Feedstocks

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

September 07, 2018

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UD researchers develop novel two-step CO2 conversion technology

BY University of Delaware Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessResearchers at the University of Delaware’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology has discovered a novel two-step process to increase the efficiency of carbon dioxide electrolysis, a chemical reaction that can aid in the production of fuels. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

DOE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research

BY University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessWith the announcement of a $1.1 million grant for sorghum disease resistance research led by the University of Illinois, the Department of Energy is signaling a new investment in the future of the crop. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Report: Ethanol production in Brazil to increase 9% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Network provides an update of Brazil’s biofuel industry, predicting the country’s ethanol production will reach 30.755 billion liters this year. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

NCGA says USDA trade aid not enough, calls for RFS, E15 support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released details on the $12 billion in aid it previously announced would be provided to assist farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs. The NCGA said the plan will provide little relief to corn farmers. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

Red River Biorefinery breaks ground in North Dakota

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAn ethanol plant that will process sugar beet tailings, as well as potato and pasta processing waste held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 22, despite the fact that construction already has begun on the 11-acre site. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol sets a new record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, recently announced that sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record during the second half of July, reaching approximately 930.4 million liters (245.79 million gallons). READ MORE

August 03, 2018

UNICA: New record set for bioweekly hydrous ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released sugarcane milling and ethanol production data for the first half of July, reporting ethanol production was up 26.24 percent when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Attis announces site for biorefinery, selects feedstock provider

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessIn mid-July Attis Industries announced plans to purchase a site in Georgia to locate its first commercial-scale biorefinery and said it has executed a letter of intent with a timber company to provide feedstock for the proposed facility. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

UNICA: Production, sales of hydrous ethanol up in late June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, reported production units in the country’s south-central region produced 2.35 billion liters of ethanol during the second half of June, up 30.44 percent when compared to the same period of 2017. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

The highly complex sugarcane genome has finally been sequenced

BY CIRAD Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessAn international team coordinated by CIRAD has sequenced the sugarcane genome. It will now be possible to "modernize" the methods used to breed sugarcane varieties. This will be a real boon to the sugar and biomass industry. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

In Depth: Policy, Production, Potential

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: A recap the events at the 2018 FEW in Omaha, Nebraska, including an opening speech from Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor; panels focused on efficiency, compliance, finance and more; and a tour of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy READ MORE

July 12, 2018

WASDE: 2018-’19 corn production up, ethanol use revised down

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, FeedstocksThe USDA has released the July edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, increasing its predictions for 2018’19 corn production and revising estimates for the amount of corn going to ethanol production. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets

BY International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Found In:FeedstocksA new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

USDA announces United Sorghum Checkoff Program board appointments

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn July 5, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board, which helps to increase demand for sorghum both domestically and internationally. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

North Dakota ethanol plant to explore use of barley feedstock

BY Industrial Commission of North Dakota Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded a grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using barley to produce a high-value protein concentrate designed for aquaculture and a low-carbon advanced ethanol at Dakota Spirit AgEnergy. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol sales set new record during first half of June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that mills in the south-central region of the country sold a record 1.41 billion liters (372.48 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of June. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

USGC: Trade school empowers corn state leaders to talk trade

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyNearly 50 corn state leaders convened in St. Louis, Missouri, in June to arm themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for trade at and event conducted by the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

USDA: No Q3 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The USDA will issue its estimate for the fourth quarter by Sept. 1. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

USDA: April corn use for ethanol up year-over-year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for June, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol reached 445 million bushels in April, down 6 percent from March but up 3 percent from April 2017. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Forest Concepts wins DOE funding to improve biomass handling

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessForest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

In Depth: Zero to 10 Million in 5 years

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

In Depth: Sweet-Spot Search

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Cellulose molecules are more complex than starch molecules, so employing the proper enzymes in cellulosic ethanol production is vital. Optimization research is ongoing. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

In Depth: A Shift in Power

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Energy recycling technologies and changing market dynamics provide new options for electricity production, and revive opportunities for old ones. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

In Depth: Proof of Improvement

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: The energy efficiency push has achieved industry-wide results that experts hope can change outdated government and consumer perceptions of ethanol’s benefits. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

In Depth: Gallons Gained

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Energy efficiency projects in distillation, dryers and centrifuges are reducing expenses and natural gas usage, but also boosting plants’ capacities. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

Opinion: Energy, Enzymes and Eco-Friendly Efforts

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Managing editor previews this issue of the magazine including features about energy efficiency-boosting methods for plants, energy efficiency improvement data, how far combined-heat-and-power applications have come and more. READ MORE