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

October 23, 2014

Economist: Ethanol profits face decline

Ethanol production profits hit a wall in the past month, according to an analysis by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin in a recent FarmDocDaily post. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Reinvention With LESS Innovation

A legacy ethanol plant showcases a new low-energy solids separation system. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

A French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

USDA projects record corn yield of 172.4 b/a, 14.47 B total

USDA October supply/demand report projects corn yield at record 172.4 bushels per acre and record corn production at 14.47 billion bushels, coming in slightly lower than the trade's average prediction. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

Argonne lowers land use change GHG emissions for corn ethanol

Argonne National Laboratory modeling lowers land use change GHG emissions to 7.6 7.6 gCO2e/MJ, down from 9.0 in last year's modeling and four-times lower than the 28 gCO2e/MJ value used by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Ethanol impacts questioned in comments to rail safety rule

Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association outlined multiple issues in their comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's proposed rail transportation safety rules. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

Record corn use for ethanol reported for 2013-'14 marketing year

Ethanol production for the corn-marketing year just ended (September through August) reached a record 14.15 billion gallons, using a record 5.125 billion bushels of corn, according to a data analysis by University of Illinois economist Darrel Good. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Genscape suggests 75 million cellulosic RINs possible in 2014

Cellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, while biogas could contribute another 67.5 million D3 RINs, suggests a new white paper from Genscape. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

NASS launches survey of ethanol corn use, coproduct production

In late October, ethanol producers will be receiving the first of what will become monthly surveys to report corn crush and coproduct production to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Proposed Southern Illinois ethanol plant under development

A small town in southern Illinois has landed two grants totaling nearly $4 million for infrastructure projects to support a proposed ethanol plant. Project details on the proposed facility are expected to be released soon. READ MORE