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

November 24, 2015

Kanas Ethanol, Corn LP named to efficient producer list

Kansas Ethanol LLC, Lyons, Kansas, and Corn LP, Goldfield, Iowa.more have received letters of notification that they have been approved as efficient ethanol producers by the U.S. EPA, bringing the total to 52 corn ethanol plants. READ MORE

November 23, 2015

Barley pathway approved for proposed Montana ethanol plant

Developers of a proposed barley-to-ethanol plant for Great Falls, Montana, received notice from the U.S. EPA that its pathway has been approved both as a renewable fuel and as a advanced biofuel, as long as it meets specified energy and yield levels. READ MORE

November 19, 2015

Real cost of producing corn lower today than the late '70s

The real cash cost of producing a bushel of corn and other crops is lower now than during the late 1970s, according to analysis by Ohio State University economist Carl Zulauf in a recent FarmDoc Daily post. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

SD, VA projects receive USDA value-added grant funding

Five bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. Since 2009, USDA has awarded $154 million under the program. READ MORE

November 16, 2015

Probing the FSMA rule

Work begins to help the ethanol industry comply with far-reaching food and feed safety rule. This article appears in the December issue of EPM. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

IEA says 3-fold or greater increase in biofuels possible by 2040

The IEA released its latest World Energy Outlook 2015, saying there are clear signs that an energy transition is under way. The report finds that the plunge in oil prices has set in motion the forces that lead the market to rebalance. READ MORE

November 10, 2015

Market changes in sorghum affect corn use for ethanol projections

USDA projects corn production higher with 169.3 bushel-per-acre yield. Changing sorghum dynamics mean more sorghum to be used for ethanol, lowering corn use for ethanol by 75 million bushels. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

4 new efficient ethanol producers bring EPA EP3 list to 50

One of the Andersons ethanol plants and three Flint Hills Resources plants have been named to the EPA’s list of efficient ethanol producers. The addition of four plants brings the number approved under the EP3 to 50, including one proposed plant. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

Corn crush for ethanol down 4% in September, DDGS down 3%

The corn crush for fuel ethanol, at 427.5 million bushels in September was down 4 percent from August and 5 percent from July, according to a Nov. 2 report. Corn consumed for dry mill fuel production was 89.8 percent and wet mill, 10.2 percent. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

Projections indicate 14.7 B D6 RINs to be generated in 2015

Based on the first nine months of the year and projecting RINs generation through the end of the year shows ample RINs and raises the question of how the U.S. EPA will make adjustments in the final rule. READ MORE