Feedstocks

May 13, 2019

In Depth: Feedstock Flexibility

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

WASDE: Corn use for ethanol expected to increase 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksThe USDA has forecast that 5.5 billion bushels of corn will go to U.S. ethanol production during the 2019-’20 season in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, released May 10. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

UNICA: Data shows record setting 2018-’19 season for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data confirming the country set new records for ethanol production, consumption and sales in 2018-’19. UNICA also released data on the first two weeks of the new harvest season. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

USGC: Mexico, Canada stay top markets

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyRecently released data from the USDA and the USGC show that Mexico and Canada remain strong markets for corn exports, and show benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Lawmakers urge robust funding for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerMore than 50 federal lawmakers have spoken out to encourage members of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide robust fiscal year 2020 funding for Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

April 17, 2019

Opinion: Biofuels Education Critical to Ensuring Rural Growth

BY Kelly Manning Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE MAY ISSUE: Educating students key to rural development and growth. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol production sets new record during 2018-’19 season

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released final data for the 2018-’19 crop season, which ended March 31. Ethanol production reached a record high during the season, despite a drop in the volume of sugarcane processed. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

USDA lowers forecast for corn use in ethanol in April WASDE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has reduced its 2018-’19 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 50 million bushels, to 5.5 billion bushels, in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released April 9. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

RFA: New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

UNICA: Corn ethanol production up in early March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data for the first half of March showing continued strong ethanol sales. Sugarcane milling during the period was down, while corn ethanol production was up. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn March 29, the USDA Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

DOE: Journal issue addresses challenges to bioenergy production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe DOE has announced a compendium of new research that explores how grinding, sifting, drying, pelletizing and chemically treating biomass before it reaches the biorefinery could help solve big challenges plaguing today's bioenergy industry. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

USDA: Study shows significant GHG benefits of corn ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA released a new study April 2 that finds GHG emissions from corn ethanol are about 39 percent lower than gasoline. When ethanol is produced at natural gas-powered plants, GHG emissions are even lower, approximately 43 percent below gasoline. READ MORE

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