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May 24, 2024

By Erin Voegele


Verbio on May 23 celebrated the groundbreaking of a conversion project at its ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana, that will allow the facility to produce both ethanol and renewable natural gas (RNG) using an innovative production approach.

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Growth Energy has presented Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen with its highest honor—the America’s Fuel Award— in recognition of his commitment to American bioethanol and his efforts to make Nebraska’s biofuels industry among the strongest in the nation.

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The U.S. Grains Council on May 21 received notice of additional funding from the USDA under its Regional Agriculture Promotion Program. The award will disperse $17 million to the USGC for use in developing U.S. export markets.

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Kansas Corn Growers Association members are celebrating the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard which is entering its 15th year. While the RFS was enacted in 2005, its expansion in 2007 (RFS2) led to the significant impact of renewable fuels to the nation’s economy and environment.

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The U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $2.18 million in funding to four additional projects as part of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) 2023 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) call.

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Featured Articles

Trident Automation leverages its industry experience and innovation to help ethanol producers maintain and install distributed control systems.

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Data collection, storage and reporting are vital to ethanol plant operations. A Minnesota-based software integrator is automating those functions to help producers optimize business processes and drive financial success.

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Eight Midwest states now have federal approval to allow E15 sales year-round—but not until 2025. For proponents of the stepped-up blend, the regulatory victory is bittersweet, and their sights are set on a larger goal.

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A Proposal To Press

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By Luke Geiver

April 01, 2024

Is the diaphragm filter press a viable alternative to the centrifuge decanters used in dry mill DDGS production? A pair of engineers from the U.S. and China think so.

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FEW Panel Preview: Shrikant Rathi, PRAJ Industries Limited

This month's Ethanol Producer Magazine podcast features, Shrikant Rathi, Executive Director at PRAJ Industries Limited. Hosted by Danielle Piekarski, Program Coordinator of the Int'l Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. To learn more from Shrikant, make sure to tune in to his panel, “Enhancing Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production: Innovative Decarbonization Strategies for Existing Ethanol Plants” at 10:30 am on Monday, June 10. View More.

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Granite Falls Energy

Process Operators

POSTED BY: Granite Falls Energy

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Learn and operate all processes associated with the plant, • Learn and operate DCS (computer control system) for the plant. • Learn and follow procedures for plant start-up, shut down, cleaning and batching. • Keep accurate and timely logs. • Respond to collected data and make adjustment to optimize plant operation. • Keep plant facilities clean. • Keep operators coming on shift briefed on what has happened and what is supposed to be done during the next shift. • Do quality control test on product streams. • Responsible for notifying supervisor of any problems. • Complete any and all tasks assigned by Supervisor. • Safe work practices are a condition of employment. Report any safety issue or problem to your supervisor and safety coordinator immediately. • Maintain a team environment with other plant employees. • Perform other duties as necessary/assigned. • Promote Granite Falls Energy, LLC in the community.
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Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

Maintenance Technician

POSTED BY: Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

POSITION PURPOSE Responsible for the repair and maintenance of the plant equipment to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES • Repair or replace plant equipment or systems on a scheduled or emergency basis. • Perform preventative maintenance activities as required. • Communicate directly with production and shipping/receiving department to coordinate maintenance and repair work. • Assist with diagnosing and trouble-shooting maintenance related issues. • Assist with new installations and other projects, as requested by supervisor. • Work with engineer and external contractors to plan and implement installation of new equipment or systems. • Participate and follow all safety, health, and environmental programs. • Know and understand city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to maintenance and plant equipment, and work in a manner to ensure that these regulations are met at all times. • Work in a safe manner at all times. • Participate in programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness. • Be available for overtime work on a scheduled or call-in basis as required. • Know and understand basic machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION The majority of time will be spent in the plant. All types of chemical industry equipment are used in the plant to include, but not limited to fermentation vessels, jet cookers, agitators, mixing and milling equipment, distillation columns, centrifuges and distributive control systems. May be exposed to loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, extreme hot and cold depending on weather conditions. Must be able to climb ladders and work at elevations of 175 feet. Must be able to speak and listen clearly. Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy. Travel required or as needed. For more detail please review the ADA questionnaire on file in Human Resources. PHYSICAL STRENGTH: This job may require lifting of up to 50 pounds occasionally. INTENT AND FUNCTION OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

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International Flavors & Fragrances

Technical Service Account Manager - Grain Processing

POSTED BY: International Flavors & Fragrances

At IFF, we work tirelessly to discover flavors and fragrances that inspire customers and delight consumers. Passionate, creative, empowered, and expert, we are constantly looking for new challenges—and developing new-to-world solutions that answer them.  The Technical Service Account Manager of Grain Processing will be directly responsible for providing technical service to existing and new customer accounts within the Carbohydrate Processing and Fuel Alcohol markets. Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Help customers optimize enzyme/yeast performance through routine plant visits to perform process audits and lab analysis. Provide training and guidance to the customer for product selection and application optimization. Analyze process and lab data to make recommendations for improvement to the process. Develop tools or models to improve data analysis. Help develop and execute account plans. Assess business development opportunities from a commercial and technical perspective. Establish/maintain strong contacts both externally (at customer) and internally with sales, marketing, R&D.
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