union mean the outlook for the EU’s ethanol industry has “improved dramatically” this year, Czarnikow Group Ltd. said.
U.S. ethanol prices have …

Lower U.S. Corn Crop Doesn’t Justify Ethanol Waiver, RFA Says
August 10, 2012 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by (Bloomberg) …Refiners can meet biofuel targets by drawing from ample stockpiles and utilizing excess credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers, that can be submitted in lieu of physically blending a gallon of ethanol to …

House Disaster Assistance Allows Good Intentions to Overwhelm Good Sense
August 10, 2012 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  While passage last week by the House of Representatives of a bill that would provide much needed relief to drought-stricken livestock producers is laudable, the means by which the bill would pay …

Fighting the Good Fight
August 9, 2012 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Though it sometimes can be easy to lose sight, the increasing challenges we face are directly correlated to our achievements. In particular, with higher blends of ethanol in …

US Drought to Hit Ethanol Exports, Not Gas Prices – EIA
August 9, 2012 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  …But gasoline prices should be spared despite the loss of ethanol output, the EIA said on Wednesday. “The impact of the forecasted decline in domestic ethanol production should be primarily reflected in reduced ethanol …

Ethanol Producers Adapt to Drought, Corn Prices
August 8, 2012 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Nebraska ethanol producers are responding to a tough market.  With excessive drought conditions and nearly record high corn prices, ethanol producers have decreased their consumption in recent weeks. Latest estimates show …

Grassley Delivers Harsh Criticism of RFS Waiver Effort
August 2, 2012 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Brownfield Ag News)  Some strong criticism today from Iowa Senator Charles Grassley directed towards that coalition of livestock, meat and poultry groups asking for changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard’s ethanol mandate.
“I think that what …

Petroleum Refiners Get out the Old Fear-Mongering Playbook for Attack on Renewable Fuel Standard
August 2, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  Despite oil industry claims of “$10 million in fines for non-existent fuels” – they paid exactly $19,010.16 for cellulosic ethanol waivers in 2010, costing US consumers 14 millionths of one …

Ethanol ‘One of the Most Hated Industries’: CEO
July 31, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Jane Wells (CNBC)  …Proponents say refiners can use past spending splurges on ethanol as credits against this year’s purchasing requirements, and exports will also probably be cut. This should leave more corn for everyone …

Letter to the Editor – Response to Wall Street Journal: Purpose over Panic. Fact over Fear.
July 31, 2012 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Mr. Larry Pope’s July 27th op-ed “The Ethanol Mandate is Worse Than The Drought” calls out for a rebuttal.  It is a bit astonishing to read an op-ed in the Wall …

US Farmers Urge Obama Administration to Suspend Ethanol Quota Amid Drought
July 31, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  The Obama administration was urged on Monday to stop diverting grain to gas amid warnings of an “imminent food crisis” caused by America’s drought.
US government forecasts of a 4% rise in food prices for US …

Drought Impacts Ethanol Production
July 23, 2012 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Seth Slabaugh  (The Star Press) … “High corn prices driven by the drought have caused some ethanol plants to temporarily idle or reduce production,” Matt Hartwig of the Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol trade group …

Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance, Renewable Fuels Association Release Ethanol, Drought Myth-Busting Reports
July 19, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance published a note “to once again clear up a few myths about ethanol and ethanol production in America.”
…In Washington, the Renewable Fuel Association’s …

Danforth Center Part of Biofuel Study
July 17, 2012 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Tim Bryant   (   The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among five recipients of a $12.1 million federal grant to develop drought-tolerant grass as a sustainable source of biofuel.
Developing bioenergy grasses with …

The Digest’s Special Report on Drought
July 6, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Dire US media headlines abound: “Drought!”  What’s real, what’s hype, and what are the impacts?  More importantly, what alternatives does science give us now, and in the future, with more …