Feedstocks

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

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

House passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 369 to 47 on Dec. 12. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Agenda released for 2019 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 12th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 18-20, 2019 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Dec. 11, the Senate voted 87 to 13 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. The vote came one day after House and Senate ag committee leaders released the text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. The bill will now be considered by the House. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

WASDE reduces 2018-’19 forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has reduced its forecast for 2018-’19 corn use in ethanol in the December edition of its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report. The report also predicts reduced corn imports and larger ending stocks. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

September corn use for ethanol production up year-over-year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsCorn consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 449 million bushels in September, down 7 percent from August, but up 1 percent from September 2017, according to the November edition of USDA's Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Enogen corn, ICM technologies add value at Minnesota plant

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessA recent trial evaluating the use of Enogen corn enzyme technology with ICM’s Selective Milling Technology and Fiber Separation Technology successfully demonstrated that the technologies work well together. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

Cooper brings passion for ag, biofuels to RFA leadership role

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerGeoff Cooper transitioned into the role of president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association last month. He recently discussed his goals for the organization and the ethanol industry with Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

November 12, 2018

UK publishes updated data on sustainable biofuel supply

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

USDA WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessOn Nov. 8, the USDA released the November edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, forecasting corn production for 2018-’19 at 14.626 billion bushels, down 152 million bushels from October on a reduced yield forecast. READ MORE

November 05, 2018

USDA ups forecasts for corn use in ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released selected tables prepared for its upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2028 report, which is scheduled for full release in February. One of the charts illustrates the USDA’s expectations for corn use in ethanol production. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol production down slightly in early October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed during the first half of October was down when compared to the same period of last year. Production and sales of ethanol, however, remained relatively high. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Environmental groups petition EPA over RFS land-use regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA coalition of environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. EPA asking the agency to change how it accounts for land-use changes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Ethanol groups are speaking out against the claims included in the petition. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

High biomass sorghums can compete in water-stressed circumstances

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:FeedstocksBioenergy or high biomass sorghum can be grown in water-stressed situations and still produce good yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study being conducted at Bushland and in Kansas. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

UNICA: Sales of anhydrous ethanol remain high in late September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed by mills in the south-central region of the country was down in late September. Sales of hydrous ethanol, however, remained high. READ MORE

October 11, 2018

WASDE revises corn forecast down, maintains corn use for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksOn Oct. 11, the USDA released the October edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, reducing its 2018-’19 production forecast for corn, but maintaining its forecast for the volume of corn going to ethanol production. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessResearchers are working to understand how the stem juiciness trait evolved in sorghum. Understanding the underlying gene could could help breeders fine-tune this trait in sorghum and other important crops. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

'Turbocharging' photosynthesis in corn hikes yield

BY Cornell University Found In:FeedstocksScientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University have boosted a carbon-craving enzyme called RuBisCO to turbocharge photosynthesis in corn. The discovery promises to be a key step in improving agricultural efficiency and yield. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released the September edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn used for fuel alcohol production reached 480 million bushels in July, up 4 percent from June and up 6 percent from July 2017. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

Researchers study best time to harvest switchgrass

BY Paige Short, Michigan Tech Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessSwitchgrass is a promising biofuel feedstock, but farmers, environmentalists and biofuel developers, find deciding on the right time to harvest particularly thorny. Researchers at Michigan Tech are working to find some answers. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Cellulosic biorefinery to break ground in North Dakota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessA biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in spring 2019. The facility, under development by New Energy Blue, will feature Inbicon technology. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol break bi-weekly record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol set a new bi-weekly record during the second half of August, reaching 1.05 billion liters (277.38 million gallons). READ MORE

September 12, 2018

USDA ups forecasts for corn production, corn use for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA released the September edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Sept. 12, increasing its 18-’19 production forecast for corn and raising its forecast for the volume of corn going to ethanol production. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Increased production, sale of hydrous ethanol continue in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.34 billion liters (353.99 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of August, up 20.32 percent from last year. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

USDA: No 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn Aug. 31, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar. READ MORE