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Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Releases 2018 Half Year Report
July 12, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

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

An FAQ on 45Q: What Federal Carbon Storage Tax Credit Means for Midwest
July 11, 2018 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Frank Jossi (Energy News)  A federal tax credit passed earlier this year could increase the amount of carbon being stored underground. The revamped “45Q” tax credit boosts the amount of money available to companies willing …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 5th
July 10, 2018 – 6:57 pm | 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, …

Industrial Glucose: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Process Technologies Clean Sugar Technology
July 10, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For over 20 years, Fluid-Quip has been engineering and manufacturing separation equipment for corn wet milling and pulp and paper applications. Fluid-Quip Process Technologies has more recently leveraged wet milling knowledge …

Land O’Lakes, Inc. and California Bioenergy Partner to Advance “Barn to Biogas” in California
July 2, 2018 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Land O’Lakes/Cision/PR Newswire)   Land O’Lakes, Inc. and California Bioenergy, LLC (CalBio) have launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration to support the financing, installation and management of on-farm methane digesters to generate renewable compressed natural gas (“R-CNG”) fuel in California – …

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems
June 28, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes R&D. And aromatics without the …

Gevo and Avfuel Enter into Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Agreement
June 22, 2018 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(GEVO/Globe Newswire)  First Long-Term Commercial Contract for Renewable Jet Fuel  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today (June 21, 2018) that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, …

Biodiesel from Scum Oil and Waste Oil
June 20, 2018 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  Process Converts Scum to Biodiesel  —  A new waste remediation process converts scum from waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) into ASTM compliant biodiesel. The six-step method begins with a filtration step that separates water/oil/solid …

Midwest Trump Voters Losing Faith in His Commitment to Biofuels
June 18, 2018 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(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 fuels industries.
In a survey of …

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 …

Targray Opens Minnesota Biodiesel Distribution Center in Minneapolis – Saint Paul
June 7, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Targray/Sys-con Media/PR Newswire)  Biodiesel supplier’s new terminal will address growth in demand stemming from state’s B20 mandate  —   Targray, a leading North American supplier of Biodiesel, has announced the opening of its Minnesota Biodiesel distribution center, serving …

Trump’s Support Wavering in Farm Country Over Ethanol, Trade Moves
June 5, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA chief seen as betraying Trump’s promises on biofuels; Trade tensions put demand for agricultural goods at risk — Even as Donald Trump tweets his support for U.S. agriculture, farmer loyalty for the …

Attis Industries Narrows Site Selection to Six States for Construction of Advanced New Biorefining Facilities
May 29, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

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

More Stringent Biofuel Standard Suspended: State Officials Issue Waiver until June 30 Because of Shortages of B20 Product.
May 25, 2018 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  Minnesota regulators have temporarily suspended a new and more stringent standard for biodiesel use due to shortages of the product.
On May 1, the amount of biofuel that must by state law …

E15 Rewards for St. Paul Drivers
May 24, 2018 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

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

Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities
May 22, 2018 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific …

St. James High School Visits Guardian Energy
May 10, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Minneapolis Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty seven students from St. James High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville today to learn more about homegrown renewable energy. 

The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

Worthington High School Tours Heron Lake Bioenergy
May 10, 2018 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

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

Betting on Ethanol-Blended Gasoline
May 10, 2018 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Tom Gerlach (The Hill/American Lung Association of Minnesota)  Living on an island on the U.S.-Canada Border is not for everyone. But my family has lived in the Rainy Lake-Rainy River country of northern Minnesota for …

Meetings Set for Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant in Inver Grove Heights
May 7, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

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

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards
May 1, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it …

Hatching Higher Protein
April 26, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly a dozen plants is about …

Minneapolis Drivers Choose E15
April 25, 2018 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

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

The New War Over Ethanol, And How It Might Affect You
April 23, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by F. Todd Davidson (Forbes)  A seemingly small action from the Environmental Protection Agency could spark a new war between Big Oil and Big Ag that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. agricultural, energy, and transportation …

Partners in Production–Chemical Companies Are Developing Technologies that Would Create New Market Opportunities for the Ethanol Industry
April 20, 2018 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry has polished its coproduction of distillers grains. Now, a handful of companies have found different uses for DDGS, or ethanol itself, that can provide new value-added coproducts …

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States
April 18, 2018 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the federal government is rolling back …

2018 Ethanol Producer Award Winners Announced
April 17, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The winners of the first-ever Ethanol Producer Awards have been chosen.
Ethanol Producer Magazine collected nominations in five categories: The Good Neighbor Award, Board of the Year, Project of the Year, Collaboration …

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
April 12, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They …

Central High School Visits Heartland Corn Products
April 11, 2018 – 10:56 pm | No Comment

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

Fridley Drivers Choose E15
April 6, 2018 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

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

Auto Bits: 3 Ways Soybean Farmers’ Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air
April 4, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

(The Examiner) … Soybean farmers have been at the forefront of developing a homegrown renewable fuel that has resulted in a dramatic improvement of the air quality in the Gopher state.

You may be scratching your head …

Ridgewater College Tours CVEC
April 3, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from Ridgewater College toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to get a closer look at how home-grown renewable energy is produced.
The students, from the …

Rep. Collin Peterson Voices Support For Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry
April 3, 2018 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Rep. Collin Peterson visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to reiterate his support for Minnesota’s ethanol industry.
“Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company is doing some exciting work and …

ASTM Sub-Committee Approves Additional Route to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel and Increases Approved Blend Levels to 50%
April 3, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(GEVO/Globe Newswire) Next Step is for full ASTM Approval  —   Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that late last week an ASTM International Sub-Committee voted in favor of revising specification D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing …

Green Biologics Partners With Kingsford® Charcoal to Launch New EcoLight™ Natural Charcoal Lighter Fluid
April 2, 2018 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Green Biologics/PR Newswire)  Green Biologics, Inc. announced that it has agreed to supply their patented GreenFlame® bio-based charcoal lighter fluid formulation exclusively to Kingsford® Charcoal, to be marketed under a new brand: EcoLight™. The licensing agreement builds on …

Duluth Steam Plant to Burn Biofuel
April 1, 2018 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Peter Passi (Duluth News Tribune)  Duluth’s steam plant will be swapping out coal and natural gas for biofuel in the near future.

Earlier this week, the Duluth City Council authorized Duluth Energy Systems to enter …

Low-Cost Sugars and Lignin: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy
March 23, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing demand for …

Plymouth Drivers Get Rewarded for Choosing E15
March 23, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

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

Where’s Ethanol Going to Go?
March 23, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … According to POET CEO Jeff Broin, there’s a deal on the table — changing almost by the hour, but a deal none the less. A deal on the table to provide year-round E15 …

Medford High School Students Tour Guardian Energy
March 22, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. 
The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

New Biodiesel Mandate Starts on May 1, Johnson Says Minnesota Is Ready for B20
March 20, 2018 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Brandon Lewis (KTOE)  Six weeks remain until Minnesota’s new B20 mandate kicks-in on May 1.
House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says all evidence points to the state being ready to go ahead with the change.
“For …

Ethanol Plant Operators Say No to RIN Price Cap — Comments from Renewable Fuels Association Member Companies
March 9, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Another White House meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 12, to continue discussions between oil refinery and biofuels interests over the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which were created under …

University Of Minnesota Grad Students Tour Guardian Energy
March 9, 2018 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

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

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research
March 8, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support …

Whitefox ICE Installation at Fox River Exceeds Expectations
March 6, 2018 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Whitefox Technologies Ltd./Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC completed the installation of its Whitefox ICE bolt-on solution at its ethanol plant in Oshkosh in December and is already seeing a positive impact at …

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 …

Gevo Grants Musket Corporation Exclusive Right to Supply Isobutanol Gasoline Blends in Greater Houston Region
March 6, 2018 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

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

“That’s Chuck Grassley. Should I Take the Call?” Klobuchar Keynote Ignites ABLC
March 5, 2018 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an unplanned on-stage telephone conversation between Senators Amy Klobuchar and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa was the highlight of ABLC 2018 as high drama at the White House …

Ethanol Industry Boosted Minnesota’s Economy By $2.1 Billion In 2017
February 26, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry remained robust in 2017, contributing $2.17 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
In a new study by ABF Economics, the ethanol industry in Minnesota produced 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.7 …

Youth Convening Minnesota
February 19, 2018 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation) Youth Convening Minnesota (YCM) is an opportunity for high school youth to learn about climate change and gain the leadership skills needed to convene their local community on climate change and inspire solutions.
YCM …

Minnesota Schedules Workshops as State Prepares to Implement B20
February 7, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As Minnesota prepares to implement its 20 percent biodiesel (B20) requirement in diesel fuel May 1, a series of workshops will be held across the state beginning Feb. 12 in Saint …

ACE Presents on Ethanol Markets at MN Ag Expo
January 30, 2018 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, updated attendees at the MN Ag EXPO in Mankato, Minnesota, on the changing landscape that allows retailers to offer ethanol-blended …

‘Diesel Brothers’ Stars at MN Ag Expo
January 26, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Tim Krohn (Mankato Free Press)  The DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” show, were at the MN Ag Expo on Wednesday talking with fans and previewing a truck the foursome is building for the Minnesota …

Against the Odds
January 24, 2018 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, …

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 …

Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award
January 24, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (BiodieselConference.org)  Minnesota has been a leader in the biodiesel industry for decades and Mike Youngerberg has been working since 1986 to advance soybean industry priorities as a member of the Minnesota Soybean Research …

LETTER: Thanks to the Residents for Fueling up in the Battle against Breast Cancer
January 12, 2018 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Pilhofer and Lance Klatt (Hope Chest/Minnoco/LillieNews.com)  On behalf of Hope Chest for Breast Cancer and Minnoco, we would like to thank our community’s residents for fueling up with E15/Unleaded Plus. Local Minnoco owners in our community including South St. Paul …

Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio Value Engine Is Leavin’ the Station, Are You on It?
January 10, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tie-ins for Zymergen, Radiant Genomics, DMC, Capricorn Venture Partners, Syngenta and CHS demonstrate the firepower and scope of digital biology.
Today, products made via traditional biological tools tap into easy-to-grow-in-a-lab organisms, and …

Moving Billboards Celebrate Ethanol on Grain Trucks Statewide
January 8, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association)  Drivers who recently found themselves behind a grain truck may have noticed new signage touting the benefits of ethanol. Decals were distributed to farmers for placement on grain trucks statewide to promote …

#TeachClimate Network
January 8, 2018 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

The goals of this network are to bring together educators to:

have an opportunity for informal discussions about challenges and successes to implementing climate change education
discuss the use of climate fiction, “cli-fi” as a vehicle for …

Newly Appointed Minnesota Senator Strong Supporter of Ethanol
December 29, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(NAFB News Service/Hoosier Ag Today)  The appointed U.S. Senator, taking the place of Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota, will “fiercely defend ethanol.” Democrat Tina Smith will add another big voice of support for corn ethanol in …

Minnesota Continues as Leader in Alternative Fuel in 2017
December 27, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(American Lung Association)  Minnesota again led the region in the growth and use of cleaner alternatives to traditional petroleum fuels in 2017, according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative …

Notes from Scaleville: The Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria Stories
December 20, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified …

Biofuel Tests in Milwaukee Zoo Locomotives a Success
November 15, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

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

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

Aviation Fuels and Much More: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
November 13, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”.  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a …

More than 200 Stations in Minnesota Now Offer E15
November 7, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   In a landmark development for Minnesota’s ethanol industry, there are now 202 stations in the state that offer E15.
In the past two weeks, several stations in the Twin Cities metro area and in …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
November 6, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Explaining the value for high school students of a visit to a working biorefinery, Morris Area High School teacher Dylan Viss said, “Allowing my students to go on this tour enabled them …

Morris Area High School Toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC)
November 6, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from Morris Area High School toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant today to get a better understanding of homegrown renewable fuel production.
The students, from grades nine to 12, toured …

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing
October 28, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

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

Highwater Ethanol Hosts Wabasso High School
October 16, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Sixteen students from Wabasso High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production.
During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, …

Farm Bill Energy Issues Essential for State, Franken Says
October 12, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Trey Mewes (Mankato Free Press)  As federal officials back off of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, U.S. Sen. Al Franken believes there’s going to be more work to do to ensure farmers and rural communities …

White Bear Lake Drivers Choose E15
October 11, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

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

NRRI Unveils Refined Solid, Renewable Biofuel
October 5, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Beth Bly (Business North)  Executives from several partnership organizations were on hand Wednesday morning at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Lab as the Renewable Energy Lab was unveiled.
More than 10 years in the making, …

Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Scholarship Winners Announced
October 4, 2017 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  First- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2017 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung …

Virgin Australia Is Going to Experiment with Biofuels on Flights out of Brisbane
October 3, 2017 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Simon Thomsen (Business Insider)  Virgin Australia will run a two-year trial mixing biojet fuels with regular avgas on flights out of Brisbane in a move the challenger airline is claiming as a world first.
US-based renewable …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing
October 2, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

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

Red Rock Central High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
September 26, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School traveled across town on Sept 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production. 
The students, from grades 9 to 12, toured Highwater …

CSNews’ 2017 Fuels Leader of the Year Is…
September 22, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Angela Hanson (Convenience Store News)  Through the efforts of the Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association (MSSA) and its executive director Lance Klatt, among others, retailers and consumers alike are growing their adoption …

YES! Fall Summits
September 13, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  This fall, we’re partnering again with a youth program in greater Minnesota, YES!(Youth Energy Summit). We’re providing the climate change connection at their Fall Summits to help inform the projects students will be working …

Minnesota State Fair Highlighting EVs, E85, Biodiesel
August 25, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

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

Japan’s Ag Ministry Director Visits Guardian Energy
August 22, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Deputy Director for Food Security at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kimihiko Eura, toured Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to learn about renewable fuel production in Minnesota.
During the two-hour …

MetGen, Sweetwater Unlocking Lignin – The Roughest, Toughest, Ornieri’st Material that Ever Bushwhack’d a Pioneer in the Valley of Death
August 17, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams”  —  For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”.  Why …

New York’s Energy Leaders Lay out an Early Blueprint for Carbon Pricing
August 14, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Marie J. French (Politico)   The state’s top energy policy makers moved closer to creating a price for carbon in New York in a much-anticipated report released Friday.
Carbon pricing is seen by many in industry …

Column: Keeping Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Communities Strong
August 9, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) (The Globe) … That’s why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance …

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy
August 8, 2017 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-one children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to get a closer look at homegrown renewable energy production.
Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual program that hosts one-day events in …

Inside the Cellulosic Industry
August 4, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the …

Minnesota Rejects Request From Truckers to Delay Plan to Mandate B20 Biofuel Mix
August 3, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Transport Topics)  Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials have rejected a request by the state’s trucking association to delay a plan to increase the mix of biofuel to 20% of all diesel sold in the state …

MN Soybean Unveils Minnesota Tough Biodiesel Truck
August 2, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council unveiled a DieselSellerz original biodiesel truck this week at the Minnesota Farmfest.
The DieselSellerz is the “world’s largest diesel truck classifieds community,” with a crew that has …

Summer Farm Bill Road Trips: Ag Secretary Kicks off RV Tour as House Committee Continues its Listening Tour
August 2, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … The House Agriculture Committee has its road trip, labeled “Conversations in the Field,” which included a field hearing in Texas on Monday and another one at Farmfest in …

Teachers Offered a Day on the Farm
July 20, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has partnered with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start a program to help urban teachers learn more about agriculture so they can teach it to …

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education Wraps Up
July 6, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Climate Generation)  Last week, we wrapped up our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment! Over 50 educators from more than 10 states joined us for …

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
June 28, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

New London-Spicer High School Visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company
June 23, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirteen students from New London-Spicer High School visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about ethanol production.
“We were pleased to welcome New London-Spicer High School to our facility …

Chickens, Get Ripped! ICM Unveils High-End Protein as 5th Core Product for Ethanol Biz
June 20, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, ICM is rolling out a new product category for the US ethanol industry this week, a companion to ethanol, distillers grains, corn oil, and CO2. And, perhaps, a …

U of Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Pilot Promises to Turn Scum into pProfit
June 13, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  For University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) professor and Center for Biorefining director R. Roger Ruan …

U of Minnesota Helps Startup Resynergi Create Energy from Plastic Waste and Biomass
June 13, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(University of Minnesota)  California waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and …

Minnesota Soybean Teams Up With DieselSellerz to Promote Biodiesel
June 9, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

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

Updating and Improving the Social Cost of Carbon
June 9, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Resources for the Future) The social cost of carbon is an economic tool used to quantify the societal benefits of reducing —or conversely the damages of emitting—one ton of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. The …

Biodiesel in Minnesota: 15 Years in the Blink of an Eye
June 5, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by  Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Fifteen years ago, March of 2002, a gallon of unleaded gas averaged around $1.36 a gallon. … Minnesota became the first in the nation to require that all diesel fuel sold …

Renewable Jet Fuel’s Progress: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s ATJ
June 2, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alcohol-to-jet. Several are working on it – Byogy, for example, and Vertimass, Virent and LanzaTech. But Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes extensive …

Worthington High School Visits Heron Lake BioEnergy
June 1, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bi0-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Worthington High School visited Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 30 to learn about ethanol production.

The students, all 12th graders, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force to Meet June 9 on B20 Mandate
May 31, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Minnesota’s Biodiesel Task Force is scheduled to meet June 9 in Saint Paul to discuss whether statutory conditions have been met in order to move the state’s biodiesel mandate from …

Owning The Ethanol Exec Role
May 30, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One year into her role as Guardian Energy CEO, Jeanne McCaherty has tapped into her previous experience at Cargill and the unique make-up of the ethanol industry.  —  It’s …

Self-Imposed Industry Barriers
May 26, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is working to facilitate the rapid adoption of E15 by consumers as the new regular fuel across Minnesota. Given MBA’s work, we often engage …

More Iowa Stations Offering Higher Ethanol Blends
May 12, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  E15 provides motorists better value in addition to higher performance and reduced emissions.  —  In early May, the Kwik Trip convenience store chain announced it is joining other major fuel …

Central High School Tours Heartland Corn Products
May 11, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-six students from Central High School in Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about renewable energy production.
The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various processes …

Gevo Discusses Future Plans for Luverne Plant
May 10, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) … During an investor call, the company described plans to convert its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery to exclusively produce isobutanol and hydrocarbon products.

Gevo produced approximately 100,000 gallons of isobutanol at its …

Kwik Trip to Add E15 to its Pumps
May 2, 2017 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  One of Wisconsin’s largest suppliers of gasoline announced plans to add E15 to most of its locations within the next few years. Kwik Trip said once all of the designated pumps are …

Minneota High School Visits ADM Corn Processing
April 28, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-one students from Minneota High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant here on April 19 to learn more on how Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.
The students, from grades nine to …

Unstash That Trash: Material(s) Progress in Making Fuels, Chemicals from Municipal Solid Waste
April 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product …

Plymouth Drivers Choose E15
April 24, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose E15 during an hour-long promotion at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth.
From 12 …

St Paul Drivers Win With E15
April 14, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today (April 13, 2017) to reward drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded Plus) during an hour-long promotion at Highland Service Minnoco.
During …

St Peter High School Visits Guardian Energy
April 12, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-two high school students toured Guardian Energy’s ethanol plant today to get a closer look at how renewable energy is produced.
The students, from St Peter High School, toured the various processes of ethanol …

E15 Infrastructure Bill Would Add $35.9M to Minnesota GDP
April 7, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An infrastructure bill in the Minnesota House and Senate that calls for expanding access to E15 would contribute $35.9 million to the state’s GDP, according to an analysis by ABF …

Biofuels Infrastructure Bill A Big Boost For Minnesota
March 31, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   The current biofuels infrastructure bill in the Minnesota legislature (House File 1257 and Senate File 1277) is really more than just increasing fuel tanks, pipes and dispensers.
It’s about …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85
March 27, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85 presentation and supplementary report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examine how the spacing of E85 …

Inver Grove Plant Would Be First in U.S. to Turn Garbage into Ethanol
March 27, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Bob Shaw (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  … The $200 million biofuels plant would process Dakota County’s garbage into ethanol, to be blended with gasoline for use in cars and trucks.

The plant would be built by …

Glencoe Silver Lake Students Tour Heartland Corn Products
March 24, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota BioFuels Association)  Eight students from Glencoe Silver Lake High School toured Heartland Corn Products today to understand how clean renewable Minnesota energy is produced.
The students, from grades 10 to 12, toured the various process …

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins
March 22, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

As OPEC Falls, What Is the Liberated Market Signaling to Producers?
March 22, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  There’s a theory going around that biofuels are “government fuels” — and prices are set around a table in Washington, DC. But if you visit the big biodiesel and …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

How Brown Rot Fungi Could Lead to More Efficient Biofuels Production
February 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Lab Manager/U.S. Department of Energy)  Wood’s complex structure makes it highly resistant to biological or chemical decomposition. The structure includes cellulose, long chains of linked sugar molecules, embedded in a scaffolding of a chemical known …

Ethanol Brings $2 Billion Per Year to Minnesota’s Economy
February 28, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry continued to boost Minnesota’s economy in 2016, contributing $1.98 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
A new study released by ABF Economics, which was commissioned by …

CPAC Panel: Ethanol Regs Aren’t Helping Corn Belt Economies
February 27, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Follett (The Daily Caller News Foundation)  Members of the Conservative Political Action Conference panel “Energy Rationing: The Tragic, Unintended Consequences,” argued the federal ethanol mandate isn’t benefiting the regions of the country it’s …

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?
February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, …

Adding Flowability
February 20, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine/VI Ventures LLC)  New DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability.  —  A new mineral additive technology offering energy and yield benefits to DDGS processing has been developed …

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’
February 16, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants
February 3, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in …

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

Successful Biofuels Industry Awaits Trump
January 23, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Forum News Service/The Daily Journal)  Minnesota’s plant-based fuel industries of ethanol and biodiesel are success stories, but their future depends on the new Trump administration.  “We are a little nervous,” Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel of …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of …

Fantastic 5: US States Getting It Done, Making Biobased Happen
December 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … the most innovative public-private policies are likely for some time to proceed out of regions, provinces and states.
In some ways, in the United States the forces arrayed against the Renewable …

U.S. Senator’s View: Strong Biofuel Industry Builds Economy, Lessens US Dependence
December 19, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Duluth News Tribune)  Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Ever Cat’s biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn. The company, started by a feed-supplement supplier …

Minnesota n-butanol Plant Comes Online
December 12, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A United Kingdom company has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility, which is now online after two years of development.
David Anderson of Green Biologics Inc., …

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
December 12, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

Study Finds People Are Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels
December 8, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Scott Weybright (Washington State University)  When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel.
“We were surprised …

Improving Infrastructure Influences RFS
December 7, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) A Midwestern senator says advancements in infrastructure helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to raise Renewable Volume Obligations for 2017 to statutory levels.
Al Franken of Minnesota tells Brownfield the normal pushback …

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project
December 5, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional …

The Biobased Economy after Trump: The States May Lead the Way
November 28, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Trump and Congressional Republicans are expected to focus on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure development, and repealing Obamacare. Some of those initiatives may touch the biobased economy but only …

Sleepy Eye High School Toured Highwater Ethanol
November 9, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-three students from Sleepy Eye High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to get a closer look at clean renewable energy production.
During the tour, the students learned about the various processes of ethanol …

Developing New Markets Will Help MN Corn Farmers Become the Most Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible in the U.S.
November 7, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Demmer  (Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council/Filmore County Journal)  … Yes, corn is used for more than just feeding livestock. It touches our lives in many ways, whether we’re brushing our teeth (corn is …

Pheasants Choose Farms over Grasslands, Surprising MN Researchers
November 7, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Dave Orrick (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)  Female pheasants have surprised researchers by running into corn and soybean fields — but not just for the crops.
Female pheasants, Minnesota researchers have found, often abandon natural grasslands …