EPA to finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS rules by November

The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, will be finalized by Nov. 30.
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NTSB makes rail car safety recommendations to PHMSA

On April 6, the National Transportation Safety Board issued four recommendations to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration calling for more stringent safety requirements for rail cars transporting flammable liquids.
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EPA opens comment period on cellulosic waiver credit rules

The U.S. EPA has published its direct final rule and parallel proposed rule on cellulosic waiver credits in the Federal Register, officially opening a 30-day comment period. The agency released prepublication versions of the rules in March.
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Wood biorefinery equipment on the auction block April 14

Equipment from a project to produce cellulosic ethanol at a pulp and paper mill is available for purchase in an online auction. Included in the auction is equipment from late model lab assets and a 2009-2012 biomass biorefinery pilot plant.
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Ceres reports favorable sorghum growth in Brazil in Q2 results

On April 9, Ceres Inc. released financial results for the second quarter of 2015, reporting growing conditions in Brazil have been generally favorable for its sweet-sorghum collaboration with Raizen across most multi-hybrid field evaluation sites.
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Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee reschedules meeting

The Surface Transportation Board has rescheduled a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. The event, originally scheduled for March 5, was cancelled due to inclement weather. The meeting will now be held April 14.
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Pemex awards 10-year contracts for domestic ethanol in Mexico

Fuel ethanol got a boost in Mexico recently when state-owned oil company, Pemex, awarded four 10-year purchase contracts for anhydrous ethanol. Pemex announced contracts for 123 million liters (32 million gallons) of domestically produced ethanol.
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EIA updates ethanol production forecasts in short-term outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, revising its 2015 and 2016 ethanol production forecasts. U.S. ethanol production is now expected to average 944,000 barrels per day this year.
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Prices giving positive ethanol margins, negative for corn farmers

Market conditions in mid-March showed ethanol producers could pay about 10 percent more than the current cash corn price before reaching the plant "shut-down level," according to an analysis by retired Iowa State University economist Robert Wisner.
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WASDE: Corn ending stocks up some, big changes to sorghum use

Sorghum supply and demand adjustments took the stage away from corn in this month's USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Significant changes to the sorghum balance sheet reflect the continuing strong demand from China.
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Iowa leadership to lead trade missions to South Korea, Brazil

Iowa. Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced that they will lead trade missions to South Korea and Brazil respectively. Both trips are aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities.
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Nebraska corn representatives tell ethanol's story

Ethanol advocates from across the nation came together in Washington, D.C., in late March as part of a "Biofuels Beltway March" to share their ethanol stories and communicate the widespread grassroots support for the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Deal forged on Minnesota bioeconomy legislation

Biobased industry, agriculture, and environmental interests recently reached agreement on legislation in Minnesota that would create production-based incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass thermal energy.
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Nebraska ethanol producer provides infrastructure grant

Nebraska ethanol producers continue to work with retailers across the state to provide fuel choice for consumers. The most recent of these ethanol producers is Husker Ag LLC, which has provided infrastructure grants to eight retail locations.
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UAI commends Obama for proclamation of National Health Week

The Urban Air Initiative has applauded the Obama administration for creating greater awareness of health issues related to the environment, and urged that toxic emissions from gasoline be front and center in the discussion.
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Algenol to participate in business development mission to China

Algenol is joining U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a business development mission to China. GE, Southern Co., Honeywell, Praxair, Alcoa, and Lockheed Martin also traveling with the group.
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Industry Events

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

WEBINAR: Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Fiber: First Generation Feedstock, Second Generation Fuel 

April 30-30, 2015
Ethanol Producer Magazine's Webinar Series
2:00 PM CST, Cost: FREE

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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