USDA offers surplus sugar to biofuels industry

The Commodity Credit Corp. is accepting offers from bioenergy producers to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers (FFP). Offers, modification of offers or withdrawal of offers must be received by Aug. 28.
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Klobuchar, Grassley call for antitrust investigation of Big Oil

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have issued a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission asking for an investigation of anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit access to biofuels.
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Front-end fractionation project aims for startup in September

Work is ongoing to startup a 7 MMgy ethanol plant in Benton, Ill., that will utilize front-end fractionation system. The Mano Metate Grain & Energy Commodities Plant, formally Ag Energy Resources, is expected to begin operations in September.
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Annual EU report projects increased ethanol production

The European Union recently published its annual biofuels report for 2013 with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agriculture Information Network, reporting 71 ethanol plants are expected to be in place in Europe this year.
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Iowa E85 sales jump 43 percent during Q2

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that sales of E85 have soared recently for an increase of 43 percent over the first quarter of 2013. Iowans purchased more than 2.62 million gallons of E85 in the second quarter of 2013.
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Green Plains to host ribbon cutting event at Nebraska plant

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at its recently-acquired ethanol plant in Atkinson, Neb. on Aug. 21. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., will attend as the guest of honor. The plant commenced operations on July 22.
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GRFA interactive map shows growth of global biofuel policies

According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance's new Interactive World Biofuels Map, 62 countries now have biofuels friendly policies in place that have driven global demand to over 1 million barrels per day.
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Optinol hits ethanol energy cost parity feasibility for butanol

Optinol Inc. announced that the company has achieved energy cost parity feasibility with ethanol for the production of biobutanol (n-butanol) from a wide variety of sugars using a production solution tailored to an organism.
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Poet plants donate to Fly Iowa 2013 Airshow

Poet Biorefining plants in Gowrie and Coon Rapids, Iowa have donated $1,000 each to support the Fly Iowa 2013 Airshow, which will feature the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron.
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NSF accepting grant applications under BBBE program

The National Science Foundation recently opened a new funding opportunity under its Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering program, which supports fundamental engineering research on cellular and biomolecular processes.
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Directors elected, new president, CEO hired at Kansas plant

Management and board members of a currently idled Garnett, Kan., ethanol plant are continuing to work toward restarting the facility this fall after an attempt to take control of the plant's board of directors recently failed.
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Maple Energy releases financial results for first half of 2013

Peru-based ethanol producer Maple Energy plc has released financial results for the six months ended June 30, reporting increased revenues and gross profit. The company also reported increased volumes of ethanol production.
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Adecoagro ethanol production nearly doubled in Q2

South American agricultural company Adecoagro S.A. has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2013, reporting ethanol production increased by 85.5 percent compared to the same period of 2012.
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USDA FSA solicits bids for Feedstock Flexibility Program

Surplus sugar is one step closer to entering the U.S. biofuels industry as feedstock. The USDA Farm Service Agency recently published a notice soliciting bids under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers.
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JBEI researchers combine pretreatment, saccharification

Researchers with the U.S. DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute have reported the first demonstration of a one-pot, wash-free, process for the ionic liquid pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass, one of the leading potential biofuel feedstocks.
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Industry Events

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
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September 23-25, 2013

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Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
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International Biomass Conference & Expo

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

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
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