Susanne Retka Schill

Sue Retka Schill is managing editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine and and a senior editor at BBI International.  She started working with BBI International in late 2006 and has written on a  variety of topics for Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biodiesel Magazine and Biomass Magazine. She has years of experience in reporting on agriculture and rural life for regional publications and community newspapers.


Latest Posts by Susanne Retka Schill

May 22, 2022

Workable Volatility

Corn and natural gas prices are spiking to levels not seen in over a decade. The effect of those rising costs would be dire if the values of ethanol, DDGS and corn oil weren’t also riding high. READ MORE

March 15, 2022

Business of Good Health

Thirty years ago, Bob Thornberg stepped away from ethanol in pursuit of fermentation’s feed and food derivatives. His vision grew into a thriving ag enterprise with multiple locations, global sales and a growing portfolio of products. READ MORE

December 23, 2021

Flying Up Close and Within

Ethanol industry drone applications are soaring far beyond aerial photography. Plant personnel are now using the technology both around and inside their facilities. They're even gaining experience with technical confined space inspections. READ MORE

October 08, 2021

Carbon Counting on the Farm

As the ethanol industry sets its sights on net-zero CI, it is calling for an accurate reconciliation of corn production’s CO2 balance. Finally, it appears that both growers and biofuel producers may soon be rewarded for climate-smart practices. READ MORE

August 19, 2021

Together, Determined In Des Moines

Nearly 2,000 attendees, many returning to in-person events for the first time in two years, were briefed on policy objectives and producer priorities at ethanol's big summer show, the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

July 25, 2021

Revisiting CHP

Carbon reduction incentives are improving the payback on cogeneration for ethanol plants. Only a fraction of U.S. producers are currently doing it, but that could change as the industry has new reasons to get more efficient with heat and power. READ MORE

July 24, 2021

Ethanol to Electrons

Beyond transportation fuel, ethanol could contribute to greener electricity. From large-scale power generation to support the grid to small and decentralized applications that provide renewable energy for remote electric vehicle charging. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

Renewable Diesel Rising

A projected spike in renewable diesel production, partnered with rising corn oil prices, presents a market opportunity for ethanol producers. READ MORE

April 13, 2021

Keeping Bacteria At Bay

Producers modify antimicrobial protocols in response to multiple process and input changes, including new yeast and enzyme offerings, as well as high-protein feed production. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

The Standoff for E30

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy may be just a block or two apart on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., but they are miles apart on their long-term outlook for ethanol. Seemingly disparate objectives make E30s future less clear. READ MORE