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July 12, 2024

By Erin Voegele

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The USDA maintained its forecast for 2024-’25 corn use in ethanol production in its latest WASDE report, released July 12. The agency increased its forecast for corn production and reduced its forecast for corn prices.

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ZFS Riga LLC, a new affiliate of Michigan-based Zeeland Farm Services Inc., has purchased an idle 55 MMgy corn ethanol plant located in Riga Township, Michigan, from Valero Energy. There are no immediate plans to resume ethanol production.

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on July 11 announced up to $36 million in funding to develop technologies to lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by 50% from the cultivation of corn and sorghum used for U.S. ethanol production.

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USGC staff and representatives traveled to Vancouver, Canada, in June to join Advanced Biofuels Canada in hosting a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) policy roundtable on the sidelines of a USDA agribusiness trade mission.

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The International Air Transport Association has called on South Africa to mobilize its experience, resources, and infrastructure to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production.

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As the first-ever ethanol producer to deliver carbon removal credits to the voluntary market, Red Trail Energy and its partners are creating a blueprint for others to follow.

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Efficiency Trade-offs

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By Sue Retka Schill

May 13, 2024

More ethanol and oil wrung from each bushel of corn means less DDGS. How well does it pay?

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The 2024 Ethanol Plant Personnel Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey results show an industry rewarding managers and department heads with pay ranging from $100,000 to over $200,000.

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DENCO II

Lead Operator

POSTED BY: DENCO II

$35+/hour depending on experience Responsible for the operation of the plant to ensure maximum production, quantity, and quality by directly supervising process operators and boiler operators who work on a 12-hour rotating shift schedule while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company.

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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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Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC

Maintenance Electrician

POSTED BY: Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC

Maintenance Electricians are responsible for troubleshooting and identifying the root cause, repairing or replacing parts, repairing, rewiring, and installing related instrument/electrical goods. They ensure that all work performed is in compliance with all local and national electrical codes. The Electrician is also responsible for communicating any problems or concerns with the Maintenance Manager. They must also inform the Maintenance Manager when parts are needed and maintain an inventory of the instrument/electrical/electronic parts. The Electrician is also responsible for assisting in developing, training, and reviewing all pertinent electrical programs and procedures. Employment for this position is conditioned upon successfully passing certain pre-employment requirements.
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