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February 24, 2020

Ricketts asks automakers to design cars for higher ethanol blends

BY Erin VoegeleNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts sent a letter to the CEOs of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. on Feb. 11 urging the automakers to increase production of passenger vehicles designed to run on higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

February 24, 2020

RFA, ISDI to host Steel Drum 101, Ethanol Safety Seminar in Iowa

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA, in partnership with the Industrial Steel Drum Institute and TRANSCAER, will host safety training in Davenport, Iowa early next month. The free seminars are funded through a Federal Railroad Administration/TRANSCAER grant. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

EPA: 23 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Feb. 21, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

Trump urged to declare waived RFS gallons will be recaptured

BY Rep. Steve King's office Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is uring President Trump to “make a declarative statement that a minimum of 15 billion gallons will be blended annually and that all gallons actually waived will be annually recaptured under the RFS.” READ MORE

February 21, 2020

USGC meeting attendees plan global trade strategy for coming year

BY U.S. Grains Council Members of the U.S. Grains Council arrived in Tampa, Florida, for the organization’s winter meeting in mid-February, where they concentrated on drivers of global demand and how they affect markets overseas in which the Council does business. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

USDA: Ag Innovation Agenda will benefit biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA unveiled its Agriculture Innovation Agenda on Feb. 20. The initiative, in part, aims to support renewable fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. This includes a goal to achieve market-driven blend rates of E30 by 2050. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

Weekly US ending stocks of ethanol set new record

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol stocks set a new record at 24.781 million barrels for the week ending Feb. 14, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 20. Ethanol production for the week was at 1.04 million barrels per day. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

OSU receives $3.1 million to improve sorghum data, savings

BY Oklahoma State University A recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study greenhouse gas emissions is expected to help sorghum farmers save money and improve the industry’s sustainable field management practices. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Study: Ethanol contributed $2.31 billion to Minnesota GDP in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleA new study conducted by ABF Economics for the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association has determined Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed approximately $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Menning named RINAlliance president, CEO

BY RINAlliance Reo Menning is the new president and CEO for RINAlliance, effective Feb. 1. Menning previously served as executive vice president for FUELIowa, where she headed multiple successful initiatives for both the association and its subsidiary, RINAlliance. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

USGC/NCGA joint officer mission to Asia addresses corn, DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council The breadth and depth of the Southeast Asian market for U.S. corn and co-products are hard to imagine, but the incredible innovation and regional demand potential is plain to see once on the ground, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Novozymes launches Innova Fit yeast technology

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes announced the launch of its next yeast technology, Innova Fit, on Feb. 10. The company said the non-GM yeast product eliminates production constraints caused by conventional and basic yeasts. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Trump nominates Benevento, Menezes to fill posts at EPA, DOE

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump on Feb. 13 nominated Douglas Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA and Mark Wesley Menezes to serve as deputy secretary of energy. Both nominations are subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

February 17, 2020

The Andersons reports profitable Q4 for ethanol group

BY Erin VoegeleThe Andersons Inc. reported a profitable Q4 for its ethanol group during a Feb. 13 earnings call, but noted a difficult margin environment is expected to continue. The company also reported its Element plant is producing cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

February 17, 2020

Green Plains to focus on high-protein feed products

BY Erin VoegeleGreen Plains Inc. officials announces plans to transform into an ag tech-focused company that produces sustainable high-protein and novel feed ingredients in addition to biofuels during a fourth quarter earnings call held Feb. 11. READ MORE

February 17, 2020

ACE leadership provides updates at annual, board meetings

BY American Coalition for Ethanol ACE plant members are hosting annual meetings for their investors and board meetings during the first half of the year. ACE CEO Brian Jennings is attending several of these meetings to provide updates and commend producers for enduring a tough year. READ MORE

February 14, 2020

USGC visits beef operation in Nicaragua

BY U.S. Grains Council Located in Nicaragua, the operation includes 60,000 to 70,000 head of cattle, and uses U.S. corn rolled and mixed with mombasa, a tropical grass. READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Legislation introduced in US House would make 45Q permanent

BY Lisa GibsonU.S. Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and David Schweikert, R-Ariz., introduced legislation Feb. 12 to expand the 45Q carbon sequestration tax credit and make it permanent in the federal tax code. READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Aqua feed: The next frontier for DDGS demand in Southeast Asia

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council is specifically targeting the aquaculture industry in Southeast Asia as one of the next big demand growth opportunities for U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Nebraska Ethanol Board to hold E15 workshop on Feb. 20

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board The Nebraska Ethanol Board's third E15 Retailer Workshop is coming up Feb. 20 in Lincoln. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

EIA predicts flat ethanol production through 2021

BY Lisa GibsonThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its prediction for 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Feb. 11 READ MORE

February 12, 2020

February WASDE increases forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Lisa GibsonThe USDA increased its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol production by 50 million bushels, to 5.425 billion, in its latest World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates report, released Feb. 11. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

USDA’s McKinney speaks at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonTed McKinney, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, addressed the 2020 National Ethanol Conference Wednesday, offering kudos to the U.S. ethanol industry. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

NEC: Finding new uses for ethanol

BY Matt ThompsonPanel discussions during the second day of the 2020 National Ethanol Conference in Houston, Texas, began by exploring new uses for ethanol. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Cooperative Producers adds E15 at 2 Nebraska locations

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board Cooperative Producers Inc. has added E15 at its fuel sites in Axtell, Nebraska, and Red Cloud, Nebraska. These additions are CPI’s fifth and sixth locations selling E15 in the state including locations in Clay Center, Funk, Giltner, and Juniata. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

SIRE receives RFA’s 2020 Industry Award

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association presented Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with the 2020 Industry Award Feb. 12 at the National Ethanol Conference in Houston, Texas. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

Clean fuel programs dominate discussion at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonAt the 2020 National Ethanol Conference, much attention was given to low-carbon fuels standards, both in remarks by Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper, as well as a morning panel discussion. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

Cooper delivers state of the industry at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonGeoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO, said that while 2019 was a difficult year for the ethanol industry, there is reason for optimism in 2020. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

UNICA: Corn ethanol production continues to increase

BY Erin VoegeleWhile Brazil's sugarcane ethanol production was negligible in early January, corn ethanol production continued to grow. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

Opinion: March On

BY Lisa GibsonFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about alternative cleaning methods, a study that highlights the befits of various fractionation techniques, developments in yeast strains, and more. READ MORE

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