Report highlights corn ethanol's role in cellulosic development

Third Way has released a report highlighting the connection between first- and second-generation ethanol and the need for continued implementation of the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
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Bill would expand ethanol waiver for RVP to blends beyond E10

Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have introduced Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. One provision of the bill would extend the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure (RVP) to ethanol blends higher than E10.
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EPA approves Efficient Producer pathways for 5 ethanol plants

In March, the U.S. EPA approved five new corn ethanol pathways under the agency's Efficient Producer petition process. A total of 24 corn ethanol plants have received approvals under the new pathway petition process since it was introduced last year.
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Rex American Resources reports record net income for fiscal 2014

Rex American Resources Corp. has released financial results for fiscal year 2014, which ended Jan. 31, reporting net sales of $572.2 million, down from $666 million in fiscal 2013. Gross profits, however, more than doubled, reaching $141.9 million.
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EPA announces plans for cellulosic information collection request

The U.S. EPA is soliciting public comments on a proposed information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding cellulosic volume projections and efficient producer reporting. Comments are due May 26.
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Corn crush for ethanol, coproduct production down in February

The corn crush for ethanol production was down 11 percent in February, according to the monthly survey-based report, Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production. USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service publishes the report.
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EPA opens comment period on E15 information collection request

On March 24, U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register opening a 60-day comment period on an information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding E15.
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EIA data illustrates 2014 ethanol production, consumption levels

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the March 2015 edition of its Monthly Energy Review, which provides comprehensive ethanol production, consumption and trade statistics for 2014.
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Industry provides input to SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel

In late March, the U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel held a public face-to-face meeting to review the agency's Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. A teleconference is planned in May.
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Corn stocks up, prospective plantings down in USDA reports

Corn acres are expected to be down for the third year in a row, the USDA said in its Prospective Plantings report, and corn stocks are higher, according to the Grain Stocks report, both released March 31.
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Ceres accelerates sugarcane trait development

Ceres Inc. recently announced that its biotech sugarcane traits have been advanced to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule due to positive data from initial field evaluations under tropical conditions in Latin America.
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Agricultural waste could be used as biofuel

Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, into ethanol.
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NFU concerned over omission of RFS from GHG reduction plan

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson recently expressed concern over the exclusion of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in President Obama's formal submission of a plan to the United Nations to cut United States greenhouse gas pollution.
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Algae from clogged waterways could serve as biofuels, fertilizer

Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists recently reported that they are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products.
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Sorghum Checkoff: USDA expects sorghum acres to increase

The USDA's Prospective Plantings report released March 31 shows estimated sorghum planted acres will reach 7.9 million in 2015, up 11 percent from the 7.1 million the previous season. Kansas and Texas are the largest grain sorghum-producing states.
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Ener-Core provides update on pending sale for ethanol plant

Ener-Core Inc. released an update on its pending sale to Dresser-Rand of two Ener-Core Power Oxidizers that will be coupled with the Dresser-Rand KG2-3GEF 2 MW gas turbine generators for Pacific Ethanol's Stockton, California, plant.
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VAC-U-MAX to exhibit at Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

VAC-U-MAX announces exhibition at the 31st Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo that will be held June 1-4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, exhibiting the latest advancements in industrial vacuum cleaning.
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RFA corrects PMAA's overblown assertions in letter

The Renewable Fuels Association recently sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to counter misleading and inaccurate statements about ethanol availability and infrastructure made by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America.
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PureVision to scale up biorefining technology at ZeaChem site

PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc.
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ISU agronomist weighs impacts of corn residue removal

Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from an Iowa State University agronomist.
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SIRE to begin using Syngenta Enogen corn

Syngenta recently announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to begin using Enogen corn enzyme technology at its Council Bluffs, Iowa, ethanol production facility following the 2015 harvest.
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EIA: U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons.
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RFA: Economic models are one thing, reality is another

Science Magazine has published another study from environmental activist and attorney Timothy Searchinger that re-packages his disproven theory of food vs. fuel. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, has responded.
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April 20-22, 2015
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WEBINAR: Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Fiber: First Generation Feedstock, Second Generation Fuel 

April 30-30, 2015
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106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases

May 3-6, 2015
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, Florida

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 1-4, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

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