Senate Ag Committee approves Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry has voted to approve a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
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House Ag Committee approves Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture has approved its version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 1947, by a vote of 36 to 10. The bill, titled the Federal Agricultural and Reform and Risk Management Act, includes nearly $40 billion in spending cuts.
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Bill aims to open RFS to natural gas-based ethanol

Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Jim Costa, D-Calif., have introduced legislation that would allow ethanol produced from domestic natural gas to meet the volume requirements of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Financing complete on Brazil's first commercial 2G ethanol plant

Financing is now complete on GranBio's 22 MMgy cellulosic plant in Brazil using BetaRenewables conversion technology. Vonnie Estes appointed managing director of new U.S. office.
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RFA, Growth Energy file complaint in EU court to end ethanol duty

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy have filed a complaint with the General Court in Luxembourg challenging the European Union's (EU) decision to impose a 9.6 percent antidumping duty on all ethanol imported from the United States.
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Edeniq demo plant surpasses 1,000 continuous operational hours

Edeniq Inc. has announced the company's first demonstration plant, located at its Visalia, Calif., headquarters, has completed a successful "performance test" that exceeded the benchmark of 1,000 hours of continuous operation.
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Moniz confirmed as secretary of energy

The Senate has unanimously confirmed Ernest Moniz as the Secretary of Energy by a vote of 96 to 0. Moniz was nominated by President Obama in March. He will replace former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who announced his resignation on Feb. 1.
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Western Biomass up for sale; Blue Sugars files bankruptcy

Months after receiving the first cellulosic renewable identification numbers for a shipment of cellulosic ethanol to its Brazil partner Petrobras, Western Biomass Energy LLC filed for bankruptcy and is now up for sale with bidding closing May 20.
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Iowa State surveys livestock producers on distillers grains use

Iowa State University is about halfway through a three-month long online survey of livestock producers' use of distillers grains. The nationwide survey is focused on the beef, dairy, swine and poultry sectors.
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USDA extends deadline for fiscal year 2013 REAP funding

The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has extended the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2013 Rural Energy for America Program funding through May 31. The extension was made due to increased funding made available through recent legislation.
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Enerkem starts drop-in renewable fuels R&D

Enerkem Inc. announced the launch of a new research project with the government of Canada. The objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for the conversion of waste into drop-in biofuels.
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ePURE suspects circumvention of import duty on ethanol imports

ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association, has asked the European Commission to investigate if EU customs legislation is properly applied in Finland. Evidence from several sources indicates that a E92 blend is entering the market.
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Anti-ethanol bills move through Maine state legislature

Two anti-ethanol bills that previously passed the Maine House of Representatives are now in the Senate, with the majority agreeing with an "ought not pass" report on one bill and the second bill tabled awaiting further action.
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Scientists develop 'green' pretreatment of miscanthus for biofuel

Two University of Illinois scientists have developed an environmentally friendly and more economical way of pretreating miscanthus in the biofuel production process. The technique uses butadiene sulfone, which can be recovered.
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EU confirms unannounced inspections in oil and biofuels sectors

The European Commission can confirm that on May 14, 2013, commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in and providing services to the crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels sectors.
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Maize growers form international alliance

The U.S. Grains Council, along with the National Corn Growers Association, MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain and ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Producers) have formed an alliance.
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ACE's Lamberty joins ASTM Technical Committee D02

The American Coalition for Ethanol has joined the ASTM (Formerly American Society for Testing and Materials) Technical Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, represented by ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty.
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BIO, Ag Energy Coalition applaud Farm Bill draft

The Biotechnology Industry Organization and Agriculture Energy Coalition have issued statements thanking members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for authoring legislation to reauthorize Farm Bill Energy Title Programs.
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Industry Events

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 10-13, 2013
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

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