37 senators issue letter in support of a strong RFS

A bipartisan group of 37 senators have send a letter to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to reverse course from the 2014 proposed rule and maintain a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS) to drive innovation and growth in America's economy.
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House bill aims to extend RVP waiver to ethanol blends beyond E10

Bill Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, recently introduced legislation in the house that includes a provision to extend the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure (RVP) to ethanol blends with more than 10 percent ethanol.
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DOT safety actions target transport of Class 3 flammable liquids

On April 17, the U.S. Department of Transportation and two of its agencies announced a package of actions that aims to enhance the safe transportation of Class 3 flammable liquids, including ethanol and crude oil.
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EPA: 7.8 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that more than 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.8 million cellulosic RINs.
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Aventine sends first unit train shipment of ethanol

Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska. On April 19 Aventine's first unit train pulled out of Aurora heading to Birmingham, Alabama.
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DuPont highlights cellulosic ethanol in first quarter results

DuPont briefly addressed ethanol during its first quarter investor call, reporting the company is developing new categories of biobased products, including cellulosic ethanol.
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Feinstein's PTC bill would impact certain trains carrying ethanol

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., recently introduced legislation that would allow railroads to be granted short-term extensions on the implementation of Positive Train Control. The bill also contains a provision that would impact ethanol trains.
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Iowa bill aims to create tax credit for renewable chemicals

Legislation pending in Iowa aims to create a 5-cent-per-pound renewable chemical production tax credit. The legislation was introduced in March and is currently awaiting review in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
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Syngenta addresses Enogen, Cellerate technology in Q1 results

Syngenta has released financial results for the first quarter of 2015, announcing continuous expansion of the Enogen corn planform. According to the company, Enogen acreage is expected to double this year.
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Engineered softwood could transform pulp, biofuel industries

Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The findings could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries.
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Growth Energy commends the American farmer on Earth Day

April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued a statement in recognition of Earth Day and the American farmers’ contribution to sustainability while producing food, fiber and fuel.
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KSU: DDGS plus salt boosts weight gain in beef cattle

A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain.
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Urban Air Initiative: New EPA studies regarding ethanol flawed

The U.S. EPA published two studies recently; defending its stance that ethanol increases toxic emissions. However, if you follow the same flawed formula, you get the same flawed results, warned representatives of the Urban Air Initiative.
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Study: Nitrogen use efficiency trait increases sugarcane biomass

Arcadia Biosciences Inc. has announced that a study conducted by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute shows improvements in plant growth parameters and biomass in sugarcane lines incorporating Arcadia's nitrogen use efficiency trait.
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USDA partners with farmers, ranchers to address climate change

In a speech April 23 at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change.
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ZeaChem to provide services to third parties at Boardman plant

ZeaChem has announce the launch of the ZeaChem Technology Institute & Processing Services in Boardman, Oregon. The institute will enable third parties to scale their efforts in a cost-effective manner on a accelerated timetable.
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China Steel approves investment in LanzaTech commercial project

Taiwan's largest integrated steel maker, China Steel Corp. has announced formal board approval of a $46 million capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful White Biotech demonstration plant project.
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NCGA: On the farm, every day is Earth Day

On April 22, the world commemorates Earth Day. Around the globe, communities will take part in activities to promote awareness of environmental issues. However, for farmers, promoting the health and stability of nature resources happens every day.
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ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report

A multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report.
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April 30-30, 2015
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106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases

May 3-6, 2015
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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

2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 11-14, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center
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