USDA: Corn planting nearly complete, 56% of crop good/excellent


The USDA released an update of its weekly Crop Progress report June 24, reporting that farmers in the nation’s top 18 corn-producing states have planted 96 percent of planned corn acreage as of June 23.
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Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020


Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20.
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US exports 150 million gallons of ethanol in April


The U.S. exported more than 150 million gallons of ethanol and nearly 918,000 tons of distillers grains in April, according to data released by the USDA FAS on June 6. Exports of both products were down when compared to April 2018.
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Highwater Ethanol publishes Q2 results, plans production increase


Lamberton, Minnesota-based Highwater Ethanol LLC recently published financial results for the second quarter of 2019 and announced plans to increase its annual production by more than 10 million gallons, to approximately 70 MMgy.
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Report: E10 could save UK drivers £100 million in 2020


A reported released June 11 by the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol found that the immediate introduction of E10 in the U.K. market could save drivers approximately £100 million ($126.44 million) in 2020.
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NCGA ups pressure on EPA to follow Trump’s lead on ethanol


The National Corn Growers Association began airing an advertisement June 20 calling on the U.S. EPA to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to big oil companies.
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Virgin Australia flies 1 million kilometers with Gevo’s jet fuel


Virgin Australia has used Gevo’s sustainable aviation jet fuel to power 1 million kilometers of flights, for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport when the fuel was put through the general fuel supply system.
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Lee Enterprises consulting adds team members


Lee Enterprises Consulting has added four new members to its team of 100-plus subject matter bioeconomy experts, including Chris Burk, P.E.; Daren Daugaard, Ph.D. P.E.; David Whittle; and Tad Dritz, P.E.
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UNF researcher wins USDA grant to study switchgrass


Mike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel.
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Researchers build catalyst to generate electricity from ethanol


Jingyi Chen, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas, worked with scientists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop a highly efficient catalyst for generating electrical energy from ethanol.
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