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Letter to Editor: Legislators, Please End Renewable Fuel Restrictions

by Bob Bowman (Clinton Herald)  The ethanol industry is critical to the Midwest, supporting thousands of jobs and adding billions of dollars to our economy. It also drives corn demand at

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

(Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) … A U of I Crop Scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Reuters reports that Green Plains is mothballing its ethanol production plants in Superior, Iowa and Lakota, Iowa as well as running its Fairmont, Minnesota plant at

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Agriculture Youth Benefit From GROWMARK Support

by Carrie Muehling (AgWired.com)  Illinois FFA State Officers including Treasurer Taylor Hartke helped to bring in the flags during a moving ceremony to open the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago. The

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Donald Trump Is Feeling the Heat From Midwestern Farmers

by Justin Worland (Time Magazine) On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made two big promises: renegotiating free trade agreements and helping corn growers by supporting ethanol.  …  As tensions over trade have

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Scott Henry (Des Moines Register)  … A study from Environmental Defense Fund and managerial accounting firm K·Coe Isom AgKnowledge finds that conservation can boost farm profitability. The analysis includes detailed financial

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Making America Great Again Starts with the States

by David Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Dave VanderGriend, president of Urban Air Initiative, doesn’t mince words in his column this month, calling out EPA for what he says

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Trail President Speaks up for Ethanol Production

by Mikkel Pates (Forum News Service/Bismark Tribune)  Now more than ever, farmers who believe in the future of ethanol need to speak up for it, says Gerald Bachmeier, president of

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,

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa RFA Hosts 10th Annual Biofuels Tour

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently hosted the 10th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour, taking nearly 40 participants representing members of Congress from around the country on

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Unorthodox Antioxidant Focus Drives Stover Ventures towards Cellulosic Dream

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A remarkable and usually under the radar company known as Stover Ventures is said to be nearing its once-unlikely goal of raising capital — mostly so far from

August 23, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by O. Kay Henderson (RadioIowa)  Republican Congressman Steve King today said the best thing the Trump Administration could do to alleviate farmers’ angst about the trade war would be to allow higher

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

How Progressives Can Reconnect with Rural Voters

by Patty Judge (Des Moines Register/Focus on Rural America)  … Many of the political elites on the coasts have argued that progressives should simply write off the rural Midwest because it

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa RFA Giving Away Biodiesel at Farm Progress Show

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Iowa Soybean Association to offer farmers attending the 2018 Farm Progress Show eight chances to win $500 worth of biodiesel-blended

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Gets Local Perspective on Ag

by Seth Boyes (Dickinson County News)  Steffes Company in Milford played host to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday Aug. 6.  …  “If you’re a member of Congress, you can’t keep your

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by O. Kay Henderson  (RadioIowa)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator met privately with Iowa commodity group leaders at the Iowa State Fair today — but Andrew Wheeler told reporters

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Ad Wars

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Renewable Fuels Association launched a weeklong ad campaign in Iowa on Monday, coinciding with Wheeler’s visit to the state’s annual fair. The ads

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Hubbell Wants More Support for Farmers Hurt by Trade War

by Rod Boshart (Sioux City Journal)  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell called out Gov. Kim Reynolds Saturday for not taking a more-aggressive public stance on behalf of Iowa farmers and rural

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Yu Wang, Ming‐Hsun Cheng, Mark Mba Wright (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  Converting corncobs into fuel ethanol is different from converting stover because cobs have higher hemicellulose and lower lignin than stover.

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

IRFA Launches Online Resource for Those Seeking Biodiesel Experts

(The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced the launch of a resource designed to make finding Iowa’s biodiesel experts easier than a Google search. The Iowa

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by AJ Taylor (KIOW)  Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) stressed the importance of biofuels to rural communities and the need to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during a Senate Environment and Public

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Not Happy with EPA RFS Reply

(The Hagstrom Report/The Fence Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency finally replied to a letter that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators sent in April inquiring

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Former DuPont Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets and Lying to the FBI

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Took Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information When He Accepted a Job with a Competitor  —  Josh Harry Isler, age 55, from St. Ansgar, Iowa, pled guilty today in

July 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Zero to 10 Million in 5 years

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth.  —  Cellulosic ethanol

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

ACE Scholarship Program Announces 2018 Winners

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s scholarship

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Drain the Swamp: Fire Pruitt at EPA

(The Courier) … Yet (Iowa Senator Joni) Ernst’s recent attack against Pruitt at a Washington energy forum was triggered over Pruitt’s “lies” about the Renewable Fuel Standard: not expanding year-round

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Enogen Waves Flag for Ethanol at NASCAR Race

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) For the sixth consecutive year, Syngenta Enogen sponsored NASCAR® racing at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa this past weekend. The Iowa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race presented by Enogen

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Midwest Trump Voters Losing Faith in His Commitment to Biofuels

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Jobs on the Ballot

by Matt Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  If I asked you the most important state for renewable energy, what comes to mind? Is it California? …  Let me make the case for

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

RFS Changes on Hold

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ASSUME DEAL DEAD: Sen. Joni Ernst’s decision to lay into embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over his alleged about-face on ethanol appears to have paid off. Ernst

June 6, 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.

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Production Facility Opens in Iowa

(GAIN Clean Fuel/NGV Journal)  GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development (BRD) announced the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque,

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

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

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

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

A Blueprint for Keeping Midwest Dollars in the Midwest

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend says increasing the availability of ethanol blender pumps and higher blends will keep ethanol in the Midwest,

June 4, 2018 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

May 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

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

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

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

TSITRIAN: Trump No Friend of Family Farmers

by John Tsitrian (Rapid City Journal)  … And forgetting about soybeans for a minute, there’s the matter of Trump administration policy on the ethanol mandate, aka the Renewable Fuel Standard

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Grassley Points to Need to Change RFS Waivers Language

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would like to see administrative changes made to how EPA hands out Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to small refiners, estimated

May 23, 2018 0 comment 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

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

POET Ethanol Plant Plans Monarch Project

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  POET Biorefining is establishing a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Coon Rapids, Iowa. The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established by Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) in partnership with

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Will Battle Between ‘Big Corn’ And ‘Big Oil’ Stall Next Generation Biofuels?

by Aaron Smith and Vincent Smith (Investor’s Business Daily)  … The most immediate impact of the RFS wars is to focus attention on corn ethanol and petroleum gasoline at the detriment of

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels Prevail?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Trump in a pickle: support his beleaguered EPA Administrator over oil refinery bailouts, or rally his Midwestern farm-state base?  —  In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Voters Should Challenge Candidates on Iowa’s Energy Future

by Katie Rock (Des Moines Register/Center for Rural Affairs)  Iowa’s future as a leader in renewable energy is on the ballot in 2018. As legislators head home and campaigns gear up

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

New FSMA Compliance Program Launched for Biodiesel Producers

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A new food safety program has been developed by the Iowa Biodiesel Board to help biodiesel producers comply with the U.S. government’s Food Safety Modernization Act, deadlines for

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Pelosi Visits Central Iowa Farm, Warns RFS under Attack

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi — the top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives — toured a central Iowa farm early this morning. Pelosi’s visit

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Groups Ask EPA to Prioritize Cellulosic Pathway Approvals

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today (May 3, 2018) five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed

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

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt’s Renewable Fuel Attacks Cost Him GOP Support in Congress

by Mike Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  As the drip, drip of Pruitt scandals becomes a deluge, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s supporters continue to claim that he should be protected because he’s

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Legislature Approves Funding for State Blender Pump Program

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewed program to boost consumer choice for higher biofuel blends — Last night (May 2, 2018) the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Mail Call! Biofuels Write to EPA on Strategy

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A coalition of Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter Thursday to EPA asking it to move administrative time and staff away from Renewable Fuel

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

How Trump Might Make SUVs Pricier in Seattle than Omaha

by Camille von Kaenel (E&E News)  … The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Is Budget Report Language Cause of RFS Waivers?

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, mentioned on Tuesday he wants to change language in recent appropriations bills approved by Congress in the past three years.

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Update 2-White House Sets Meeting with Senators on Biofuels Next Week -Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/Successful Farming)  The Trump administration has invited a group of U.S. senators to the White House early next week to discuss biofuels policy, the latest in a series of

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New Biogas-to-RNG Plant in Iowa to Serve Transportation Industry

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development (BRD) have announced the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center

May 3, 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

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Hero BX to Manufacture at Iowa Renewable Energy Biodiesel Plant

(Hero BX/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel producer Lake Erie Biofuels LLC, doing business as Hero BX, recently announced a strategic partnership with Iowa Renewable Energy LLC based in Washington, Iowa, to manufacture and market

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds &

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Certification Program Will Help Biodiesel Producers Meet FSMA Requirements

(Iowa Biodisel Board)  Iowa Biodiesel Board launches program to meet industry need; Webinar takes place May 10 — Biodiesel producers who want

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Expected to Meet Growing E15 Demand

by Terry Anderson (Midwest Messenger News) … One day after President Trump told a group of governors and lawmakers invited to

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Pundits Show Iowa Uses Less of Its Own Produce

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)   A study showing that U.S. ethanol leader Iowa doesn’t use a lot of its

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

King Tells Iowa RFA: “I Want Ethanol sold TO, THROUGH, and BEYOND the E15 Blend.”

(4-Traders)  Congressman King Pledges Continued Biofuel Support to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  —  Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture

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

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Hog’s a Hot Dog: N-Sense, Gen3Bio, Nebullam, PowerPollen, TeselaGen Takin’ Biotech to the Next Level

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For a number of years we have been pointing to Iowa’s intriguing combination of feedstock, infrastructure

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 ACE Fly-in

(AgNewsWire) American Coalition for Ethanol celebrates 10 years of taking the message of grassroots ethanol producers, retailers, farmers and consumers to Capitol

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Blender Pump Program Runs Short of Funding as Demand Stays Strong

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  RFIP Spurs Over $138 Million in Private Economic Investment  —  Due to rising retailer interest in offering higher

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

What Happens On The Edges Of Cities When Farmland Gives Way To Development

by Amy Mayer & Erica Hunzinger (Harvest Public Media) … Since 1980, the amount of land being farmed or grazed

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

DSM Announces Broad Product Offering for the Biofuels Industry

(DSM/Newswire Today) Royal DSM announces its commitment to bring innovative solutions to the biofuels industry with a full portfolio offering of

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Facebook and Google’s Surprising, Rising Prospects along Agriculture’s Revolutionary Road

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you haven’t been to Ankeny, Iowa in recent years — situated between Des Moines and

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … In the U.S., nearly 3 billion gallons of clean, renewable fuel replacing its petroleum counterpart. A

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Looks to Stamp out RIN “Hoarding,” Raises Possibility of Limits on Wall Street

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)   EPA chief Scott Pruitt raised the idea Monday of limiting Wall Street’s ability to trade the government-issued

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

What Happened? Pyrolysis Breakthrough Could Cut Drop-In Biofuels Cost to $2.58 per Gallon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have a breakthrough in pyrolysis to report today that could reduce the estimated cost of

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

RIN Price Cap a Demand Cap: Oil Industry Study Makes Ethanol Industry’s Case on Motive, Impact

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A study commissioned by the country’s largest oil refiner explains how a waiver credit

March 12, 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

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Adds 12 New E15 Stations So Far in 2018

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  E15 now available at 158 stations across the state  —  Since the end of 2017 Iowa has added

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter: Don’t Be Misinformed about Renewable Fuel Standard by ‘Big Oil’

by Anngie Steinbarger (The Republic)  I was dismayed to read the Feb. 16 letter from Mark Brown and Travis DeFries, managers at

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Is Our Gasoline Making Us Sick? Ethanol Is a Healthier Option

by Steve Roe (Des Moines Register/Little Sioux Corn Processors)  … A significant amount of these emissions are coming from our vehicles.

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Unresponsive to Letter on Agency Position on RIN Prices

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, today (March 1, 2018) issued the following statement

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

New Study: Nearly 50,000 Iowa Jobs Tied to Biofuels

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  With a White House meeting being held last week to discuss the fate of the Renewable

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Producer Revives California Plant for Low-Carbon Biodiesel

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  An Iowa biodiesel producer recently celebrated the re-opening of a shuttered California plant to manufacture a cleaner-burning

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

March 5, 2018 Read Full Article

White House Pushes for More Talks after ‘No Deal’ on Biofuels

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for more talks between representatives of the oil and corn

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Icahn’s Biofuel Fight Lives On

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Ethanol industry and oil refiners both feel threatened; Biofuel mandate divides two states that voted

February 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Love in the Air at Iowa’s Capitol

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Members and supporters of the Iowa Biodiesel Board wore “I heart biodiesel” pins as they met with state legislators

February 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Interested in Financial Feasibility Studies? Try University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Offers Experiential Finance Career Academy

(University of Iowa Our philosophy is simple:  the technologies that will save the planet are being developed, but they’ll only

February 14, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Grassley: RFS Has Minimal Impact on Success of Refineries

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has released a memo produced by his energy policy staff that

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Next Breakthrough? Turning Greenhouse Gas into Fuel.

by Kevin Hardy (Des Moines Register)  … Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory unintentionally uncovered a process that uses tiny bits of carbon and

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Liquefy Thy Forest: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquefaction of Forest Biomass for Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A team of researchers from Iowa State led by Robert Brown and supported by the DOE’s

January 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biodiesel Agents of Change

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and

January 24, 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

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway: Confidence Builds in Overcoming the Hurdles Slowing Corn Kernel Fiber-to-Ethanol Approvals.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel

January 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Dry Idea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioeconomy in Arid Regions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Cornyn’s Biofuels Bid

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Texas Republican John Cornyn is drawing up ideas for new legislation to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard,

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Kwik Trip Recognized with Ethanol Marketing Award in Iowa; Iowa 80 Truckstop with Biodiesel Marketing Award

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has announced Kwik Trip Inc. and the Iowa 80

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Cash out of Trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Play it Conservative

by Art Cullen (The Storm Lake Times)  … Markets and Nature are so large, and the Iowa budget is so small.

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

High-Tech Waste-to-Energy Facility Set to Open in May

by Alex Acquisto (Bangor Daily News)  The company behind a state-of-the-art solid waste disposal facility in Hampden designed to convert trash into biofuel

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Breaking the Bottleneck: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017

(North Iowa Today)  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in 2017.  …  Grassley introduced the Food Security

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

The Next Big Thing In Ethanol Yet To Reap Profits, Solve Technical Problems

by Amy Mayer (Harvest Public Media/NetNebraska)  Advanced biofuels have been touted as the next step beyond the corn-based ethanol that’s the

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Oil Misleading Iowans Again

by Monty Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  About a year ago, an Iowa front group for Big Oil tried

January 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

After a Record Year in Iowa, Big Ethanol Asks for Another Handout

by Philip Wegmann (Washington Examiner)  …More specifically, the organization’s “top state priority” means securing money for what’s called the Iowa Renewable

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Supermarket Adds E15 Fuel Location

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Hy-Vee Inc., a chain of supermarkets throughout the Midwest, now offers E15 at five locations across

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Grassley Staffer Worked on Fuel Standard after Taking Industry Job

by Theodoric Meyer (Politico Influence)  A longtime staffer for Sen. Chuck Grassley continued to work in the Iowa Republican’s office on

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy

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

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Pruitt Takes a Bow in Iowa: EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules and Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … In a large farm shop with ethanol and biodiesel posters adorning the walls,

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

United Ethanol LLC to Install Whitefox ICE™ to Reduce Energy and Boost Production Capacity

(Enhanced Online News/Whitefox)  The modular bolt-on membrane system will increase production rates, improve energy and operational efficiencies and reduce cooling water

December 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Results of UW-Madison Study on Carbon Emissions Disputed

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

November 29, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Administrator to Host Town Hall in Iowa

by Ben Nuelle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to visit Iowa Friday. Sources say Pruitt will

November 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Techno-Economic Analysis of Biofuel Production from Macroalgae (Seaweed)

by Mohsen Soleymani and Kurt A. Rosentrater (Bioengineering)  A techno-economic evaluation of bioenergy production from macroalgae was carried out in this

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to

November 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Nevada DowDuPont Plant: Was the Technology Ready?

by Dan Mika (Nevada Journal)  The DowDuPont cellulosic ethanol plant sits mostly empty today after the chemical giant suspended operations and laid

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

ACE: Video Series on E15 and Flex Fuel Retailers Debuts

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol announced the first two in a series of fuel marketer-focused

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Cruz to Iowa: Come to the Table or Northey Gets It

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Ted Cruz, having seemingly failed to secure a meeting with Midwestern senators brokered by

November 15, 2017 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

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian

November 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Is Cellulosic Ethanol Dead? Despite Setbacks, Signs of Progress

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Several factors have hindered the production of the volumes originally envisioned: extracting

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before — Kathleen Hartnett White’s Nomination

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Two corn-state Republican EPW senators – Deb Fischer and Joni Ernst – are publicly undecided

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM Achieves Cellulosic Biofuel Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Dakota, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

BREAKING NEWS: DowDuPont to Exit Cellulosic Biofuels Business

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DowDuPont announced that it intends to sell its cellulosic biofuels business and its first

November 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter from Washington: The Grand Alliance Flashes V for Victory in Renewable Fuels Fight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a very busy week in Washington DC, the high point being a letter to

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Tells EPA to Boost Biofuels After Iowa Uproar

by Jennifer A Dlouhy , Jennifer Jacobs, Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Market for biofuel credits rebounds after lawmakers weigh in; Iowa governor says Trump

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Blocks Key EPA Nominees, Cites Ethanol Stance and Ties to Koch Industries

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Citing one nominee’s stance on the federal ethanol mandate and another’s supposed ties to Koch Industries, Sen.

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Grassley Says Midwestern Senators Who Are Upset over EPA’s New Renewable-Fuel Proposals Could Hold up Agency’s Nominees

by Joseph Morton (Omaha World-Herald) The head of the Environmental Protection Agency sought Tuesday to calm Midwestern senators who could block

October 18, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Pruitt’s Charm Offensive Has Few Actual Promises

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Seven corn-state Republican senators emerged smiling from what they deemed a “good” meeting with EPA

October 18, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

US EPA Gives Green Light for Flint Hills Resources’ Edeniq Technology-Based Ethanol Plant

(Biofuels International)  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Tramples GOP Loyalty with Anti-Iowa Positions on Health Care, Energy

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  …  Trump, while campaigning in Iowa, pledged to protect the RFS, which sets the minimum volume

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Ames Laboratory Announces New Science in Converting Biomass

(Ames Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In every plant—from trees to crops—there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber,

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Siouxland Ethanol Speaks at Governor’s Conference

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Each of the governors shared initiatives their states are implementing to support the use

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Bringing Illinois Ethanol Products to the World

by Jill Loehr (Prairie Farmer) Illinois has the third-largest ethanol production capacity in the U.S. Marquis Energy, one of the

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Grassley Floor Speech Criticizes EPA Proposal to Reduce RFS RVOs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

It’s Pink at the Pump Month in Iowa

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Over 30 Iowa E15 retailers are pretty in pink this month, participating in the 2nd annual Pink at

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Programs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Korean Bioethanol Advisory Team Visits Quad County Corn Processors in Galva

(Pilot Tribune)  Ten representatives from the Korean Bioethanol Advisory Team traveled to the United States from September 19–21 to learn

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Can The Corn Ethanol Lobby Win In Mexico, Too?

by David Blackmon (Forbes)  … The elimination in the U.S. of the use of MTBE as a gasoline oxygenation agent by the

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Magellan to Offer E15 at All Iowa Fuel Terminals

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Magellan Midstream Partners fuel pipeline and storage company is now offering pre-blended E15 at many terminals across

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Study Says Corn Stover and Crop Residues Are Billion-Dollar Opportunity for Ag States

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, new economic reports show that producing biomass fuel pellets from crop residues like

September 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Studies Show Ethanol Crop Residues Provide A Billion-Dollar Business Opportunity

(Trestle Energy/CISION PR Newswire)  New economic impact analyses highlight the untapped value of crop residue byproducts of ethanol production for

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Trade Agreement Changes Are Destroying Ag Market Opportunities

by Bruce Rohwer (Paullina/Des Moines Register)  To accommodate the bounty Iowa’s farmland produces, we farmers need every market and marketing

September 18, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Oil and Ethanol Groups Debate Future of Fuel

by Ben Nuelle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  … Members of the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Petroleum Institute discussed the

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

IRFA: E15 Now Available at 135 Stations across Iowa

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In recent weeks four Iowa retailers have added E15 as a new fuel choice

September 12, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article
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