USDA GAIN report addresses Brazilian sugar production

A recent Global Agricultural Information Network report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service provides an update on sugar production in Brazil, showing an expected 5 percent increase in yields compared to prior estimates.
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German greentech report highlights biomass, biofuels

The German Federal Environmental Ministry has released an environmental technology atlas produced by Roland Gerger Strategy Consultants. The report, titled "GreenTech made in Germany 3.0," is the third such atlas produced for the German government.
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BSR publishes sustainability report, seeks public comments

BSR has released a new report that assesses the sustainability impacts of commercial transportation fuels, as well as the market outlook for a range of fuels, including biofuels. The organization is seeking comments on its analysis.
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Discovering the keys to improved biofuel catalysts

Scientists at the U.S. DOE's Ames Laboratory are learning more about how nano-scale catalytic systems work, and their research could be the key to improved processes for refining biofuels and producing other chemicals.
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Profiling Team Romney: American Petroleum Institute's Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard is the current president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, but if presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins the 2012 election, he could become Romney's chief of staff or secretary of energy at the U.S. DOE.
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Engineering begins on Iogen-based cellulosic plant in Brazil

Iogen Energy Corp. announced an initial investment by Raizen Group to develop a commercial cellulosic ethanol project in Brazil. Raizen, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan SA is the world's largest producer of sugarcane ethanol.
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EU releases proposal to alter biofuel policy

The European Commission has released a proposal that aims to make significant changes to the EU's biofuel policy, including adding indirect land use change emissions reporting requirements and capping the amount of crop-based biofuels.
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Syngenta, Plymouth Energy partner to use Enogen trait technology

Syngenta Corp. in North America announced it has signed a commercial agreement with Plymouth Energy of Merrill, Iowa to use grain featuring Enogen trait technology. Plymouth will begin using Enogen grain for the first time in the fall of 2013.
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USDA GAIN report outlines status of Spain's ethanol industry

The UDSA Foreign Agricultural Service recently published a Global Agricultural Information Network report outlining Spain's ethanol industry.The report notes that the country is one of the top four ethanol producers in the EU.
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USDA announces sixth grant to develop advanced biofuels

The USDA announced a $10 million grant has been awarded under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to research shrub willow, switchgrass and miscanthus grown on marginal and abandoned lands, such as reclaimed mine sites, in the Northeast.
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Advanced BioEnergy to sell Neb. plant to Flint Hills

Advanced BioEnergy LLC has announced plans to sell its Fairmont, Neb., ethanol plant to Wichita, Kan.-based Flint Hills Resources. The transaction is expected to close later this year and is subject to regulatory approval.
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Profiling Team Romney: Florida Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is the national chairman of the Farmers and Ranchers for Romney coalition and co-chair of the Romney/Ryan agricultural advisory committee. He has also served in the Florida House and U.S. House.
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German enzyme maker targets higher DDGS use in poultry rations

Poultry feeding trials will be underway this month on distillers grains produced using a enzyme being introduced by Cologne, Germany-based Direvo Industrial Biotechnology GmbH. Its BluZy-D enzyme substantially improves the nutritional value of DDGS.
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Iowa State engineers convert bio-oil into advanced biofuels

Microbes are working away in an Iowa State University laboratory to ferment biofuels from the sugar and acetate produced by rapidly heating biomass such as corn stalks and sawdust. But it’s not an easy job for E. coli and C. reinhardtii.
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Growth Energy promotes E15 at NACS event

At the annual National Association of Convenience Stores Show in Las Vegas, Growth Energy announced that NASCAR has run more than 3 million miles on Sunoco Green E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol.
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