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Biofuels to Boost Farm Income, Energy Security, Help Create Jobs: PM Modi
August 10, 2018 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Utpal Bhaskar  (Live Mint)  Centre plans to invest Rs 10,000 crore and build 12 biofuel refineries  —  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said biofuels will help boost farm income, aid India’s energy security and create jobs, …

Corn-ering the Market
August 6, 2018 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  Passersby can’t help but notice the 12-foot tall corn growing in front of The NCERC  (National Corn To Ethanol Research Center) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s University Park.
SIUE students are working the “Feedstock Diversity …

Sweet Sorghum Complementing Ethanol Production in Sugar Mills
August 3, 2018 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

(ICRISAT)  To help the government achieve the national ethanol blending targets of 20% by 2017, private sugar mills and the public sector research institutes are collaborating with ICRISAT to identify and test sweet sorghum varieties suitable …

UF/IFAS Researchers Hope Better Technology Produces Less Costly Ethanol
June 6, 2018 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida) University of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply fuel ethanol can be made from inedible plant material – called biomass – using currently available technology.
Their goal is to make this form of ethanol less …

Global Sorghum Seed Market Is Driven by Growing Demand Biofuel across the Globe
May 18, 2018 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Futures Trading Charts)  The global sorghum seed market revenue is expected to expand at a lucrative CAGR over the forecast period. Sorghum is a cereal grain used as human feed and livestock feed and the rest …

Cabinet Approves National Biofuel Policy
May 16, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  The Cabinet today approved the National Policy on Biofuels which allows doping of ethanol produced from damaged foodgrains, rotten potatoes, corn and sugar beet with petrol to cut oil imports by Rs 4,000 …

China’s Beidahuang to Build 350,000 T Ethanol Plant in Inner Mongolia
April 20, 2018 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Dominique Patton (Reuters)  Grain trader and processor China Beidahuang Industry Group has signed an agreement with the mayor of Inner Mongolia’s Baotou city to build an ethanol facility with annual capacity of 350,000 tonnes, it …

Husker Researchers Explore Economic Potential for Sweet Sorghum Ethanol in Western Nebraska
January 26, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Richard Perrin (University of Nebraska IANR News)  A team at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is exploring sweet sorghum ethanol as a future income source for dryland agriculture in western Nebraska.
Sweet sorghum is a cultivar of …

Sweet Sorghum as an Ethanol Feedstock in Western Nebraska – Could It Happen?
January 20, 2018 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Richard Perrin, Lilyan Fulginiti, Subir Bairagi, Ismail Dweikat (KRVN)  It has been proposed that non-irrigated sweet sorghum might be grown in western Nebraska as a seasonal substitute for corn grain in corn ethanol plants. In …

UF/IFAS-Developed Sorghum Cultivars Can Produce Thousands of Gallons of Ethanol
December 14, 2017 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Newswise)  … Although sorghum is a source for table syrup, scientists see a future in which we convert sorghum to biofuel, rather than relying on fossil fuel. That …

Aviation Biofuel Market Foraying Into Emerging Economies 2017-2027
November 13, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(SB Wire)  Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Aviation Biofuel Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 – 2016 and Opportunity Assessment; 2017 – 2027″ report to their offering.
 ‘Green Development’ is the first priority for …

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

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

No Boredom for Sorghum – Sorghum Reaches Stardom Status with Huge $16 Million Grant
October 9, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research on a single feedstock, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is receiving a 5-year $16 million …

Cloncurry Shire Council and MITEZ Develop Bio-Fuels Trial
September 22, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Chris Burns (North West Star)  … Seven types of plants will be grown in a four acre plot near Cloncurry’s sewerage treatment works which have been selected for their use in biodiesel. 
The Mount Isa to Townsville …

The Status of Biofuels in China
August 30, 2017 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk (IEA Bioenergy Task 39/University of British Columbia)  … Recent heavy pollution in urban areas of China have led to the adoption of stricter fuel specifications to lower sulfur emissions from gasoline and …

Scalable, Reliable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
July 21, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Potential Biofuel Feedstocks and Production in Zambia
April 19, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Paul C. Samboko, Mitelo Subakanya, Cliff Dlamini  (United Nations University-WIDER)  The need for energy security and climate change mitigation have increased blending mandates worldwide; in Southern Africa, demand for biofuels could increase following South Africa’s planned …

The Potential of Biofuels in China
March 29, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) This IEA Bioenergy Task 39 report looks at the potential of biofuels in China. Although climate change and energy security are of concern to China, it is not clear which of these drivers has …

Dual-Purpose Biofuel Crops Could Extend Production, Increase Profits
January 13, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, …

Queensland Biofuels Company Set to Deliver Employment, Economic Development and Affordable Ethanol for Australia
January 13, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(My Sunshine Coast/Queensland Renewable Fuels Association)   Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd (“RDA”) is fast approaching the delivery of the first of its planned five large scale bio-ethanol farms and production facilities to supply ethanol for the Australian …

NexSteppe Malibu Sweet Sorghum and Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum Approved for Commercial Sale in South Africa
December 15, 2016 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today that the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved four NexSteppe sorghum hybrids …

Florida Farm to Fly: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Aviation Biofuels Supply-Chain Economics
November 6, 2016 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the biennial CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) meeting in Washington DC, Florida’s Treasure Coast development chief Ben DeVries presented the compelling economics for growers to replace acreage lost to …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

Advanced Breeding: The Digest’s Updated 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
August 1, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe …

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach
July 22, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.”
Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers …

US Signs Bio-Energy Research Pact with QUT
July 6, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Queensland University of Technology)  A research partnership between QUT and a US National Laboratory aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new ways of creating bio-energy from plant material.
The biotechnology research partnership will bring …

The Top 10 Australian Bioeconomy Stories of 2016
July 5, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) #10: Refocusing away from algae …; #9: Export potential on the rise …; #8: New cellulosic ethanol project in planning …; #7: First Australian biorefinery for renewable diesel, jet fuel …;  #6: New …

The Problem and Promise of Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times) … So how can we produce ethanol sustainably — that is, a scheme under which farmers can make money without releasing nitrate to the river and help power America while …

Sugarcane Ethanol Carbon Intensity Recertified by California’s ARB
May 17, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(California Ethanol & Power)  Today California Ethanol & Power, LLC (CE&P) announced the updated carbon intensity (CI) for its anticipated sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol. On May 9, 2016, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) under …

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

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

Reliable, Affordable, Scalable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
May 4, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

What Price Feedstock?
May 4, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In all, respondents foresaw an $11.352 billion feedstock bioeconomy, at $57 per ton for advanced feedstocks — based on reaching that 200 million ton scale.
Let’s look at the responses, …

Biofuel Manufacturer to Invest US$95 Million in Jamaican Plant by 2017
March 8, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(South Florida Caribbean News)  As renewable energy demands increase globally, biofuel developer Benchmark Renewable Energy LLC has officially announced plans to develop a large scale bio-ethanol operation in Jamaica.
The company has confirmed that the project …

Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks?
March 7, 2016 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … If jatropha faltered, never mind, went the argument, we’ll always have switchgrass. Or giant miscanthus, or pongamia, or poplar, or camelina. The list could get really long. For example, try …

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects
February 16, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency/  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team …

California Sugarcane Ethanol Pathway Certified by CARB
January 11, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(California Ethanol & Power LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE+P) recently announced the certification of the carbon intensity (CI) pathway for its anticipated sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol by the California’s Air …

Answers for Your Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Biomass and More
November 27, 2015 – 11:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Tough questions asked at industry conferences, and elsewhere on the industry circuit.
Q. We’ve heard a lot about carbon capture, but what about carbon capture and conversion (to a more soluble, …

Hamrick Engineering Granted Patent for Extracting Sugars and Nanocellulose from Biomass
November 17, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(Hamrick Engineering/Your Oil and Gas News)  Hamrick Engineering is pleased to announce the granting of a broad patent for extracting sugars and nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
“This ground-breaking …

Sustainable, Affordable, Reliable, Available: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to NexSteppe and advanced sorghum
September 24, 2015 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Biofuel Production Is Complex
September 23, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Len Calderone (Robotics Tomorrow/  Introduction of biofuels is proceeding so quickly, that the environmental risks of biofuel production are being disregarded. Without careful and thorough assessment and regulation, the promise of biofuels may well …

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future
September 21, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way, paving the way for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. — … There are, however, a handful …

China: Biofuels Annual
September 10, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  China is a major producer of biofuels and production continues to increase. However, it is unclear how the government will meet its ambitious targets for continued expansion given its decision to limit …

Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels
July 28, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Carter  (Daily Yonder)  After learning to make biofuel to use on his own farm, John Williamson has expanded his business to help others create their own energy. For Williamson, there’s a diversified income …

California Ethanol Granted $750K Loan from County
July 2, 2015 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Michael Dukes (Imperial Valley Press)  The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved California Ethanol + Power LLC’s proposal to build an ethanol plant in Imperial County back in 2013, but at the time, significant …

Ceres Refocuses on Food, Forage Options as Brazilian Bioenergy Results Disappoint
June 29, 2015 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The news may come as a surprise to the broader community, since in March 2015 the company signed a multi-year collaboration agreement Raizen, a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell and …

Ceres and Raízen Sign Multi-Year Collaboration to Scale-Up Sweet Sorghum for Ethanol
April 7, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERE), an agricultural biotechnology company, and Brazilian energy company Raízen S.A., today announced that they have signed a multi-year collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet …

Netherlands-Based Firm to Open Ethanol Plant
April 6, 2015 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Sun Star)  A Netherlands-based firm is set to pour in P13.5 billion investments in the eastern coast of Zamboanga City.  Second district Representative Lilia Nuño said the Van Kessel Inc. is putting up an Ethanol …

2015 Sun Grant Conference: Academia Jumps One Step Forward and Shows What Will Be the Future of Lignocellulosic Biomass Production and Utilization in the Southeastern USA
February 25, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

Author, Dan Quadros, in Auburn, Alabama.

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  After two days (February 2-3, 2015) in “Sweet Home Alabama” at Auburn University, we got overwhelmed with the most recent discoveries of …

Tough Characters: Looking for Biofuel Plants that Can Survive Drought and Other Harsh Conditions
February 16, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Chris Woolston (Bioenergy Connection)  With its crown of pink blossoms, the humble seashore mallow may look unassuming, even delicate. But when it comes to brutal environments, this seaside shrub is no pushover.  Seashore Mallow …

China Sees Biofuel Potential
February 11, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Daily Express)  Kota Kinabalu: A biofuel expert based in China has identified Sabah as a suitable location for planting sweet sorghum that can produce biofuel.  Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang recently met …

Report Highlights China’s Growth in Biodiesel, Ethanol Production
February 6, 2015 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network shows that China’s biodiesel production grew last year, reaching an estimated 1.13 billion liters (298.5 million gallons), …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.
They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

Milo in the Limelight
December 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Gergin (Lincoln Journal Star)   … The ancient grain, also known as milo, is enjoying some time in the limelight thanks to strong demand from China and low corn prices.

Milo takes less water to …

Gevo Signs Letter of Intent With Highlands EnviroFuels to License Isobutanol Technology for Florida Plant
November 25, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Plant to Convert Sugar Cane and Sweet Sorghum to 20-25 Million Gallons Per Year of Isobutanol
Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today that Highlands EnviroFuels, LLC (“Highlands”) has signed …

4 Minutes with…Tim Lust, CEO, National Sorghum Producers
November 19, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … NSP is focused on several items at the moment: successful advanced biofuel RFS2 pathways for grain sorghum oil to biodiesel and sweet sorghum to ethanol, a cellulosic RFS2 pathway …

LSU AgCenter Releases Sweet Sorghum Production Guide
October 29, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Louisiana State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Sweet sorghum is not currently grown as a commercial crop in Louisiana, but in the future, producers may consider growing it for use as a biofuel feedstock.  To help guide …

Sweet Sorghum Production Guide Released
October 3, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Nikki Henderson (ArkLaTex Homepage)  Sweet sorghum is not currently grown as a commercial crop in Louisiana, but in the future, producers may consider growing it for use as a biofuel feedstock.
To help guide commercial production …

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry
August 26, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Doria Gordon (The Nature Conservancy/Biofuels Digest)   Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the …

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn
August 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers
As scientists around the …

Brazil’s GOL to Start International Flights using Newly-Certified Amyris/Total Renewable Jet Fuel
August 11, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Less than a month after approval for commercial use by fuel certification body ASTM International, Brazilian carrier GOL has announced it is to begin flying with blended farnesane renewable jet fuel developed by the …

Bioenergy Education Program Comes to SFSC This Fall
July 18, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(South Florida State College)  Beginning this fall, South Florida State College (SFSC) will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy.
With a rising interest in green …

The Greensome Foursome: POET, Novozymes, Abengoa, NexSteppe on the Industry Outlook for 2014
July 2, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As several major cellulosic biofuels ventures head for scale in 2014, we look at the companies, the major barriers (as they see them) for further capacity-building, sources for future investment, …

After False Start, Biofuels Industry May Yet Impact Highlands County
June 17, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Marc Valero (Highlands Today) SEBRING — Three years ago, Highlands County was on the cusp of a bio boom time with hundreds of jobs looming in construction, agriculture and technology with buzz words such as …

Ceres Expands Mexican Operations
May 6, 2014 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Los Angeles Business Journal)  Energy crop developer Ceres Inc. said Monday it was expanding its plant breeding development in Mexico.
The Thousand Oaks company has a facility in Jalisco where it conducts research on sweet sorghum, …

Biofuels Discussions at Annual China International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit
May 6, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Concerns about air pollution in China were voiced by a number of speakers at the 2nd International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit. The Summit that drew 500+ delegates took …

Chinese Trial Alcohol Crop in the Kimberley
May 5, 2014 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Tyne McConnon  (ABC Rural)  In WA’s Ord Valley sweet sorghum is being trialled by the Chinese company developing Ord stage 2, Kimberley Agricultural Investment.
The trial, covering less than a hectare, is being run by the …

Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation
March 5, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (BBI International/Biomass Magazine) Genera Energy is applying a systems approach to developing customized energy crop supply chains.

Genera Energy aims to help clients answer those questions using a systems approach to developing customized supply …

Why Have Expectations for Sweet Sorghum Soured?
November 26, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Ceres points towards minimal plantings of its sweet sorghum hybrids in its key market of Brazil for next year, investors ask two questions.   Will sweet sorghum realize its vast …

Ceres Announces Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results
November 21, 2013 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  – Plantings have commenced for the 2013-14 growing season in Brazil.
– Number of mills evaluating Ceres’ sorghum hybrids has increased over previous season.
– Lower expenses forecast for fiscal year 2014.
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) …

Biofuel Seed Developer Ceres Looks to Cash in on 16 Years of R&D
November 5, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by  Ronald D. White (Los Angeles Times)  The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled.

Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified …

Ceres and Syngenta Extend Market Development in Brazil
October 29, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Sacramento Bee/Ceres)  Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) and Syngenta announced today that they have extended a joint market development agreement in Brazil. The companies will move forward with their efforts to promote the …

Lawmakers Look at Using Kentucky’s Sweet Sorghum Crop for Biofuel, Not Just for Biscuits
October 25, 2013 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(KYForward)  Most sweet sorghum in Kentucky becomes syrup and goes on biscuits, but a new group of state lawmakers, experts and farmers has other plans. Instead of on biscuits, they want to put sorghum into …

Highlights from 2013 ABLC-Next; Hot Slides, Hot Perspectives, Parts I, II, III, IV and V
October 15, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As ABLC-Next concludes, here is the first installment in a review of the hottest slides, stories, intrigue and perspective from the Big Conversation amongst the bioeconomy’s elite.
… (see these slides and …

‘Sorghum Ethanol’ Is a Topic in Nebraska
September 18, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Sorghum Field Days are being held at six locations in Nebraska this week.  One of the stops will be the John Dvoracek farm near Farwell, where there are more …

CA Ethanol and Power Project Approved by Board of Supervisors
September 12, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Krista Daly  (Imperial Valley Press)  The California Ethanol and Power Project is moving forward with its plan to generate clean fuel from sugar cane and sweet sorghum.
Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved seven resolutions …

Aemetis Announces EPA Approval as the First Converted Corn Ethanol Plant to Produce D5 Advanced Biofuels Using Sorghum/Biogas/CHP
September 4, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Fort Mill Times)  Aemetis California Plant Approved for Same Low-Carbon Biofuels Category as Brazilian Ethanol
Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has …

Pioneers Get the Arrows, Settlers Get the Gold
August 13, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In the years ahead, as cellulose, algae, sweet sorghum and other promising feedstocks emerge, corn will take its rightful place as the pioneer of this industry. As the saying …

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?
August 8, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners?
… Just when you start feeling great …

Growing First and Second Generation Renewable Fuels
July 29, 2013 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Anna Rath and Adam Monroe (The Hill Congress Blog)  While there is a lot of back-and-forth in Washington about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), there is just one fundamental choice at the heart of …

Study Shows Benefits from Integration of Sweet Sorghum Juice in Corn Mash for Ethanol Production
May 14, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(United Sorghum Checkoff Program)  The Sorghum Checkoff in collaboration with the NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (formerly the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center) is pleased to announce a successful bench-scale evaluation of sweet sorghum juice …

Biofuels and the Problem of Tropical Islands, Part II of II
April 30, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …It used to be that the outskirts of Honolulu had the dual scent of diesel and pineapple processing — but now, all you really smell is the diesel. Sugarcane and …

Ceres Releases Q2 Financials, Reports Progress with Sweet Sorghum
April 23, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …According to information released by Ceres, commercial harvests of its newest sweet sorghum hybrids have started in Brazil, with the majority of hectares expected to be harvested within the …

Groundwork Begins on Florida Sweet Sorghum-to-Ethanol Plant
April 23, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Site preparation has begun and plans are being finalized for a formal groundbreaking ceremony to be held in the next few weeks at the country’s first sweet sorghum-to-ethanol …

NexSteppe Launches Purpose-Designed Crops for Biofuels, Biopower and Biobased Products
April 18, 2013 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/NexSteppe)  Malibu and Palo Alto Sorghum Hybrids Provide Scalable, Reliable, and Sustainable Feedstock Options for the Biobased Industries
NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for the biobased industries, today announced the …

The Bayou State Will Benefit from a Beefed-up Biofuels Sector
March 25, 2013 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

Dr. Mike Strain (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry/25 x ’25) … However, many do not realize that Louisiana’s strong agriculture and forestry industries have also primed us to be a national leader in new …

Australian Biofuels Project Another Step Closer
March 7, 2013 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Australian research company Agritechnology has found a location as it further develops a biofuels demonstration plant.
A site for the plant has been chosen in Orange, New South Wales and it will aim to …

Hot Sauce! 5 Lessons Louisiana Can Teach Us about Advanced Bayoufuels
March 7, 2013 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Louisiana — hot as cayenne pepper in biofuels capacity development, but some cautionary tales there in the sauce.
When it comes to the first generation of ethanol and biodiesel-based biofuels, Louisiana …

Advanced Biofuels Explore Alternatives to Consumption Crops
February 11, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Dang (   Exploring a future in advanced biofuels can be one way the US ethanol industry address the “food vs. fuel” debate, a consultant said on Thursday.
“Even though it is a misconception that first-generation …

LSU AgCenter to Open Pilot Biofuels Plant Jan. 25
January 11, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The Town Talk)  The LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute plans a Jan. 25 opening for a pilot plant designed to produce biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts.
The centerpiece of the AgCenter’s sustainable bioproducts …

Oklahoma State University Using Sweet Sorghum to Develop Biofuels
January 2, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Sean Hubbard  (  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and the South Central Sun Grant Program have taken note and funded the majority of the research of Danielle …

Delta BioRenewables Company Hits Milestone
January 1, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Jackson Sun)   A Tennessee producer of sustainable feedstock has hit an important milestone by delivering its product to a plant in western Kentucky.
Officials say Delta BioRenewables, which is located in Memphis, Tenn., delivered …

Sorghum Acres to Grow Due to Drought Tolerance, New Varieties
December 31, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sorghum is poised to come into its own as an alternative to corn. It proved its mettle in the 2012 drought, producing decent dryland yields with very little …

Why Affordable Renewable Sugars are a Monster Prize
December 18, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we could use a good five-cent renewable sugar, suitable for microorganisms that, from sucrose, make affordable renewable fuels and chemicals. The technologies of companies like Virent, Solazyme, LS9 and …

UnNintendoed Consequences: Biofuels and the Feedstock Challenge
December 12, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been years of struggle to get cellulosic feedstock supply chains downfield.  Now, companies like Woodland Biofuels, Sweetwater Energy, Ceres, Delta BioRenewables and Commonwealth Agro-Energy are moving the chains.
…This week …

EPA Grants Biofuel Pathway for Grain Sorghum
December 5, 2012 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(FarmFutures) Qualifies some ethanol plants to produce domestic advanced biofuel
The Environmental Protection Agency Monday announced it has approved grain sorghum as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard.
“This is a significant step forward for the …

California-Grown Sorghum Used in Ethanol Production
December 5, 2012 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

(Chromatin/BusinessWire)  Chromatin’s Sorghum Seed Recognized for Water Use Efficiency and Versatility
Chromatin, Inc., a privately held provider of innovative crop breeding technology, sorghum seed products and feedstocks, announced it has generated the first crop of sorghum …

Sweet Sorghum: the Engine for Brazil’s Biofuels Expansion?
November 27, 2012 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ceres and Syngenta sign a major deal to stimulate sweet sorghum adoption. Brazilian producers seek paths for expanding ethanol production.  What are sorghum’s chances of being the darling of the …

Open up the RFS, Says Ethanol Across America White Paper
November 5, 2012 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  KATZEN International chief says generation 1.5 ethanol is the key path to reaching RFS2 targets – with new feedstocks, advanced fermentation plants.
Phil Madson, President of KATZEN International, has authored a …

The Sherpas: 7 Biofuels Feedstock Developers Clearing Paths to the Summit
October 15, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every great biofuels technology has its own companion feedstock strategy – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who’s got what it takes to be a great Sherpa, providing that feedstock …

BP Site Finally Sees Activity
October 12, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Gary Pinnell  ( Today)  After four years of talk, British Petroleum still hasn’t built that ethanol production facility on State Road 70, at the southeastern edge of Highlands County.
However, activity is increasing:
–Plans were filed …

Establishing Energy Grasses in Sprayfields
October 2, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  As part of its project to establish energy grasses in the southeastern part of the state on hog lagoon sprayfields and verify the economic opportunities for biofuels, the Biofuels Center …

Finding the Right Biofuels for the Southeast: A Range of Alternatives
September 19, 2012 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …Of the five regions, the Southeast has the greatest natural capacity in the continental United States, with sufficient sunshine, soils, water, and other natural resources to produce more …

South Valley Ethanol Puts Call out for Sorghum
September 7, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by John Lindt (The Business Journal)  The Valley’s only ethanol production plant is encouraging local farmers to plant grain sorghum next spring, promising to buy the grain to make ethanol instead of using Midwestern corn.
“We …

Sugarcane As Industrial Commodity Pressed
September 5, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Aguiba  (Manila Bulletin)  The government should now position sugarcane as an industrial commodity, particularly for bioethanol, and sugar as a mere by-product which is the way to survive in a stiffly competitive …

SEMO Opens New Biofuels Research Field in Sikeston
July 23, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jill Bock  (Standard Democrat/Southeast Missourian)  …Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture hosted a grand opening ceremony for its Biomass/Biofuels Research and Demonstration Field at Southeast’s Sikeston campus Thursday morning. A $200,000 two-year grant …

Sorghum Fuel Processor Plans Demonstration Plant at Agricenter
July 17, 2012 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(The Commercial Appeal)  BioDimensions Delta BioRenewables (BDBR) will install a sweet sorghum processing facility at AgriCenter International after an investment from Epec Biofuels Holdings.
…“We consider industrial sugar to be ‘Nature’s Crude Oil’ and are making …

Company Promotes Sorghum for Ethanol Production
July 4, 2012 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Dan Modlin  (WKYUFM)  A firm based in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky is hoping more farmers raise sorghum to use in ethanol fuels production in the future. Southeast Biofuels has completed the first phase of a …

Ohio State Partner in $5.7M Grant to Develop New Biofuel
July 4, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Mauricio Espinoza (Ohio State University/North Texas d-News) Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will play a key role in the engineering of a novel plant-based fuel, funded by a $5.7 million grant …

Sorghum Should Be in the Biofuel Crop Mix, Experts Say
June 25, 2012 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Science Daily/Purdue University)   Sweet and biomass sorghum would meet the need for next-generation biofuels to be environmentally sustainable, easily adopted by producers and take advantage of existing agricultural infrastructure, a group of researchers led by …

University of Hawaii to Receive $6M for Biofuel Development
June 4, 2012 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Pacific Business News)  The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will receive a $6 million federal grant to continue its work to convert grass and other biomass into biofuel.
The college will …

Sorghum Goes Epic, or Is That EPEC? A Primer on Biofuels’ Underdog Feedstock
May 30, 2012 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up? What’s next? New pathways, plus country-by-country yield data.
Sorghum. It’s a feedstock right out the pages of the old South –  sorghum syrup served with corn bread and Lowcountry …

Ceres Sweet Sorghum Hybrids Processed by Amyris
May 4, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  • Pilot project validates U.S.-produced sweet sorghum as a potential feedstock for advanced biofuels and bio-products.
• Conversion efficiency of sweet sorghum sugars were similar to sugarcane.
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced …

China Seeks to Develop Biofuels Industry Despite Production Difficulties
April 25, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by  Liu Yuanyuan (   China seeks to promote the development of its biofuels industry through a series of supportive measures despite mass production difficulties. A spokesperson for the National Energy Bureau said that the Chinese …

UF-Led Research Team Selected for $125 Million Joint U.S.-India Energy Project
April 23, 2012 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida)  A University of Florida-led research team has been selected to participate in a five-year, $125 million energy project involving the United States and India, U.S. Department of Energy officials have announced.
Known as the …

Jamaica: Russians Interested in Setting up Ethanol Plant
March 7, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by S. Coward (Caribbean Press Releases)  Jamaica could soon benefit from significant new investment in a number of sectors, coming out of the just concluded Jamaica Investment Forum.
A number of the investors, who attended the …

Ceres Raises $65M in IPO: State of the Biofuels IPO Market
February 23, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Ceres raised $65 million yesterday in its initial public offering of 5,000,000 shares of common stock, which priced at $13.00 per share after a day-to-day roller coaster in recent weeks, …

The Rocky Road to Biofuels Heaven: Codexis Chief Out, Ceres IPO Delayed
February 20, 2012 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The changes at Codexis and delayed IPO at Ceres are indications that life in the public markets remains a rough one for early-stage industrial biotech companies. The changes at Codexis …

Senate Ag Committee Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Energy Programs
February 16, 2012 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a handful of bioenergy stakeholders were given the opportunity to present the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry with their opinions on the …

South Africa Company to Invest E3bn in Local Ethanol Project
January 26, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Nomthandazo Nkambule  (The Swazi Observer)  A South African based company will invest about E3 billion in an ethanol project to be established along the Siphofaneni/Lavumisa corridor
Minister of Agriculture Clement Dlamini said the company, FuelEthanol and Agricultural Plantation, completed …

Robo-Copter Will Keep Tabs on Navy’s Biofuel Plants
January 24, 2012 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Spencer Ackerman and Noah Shachtman (Wired)  The Navy is hoping to one day run a huge chunk of its fleet on biofuels. So the Navy’s advanced researchers — and their partners at the U.S. Department …

Florida Agriculture Seeking to Enter Ethanol Business
January 9, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Aaron Deslatte (Orlando Sentinel)  …Since 2006, Republican lawmakers and governors have created and disbanded an energy commission; funded and de-funded solar initiatives; and created tax incentives for renewable energy producers that expired before the …

Sorghum Biofuel Plant Mulled
December 15, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by James Konstantin Galvez (The Manila Times)  The Department of Agriculture (DA) is in talks with San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. (SCBI) for the construction of a bioethanol processing plant in Negros Occidental to push the …

S. African Biofuel Plan May Boost Sorghum Sixfold, Grain Says
December 14, 2011 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Carli Lourens (Bloomberg) South Africa’s proposed mandatory blending of biofuels with gasoline and diesel may signal the start of a biofuels industry and boost sorghum output sixfold, an economist at the farmers’ body Grain SA …

Halting Harmful Invaders: Research Identifies Acceptable Biofuel Feedstocks
December 8, 2011 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Good biofuel feedstocks are highly productive, have low input requirements and are widely adaptable. Unfortunately, those same traits are also common with invasive species.
Language addressing invasive species is included …

Brazil Looks to Sweet Sorghum
December 8, 2011 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Monsanto providing seed for off-season ethanol feedstock
Every year, Brazilian sugarcane mills clear and replant about 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) of cane. This year, some mills are planting …

Crop of the Week: Sugar Cane
November 28, 2011 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Kurt Nolte(Yuma Sun/Yuma County Cooperative Extension)  • Sugar cane is an exploratory crop in Yuma County and, like sweet sorghum, is being researched for the production of biofuels in Arizona.
• Sugar cane is considered …

What’s Not to Like about Developing and Using Biofuels? Nothing
November 16, 2011 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Highlands Today) Editorial:  …We believe ethanol is a big part of the immediate solution to U.S. fuel shortages. Our country must become energy independent. Nothing can bring us to our knees quicker than having someone …

US Gives $3M to Energy Company to Use Less Corn
November 7, 2011 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Welch (Amarillo Globe-News)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving White Energy, with ethanol plants in Hereford and Plainview, a $3-million grant to promote using materials other than corn to make biofuels.
Those materials …

University of Arizona Researchers Fine-Tune Crops for Biofuels
November 7, 2011 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

By Paul M. Ingram (Wick Communications Science/Green Valley News and Sun)   …Under ideal conditions, half the weight of the plants will be converted into liquid, turning 2 tons of vegetation into 1,000 gallons of …

BP, Unlilever among Investors Pouring $49M into ZeaChem, Chromatin, Agradis
October 26, 2011 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …There’s a rumor going around the biofuels and biomaterials business that today represents one of the most difficult periods to raise capital. Apparently, the rumors did not reach ZeaChem, Chromatin …

Monsanto Sorghum Seeds to Yield Brazil Ethanol During Cane Break
October 17, 2011 – 8:36 am | No Comment

by Stephan Nielsen  (Bloomberg)  Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, will sell enough sweet sorghum for 20,000 hectares (49,400 acres) of plantations in Brazil this year as sugar cane mills struggle to meet demand …

Uganda: Planned Sweet Sorghum Project to Create 250 Jobs
October 14, 2011 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Picco (Esse Community)  Up to 250 jobs are expected to be created in Kayunga District, Uganda, after the launch of the Sweet Sorghum Energy Plant. The plant will use sweet sorghum stems as the …

Pinal Energy Explores Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Production
October 5, 2011 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Pinal Energy LLC has constructed a pilot plant next to its 50 MMgy corn/milo ethanol plant in Maricopa, Ariz., to test sweet sorghum production processes. The project is a …

PHL May Produce Sweet Sorghum Bioethanol by 2013
September 27, 2011 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(GMA News)  By 2013, the country may start producing the first sweet sorghum-based bioethanol, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) said Monday.
According to the bureau, the Philippine National Oil Co.-Alternative Fuels Corp. (PNOC-AFC) is now …

How To Choose What To Plant For Biofuel
September 16, 2011 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

By: Sarah Zielinski  (Smithsonian Magazine)   If one of the goals of growing plants for biofuel is to be kinder to the environment than you are by extracting oil from the earth, you wouldn’t want to plant anything …

China’s Vision for Renewable Energy: The Status of Bioenergy and Bioproduct Research and Commercialization
August 30, 2011 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

Elizabeth R. Nesbitt, Paul Thiers, Johnway Gao, Sharon Shoemaker, Manuel Garcia-Perez, Julie Carrier, Joy Doran-Peterson, John Morgan, Guangyi Wang, Pierre Christian Wensel, Shulin Chen  (Journal of International Commerce and Economics)  The Chinese government is vigorously promoting commercialization of renewable energy and bioproducts, given environmental issues plus food, …

A Sweet Opportunity for Biofuels
August 25, 2011 – 7:51 am | No Comment

by Florentino Lopez (United Sorghum Checkoff Program/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Just like our dedication in promoting grain sorghum for biofuels production, the Sorghum Checkoff is now looking to the future to find the most profitable possibilities …

Sweet Sorghum Boosts the Efficiency of Ethanol
August 23, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Benjamin Burroughs  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol has some distinct advantages as a fuel, and sweet sorghum promises even better input/output ratios
…In addition to having a higher ratio, the cost of production for sweet sorghum is …

Louisiana Biofuels Plan Would Decentralize Production
August 23, 2011 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Michael K. Bullard (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  How the 2008 Recession Halted the Progress of Louisiana’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative
…The Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative (Act 382) represents a complete strategy to not only …

Catching the Sugar Wave
August 23, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Not content to let Brazil hog all the glory, three development-stage companies eye sugar-based ethanol feedstocks
…If successful, California Ethanol & Power LLC will be the first ethanol production company …

Nigerian, Chinese Firms to Float N27.4b Biofuel Projects across West Africa
August 1, 2011 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Sulaimon Salau (The Guardian Nigeria)   Renewable energy projects in West African sub-region are set for a new shift, as a Nigerian energy firm, Global Biofuels (in alliance with some Chinese and African firms) …

Missouri University Professor Helps to Plant Seeds for an Advanced Biofuel Economy
August 1, 2011 – 8:22 am | No Comment

by Megan Cassidy  (Columbia Missourian)  Shibu Jose and his team believe that today’s soggy river bottoms could be untapped grounds for the largest advanced biofuel economy in the nation.
Jose, director for MU’s Center for Agroforestry, is …

Sweet Sorghum Boosts the Efficiency of Ethanol
July 25, 2011 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Benjamin Burroughs  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol has some distinct advantages as a fuel, and sweet sorghum promises even better input/output ratios
Traditionally agriculture has been in food/feed stock production for humans and livestock, but as …

$70M Approved for Ethanol Plant
July 14, 2011 – 6:31 am | No Comment

by Bob Moser  (The Advertiser)  Lacassine Syrup Mill will be joined by nation’s first sugar-to-ethanol facility
Bonds worth $70 million to help build the nation’s first sugar-to-ethanol plant in Lacassine passed a first step of approval …

New Sorghum Ideotypes to Meet the Increasing Demand of Biofuels
July 6, 2011 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  Geopolitical tensions in some oil producing regions and the uncertainties surrounding the future availability of fossil fuels, as well as the urgent necessity to mitigate negative impacts on climate through …

Southeast US Offers Huge Energy Crop Potential
June 30, 2011 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Southeast is ripe for energy crop development, according to several panelists who spoke during a session devoted to next-generation feedstock strategies June 28 at the International Fuel …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

Ceres Files $100M IPO – The Complete Digest Analysis
May 25, 2011 – 6:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In California, energy crop breeder Ceres has filed for a $100 million IPO on Nasdaq, with Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital as underwriters.
…From the S-1: “We are an agricultural biotechnology company …

Ethanol Potential in Giant Sweet Potatoes
May 11, 2011 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  At the International Biomass Conference and Expo last week, Dr. Janice Ryan-Bohac attracted a lot of attention carrying around a sweet potato the size of a newborn baby.
Ryan-Bohac is president of CAREnergy, …