Vilsack hasn't wavered in support of ethanol industry, RFS

Although some want to revise or repeal the renewable fuel standard, Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture has not wavered. "Our position is that we are strong supporters of the RFS," he said Feb. 7.
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Pending bills in Maine would limit the sale of ethanol

State lawmakers in Maine have introduced three bills that seek to limit the sale of ethanol within the state. One bill aims to prohibit corn ethanol sales within the state altogether. The other would impact blend levels available for sale.
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Newly discovered plant structure may aid in biofuel production

When Li Tan approached his colleagues at the University of Georgia with some unusual data he had collected, they initially seemed convinced that his experiment had become contaminated; what he was seeing simply didn't make any sense.
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The Andersons reports ethanol loss, but strong earnings overall

The Andersons Inc. reported a strong year for its diversified agribusiness, earning $79.5 million, or $4.23 per diluted share, on revenues of $5.3 billion. The company's ethanol group had an operating loss of $3.7 million in 2012.
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EPA approves new fueling configuration for E15

On Feb. 7, the U.S. EPA approved a new blender pump configuration for the sale of E15 and E10. The configuration, submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association, can be used by retail stations to address misfueling concerns.
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Pending legislation would alter how RFS volumes are set

On Feb. 6 Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., introduced legislation that aims to amend the Clean Air Act to require the U.S. EPA to based its cellulosic biofuel targets under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) on actual production.
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Monsanto to acquire Rosetta Green

Israel-based Rosetta Green has entered into an agreement to sell most of its assets to Monsanto Co. for $35 million. According Rosetta Green, its core technology centers on MicroRNAs, which are short RNA molecules that regulate gene expression.
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Vilsack: ethanol industry has positive, winning story to tell

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke articulately and passionately of the importance of America's ethanol producers in helping to strengthen this country's economic and national security at the National Ethanol Conference.
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ADM profits up, ethanol returns down, production dialed back

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has reduced ethanol production as a response to poor margins, investors were told in a question period following the company's Feb. 5 earnings report.
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Dinneen at NEC: Ethanol industry 'under siege and fighting back'

The ethanol industry faced one of the most challenging years in its history last year, said Bob Dinneen during his state of the industry address at the National Ethanol Conference, and it faces a fierce battles regarding E15 and the RFS this year.
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E2 analysis names top 5 states for advanced biofuel companies

California is home to nearly 30 advanced biofuel companies, but dozens of other states from coast to coast also are beginning to realize the economic benefits of this emerging industry, according to analysis by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
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Analysis: Biomass demand for biorefining to triple by 2030

Driven by aggressive biofuel mandates, rapid growth will cause great strain on biomass by 2030, according to Lux Research. Feedstock innovation will be needed to keep growing biomass's market share.
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RFA: Poll shows strong support for renewable fuels agenda

For the second year in a row, national polling presented today at the National Ethanol Conference proved Americans, by an overwhelming majority, support the key federal policy driving renewable fuel innovation in America today.
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Murkowski energy plan would gut the RFS

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, released an energy blueprint that calls for a wide variety of changes to U.S. energy policy, including drastic changes to the RFS.
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Study indicates corn cob removal would not reduce soil quality

Corn crop residues are often left on harvested fields to protect soil quality, but USDA research indicates that soil quality would not decline if post-harvest corn cob residues were removed from fields.
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DDGS-to-cellulosic ethanol process could commercialize rapidly

NEAtech, a new energy alternatives company, is searching for financing to further test and commercialize its patented distillers grain-to-cellulosic ethanol process.The consulting company received the patent in October.
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ACE responds to Big Oil's ethanol, RFS criticism

The Environmental Working Group joined a variety of other organizations today to call for the reform of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The American Coalition for Ethanol responded by pointing out the holes in Big Oil's arguments.
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AGP idles corn processing plant in Hasting, Neb.

Ag Processing Inc. announced that it has shut down operations of its corn processing plant at Hastings, Neb., effective Feb. 1, 2013, citing ongoing challenging economic conditions in the ethanol industry for the decision of an extended shutdown.
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