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Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say

by Brad Plumer (New York Times)  A new study published on Wednesday, however, found that better management of forests, grasslands and soils in the United States could offset as much as 21

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Diverse Biofeedstocks Have High Ethanol Yields and Offer Biorefineries Flexibility

(U.S. Department of Energy/Phys.Org)  … Researchers processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass,

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Seed Yield, Oil Content: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Designing a More Productive Corn Able to Cope with Future Climates

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Boosting Crop Yields

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in an innovation that can help boost the yields of important

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to More Biomass for Bioenergy without Imposing iLUC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC. That’s the topic of this illuminating overview

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New Algae/Fungi Biofuels System, Breakthru on Sugar Yields, Biodegradable Clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG Benefit, Indigo Ag’s $250M, Robotic Precision Harvest: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 3rd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. In today’s Digest, a new algae/fungi biofuels system, breakthru on sugar yields, biodegradable clothes,

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

NUI Galway Scientists Identify Genetic Plant Breeding Strategies to Develop Better Sugar Beet Varieties

(NUI Galway)  Plant biotechnologists from the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway have identified genetic breeding strategies to develop bigger and better sugar beet. Sustainable intensification of agriculture to meet rapidly

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

We Can Feed the World if We Change Our Ways

(Lancaster University)  Current crop yields could provide nutritious food for the projected 2050 global population, but only if we make radical changes to our dietary choices, a new study shows. Researchers

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

“There’s No Place Like Home” Grown Sorghum

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements  — … U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become renewable fuels. 

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Computational Predictive Biology: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Evogene

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Evogene develops novel products for life science markets through the use of a unique computational predictive biology platform. Currently, the Company focuses on three key target

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Researcher Wins DOE Grant to Study Sustainability of Biofuels

(University of Idaho/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Assistant Professor Tara Hudiburg was awarded $750,000 to study the sustainability of biofuels. The grant, award by the Department of Energy, is

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Maximizing Crop Yield: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

A Yield Revolution in Row Crops Cometh

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10’s Brave New World of Metabolic Engineering, Benson Hill’s cloud biology and CRISPR/Cas9 from Purdue and the Chinese Academy of Sciences? Crop yield may never be

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service

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

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 18th, 2018

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

April 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Australian Vine Can Boost Soybean Yield, Study Says

by Lauren Quinn  (University of Illinois)  Growing in its native Australia, the unobtrusive perennial vine Glycine tomentella could easily be overlooked. But the distant relative of soybean contains genetic resources that can substantially

April 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Algility: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae as a New Crop and Technology Platform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been reinvented in recent years as a Sustainable New Crop for Food, Feed, Fuel and other products. Part of an international effort to expand Agricultural

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel Standard, the path to getting corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol approvals appears

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

ICM, The Andersons to Develop 70 MMgy Ethanol Plant in Kansas

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, and The Andersons Inc., a publicly-traded company with diverse interests encompassing a variety of agribusinesses, announced today that they

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Study Says CRP Mixes Don’t Live up to Biofuel Potential

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Mixed prairie grasses that are used in Conservation Reserve Program lands did not live up to their potential as biomass crops for cellulosic biofuel production,

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

A Sit Down with Conrad Rautenbach from Green Fuel

(The Herald)  Fuel prices shot up recently before Government intervened by reducing import duty on fuel to stem the price madness that rose as a result. Questions have been raised as

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Husker Researchers Explore Economic Potential for Sweet Sorghum Ethanol in Western Nebraska

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.

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Updated UFOP Report on Global Market Supply Published

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP))  Strong global harvest yields mean that supply on international markets is more than sufficient.

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Finds Land Management Practices Matter in Cellulosic Biofuels Production

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

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Fuel Consortium

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

January 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Study Shows Producers Where and How to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Crops

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Science Daily)  A new report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Ontario Proposal Aims to Double Ethanol Blend in Fuel

by John Greig (Manitoba Co-operator)  An Ontario government proposal could dramatically increase the amount of Ontario corn going into ethanol production and help bring consistency to the basis price for corn

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2018? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Avoiding GMOs Isn’t Just Anti-Science. It’s Immoral.

by Mitch Daniels (The Washington Post)  Of the several claims of “anti-science” that clutter our national debates these days, none can be more flagrantly clear than the campaign against modern agricultural

December 28, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Editorial: Keep Biofuel Benefits Flowing

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

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Results of UW-Madison Study on Carbon Emissions Disputed

by Carol Spaeth-Bauer (Wisconsin State Farmer)  A University of Wisconsin-Madison study released on Nov. 15 has officials in the ethanol industry frustrated, disputing the methodology of the study saying the claims of the study

November 29, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA: Record Corn Yield Underscores RFS Success

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

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Ending Food Waste Not Biofuels Should Be Food Security Priority

by Alex Brinkley (National Newswatch)  Groups concerned that using grains to make biofuels threatens food security should be paying more attention to the impact of waste on the food supply, says

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

NREL Selected to Spearhead $3.5 Million DOE Project to Advance Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts

by Kathy Cisar (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the selection of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to lead a new project, for up

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Engineering and Evolution in Biotechnology

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advancements in yeast optimization are gaining momentum. New companies are entering the space and veterans are improving their processes.  —  Yeast strains used in

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM. Although it sounds more like a goose trying to

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina Oilseed Yield

(Michgan State Univesity)  Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Molasses Would Be the Preferred Raw Material for Ethanol Production in Guyana

by Audreyanna Thomas (Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc./Stabroek News)  The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) would like to provide some information which it is hoped would add to the current debate on

August 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Processing Pathways

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

MYOB – The New Ethanol Mantra: Modularity, Yield, Octane, Bolt-Ons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, the US ethanol industry is descending upon Minneapolis this week for the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshops, and the theme is efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. 

June 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production.  —

May 22, 2017 Read Full Article

GUEST COLUMN: Corn Farmers Deserve to Be a Part of Earth Day’s Celebrations

by Mike Lefever (The Gazette)  … Corn producers belong at the table of these discussions and have much to be proud of, in that they – along with the rest of agriculture

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Life-cycle modeling for ethanol needs to be updated to reflect big improvements in corn’s GHG emissions profile  —  … Fuels that help automakers

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation 3.0 – The Must Knows

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Now on the one hand you have the theory of alternative fuels, chemicals and materials, then there is the actual making of them — often

April 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Benefits ‘Global Food System’ as GHG Profile Improves

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The food and livestock industries have railed against biofuels for years, based on the argument that corn ethanol and soy biodiesel raise food prices. More

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to

January 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The AirCarbon Methane-to-Plastics Technology: The Digest’s 20-16 Multi-Slide Guide to Newlight Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Newlight, founded in 2003, is harnessing methane-based carbon emissions as a resource to replace oil and reduce the cost of plastics production–fundamentally changing both the

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Use Can Reduce India’s Fuel Imports, Says PM Modi

(PTI/The Indian Express)  “Ethanol production and sale has tripled in the last two years,” Modi said, adding that “ethanol can be a balancing power in the economy.”  —  Prime Minister

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels versus Gasoline: The Emissions Gap Is Widening

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Many respected laboratories, agencies, and researchers have used a lifecycle analysis to show that biofuels, particularly advanced biofuels, provide significant carbon benefits compared to gasoline.

September 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Switching to Switchgrass? Study Models Soil Impact of Biofuel Crops

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The Argonne modeling shows that when grassland, cropland and pasture in the Midwest are converted to corn for biofuels, the level of carbon sequestration

August 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline besides Ethanol?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is there some fundamental reason that the automotive biofuels people haven’t shifted to butanol or iso-butanol or some other compound that would be more compatible

August 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the

August 25, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Big Oil’s Glass House

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction

August 25, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

RFA: Record Corn, Ethanol Production Underscore Need for RFS

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  America’s farmers are poised to harvest a record corn crop this fall and achieve the highest yield per acre in U.S. history, according to U.S.

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is down– not just over the last 50 or 100 years, but

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Feedstocks for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Behind the Scenes look at the Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month, the DOE released the first volume of its monumental two-volume update of the

August 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Bloomberg Gets Duped by Anti-RFS Crowd

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here we go again. We didn’t think it could get much worse than the

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Technology Quarterly: The Future of Agriculture

by Geoffrey Carr (The Economist)  If agriculture is to continue to feed the world, it needs to become more like

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

How Do You Generate $2B in Cellulosic Ethanol, with No Upfront Investment?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Siouxland Energy Cooperative has licensed the Edeniq’s Cellunator and Pathway technologies for its 60 million

June 14, 2016 Read Full Article

50% Yield Boost for Ethanol? No CO2? What?! White Dog Labs Comes out of Stealth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In what might become the most transformative development in fermentation yields since Noah debuted winemaking

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Cooper: Don’t Reverse Course on Ethanol

by Tom Thoma (Globe Gazette)  Alan Guebert’s recent column (“The ethanol trap”) asks, “Where would the nation, its farmers, livestock

April 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on

April 11, 2016 Read Full Article

The Yield Dividend: 5-10X Increase in Sorghum Opening New Options for Africa?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Africa,, Chromatin and Zaad Holdings have entered into an alliance to produce and

April 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Vislack Defends Biofuels, Bioenergy during House Hearing

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of

March 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Study: Eliminating GMOs Would Take Toll on Environment, Economies

(Purdue University)  Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss

March 1, 2016 Read Full Article

TechStory: ZeaKal’s Series B Points the New Way of Accelerating Biotech Companies to Infinty and Beyond

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  It’s Toy Story all over again. You remember Woody’s struggle to avoid being tossed

February 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

How Can Higher-Yield Farming Help to Spare Nature?

by Ben Phalan, Rhys E. Green, Lynn V. Dicks, Graziela Dotta, Claire Feniuk, Anthony Lamb, Bernardo B. N. Strassburg, David R.

January 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Company Industrializes Photosynthesis

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For eight years, Joule has been working under the radar to develop and commercialize

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Engineers Are from Mars, Business Developers Are from Venus

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC)  … In this case, we are substituting engineers and business developers, then focusing on the differences

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the

December 30, 2015 Read Full Article

UN Flags Biofuels Slowdown, as Food Prices Renew Decline

(Agrimoney.com)  The United Nations highlighted a cooling in the competition by biofuels plants for crops as it revealed a return

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Production Hits Record as Distillers Are Flush with Corn

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg News/Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel) Flush with grain from the third-largest U.S. corn harvest, ethanol distilleries are cranking

November 28, 2015 Read Full Article

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Debunking Biofuels: Do They Really Raise Food Prices?

by Melissa Pariettin(MSN.com)  … Many factors determine the price of food in the U.S. If the introduction of the RFS (Renewable

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of

November 18, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Leaf Rust (Melampsora) Resistance in Shrub Willow (Salix) Bioenergy Crops

by  Larry Smart and Christine Smart (US Department of Energy Genomics Science Program)  The generation of renewable energy and the

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Bumper Corn Crop Good for Ethanol Industry and RFS Argument

(WNAX)  A near record corn crop in the U.S. and a record crop in Nebraska is good news for the

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Multifunctional Landscapes: Site Characterization and Field-Scale Design to Incorporate Biomass Production into an Agricultural System

by Herbert Ssegane, M. Cristina Negri, John Quinn, Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (Biomass and Bioenergy)  Design of a multifunctional landscape by integrating cellulosic

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour

October 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Trust Iowa farmers, Not Big Oil

by T.J. Page (Des Moines Register/Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) Letter to the Editor– It’s disappointing, but not surprising to read a recent

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way,

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Shedding Light on U.S. Biofuels: The ‘Food versus Fuel’ Debate

by Stephanie Mercier (Ag Web)  The U.S. biofuels sector marks its birth back in 1979, when Congress established a blender’s credit

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Celebrating a Decade of Success: The RFS Turns 10!

(Renewable Fuels Association)  This Saturday marks 10 years since the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) containing the original Renewable

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

COUNTERPOINT: Ethanol a Valuable Part of Energy Mix

by Barry Blitsteihn  (Chronicle Herald)  A corn field is harvested near Coy, Ark. in 2012. Three years later, “corn prices

June 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Researchers Study Benefits of Double-Cropping Camelina, Soybeans

(The American Society of Agronomy/Biodiesel Magazine)  In the U.S., federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led

June 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Corn Ethanol Yields Continue to Improve

(US DOE Energy Information Administration)  In 2014, U.S. fuel ethanol production reached 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol fuel, the highest

May 14, 2015 Read Full Article

5 Reasons to Plant Grain Sorghum This Year

by Kayla Wilkins (High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  Strong demand from both domestic and international markets is sending strong signals to

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

New RSB Standard Proposed to Certify Low-Risk ILUC Biomass

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It may soon be possible to certify that biomass is not only sustainably

May 4, 2015 Read Full Article

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing

April 27, 2015 Read Full Article

AG Ventures Alliance, Cellulose Sciences Int’l form New JV Stover Ventures

(Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative and Cellulose Sciences International/AgriMarketing.com)  Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative (AgVA) of Mason City, Iowa, and Cellulose Sciences

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Digital Soil: The Four Secrets of the New Agriculture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To make fuel, chemicals, fiber, food more productively than ever before — it starts in

March 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Vilsack Calls for Ethanol Industry Support of Trade Negotiations

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry’s support for the

March 2, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA, DOE Farm and Fuels Funding Updates

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) USDA and DOE announced a raft of grant and loan opportunities and funded projects, many of

February 27, 2015 Read Full Article

OriginOil Joins Idaho National Laboratory In Project Proving Algae For Biofuels

(OriginOil) Disinfection capabilities of OriginOil technology may help make giant open-air ponds feasible for large-scale fuels production OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL),

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Says Corn Acres to Decline, Yields Increase in Decade Ahead

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA long-term projections call for slightly lower corn acres to be planted over

December 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Yield Quest for Cellulosic biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a new wave of cellulsoic processes find the key to capturing the carbon lost

November 13, 2014 Read Full Article

John Deere and Hillco Technologies Introduce Single Pass Round Bale System

(John Deere)  Hillco Technologies, Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn

August 25, 2014 Read Full Article

One Man’s Trash Turns into Fuel

by Jeff DeYoung (Iowa Farmer Today)  Mike Greenfield has more than 80 percent of his corn residue contracted to DuPont for

August 25, 2014 Read Full Article

That Dread US Ethanol Policy that Reduced Foreign Oil, Saved Consumers $800 P.A., and Produced More Food

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, USDA released its August World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.   The

August 15, 2014 Read Full Article

New Crops Get Green Thumbs Up

(GreenvilleOnline) Officials at Clemson have released 21 new crop varieties that will help meet the needs of farmers growing food, fiber

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Study finds that increased corn yields and more efficient use of corn ethanol co-products will greatly decrease land needed for ethanol production

(PR NewsWire/Illinois Corn Marketing Board) Land attributable to ethanol will drop from current 25% to as little as 11% of U.S.

June 4, 2014 Read Full Article

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research

(University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography)  Department of Energy report rates Scripps Institution of Oceanography lab and

March 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Record Corn Crop Gets Little Reaction

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For all the media melodrama displayed at this time last year when the USDA

January 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Monsanto and Novozymes Team Up to Provide Sustainable Bioagricultural Solutions

(Monsanto)  The companies establish The BioAg Alliance to discover, develop and sell microbial solutions that enable farmers worldwide to increase crop yields

December 11, 2013 Read Full Article

The First Decade: Team Reports on US Trials of Bioenergy Grasses

(E! Science News/Earth & Climate)  The first long-term U.S. field trials of Miscanthus x giganteus, a towering perennial grass used in

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Nightmare Scenario: Renewable Fuels’ Defenders Pull out the Stops to Persuade EPA to Continue the War on Imported Oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, the EPA has scheduled a day of testimony on its proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel

December 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Why Have Expectations for Sweet Sorghum Soured?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Ceres points towards minimal plantings of its sweet sorghum hybrids in its key market

November 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Arcadia Biosciences and DuPont Pioneer to Collaborate on Sorghum Technology Development

(Arcadia Biosciences)  Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and DuPont Pioneer today announced their intention to collaborate to develop enabling technology to help

November 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Examines Implications of Record Corn Crop

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The record corn supply has multiple implications for the ethanol industry. The USDA’s

November 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Peyton Pace: As a Soap Opera Bubbles over KiOR’s Speed-to-Profits, Revenues and Production Triple

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Slow pace, low yields have depressed KiOR’s share prices, but tripled production and revenue has

November 13, 2013 Read Full Article

AP Investigation: Obama's Green Energy Drive Comes with an Unadvertised Environmental Cost

By Dina Cappiello (Associated Press/StarTribune)  The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The

November 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Call Waiting, Biofuels, Genetics and You

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The company (Kaiima) started up in 2006, and by 2009, the results were starting to

September 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Maize Growers Form International Alliance

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council, along with the National Corn Growers Association, MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers

May 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Heard it Through the Grapevine: Useful Facts and Scuttlebutt from the Algae Biomass Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jobs, global expansion, proteins vs fuels, new R&D funding – all the big issues are

September 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Highlights Renewable Fuels Industry’s Top 10 Efficiency and Technology Innovations of the Past Decade

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  As a part of its 10th Anniversary celebration of progress and prosperity, the Iowa Renewable Fuels

September 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Dating Your Feedstock and Never Marrying: The 6 Hottest Ways to Alleviate Food vs Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the US drought, food vs fuel has returned as an issue.  What alternatives are

August 21, 2012 Read Full Article

Growing Better Biofuel Crops

by Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville  (The Scientist)   Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels

July 5, 2012 Read Full Article

High Corn Prices Minimize the Impact of Indirect Land Use from Biofuels

(IowaCorn.org)  A new study conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago found

July 4, 2012 Read Full Article

To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and Max Out Yields

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield unlocks value, and especially feedstock yield. What’s the latest? What feedstocks are reporting yields

March 22, 2012 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fuelling Growth

by Peter Hemphill (Weekly Times Now)  …While ethanol production has become the largest use of the corn crop, it has

February 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Iowa State University Finds up to 10 Percent Corn Yield Increase with Cover Crops

by Iowa State University News Service (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The most recent annual results from a four-year Iowa State

February 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Map Identifies Potential Areas for Boosting Biofuel Crop Yield

(EnvironmentalResearchWeb.org)  A global map that identifies areas of low-yielding biofuel crops whose productivity could be increased through intensification has been

October 11, 2011 Read Full Article

Ethanol: One Market for a Growing Corn Supply

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …According to the USDA, corn farmers produced an average yield of 152.8 bushels of

September 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Brazil Sugar Industry Needs $490 Billion in Investments by 2030

by Tony C. Dreibus  (Bloomberg)  Brazil may need as much as $490 billion in investments to meet rising demand for sugar

September 16, 2011 Read Full Article

University of Minnesota Study Highlights Potential for Boosting Biofuel Crop Production

by Jeff Falk (University of Minnesota/Hutchinson Leader)  New research published online this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, by

September 16, 2011 Read Full Article

Pretreatment, Proper Harvest Time Boost Ethanol from Switchgrass

by Brian Wallheimer  (Purdue University)  Adding a pretreatment step would allow producers to get more ethanol from switchgrass harvested in

September 1, 2011 Read Full Article

From Farm to Biorefinery: Ethanol Production Efficiency Improves

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …In this week’s installment of the RFA’s series on efficiency, RFA Vice President Geoff Cooper

August 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Study Claims Conventional Ag Limits Greenhouse Gas

by David Mercer (Associated Press)  Advances in conventional agriculture have dramatically slowed the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, in

August 3, 2010 Read Full Article

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