Ethanol exports reach 25-month high in January, Brazil top draw

In January, U.S. ethanol exports reached 86.2 million gallons, the highest monthly export total since December 2011, according to government data released last week. Brazil was the top customer for U.S. ethanol, bringing in 23.9 million gallons.
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Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

Legislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy.
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CARB discusses LCFS, ILUC revisions in workshops

The California Air Resources Board held public workshops on proposed updates to the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and revisions to the related issue of indirect land use change (ILUC) on March 11.
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NTSB, Senate committee address rail safety issues

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced that it will hold a public forum to examine safety issues associated with the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail. A Senate hearing also recently addressed the issue.
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E85 station availability growing, particularly outside Midwest

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration brief shows that the number of E85 retail fueling station has grown rapidly since 2007, with the most recent growth in states outside the Midwest, particularly California and New York.
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CEC gives Pixley Biogas final grant approval

California-based Pixley Biogas has been given final approval for a $4.68 million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission. The anaerobic digester will take in dairy farm manure as substrate and supply power to an adjacent ethanol plant.
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Ethanol industry experiencing longest run of profits ever

Ethanol producers have been enjoying one of their best periods of profitability ever, but the recent run of profits is unlikely to continue for an extended time, said University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin in a recent FarmDocDaily post.
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N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative seeks grant proposals

The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced.
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EIA slightly increases ethanol production outlook in new report

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, slightly increasing its 2014 ethanol forecast. The EIA now predicts ethanol production will average 910,000 barrels per day in 2014.
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Appeals court rules in favor of Danisco in battle with Novozymes

On March 11, judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a previous ruling in a court battle between Danisco, a company of DuPont, and Novozymes and ordered that the case return to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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Tolman to retire as NCGA CEO

Rick Tolman will step down as CEO of the National Corn Growers Association at the end of September. NCGA President Martin Barbre said the members of a CEO Search Committee and additional details will be announced soon.
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Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

According to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material.
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Wisconsin ethanol plant pays fine, saves jobs and lenders

Marquis Energy-Wisconsin LLC will pay $125,000 to the Juneau County Circuit Court as part of a settlement for violating Wisconsin's air pollution control laws at its Necedah facility.
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US DDGS exports on the rise in Southeast Asia

In 2013, Southeast Asia imported just over 1 million metric tons of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) from the United States, an increase from 2012. The numbers for January 2014 are strong and tracking ahead of 2013.
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Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon technology

Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.
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CRIBE, GreenField partner to test demonstration technology

The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that could provide pulp mills with new revenue streams and increased efficiency.
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Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels joins Advanced Ethanol Council

The Advanced Ethanol Council is pleased to welcome Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels as its newest member. The company, a joint venture between Poet LLC and Royal DSM, is constructing a cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
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Fire under control at Minnesota plant, no injuries reported

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on March 10 a fire broke out in a dryer system at Green Plain Renewable Energy Inc.'s Otter Tail ethanol plant near Fergus Falls, Minn. The fire is currently contained and no injuries have been reported.
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USDA awards advanced biofuel payments ethanol producers

On March 6, USDA Rural Development announced nearly $60 million in payments to 195 biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill.
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Ethanol exports up to 1 billion gallons expected for 2014

Ethanol exports are a bright spot for producers in a year of uncertainty. Economists predict continued strength in foreign demand could lead to ethanol exports in the range of 600 million to 1 billion gallons.
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WASDE: Corn exports up, ending stocks lowered 24 million bushels

Projected U.S. feed grain ending stocks for 2013/14 are reduced with higher corn exports and lower oats imports. Corn exports are projected 25 million bushels higher to 1.625 billion bushels on stronger world imports and the rising pace of shipments.
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March 24-26, 2014
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Bioenergy Project Development Seminar

March 24-24, 2014
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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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