Feedstocks

June 30, 2022

USDA: US planted corn acreage down 4%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksU.S. farmers have planted an estimated 89.9 million acres of corn in 2022, down 4 percent when compared to last year, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Acreage report, released June 30. READ MORE

June 30, 2022

Corn use for fuel ethanol production at 415M bushels in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for June, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol in April was down when compared to the previous month, but up when compared to April 2021. READ MORE

June 29, 2022

USDA expects no actions under Feedstocks Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on June 29 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2021, which runs from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022. READ MORE

June 29, 2022

Vilsack announces bioproduct pilot program

BY USDA Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products that have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials. READ MORE

June 27, 2022

New grain ethanol plant under development in southern Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe government of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, on June 20 announced an agreement with Brazilian biodiesel producer BSBios for the development of a grain ethanol plant that will process corn, wheat, triticale, rice and sorghum. READ MORE

June 24, 2022

PNNL: New artificial enzyme breaks down tough, woody lignin

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicA new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through lignin, the tough polymer that helps woody plants hold their shape, according to PNNL. Lignin also stores tremendous potential for renewable energy and materials. READ MORE

June 20, 2022

Genetically modified corn does not damage non-target organisms

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:FeedstocksThe largest, highest quality analysis of data ever conducted reveals that genetically modified Bt corn has little impact on nontarget insects and other organisms, especially compared to growing conventional corn. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

UNICA: Ethanol sales down in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing that sugarcane processing and ethanol production during the second half of May were roughly flat with last year. Ethanol sales were down slightly. READ MORE

June 14, 2022

FEW speakers focus on carbon, new market opportunities

BY Tom Bryan and Katie Schroeder Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerSome of the biggest names in ethanol kicked off the general session of the 38th International Fuel Ethanol Conference & Expo on June 14 with discussions focused on policy, carbon and new market opportunities. READ MORE