Klobuchar: REAP likely to be retained in Farm Bill

Several senators told attendees at a conference held Nov. 7 in Fargo, N.D., to discuss the issues and challenges the upcoming Farm Bill that retaining funding for renewable energy programs is a vital piece of the overall policy.
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Aging cane fields, weather continue to affect Brazil crush

Brazil's aging sugarcane plantings on top of poor weather, are being blamed for yet another reduction in the country's crush forecast. UNICA expects the 2011-'12 crush for the south-central region to be nearly 13 percent less than the previous year.
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REX increases ethanol investments, now owns 98 percent of NuGen

REX American Resources Corp. now owns 98 percent of NuGen Energy LLC, an ethanol plant located in Marion, S.D., after completing an additional 50 percent investment.
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ePURE requests investigation into U.S. ethanol exports to EU

EPURE said Nov. 2 that it was confident an investigation will "clearly establish the need to impose dissuasive duties on U.S. imports of fuel ethanol" and also requested that U.S. imports be registered so duties could be imposed retroactively.
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House hearing witnesses bash RFS, call for repeal of E15

Representatives of the ethanol industry were forced to watch a Nov. 2 House of Representatives Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing on motor fuel standards from the sidelines.
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Isobutanol outperforms ethanol in small engine test

Tests recently conducted by Briggs & Stratton Corp. to evaluate the effects of isobutanol on small engines suggest that it can be used in those engines without any of the problems associated with ethanol-blended fuel.
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ADM: Profits in corn processing decline due to doubled corn costs

Net earnings were up overall for ADM's first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. Specifically, in the corn processing segment ADM reported a profit on Nov. 1 but noted it was a $162 million decrease from the same time period last year.
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Pacific Ethanol announces record net sales for third quarter

Pacific Ethanol Inc., an ethanol producer that has seemed to put past troubles behind it, reported good news during its third quarter financial report. The company's net sales climbed to an all-time high of $271.6 million.
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Purdue study separates corn stover, finds efficiency, savings

Purdue University researchers found corn stover separation may increase efficiency for ethanol conversion and result in cost savings.
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Chinese utility signs MOU with BlueFire to finance Fulton project

BlueFire Renewables has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with utility firm China Huadian Engineering Co. Ltd. to finance BlueFire's cellulosic ethanol facility and power production plant in Fulton, Miss.
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USDA awards $11.5 million to 14 ethanol producers

Fourteen ethanol producers from Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas will receive payments through the USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels program, the agency announced Oct. 31.
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NREL makes data public for renewable energy web, mobile apps

NREL is making raw alternative energy data available for web developers through a website interface launched last week. The public data is intended for those interested in advancing web and mobile applications.
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International Biomass
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April 16-19, 2012
Colorado Convention Center
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June 4-7, 2012
Minneapolis Convention Center
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International Biorefining
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November 27-29, 2012

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