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April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Minnesota high school students visit Highwater Ethanol plant

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Close to 70 high school students from Minnesota-based Pipestone Area High School recently visited Highwater Ethanol to get a better understanding of how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

RFA publishes analysis of California LCFS data

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Fuels Association has released an analysis of recently published data on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, noting grain ethanol provided nearly half of the greenhouse gas reductions achieved through 2015. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Iowa legislature approves funding for state blender pump program

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa legislature voted 94 – 0 in the House of Representatives and 49 – 0 in the Iowa Senate to secure another year of funding for the state’s very successful biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program, the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

US Water to present at Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY U.S. Water U.S. Water has announced its representatives will give three technical presentations during the upcoming Fuel Ethanol Workshop, June 20 – 23, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Iowa DOT publishes study on ethanol, crude oil rail transport

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have released a study that reveals insights into the transportation of biofuels and crude oil by rail around and through the state. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

USGC talks ethanol with Mexican policymakers

BY U.S. Grains Council As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the U.S. Grains Council’s staff there has been working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

CARB issues update on LCFS pathway certification

BY California Air Resources Board California Air Resources Board has completed review of all ethanol pathway applications submitted by Jan. 31 through the alternative fuels portal. The submissions included both new applications and requests to have legacy pathways recertified. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Indiana funding supports deployment of 45 blender pumps

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 25, the Indiana Office of Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council awarded more than $789,000 to fuel retailer Family Express under the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, supporting the deployment of 45 blender pumps. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Iowa House passes bill extending biofuel tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 21, the Iowa House of Representatives passed legislation that aims to extend state tax incentives for renewable fuels. The measure passed the state Senate in mid-April and will now go to Gov. Terry Branstad for consideration. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Lux: Low-carbon fuels, vehicle efficiency to cut CO2 emissions

BY Lux Research Global road transportation accounts for a sixth of all global carbon dioxide emissions, and its share is rising. A new analysis from Lux Research finds that low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29 percent in 2030. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Commodities: Corn market rallies in April

BY Jason Sagebiel, INTL FCStone Mid-April shaped up to be a great opportunity for farmers to make sales amid a correction in the market place. Corn had a major correction after the March 31st plantings and quarterly stocks report with nearby futures collapsing to below $3.50/bu. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Commodities: Natural gas market under pressure in mid-sprin

BY Andy Huenefeld, U.S. Energy The natural gas market has come under upside pressure since bottoming out in early March. The rally has been mostly driven by emerging evidence of a tighter fundamental balance, which has already started to erode the historically large surplus in und READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Commodities: DDGS prices up and down

BY Sean Broderick, CHS Inc. We’ve seen quite a roller coaster in the last month with DDGS prices. We started April with weakness, as soymeal and corn prices dropped, creating more competition for DDGS in animal diets both domestically and abroad. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Commodities: Ethanol prices surge higher on corn interest

BY Rick Kment, DTN Through the third week of April, moderate-to-strong buyer support has continued to step into the ethanol market as traders focused on firming energy markets and the recent surge in corn values, which pushed corn futures near $4 per bushel. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Ethanol groups criticize US climate plan for excluding biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 22 a ceremony was held at United Nations headquarters in New York to coincide with Earth Day during which several nations signed the COP21 agreement. The ethanol industry has criticized the U.S. plan for not including biofuels. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

RFA issues new equipment guidance for E15 retailers

BY Renewable Fuels Association With many new retailers preparing to offer E15, the Renewable Fuels Association is concerned that retailers could potentially order equipment that cannot legally dispense E15 and has issued new information about how to properly offer E15 at retail. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

USGC assesses demand for DDGS, sorghum in Turkey

BY U.S. Grains Council Increasing demand for meat, dairy and poultry products is a key driver for growth in the feed industry all around the world, including Turkey, where rising household incomes are leading consumers to demand more and higher-quality protein products. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

EPA: 1.52 billion RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for March, reporting nearly 1.52 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first three months of the year to more than 4.37 billion. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

DOE to offer funding for biorefinery projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity to support technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Iowa Senate passes resolution calling for federal support of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 20, the Iowa Senate adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress, U.S. EPA, President Obama and the next president of the United States to continue to support the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through 2022. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

APEC ethanol forum highlights Asia as next frontier for exports

BY U.S. Grains Council The growing interest for ethanol in the Asia-Pacific region is driven in part by ever-growing environmental concerns, especially those related to rising greenhouse gas emissions and deteriorating air quality associated with increased fossil fuel use. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Study helps map path to improved cassava production

BY Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and climate tolerance into the root crop, which represents both a food source and a strategic source of renewable energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

UAI calls court decision on MOVES Model a temporary setback

BY Urban Air Initiative The effort to stop the U.S. EPA from implementing a model that unfairly blames ethanol for increased emissions hit a “temporary setback,” according to the Urban Air Initiative in response to action by the U.S Court of Appeals. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Alliance BioEnergy Plus: Technology adds value to ethanol plants

BY Ann BaileyAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has developed a technology that the company said will allow corn ethanol plants to process their own distillers grains and corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol, adding millions of gallons to their annual output. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

FAA approves alcohol-based jet fuel

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new biobased fuel, known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK). It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol that is derived from renewable feedstocks such as sugar or corn. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Green Biologics announces distribution agreements

BY Erin VoegeleGreen Biologics Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Green Biologics Ltd., announced two distribution agreements in April. The company is currently retrofitting a corn ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, to produce n-butanol and acetone. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

New York bill calls for ethanol-free fuel to be sold at marinas

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation pending in the New York State Assembly aims to allow filling stations located within marinas to sell motor fuel that does not contain ethanol. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Comet signs supply agreement with BioAmber, announces investment

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Comet Biorefining Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for high-purity dextrose from Comet's planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues. READ MORE

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