Fuels America holds call to discuss new EPA memo on RIN prices

On June 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to discuss a memo from the U.S. EPA that demonstrates the renewable fuel standard (RFS) does not increase retail gas prices. Rather, it can decrease them.
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EPA opens public comment period on RFS rulemaking

On June 10, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the Federal Register, officially opening the public comment period on the proposal.
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UNICA: Brazil continues to prioritize ethanol production in May

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that mills in the nation's south-central region continued to prioritize ethanol production over sugar production during the second half of May.
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Proposed RVO raises multiple questions for Illinois economists

The U.S. EPA's May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) is under scrutiny by University of Illinois economists in recent FarmDocDaily posts authored by Jonathan Coppess, Scott Irwin and Darrel Good.
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EIA revises short-term ethanol forecasts based on RFS proposal

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will remain at near current levels, averaging 936,000 barrels per day this year.
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Praj provides update of ethanol business in FY 2015 results

Praj Industries recently released fourth quarter and fiscal year (FY) 2015 results, reporting increased new order inflows and providing investors with an overview of its business operations, including those in the fuel ethanol sector.
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CAIR: Corn crush for ethanol, DDGS both down 7 percent in April

Corn for fuel alcohol, at 409.0 million bushels, was down 7 percent from March but up 3 percent from the short month of February, as reported by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service in the monthly Current Agricultural Industry Report.
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USDA increases corn ending stocks on less use for ethanol

In the June supply/demand report, USDA increased corn beginning stocks for the 2015-'16 crop year based on new projections that lower the corn use for ethanol production. The report left projected corn production for 2015-'16 unchanged.
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Illinois economist: Corn-for-ethanol demand to remain strong

Demand for corn for ethanol production appears to be on solid footing, writes University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good, in his column "Weekly Outlook: Assessing Corn Demand for Domestic Ethanol Blending," distributed by FarmDocDaily.
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SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

The U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework.
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U.S. Grains Council builds DDGS interest in Mexico

U.S. Grains Council consultants in Mexico have been working in the southeast region of that country to provide nutritional advice and present feeding trial results to the region's cattlemen and distributors.
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Unlocking the biofuel energy stored in plant cell walls

Penn State plant scientist Daniel Cosgrove has devoted decades to studying the cell walls that make plant matter resistant to chemical conversion. His research aims to overcome that challenge and enable greater energy production.
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USGC leader testifies at Cuba hearing, addresses DDGS potential

A U.S. Grains Council leader recently testified at a hearing looking at the effects of U.S. restrictions on trade with Cuba, telling commissioners that significant opportunities exist in that market for U.S. farmers if barriers are addressed.
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St1 Biofuels Etanolix ethanol plant inaugurated in Sweden

The first Etanolix plant delivered to the international market by St1 Biofuels Oy was recently inaugurated in Gothenburg, Sweden. The facility recycles feedstocks such as biowaste and process residue from local bakeries and bread from shops.
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Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

Researchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants.
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Canadian government supports growth of agricultural producers

Corn and soybean producers will benefit from a $1.2 million investment announced June 6 by representatives of the Canadian government. Through this project, agricultural trial research will be undertaken to increase production in Western Canada.
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