Feedstocks

March 02, 2017

ICM to build showcase biorefinery next to its Kansas headquarters

BY EPM Staff Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe 70 MMgy plant will cost about $175 million to build. ICM plans to be the majority owner and is in current discussions with investors who recognize the value of the project to the industry. The plant will house several cutting-edge technologies. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Comment periods on 2 EPA RFS proposals to close in mid-February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month, including the proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule and the EPA's proposed denial of point of obligation petitions. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Companies partner on reference plant for biobased chemicals

BY Avantium Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAvantium has announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl to evaluate the feasibility of a wood-to-chemicals biorefinery. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

NDSU scientists study distillers grains as fertilizer

BY North Dakota State University Found In:Feedstocks, CoproductsWet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles could be a source of fertilizer for some crops, according to research at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

USDA raises projected corn use for ethanol in monthly report

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Markets, FeedstocksUSDA boosted its monthly projections on corn for ethanol by 25 million bushels to 5.35 billion bushels for the 2016-'17 production year. Projected ending stocks were lowered by 35 million bushels to 2.32 billion bushels, READ MORE

February 08, 2017

QRFA: Ethanol fuel tide carries all industries

BY Queensland Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyQueensland Renewable Fuels Association is addressing concerns and questions over the impacts of the ethanol fuel industry on other agricultural industries, such as grain and livestock, now that the Queensland ethanol fuels mandate is in force. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

ADM corn processing performs well in Q4; annual earnings down

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyArcher Daniels Midland Co. reported a strong fourth quarter, making up for what was described as difficult marketing conditions for much of 2016. ADM reported Q4 net earnings of $424 million. For the year, earnings before taxes were at $1.82 billion. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

USDA: Corn consumed for fuel ethanol up in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the February edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn use for fuel alcohol reached 477 million bushels in December. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

January 30, 2017

UNICA reports ethanol sales, production for first half of January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced plants in the south-central region of the country processed 1.18 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of January, producing 67.81 million liters of ethanol. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

USGC releases corn, sorghum harvest quality reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe U.S. Grains Council has published the first two of its annual reports on corn and sorghum harvest quality, reporting that U.S. farmers produced an estimated 387 million metric tons of corn in 2016, along with 12 million metric tons of sorghum. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

Report considers the impact of dedicated energy crop production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn early January, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report, titled “Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land,” that examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using switchgrass. READ MORE

January 25, 2017

St1 signs MOU for cassava ethanol project in Thailand

BY St1 Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessSt1, a Finnish energy company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ubon Bio Ethanol to launch a pilot project of the production of bioethanol from cassava waste, with the aim of setting up a joint venture for ethanol production in Thailand. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

EPA seeks comments on sugar beet GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is seeking comments on its analysis of upstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production of sugar beets for use as a biofuel feedstock. A 30-day public comment period is expected to open soon. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

UNICA: Most Brazilian sugarcane mills wrap up 2016-’17 harvest

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a crop update for the second half of December, reporting ethanol production reached 24.91 billion liters (6.58 billion gallons) from the start of the current season through Jan. 1. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

ORNL: Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyDepartment of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists, biofuel researchers and others. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 analyzes environmental effects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicThe 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1 has been jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

DOE releases analysis of biofuels, bioproducts from waste streams

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

RFA responds to FAO news that global food prices fell in 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has announced prices of major global food commodities dropped 1.5 percent from 2015 to 2016. The Renewable Fuels Association noted the news shows corn ethanol has not increased food prices. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Crushings analysis shows increases in corn oil, DDGS production

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsCorn distillers oil production was up a whopping 15 percent in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, according an analysis of the USDA Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production

BY Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessToday many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year. However, current research shows dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce biofuels nine months of the year, increasing profits by as much as 30 percent. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

USDA report demonstrates GHG benefits of corn ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 12, the USDA released a report showing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with U.S. corn ethanol are currently approximately 43 percent lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

WASDE: Corn supplies down, ethanol use up

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:FeedstocksUSDA ratcheted down corn supplies for the 2016-’17 crop year, lowering corn ending stocks by 48 million bushels from last month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Corn production is estimated at 15.148 billion bushels. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

DOE, USDA open FOA to support integrated biorefinery optimization

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently opened a $22.7 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Corn prospects from ethanol production appear strong for 2017

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyCorn consumption for ethanol production is very likely to surpass the most recent USDA projection of 5.3 billion bushels and the prospect already is impacting the corn market, according to the weekly outlook by Todd Hubbs published in FarmDoc Daily. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Gevo releases operational update, achieves EPA pathway approval

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 9, Gevo Inc. published an update describing fourth quarter operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery. In addition, the U.S. EPA recently approved a fuel pathway for the plant regarding the production of butanol from corn and sorghum. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

USDA: November corn consumed for fuel ethanol up compared to 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently published the January edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, indicating total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was at 452 million bushels in November. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Syngenta grows Enogen corn footprint

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessSyngenta recently announced that it has reached agreements with ethanol plants, from Arizona to Ohio, with a combined total capacity of nearly 2 billion gallons. READ MORE