Susanne Retka Schill

Sue Retka Schill is senior editor at BBI International, writing and editing for Ethanol Producer Magazine and assisting with the editing of other BBI titles, including Biomass Magazine. 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 over 30 years of experience in reporting on agriculture and rural life for regional publications and community newspapers.

Latest Posts by Susanne Retka Schill

April 14, 2015

2015 Ethanol Industry Salary and Satisfaction Survey

A sampling of employees working in ethanol plants paints a broad picture of an industry with hard-working, well-educated, generally well-satisfied and well-paid men and women. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

WASDE: Corn ending stocks up some, big changes to sorghum use

Sorghum supply and demand adjustments took the stage away from corn in this month's USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Significant changes to the sorghum balance sheet reflect the continuing strong demand from China. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Pemex awards 10-year contracts for domestic ethanol in Mexico

Fuel ethanol got a boost in Mexico recently when state-owned oil company, Pemex, awarded four 10-year purchase contracts for anhydrous ethanol. Pemex announced contracts for 123 million liters (32 million gallons) of domestically produced ethanol. READ MORE

April 06, 2015

Prices giving positive ethanol margins, negative for corn farmers

Market conditions in mid-March showed ethanol producers could pay about 10 percent more than the current cash corn price before reaching the plant "shut-down level," according to an analysis by retired Iowa State University economist Robert Wisner. READ MORE

April 01, 2015

Corn crush for ethanol, coproduct production down in February

The corn crush for ethanol production was down 11 percent in February, according to the monthly survey-based report, Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production. USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service publishes the report. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

Corn stocks up, prospective plantings down in USDA reports

Corn acres are expected to be down for the third year in a row, the USDA said in its Prospective Plantings report, and corn stocks are higher, according to the Grain Stocks report, both released March 31. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Maintenance managers meet to share experiences, meet vendors

Ethanol maintenance managers met in Des Moines, Iowa, for their semiannual gathering to meet with vendors and learn from each other. In the best attendance yet, nearly 50 maintenance managers from plants in 12 states gathered, along with 85 vendors. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

Croda to manufacture surfactant from ethanol, opening new market

Croda Inc. is planning to break ground on a $170 million upgrade to its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware. When completed, the company will begin converting between 10 million and 14 million gallons of ethanol into ethylene oxide. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

California demo produces first low-carbon, whole-beet ethanol

Mendota Bioenergy has made the first whole-beet ethanol in a California demonstration facility. The technology promises a carbon intensity rating of 22 to meet state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Patriot Renewables featured in Car Clinic radio show

Bobby Likis featured Judd Hulting, commodities manager at Patriot Renewable Fuels LLC, in Annawan, Illinois, during his two-hour Saturday morning radio show, Bobby Likis Car Clinic, on March 14. READ MORE