Feedstocks

April 28, 2020

USDA: Corn use for ethanol at 434 million bushels in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for April, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in February was down when compared to the previous month, but up from February 2019. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

2020 FEW moved to Omaha, date changed to Aug. 24-26

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBBI International has announced that the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has been moved due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Originally scheduled for mid-June in Minneapolis, the FEW is now rescheduled to take place Aug. 24-26 in Omaha. READ MORE

April 23, 2020

UNICA reports record ethanol production for 2019-’20 season

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced mills in the south-central region of the country produced a record volume of ethanol during the 2019-’20 harvest season, which began April 1, 2019, and ended March 31, 2020. READ MORE

April 23, 2020

NCGA: Corn revenue to fall $50 per acre due to COVID-19

BY National Corn Growers Association Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessAnalysis released by the National Corn Growers Association on April 21 showed cash corn prices have declined by 16 percent on average since March 1. The analysis projects a $50 per acre revenue decline for the 2019 corn crop. READ MORE

April 10, 2020

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on March 30 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

April 10, 2020

USDA WASDE lowers production for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksThe USDA lowered its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 375 million bushels to 5.05 billion bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released on April 9. READ MORE

April 08, 2020

Upgrading biomass with selective surface-modified catalysts

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:FeedstocksScientists have demonstrated how the conversion of a plant derivative into fuels and other valuable chemicals can be achieved by loading single atoms of platinum onto titanium dioxide, according to Brookhaven National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

USDA projects 8% increase in US corn acreage for 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA expects U.S. farmers to plant 97 million acres of corn in 2020, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from 2019. Compared with 2019, planted acreage for corn is expected to be up or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating states. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Corn use for fuel ethanol reaches 469 million bushels in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for March, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production for January was down from the previous month, but up from January 2019. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Study shows environmental benefit of ethanol vehicles

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessA recent study by researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center explores the environmental benefits of decarbonizing the U.S. light duty transportation fleet, and the role ethanol can play in limiting global temperature increases. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

UNICA releases updated data, helps fight COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released ethanol production and sales data for February and has announced its members are donating alcohol for use in hand sanitizer to help contain the spread of COVID-19. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Recovering phosphorus from DDGS can help reduce pollution

BY Marianne Stein, University of Illinois Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessA new study from University of Illinois examines the best way to recover phosphorus from dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) as a co-product, which can then potentially be used as fertilizer for corn and soybean production. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 lowers corn demand, ethanol price

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA report from University of Illinois Extension shows weak demand for corn for ethanol use in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ethanol production will fall dramatically, it predicts, with gasoline consumption expected to be down about 20 percent. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

DOE cancels March 24-25 meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 16 announced it has canceled the open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee scheduled for March 24-25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. READ MORE

March 13, 2020

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet March 24-25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development and Technical Advisory Committee for March 24-25. The meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Study finds ethanol, biodiesel production power Iowa’s economy

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessA new study releaesd March 11 finds despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting over 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

USDA: March WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA maintained its forecast that 5.425 billion bushels of corn will be used to produce ethanol during the 2019-’20 crop year in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released March 10. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

USDA issues rule on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. and Farm Service Agency published a final rule on March 2 implementing changes to the agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

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