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

June 26, 2015

Ethanol profits remain strong in 2015, after slow start

Were the record profits in the ethanol industry during the past couple of years a temporary blip? Or are they reflecting a new normal, driven by a robust ethanol export market? “The answer appears to be some of both,” writes Scott Irwin. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

Novel distillation to be scaled, tested by modular system builder

Distillation Technologies Inc. and Easy Energy Systems Inc. announced an agreement to build and test DTI’s technology at pilot scale. DTI's patented and trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation system reduces the energy needed for distillation. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

79% in Sully County SD approve rezoning for ethanol plant

Ring-Neck Energy and Feed clears two hurdles, getting voter approval for its challenged zoning permit and notice from EPA that the plant meets GHG reduction requirements. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

Illinois economists examine long-term trajectory of proposed RVO

University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin, Darrell Good continue their analysis of the implications of the EPA's proposed RVO, this time through 2022. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Proposed RVO raises multiple questions for Illinois economists

The U.S. EPA's May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) is under scrutiny by University of Illinois economists in recent FarmDocDaily posts authored by Jonathan Coppess, Scott Irwin and Darrel Good. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

USDA increases corn ending stocks on less use for ethanol

In the June supply/demand report, USDA increased corn beginning stocks for the 2015-'16 crop year based on new projections that lower the corn use for ethanol production. The report left projected corn production for 2015-'16 unchanged. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Cracking The Kernel For Higher Value Products

Researchers hope phytate replicates the corn oil extraction success story, but the history of zein shows it can be a slow and difficult road to success. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

Illinois economist: Corn-for-ethanol demand to remain strong

Demand for corn for ethanol production appears to be on solid footing, writes University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good, in his column "Weekly Outlook: Assessing Corn Demand for Domestic Ethanol Blending," distributed by FarmDocDaily. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

CAIR: Corn crush for ethanol, DDGS both down 7 percent in April

Corn for fuel alcohol, at 409.0 million bushels, was down 7 percent from March but up 3 percent from the short month of February, as reported by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service in the monthly Current Agricultural Industry Report. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

FEW panel optimistic on ethanol outlook, despite EPA rule

If the ethanol industry unites behind a common goal, "we will be undefeatable," Big River Resources CEO Ray Defenbaugh told the opening session at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop underway in Minneapolis. READ MORE