USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program


The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels.
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Trump signs spending bills, tax extenders legislation


President Trump signed two legislative packages into law on Dec. 20, avoiding another government shutdown. The packages include all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills and tax extenders legislation that will benefit biofuels and bioenergy.
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MN Biofuels releases annual report, recognizes E15 retailer


The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) named Hutchinson Co-Op its 2019 Distinguished Retailer at the release of the former’s 2019 Annual Report in Bloomington on Dec 13. Hutchison Co-Op offers E15, D30 and E85.
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Forest Service grants license for biomass conversion technology


The U.S. Forest Service has granted a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to Ontario-based Whispering Green Energy. The company plans to begin experiments using the technology this spring.
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Report discusses Japan’s ethanol demand, use


A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides insight into Japan’s fuel market and shows potential for increased imports of U.S. ethanol.
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USDA: No actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program


The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced Dec. 12 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020.
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New York producer expresses optimism for E15


Timothy Winters, president and CEO of Western New York Energy, said New York’s approval of E15 is an important step for the state’s ethanol industry. WNYE is working with the RFA and Growth Energy to educate consumers and retailers on E15.
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Corn use for fuel ethanol at 437 million bushels in October


The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for December, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in October was up significantly from the prior month, but down when compared to October 2018.
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DOE to fund feedstock monitoring, carbon storage technology


On Dec. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level.
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USGC: Event helps solidify DDGS potential in Latin America


U.S. Grains Council organized a November conference in Mexico City to bring together successful Mexican dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) end-users with potential buyers from seven other Latin American markets.
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