Feedstocks

February 22, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales set new record in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region reported selling a record 1.83 billion liters (483.43 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in January. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Kansas Ethanol signs agreement to use Enogen corn from Syngenta

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessOn Feb. 13, Syngenta announced a three-year marketing agreement with Kansas Ethanol LLC to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 80 MMgy ethanol plant in Lyons, Kansas. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in November, sorghum use up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Product Production report with data for November, indicating corn use for fuel ethanol was down during the month. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

WASDE reduces 2018/19 forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksThe USDA has reduced its 2018/2019 projection for corn use in ethanol production by 25 million bushels when compared to its December forecast in the latest edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Feb. 8. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

AAEA: US corn ethanol has negligible effect on indirect land use

BY Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds no evidence to support earlier concerns about large indirect land use change effect of corn ethanol causing expansion in cropland and reduction in grasslands and forests. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

ARPA-E projects to develop sensors for bioenergy, agriculture

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy recently awarded nearly $6 million to four projects under its OPEN+ program for the Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture cohort team. READ MORE

January 28, 2019

UNICA: Sales of ethanol up during first half of January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.26 billion liters (332.86 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of January, up 21 percent from the same period of 2018. READ MORE

January 24, 2019

Researchers unravel 58-year-old corn gene mystery

BY Penn State Found In:FeedstocksIn discovering a mutant gene that "turns on" another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

In Depth: Burgeoning Biomethane

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

USGC rolls out report citing high-quality, near-record yield

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:FeedstocksThe U.S. Grains Council is rolling out the good news that a warm and moist growing season resulted in near-record yields and good quality for the 2018 corn crop. The 2018/2019 Corn Harvest Quality Report is the USGC's 8th annual corn quality survey. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Study: Corn ethanol production has minimal effect on cropland use

BY University of Illinois, College of ACES Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new study co-authored by a University of Illinois researcher shows that the overall effects of ethanol production on land-use have been minimal despite the sharp increase in ethanol production over the past decade. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

ORNL team uses supercomputer to aid in biofuel production

BY Jonathan Hines, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicUsing supercomputers, a team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

In Depth: Ethanol's Impact

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Iowa’s status as the largest ethanol-producing state means its ethanol economy affects the entire industry. READ MORE

December 21, 2018

USGC releases Corn Harvest Quality Report

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USCG's latest quality report indicates near-record yields and good quality for 2018's corn crop. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

House passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 369 to 47 on Dec. 12. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Agenda released for 2019 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 12th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 18-20, 2019 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Dec. 11, the Senate voted 87 to 13 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. The vote came one day after House and Senate ag committee leaders released the text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. The bill will now be considered by the House. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

WASDE reduces 2018-’19 forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has reduced its forecast for 2018-’19 corn use in ethanol in the December edition of its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report. The report also predicts reduced corn imports and larger ending stocks. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

September corn use for ethanol production up year-over-year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsCorn consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 449 million bushels in September, down 7 percent from August, but up 1 percent from September 2017, according to the November edition of USDA's Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Enogen corn, ICM technologies add value at Minnesota plant

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessA recent trial evaluating the use of Enogen corn enzyme technology with ICM’s Selective Milling Technology and Fiber Separation Technology successfully demonstrated that the technologies work well together. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

Cooper brings passion for ag, biofuels to RFA leadership role

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerGeoff Cooper transitioned into the role of president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association last month. He recently discussed his goals for the organization and the ethanol industry with Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

November 12, 2018

UK publishes updated data on sustainable biofuel supply

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

USDA WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessOn Nov. 8, the USDA released the November edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, forecasting corn production for 2018-’19 at 14.626 billion bushels, down 152 million bushels from October on a reduced yield forecast. READ MORE

November 05, 2018

USDA ups forecasts for corn use in ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released selected tables prepared for its upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2028 report, which is scheduled for full release in February. One of the charts illustrates the USDA’s expectations for corn use in ethanol production. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol production down slightly in early October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed during the first half of October was down when compared to the same period of last year. Production and sales of ethanol, however, remained relatively high. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Environmental groups petition EPA over RFS land-use regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA coalition of environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. EPA asking the agency to change how it accounts for land-use changes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Ethanol groups are speaking out against the claims included in the petition. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

High biomass sorghums can compete in water-stressed circumstances

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:FeedstocksBioenergy or high biomass sorghum can be grown in water-stressed situations and still produce good yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study being conducted at Bushland and in Kansas. READ MORE