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February 23, 2024

By Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association

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A study by the University of Minnesota Extension shows the ethanol industry contributed $2.5 billion to Minnesota’s GDP in 2023. The industry produced 1.35 billion gallons of ethanol, which in turn resulted in $6.6 billion of economic activity.

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Novonesis, formerly Novozymes, has introduced new yeast technology— Innova Delta, which allows plants using non-GM yeasts to achieve operational performance on par with their global peers using the most advanced GM yeasts.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was up slightly the week ending Feb. 16, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 22. Ethanol stocks were down more than 1% and exports were up nearly 59%

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The U.S. EPA issued a final rule on Feb. 22 that will allow E15 to be sold year-round in eight Midwestern states beginning in 2025. The ethanol industry has welcomed the rule but is expressing disappointment in its delayed implementation.

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Raízen, an integrated energy company, and Wärtsilä, the global leader in power system technologies for marine and energy markets, signed a decarbonization agreement in order to advance decarbonization of the marine sector.

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Harvestone Low Carbon Partners’ Blue Flint Ethanol plant in North Dakota has brought its carbon capture and storage operation online—and with it, it’s vision for what’s to come.

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Rise of the Bioforge

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By Luke Geiver

January 04, 2024

Building a 500,000-square-foot plant next to an ADM wet mill in southeastern Minnesota, Solugen is poised to make a big impact on the biomanufacturing sector.

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The POET Bioproducts Center at South Dakota State University has opened its doors to support innovation in bioprocessing, expand the bioeconomy, and prepare a new generation of bioproduct manufacturing professionals.

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Still facing obstacles in historically large markets like Brazil and China, exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers grains met expectations in 2023, thanks to their largest customers in North America and myriad small and mid-sized buyers around the world.

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