February 2015

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Business Briefs

By Staff


Donna Funk

Export Incentive Viable Option For Producers

By Donna Funk


Taking Root

By Tim Portz


Year-end U.S. fuel ethanol exports are expected to exceed 800 million gallons, second only to the record-breaking 1.19 billion gallons exported in 2011.

BASIC POPULARITY:  Volkswagen do Brasil has built the Gol since 1980. The economical subcompact meets the needs of Brazilian consumers, including running on any blend of ethanol, up to E100.

TotalFlex Capabilities

By Susanne Retka Schill

Volkwagen Gol sets shining example for flex-fuel vehicles, running on any blend of ethanol up to E100 in Brazil.

Trade missions set out to identify opportunities and constraints in ethanol export markets.

After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world's top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?

Long before farmers are ready to buy the implements required to grow and harvest energy crops, leading OEMs leverage robust research and development organizations to get them engineered.

The University of Iowa is searching for the right biomass feedstock to cofire with coal at its power plant, and miscanthus is one option a few early adopters are testing.


Record global supplies and increased competition limit growth for U.S. corn exports in the short-term.

Harvesting cattails and other wetland plants may control their presence in the landscape and serve as a biomass source too.


CODIGESTION POTENTIAL: The University of Guelph Ridgetown campus in Ontario has a 250-kW digester housed at the CARES, or Center for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability, research facility.

Grass to Gas

By Katie Fletcher

Grassland and perennial biomass streams are being tapped for conversion as supplemental feedstock in anaerobic digesters. These streams are considered in the biogas market for their environmental benefits, high-yielding rates and reliability.

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