Deinove announces progress with single-step cellulosic processing

Paris-based Deinove recently announced that its research and development team, in cooperation with partners in its Deinol program, successfully isolated and optimized a strain of Deinococcus bacteria to produce ethanol from wheat-based feedstock.
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Algeria eliminates taxes, duties on U.S. corn and co-products

After a three and a half year effort, the U.S. Grains Council, in cooperation with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service in Algeria, has successfully influenced the removal of the value added tax (VAT) and custom tax on all feed imports in Algeria.
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Sorghum in spotlight due to drought, pending EPA action

For years, National Sorghum Producers have advocated for increasing the use of grain sorghum, or milo, as an ethanol feedstock. Lately, the idea seems to be gaining steam, due to drought conditions and other factors.
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Fall fuel change brings new opportunities for E15

Sept. 15 marks the expiration date for the U.S. EPA's summer volatility restriction for gasolines. The EPA's E15 approval included a summer vapor pressure restriction to 9 psi, creating the need for a specialty blendstock unavailable in many areas.
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Deadline for NCGA student video competition nears

The deadline for the National Corn Growers Association "Ethanol Rocks" video contest is fast approaching. The competition is open to all active high school and college students and invites applicants to produce a video promoting the use of ethanol.
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Fire researchers develop new handbook on silo fires

The Swedish SP Fire Technology is publishing a new handbook, "Fires in silos," presenting a method of tackling silo fires. The handbook has been published in Swedish, with an English version to be available shortly.
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Neb. Governor proclaims September is Renewable Fuels Month

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman declared September as Renewable Fuels Awareness month in Nebraska during a visit to Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island. The proclamation was coordinated through the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board.
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Growth Energy members talk up benefits of ethanol, need for RFS

A group of Growth Energy members spoke out in defense of the renewable fuel standard and U.S. ethanol during a Sept. 12 conference call held the final day of Growth Energy's three-day conference. Speakers included management of three ethanol plants.
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Ag Energy Coalition calls for passage of Farm Bill

The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today called on Congress to pass a five-year Farm Bill with mandatory funding for a strong Energy Title, while a rally held by Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., called for a timely passage of a long-term Farm Bill.
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Agrivida completes Series C financing round

Agrivida Inc. recently announced it raised $15 million in Series C financing. The round was led by Bright Capital Partners. The funding will be used to advance the development and commercialization of its proprietary technologies.
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RFS waiver comment period extended 15 days to Oct. 11

The comment period on the renewable fuel standard waiver request has been extended by 15 days. Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA assistant administrator for the office of Air and Radiation, signed a notice Sept. 10, which extends the comment period to Oct. 11
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USDA projects US corn crop at 122.8 bushels per acre

The USDA dropped its estimate for the national average corn yield by 0.6 bushels to 122.8 bushels per acre on Aug. 12, a figure on the higher side of some trade estimates that projected yields dropping below 120 bushels per acre.
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E2 report estimates advanced biofuel production through 2015

A report recently published by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that the advanced and cellulosic biofuel industries are well-positioned to meet demand under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and federal renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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IRFA launches E15 billboard campaign

With the imminent introduction of E15 to Iowa motorists, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently launched a new billboard campaign, announcing that E15 will soon be available at the Linn Co-op Oil Co. in Marion, Iowa.
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USDA considering adding DDGS, pork to export sales report

In recent years, the USDA has received numerous requests from the U.S. pork and ethanol industries to add pork and distillers grains to a Foreign Agricultural Services USDA export sales report. Now, that may become a reality.
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Researchers win grant to assess impact of bioenergy projects

A team of researchers will spend five years assessing the social, economic and ecological impacts of bioenergy projects in Michigan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The project was made possible by a $4.81 million National Science Foundation grant.
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Propel opens new fueling station in downtown Sacramento, Calif.

Propel Fuels, a leading retailer of renewable fuels and clean mobility solutions, has announced the opening of its newest renewable fuel station, co-located at the Mak's Valero station at 1101 Broadway in downtown Sacramento, Calif.
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Terrabon files for bankruptcy

Houston-based Terrabon Inc. has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Under Chapter 7 proceedings, the company's operations will cease and a trustee will be tasked with liquidating the company's assets for the benefit of creditors.
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