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

December 17, 2014

Iogen announces startup of Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant

Ottawa-based Iogen Corp. announced its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is producing ethanol in Brazil. The first 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) has been distributed by Brazilian ethanol producer Raizen to its network of gas stations. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Benchmarking the Ethanol Lab

Quality control depends on accurate test results, but how do ethanol labs control their own quality? READ MORE

December 12, 2014

Economists project impact of lower gas prices on ethanol profits

With oil prices dropping dramatically, the possible impact on ethanol profitability was examined by University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good in a recent FarmDocDaily post. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

Economist examines hedgers concerns with proposed CFTC rules

Commodity hedgers are facing another round of changes in position limits. The comment period has been reopened for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's last proposal on position limits for agricultural commodities. READ MORE

December 10, 2014

Prime the Pump seeks to expand E15 infrastructure

The fate of an ordinance that would require gas stations in Chicago to carry E15 is still unknown. Passed by the city council's finance committee on Monday, a vote by the full council was deferred Dec. 10 for at least a month. READ MORE

December 10, 2014

Few adjustments to corn supply, demand made in December report

Supply and demand numbers for U.S. feed grains were mostly unchanged in the Dec. 10 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, with a small increase in projected corn food, seed and industrial use reducing ending stocks slightly. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Report on rail car retrofits pegs $5.3 B cost to ethanol in 2019

A new report prepared by economic research firm The Brattle Group showed that the proposed Department of Transportation rule on rail tank cars could cost the economy as much as $60 billion. The ethanol industry is expected to be impacted. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

Novozymes launches enzyme for biodiesel from corn, waste oils

Novozymes has launched a new enzyme, trademarked Eversa, for the conversion of lower-grade oils, such as waste cooking oil or corn oil, into biodiesel meeting the same trade specifications as biodiesel created through traditional chemical processing. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Trestle Energy gets low carbon intensity rating for ethanol in BC

Trestle Energy LLC has received approval from the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for three fuel pathways that drive down the carbon intensity of corn ethanol. The approach focuses on leveraging the agricultural sector. READ MORE

November 28, 2014

New ethanol distillation technology tests show 75% energy savings

A new distillation technology is ready to be tested at pilot scale, according to Dick Burton, CEO of Distillation Technologies Inc. He and his brother Sam Burton, have spent seven years developing the technology trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation. READ MORE