Dakota Spirit AgEnergy on track for Q2 startup

All buildings and major equipment are in place at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy under construction in Spiritwood, North Dakota. Staff set to move into offices in mid-January and begin preparing for startup.
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Yellow Hose program brings price stability to E85 in Michigan

A Michigan ethanol plant has had success with its Yellow Hose program, blending E85 and supplying 33 area retailers, as well as sales at an on-site fuel pump. For 15 months the plant has held a $1 spread between E85 and gasoline.
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Minnesota ethanol plant to produce n-butanol, acetone in 2016

The sale of a 21 MMgy corn-ethanol plant closed on Dec. 23. Green Biologics Inc. plans to continue ethanol production until sometime in 2016, when it will transition to n-butanol and acetone.
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EIA: 2 new weekly ethanol production records set in December

Data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the U.S. ethanol industry started out the last month of the year with two record-setting weeks of production, with a new record set the week ending Dec. 12.
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Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

On Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers.
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Syngenta receives Chinese import approval for MIR162

Syngenta has announced that it has received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait (event MIR162) from China's regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts.
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SIRE announces year end achievements

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC announced it had paid in full the outstanding convertible subordinated debt held by the company's strategic partners, Bunge North America Inc. and ICM Investments LLC.
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USDA GAIN publishes annual report on Canadian ethanol industry

FAS GAIN report highlights the current state of the biofuels industry. Canadian ethanol production to increase 1 percent in 2014, reaching 1.75 billion liters. U.S. imports of 2 billion liters needed to meet mandates.
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USDA says corn acres to decline, yields increase in decade ahead

USDA long-term projections call for slightly lower corn acres to be planted over the next decade while corn yields steadily climb. The USDA will release the complete long-term supply, use and prices projections to 2024 in February.
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EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

Nominations due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, established in the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries.
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DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office updates program plan

The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office recently released an updated multi-year program plan (MYPP), which sets for goals and structure for the office over the next five years.
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EPA publishes request for substantiations of confidentiality

The U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted reports and transactional information on the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
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Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

At a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kickoff of the Great Lakes AgTech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses.
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U.S. Navy flies supersonic with Gevo ATJ

The U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Gevo, Inc. have announced the first successful alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) supersonic flight at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland.
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International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
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106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases

May 3-6, 2015
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Orlando, Florida

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 1-4, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
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National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska

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