Comment period open until Jan. 28 for proposed 2014 RFS volumes

The U.S. EPA officially published the proposed rule Friday that would set the 2014 volumes for the renewable fuel standard (RFS), marking the opening of the 60-day comment period that will close Jan. 28.
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FTC annual ethanol report finds industry is unconcentrated

The Federal Trade Commission has published its annual report on the status of domestic ethanol production, noting that 158 firms are either producing ethanol or are likely to begin producing ethanol in the next 12 to 18 months.
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Green Plains completes acquisition of Wood River, Fairmont plants

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. has announced that it completed the acquisition of two 110 MMgy ethanol plants previously owned by BioFuel Energy Corp. The plants are located in Wood River, Neb., and Fairmont, Minn.
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Raizen breaks ground on Iogen facility in Brazil

Iogen Corp. and Brazilian ethanol giant Raizen have started construction of a commercial 10 MMgy biomass-to-ethanol facility using Iogen Energy's (a joint venture between Raizen and Iogen Corp.) advanced cellulosic biofuel technology.
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CCC sells sugar under FFP, announces new purchase invitation

The USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. has announced the results of an offer made on Nov. 14 to sell sugar to bioenergy producers under the Feedstock Flexibility Program. The CCC also published a new invitation to purchase sugar under the program.
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Arcadia Biosciences, DuPont Pioneer collaborate on sorghum

Arcadia Biosciences Inc. and DuPont Pioneer have announced their intention to collaborate to develop enabling technology to help manage pollen flow in sorghum, which will help facilitate the development and deployment of agronomic and quality traits.
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ISU data shows profit shift from corn farmer, to ethanol producer

Profits in the ethanol supply chain have shifted in recent months and now accrue to the ethanol producer instead of the corn farmer. Retired Iowa State University extension agricultural economist Don Hofstrand took a closer look at the numbers.
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Report highlights benefits of a comprehensive Farm Bill

A new government report highlights the economic importance of passing a comprehensive Farm Bill. It discusses many benefits of a strong Farm Bill, including those related to the bioeconomy and clean energy.
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Study highlights challenges of using invasive plants as feedstock

According to a recent study at the University of Illinois, harvesting invasive plants for use as biofuels may sound like a great idea, but the reality poses numerous obstacles and is too expensive to consider,
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Scientists capture 'redox moments' in living cells

Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists' ability to create biofuels.
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Ethanol: cost savings, fuel choices and 100 years of gas stations

This Thanksgiving, as Americans take to the highways and rural country roads to visit relatives, they will be zipping past countless gas stations and often stopping to fill up their gas tanks, buy a snack, or simply stretch their legs.
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EPA appoints scientific integrity official

The U.S. EPA has appointed Francesca Grifo as its new scientific integrity official. In her new role, Grifo will coordinate and carry out the agency's scientific integrity policy. She will also chair a standing EPA scientific integrity committee.
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USDA converts spent corn grains into kitty litter

Kitty litter that's nearly 100 percent biodegradable can be made by processing spent grains left over from corn ethanol production. A distillers grains-based litter may provide a new and perhaps higher-value market for the product.
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Industry Events

8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

January 28-28, 2014
The Meadows Conference Center
Altoona, Iowa

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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