Feedstocks

October 31, 2017

Ethanol a bright spot in otherwise disappointing Q3 for ADM

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessArcher Daniels Midland Co. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 31, reporting increased earnings for the Bioproducts segment due to better ethanol margins. Overall, the company reported adjusted segment operating profit fell 17 percent. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Clariant to build sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

BY Clariant Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessClariant has announced the approval by its board of directors to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant will be built in Romania. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Greenbelt Resources conducts feedstock testing for CCSW

BY Greenbelt Resources Corp. Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessGreenbelt Resources Corp. has agreed to perform feedstock testing with Central Coast Wine Services to test various streams of wastes generated in the winemaking process. The wastes will be tested for use as feedstock for Greenbelt's technology. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

MEP proposal ups renewables targets, phases out crop-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyMEPs are calling for the European Union to source 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, set nationally binding targets for renewable energy, phase-out of palm oil and food-based biofuels and set biomass sustainability standards. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol sales continue to recover

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production reached 2.02 billion liters (533.63 million gallons) during the second half of September, up 11.55 percent when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Pruitt commits to strong RFS, maintaining the point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the agency is expected to set final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations at or above proposed levels. He also indicated EPA will issue a final rule maintaining the current point of obligation. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Reynolds, Grassley continue to push Trump, Pruitt on RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and senators representing several Midwestern states are continuing to push President Donald Trump and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Comment period on EPA’s NODA to reduce RFS RVOs closes Oct. 19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recent notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) must submit comments by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

UW scientists part of $6 million biofuel, carbon capture project

BY University of Wyoming Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsAgricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the October edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, which shows corn use for fuel ethanol was up in July. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

DOE awards Danforth Center $16 million to enhance sorghum

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:FeedstocksThe Donald Danforth Plant Science Center recently announced a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The research aims to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production up in early September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data for first half of September, reporting that mills in the south-central region produced more ethanol than sugar for the second two-week period. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence

BY Huggins Consulting Group LLC Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessCompetitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Grant to help beef up biofuels using evolutionary approaches

BY Michigan State University Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, CellulosicResearchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fight disease in switchgrass by identifying regions of the genome that cause disease resistance. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

STB renews charter of RETAC, schedules Oct. 19 meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has published notices announcing its intent to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee and scheduling the next meeting of the RETAC for Oct. 19. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

BFC keynote addresses policy, technology, economy

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association discussed market trends and their effects on biofuels policies at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis, noting its tough to predict the future. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

UNICA reports increased ethanol sales in late August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data for the second half of August, reporting increased ethanol sales. Ethanol production during the second half of August was up 3.15 percent, with 1.77 billion liters manufactured. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

WASDE forecasts corn production up, corn use for ethanol down

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has increased the 2017-’18 outlook for corn production in the September edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, noting greater feed and residual use, higher ending stocks and lower prices are also expected. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

USDA: 455 million bushels of corn consumed for ethanol in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the September edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses reached 509 million bushels in July. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

Rex expects improved corn prices, ethanol demand in third quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyRex American Resources has released financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, reporting net sales and revenues of $108.7 million, down 6 percent compared to the $115.7 million reported during the second quarter of last year. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

August 29, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production rebounds slightly in early August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association has announced sales of hydrous ethanol increased at mills in the south-central region of Brazil during the first half of August, while the ratio of sugar production decreased. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

Report discusses future of ethanol market in Spain

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides insight into the future ethanol market in Spain following the 2016 expiration of the ethanol-specific biofuel blending target. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

Opinion: Channels of Change

BY Tom BryanFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the October issue of the magazine, including feature articles about DCS replacement, dryer technology, policy and coproducts. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Vertimass completes intermediate technology validation with DOE

BY Vertimass LLC Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessVertimass LLC recently announced completion of intermediate technology validation from the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technology Office. The company believes BETO verification paves the way for it to move to the demonstration scale. READ MORE