Feedstocks

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

November 01, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol production for the current season up 6% so far

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, FeedstocksUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production for the current season is up nearly 6 percent when compared to last year. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol are up more than 15 percent. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Argonne National laboratory releases 2019 GREET model

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Argonne National Laboratory’s 2019 GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) models include changes and updates to carbon calculations for land use change from the production of biofuels. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

NSP, USDA quantify sorghum sustainability for ethanol

BY National Sorghum Producers Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessNational Sorghum Producers has partnered with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas to document sorghum farmer practices to promote positive conservation outcomes and quantify the environmental footprint of the crop. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

UDSA: Corn use for fuel ethanol down 6% in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from August, reporting that corn use for ethanol production was up slightly from July, but down 6 percent when compared to August 2018. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Clemson researcher improves turfgrass, switchgrass

BY Clemson University Found In:FeedstocksClemson University College of Science professor Hong Luo has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop genetically improved and more robust turfgrass and switchgrass. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Air Liquide, ArcelorMittal partner in pilot project

BY Air Liquide Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessAir Liquide is partnering with ArcelorMittal in the first industrial-scale demonstration plant to capture carbon gas from the steelmaking process and recycle it into chemicals, specifically advanced bioethanol. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

Opinion: More to Learn

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about analyzing lab data, an update on LBDS' Alcohol School, and a new corn hybrid for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

USDA deputy secretary speaks at Global Ethanol Summit

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyStephen Censky, deputy secretary of the USDA, delivered a keynote address during the second day of the Global Ethanol Summit on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused on international collaboration. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

In Depth: Breeding Success

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: A new breed of corn, produced with the ethanol industry in mind, promises more corn oil yield and higher-protein distillers grains. READ MORE