Inside January 2014

Features

A Squad Trained to Score

BY Susanne Retka SchillGlacial Lakes Energy began using its scorecard early in 2012 to track performance at the company’s two plants. As the program took off, the management team rolled out a certified operator training regimen last year to further boost its metrics. READ MORE

Iowa’s Biofuels Voice

BY Ron KotrbaMonte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, has seen the U.S. ethanol industry grow from less than 2 billion gallons in 2000 to well over 13 billion gallons today. His focus now: growing the market and protecting the RFS. READ MORE

Sky High with Six Sigma

BY Chris HansonThe iconic variability-reduction system developed by Motorola in the 1980s is helping several U.S. ethanol plants and industry service providers boost operational performance and improve their bottom line results. READ MORE

Contributions

Round Robins Give Lab Managers Feedback on Test Methods

BY Wayne MattsfieldQuality assurance programs in ethanol plant labs is the primary and most immediate feedback tool for monitoring plant efficiencies and internal practices, but only when procedural accuracy and precision are in place and working right. READ MORE

Distilled - Ethanol News & Trends

Commodities

Consumer demand holding strong

BY Rick Kment, DTNIt is uncertain if ethanol futures will be able to hold the strong front month premium, as traders in the market scramble to secure short-term supplies. But the aggressive RBOB market has given traders confidence going into the holiday season. READ MORE

DDGS prices under high export demand, price appreciation

BY Sean Broderick, CHS Inc. Seeking protein value, domestic feeders are paying up to keep DDGS in their rations. Meanwhile, export markets remain brisk, container logistics continue to be a factor, and both RFS uncertainties and China's mounting regulatory pressures persist. READ MORE

Some shale gas plays not currently economic

BY Ben Straus, U.S. Energy Services The ability to access energy from shale will drive down the cost of production for American industries. In the case of natural gas, however, the story is always complicated below the surface, and the rate of production has slowed. READ MORE

Corn market lackluster in November, but cash market strong

BY Jason Sagebiel, INTL FCStone Inc. The month of November exhibited a lackluster market with a highly anticipated report due to the missed October USDA report. It offered a slightly bullish tone because some data reported was friendly relative to what the trade was expecting. READ MORE

Columns

The Fight Continues

BY Brian Jennings

New Year, Renewed Challenges

BY Tom Buis, Growth Energy

New Headaches For Distillers Grains Producers

BY Leah Ziemba, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Business Briefs