Feedstocks

February 20, 2020

OSU receives $3.1 million to improve sorghum data, savings

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:FeedstocksA recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study greenhouse gas emissions is expected to help sorghum farmers save money and improve the industry’s sustainable field management practices. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Study: Ethanol contributed $2.31 billion to Minnesota GDP in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, RetailerA new study conducted by ABF Economics for the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association has determined Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed approximately $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

February WASDE increases forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA increased its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol production by 50 million bushels, to 5.425 billion, in its latest World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates report, released Feb. 11. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

UNICA: Corn ethanol production continues to increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessWhile Brazil's sugarcane ethanol production was negligible in early January, corn ethanol production continued to grow. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

USDA: Corn use for ethanol at 530 million bushels in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessCorn use for fuel ethanol production in December was up when compared to both the previous month and December 2018, according to the USDA. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

High school students tour Al-Corn Clean Fuel

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, CoproductsEight students from Triton High School in Dodge Center, Minnesota, toured Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont, Minnesota, Feb. 7 to learn about renewable energy production. READ MORE

January 31, 2020

Corn use for fuel ethanol at 457 million bushels in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for January, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in November was up when compared to both the previous month and November 2018. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

UNICA: Brazilian corn ethanol production continues to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing that Brazilian corn ethanol production has more than doubled over the past year and accounted for approximately two-thirds of the ethanol produced in late December. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

DOE offers $96 million for bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessThe Department of Energy on Jan. 23 announced it will award up to $96 million for bioenergy research and development to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

DOE to provide $75 million for bioenergy crops research

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessOn Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient to changing environmental conditions. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

January WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA maintained its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Jan. 10. The forecast for corn production increased slightly. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

UNICA updates corn, sugarcane ethanol production data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry association, has announced that mills in the country’s south-central region produced 31.95 billion liters of ethanol from April 1 through Dec. 15, 2019, including 981.9 million liters of corn ethanol. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Corn use for fuel ethanol at 437 million bushels in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for December, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in October was up significantly from the prior month, but down when compared to October 2018. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USDA: No actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced Dec. 12 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

DOE to fund feedstock monitoring, carbon storage technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessOn Dec. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

EPA finalizes 2020 RVOs, SRE rule; disappoints biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerA final rule released by the EPA on Dec. 19 includes a slight boost in the 2020 RFS cellulosic biofuel RVO. The rule also maintains EPA’s much criticized proposed plan to account for future SREs—a move slammed by members of the biofuels industry. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

Opinion: 2020 Tasks

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about collaboration with the petroleum industry, an ethanol margins and the 2019 growing season and harvest, 2020's executive outlook, and more. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

In Depth: Marginal Improvement

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Margins at some plants have begun to rise, but they’re still tight, and factors like crop condition and harvest progress will have an impact. READ MORE

December 11, 2019

NCGA calls Trump, Congress to complete work on ethanol and trade

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe National Corn Growers Association hosted a news conference Dec. 11 during which NCGA officials and state leaders urged the Trump Administration and members of Congress to complete work related to trade and ethanol. READ MORE

December 10, 2019

WASDE maintains corn, ethanol forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA maintained its 2019-’20 for corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Dec. 10. The forecasts for U.S. corn supply, use and season-average farm price were also unchanged. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

UNICA: Brazilian corn ethanol production up significantly

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that nearly three-fourths of the sugarcane processed during the first half of November went to ethanol production. The group also said corn ethanol production is up significantly. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

Research shows benefits of better corn residue management

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicResrachers from Argonne National Laboratory led a collaboration to screen 3,380 papers published between 1990 and 2018 to quantify the response of soil carbon to stover removal and to identify key drivers that can help maintain soil health. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Rex: NuGen plant in South Dakota impacted by corn shortages

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessRex American Resources Corp. officials reported improving crush spreads and said its ethanol operations are currently running at a profitable rate during a Dec. 4 earnings call. The company's NuGen plant, however, is being impacted by corn shortages. READ MORE

December 04, 2019

Report debunks claims regarding RFS impact on endangered species

BY Growth Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy has released a new report authored by Ramboll that demonstrates how claims on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s alleged impact on endangered species “relies on unsupported assumptions and speculation.” READ MORE

November 20, 2019

Researchers probe ways to increase yields of sorghum, other crops

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Dennis O'Brien Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessScientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are working on field trials and genetic studies that could one day double the yields of sorghum, an important source of food, animal feed and biofuel. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Welch, Udall introduce bills to gut the RFS, walk back E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyLegislation introduced on Nov. 14 aims to alter the RFS by phasing out the participation of corn ethanol in the program, capping ethanol content in gasoline, and altering mandates and eligible feedstocks for cellulosic and advanced biofuel. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet Nov. 19-20

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Nov. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

November 12, 2019

Purdue researchers win $9 million for plant sensing technology

BY Purdue University Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicPurdue University has announced The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a second phase of its TERRA project that features remote sensing technology and advanced analystics that allows plant breders to bring better cultivars to the market faster. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

WASDE: Corn use for ethanol reduced to 3.375 billion bushels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA lowered its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 25 million bushels in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Nov. 8. The forecasts for corn production, use and ending stocks were also reduced. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine announced this week the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE