Feedstocks

April 01, 2019

USDA expects farmers to plant 92.8 million acres of corn in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksApproximately 92.8 million acres of corn is expected to be planted in the U.S. this year, up 4 percent or 3.66 million acres from 2018, according to the USDA’s annual Prospective Plantings report, which was released March 29. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from January, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol was down. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Report details employment in biofuel, biomass power industries

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative released a report in March that details current employment in a variety of U.S. energy sectors, including ethanol, other biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

ERA funds wheat-ethanol plant, woody biomass project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessERA has announced funding to support several projects through its Partnership Intake Program, including a biorefinery that will produce ethanol and biogas and a technology that will utilize biomass waste materials in the production of wood biomass. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

USGC: Floodwaters continue rising, farmers survey devastation

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessThe floods of 2011 and 1952 were bad, but even the old-timers cannot remember when so much water flooded the Missouri River basin in southwestern Iowa, according to the USGC. Significant flooding is also affecting other parts of the U.S. Corn Belt. READ MORE

March 22, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol sales, production of corn ethanol up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released ethanol production and sales data for the second half of February, reporting sales of ethanol surpassed 5 billion liters (1.32 billion gallons) during the first two months of 2019. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

Opinion: A New Year for UNICA

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: UNICA welcomes new president and CEO. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

In Depth: Optimal Efficiency

BY Troy Moore Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: While fermenters and evaporators get priority, pipes, pumps and ductwork shouldn’t be overlooked. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Forecast for corn use in ethanol lowered in March WASDE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has lowered its forecast for 2018-’19 corn use in ethanol by 25 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released March 8. The WASDE report also predicts lower corn exports and larger stocks. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol sales up in first half of February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales were up during the first half of February. The increase is primarily attributed to significantly higher domestic sales of hydrous ethanol. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

ACE: Diverse coalition submits soil health comments to USDA

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn March 1, the American Coalition for Ethanol joined a diverse coalition in submitting comments in support of the Soil Health Demonstration Trial in response to listening sessions by the USDA on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

February 26, 2019

USDA: December corn use for ethanol up from November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA has released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from December, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol was up slightly from the previous month, but down year-over-year. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales set new record in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region reported selling a record 1.83 billion liters (483.43 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in January. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Kansas Ethanol signs agreement to use Enogen corn from Syngenta

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessOn Feb. 13, Syngenta announced a three-year marketing agreement with Kansas Ethanol LLC to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 80 MMgy ethanol plant in Lyons, Kansas. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in November, sorghum use up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Product Production report with data for November, indicating corn use for fuel ethanol was down during the month. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

WASDE reduces 2018/19 forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksThe USDA has reduced its 2018/2019 projection for corn use in ethanol production by 25 million bushels when compared to its December forecast in the latest edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Feb. 8. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

AAEA: US corn ethanol has negligible effect on indirect land use

BY Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds no evidence to support earlier concerns about large indirect land use change effect of corn ethanol causing expansion in cropland and reduction in grasslands and forests. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

ARPA-E projects to develop sensors for bioenergy, agriculture

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy recently awarded nearly $6 million to four projects under its OPEN+ program for the Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture cohort team. READ MORE

January 28, 2019

UNICA: Sales of ethanol up during first half of January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.26 billion liters (332.86 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of January, up 21 percent from the same period of 2018. READ MORE

January 24, 2019

Researchers unravel 58-year-old corn gene mystery

BY Penn State Found In:FeedstocksIn discovering a mutant gene that "turns on" another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

In Depth: Burgeoning Biomethane

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

USGC rolls out report citing high-quality, near-record yield

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:FeedstocksThe U.S. Grains Council is rolling out the good news that a warm and moist growing season resulted in near-record yields and good quality for the 2018 corn crop. The 2018/2019 Corn Harvest Quality Report is the USGC's 8th annual corn quality survey. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Study: Corn ethanol production has minimal effect on cropland use

BY University of Illinois, College of ACES Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new study co-authored by a University of Illinois researcher shows that the overall effects of ethanol production on land-use have been minimal despite the sharp increase in ethanol production over the past decade. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

ORNL team uses supercomputer to aid in biofuel production

BY Jonathan Hines, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicUsing supercomputers, a team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

In Depth: Ethanol's Impact

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Iowa’s status as the largest ethanol-producing state means its ethanol economy affects the entire industry. READ MORE

December 21, 2018

USGC releases Corn Harvest Quality Report

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USCG's latest quality report indicates near-record yields and good quality for 2018's corn crop. READ MORE