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February 19, 2019

SIRE reports increased ethanol production, challenging margins

BY Erin VoegeleSouthwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC recently released financial results for the three months ended Dec. 31, reporting the company was impacted by a difficult margin environment. Ethanol production volumes, however, were up. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

Ethanol industry boosts Minnesota’s economy by $2.3 billion

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study completed by ABF Economics and released by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

USGC: First shipment of DDGS made to Vietnam under new protocols

BY U.S. Grains Council USGC Regional Director for Southeast Asia Manuel Sanchez and USGC Vietnam Country Representative Tran Trong Nghia witnessed the first bulk shipment of DDGS made to Vietnam under new fumigation protocols as it was discharged in January. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Bustos: CCS bill would benefit ethanol producers

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives that aims to support the development and demonstration of carbon capture and removal technologies could benefit ethanol producers, according to Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Randy Ives honored With USGC Lifetime Achievement Award

BY U.S. Grains Council Randy Ives—a longtime agribusiness delegate to theUSGC and a key figure in the organization’s development of DDGS and ethanol market development programs—was honored last week with the Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Kansas Ethanol signs agreement to use Enogen corn from Syngenta

BY Syngenta On Feb. 13, Syngenta announced a three-year marketing agreement with Kansas Ethanol LLC to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 80 MMgy ethanol plant in Lyons, Kansas. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in November, sorghum use up

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Product Production report with data for November, indicating corn use for fuel ethanol was down during the month. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Study reveals positive impact of Nebraska’s ethanol indstury

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board A recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity increased by 23 percent since 2014, and continues to be a significant driver of economic impact for the state. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Spending bill urges EPA to quickly process eRIN applications

BY RFS Power Coalition The RFS Power Coalition today applauded the spending bill passed by both the House and the Senate. The committee report of the Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision to encourage EPA to process eRIN applications. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

The Andersons reports profitable Q4 for ethanol group

BY Erin VoegeleThe Andersons Inc. has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that its ethanol group was profitable during the quarter despite the low margin environment. Results for the group, however, were down year-over-year. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

Durbin asks Wheeler to commit to finalizing E15 rule by June

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is urging the U.S. EPA to finalize a rule to allow year-round sales of E15. Due to the delay created by the recent government shutdown, he said he is concerned with the agency’s ability to complete the rule by this summer. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

Republican senators threaten Wheeler’s confirmation over RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 11, five Republican senators sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler suggesting that his willingness to bend to oil industry interests over the Renewable Fuel Standard will impact their upcoming confirmation votes. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

Sleight to retire as USGC president and CEO

BY U.S. Grains Council Tom Sleight, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Grains Council since 2012, will retire in the summer following the appointment of his successor, the Council announced at the organization’s meeting this week in Cartagena, Colombia. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

East Kansas Agri Energy, Dinneen honored at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonAt the final day of the NEC in Orlando, Florida, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper honored East Kansas Agri-Energy and past RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen for their dedication to the ethanol industry. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Censky: US ethanol industry has a friend in USDA

BY Matt ThompsonUnited States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky spoke at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference, and told attendees that USDA is a strong advocate for the U.S. ethanol industry, both at home and abroad. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

EIA increases 2020 ethanol production forecast in February STEO

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its previous forecast for 2019 ethanol production, but slightly increasing the production forecast for 2020. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Aemetis announces $125M USDA loan guarantee for Riverbank plant

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 13 that the USDA has issued a conditional commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Erickson to leave BIO after 19 years, open consulting company

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that after 19 years leading the Industrial and Environmental Section, Executive Vice President Brent Erickson will step down from the organization in March 2019 to begin new business ventures. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Former Sen. Tom Daschle advocates high-octane fuels at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonFormer U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle delivered a speech at the RFA’s National Ethanol Conference advocating for a high-octane standard while keeping the RFS, removing regulatory barriers for higher ethanol blends, and collaborating with stakeholders. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Cooper discusses industry achievements, 2019 goals at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonGeoff Cooper, president and CEO of the RFA, addressed attendees of the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, and outlined RFA’s goals for the coming year, which include advocating for the RFS and and a high-octane fuel standard. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Advanced biofuel producers ask Congress to extend tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleA group of advanced biofuel producers are urging leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means to extend two tax credits that are critical to the development and deployment of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

RFA: Ethanol industry makes important contribution to US economy

BY Renewable Fuels Association The U.S. ethanol industry faced a number of regulatory and marketplace challenges in 2018, but continued to make a remarkable contribution to the nation’s economy, according to a new study released at the RFA's 24th annual NEC. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

Green Plains considers selling up to 3 additional ethanol plants

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 11, Green Plains Inc. released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting net income attributable to the company of $53.5 million, or $1.13 per diluted share. The company also indicated it could sell additional ethanol plants this year. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

RFA releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

BY Renewable Fuels Association At the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known as go-to sources for reliable information and data on America’s ethanol industry. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

Growth Energy hosts 10th annual ELC Conference

BY Growth Energy The 10th Annual Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference concluded after three days at the Terranea Report in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Over 400 attendees attended the event, which featured industry experts and Growth Energy staff. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

WASDE reduces 2018/19 forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has reduced its 2018/2019 projection for corn use in ethanol production by 25 million bushels when compared to its December forecast in the latest edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Feb. 8. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

USGC Chart of Note: Sales to Korea since KORUS have set records

BY U.S. Grains Council According to the USGC, South Korea has been buying U.S. grains in all forms at explosive rates since KORUS went into effect in 2012. Since that time, Korea has set or broken sales records for purchases of ethanol, DDGS, corn and sorghum. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Minnesota offers grants for biofuel blending infrastructure

BY Ron Kotrba The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has opened the application process for biofuel blending infrastructure grant funding under its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program. The deadline for submission is 4:00 pm Central time April 5. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Aemetis begins permitting, construction of RNG project

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 7 that it has initiated the permitting and construction phase of its multi-dairy renewable biomethane digester cluster. The project will produce RNG will be used in ethanol production or as a vehicle fuel. READ MORE

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