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EIA maintains 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:11 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its November forecasts for 2018 and 2019 ethanol production, but making slight changes to quarterly production forecasts.

Green Plains, Optimal Fish Food form aquafeed joint venture
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:07 AM

Green Plains Inc. and Optimal Fish Food LLC. Announced Dec. 12 the companies have formed Optimal Aquafeed, a 50/50 joint venture to produce high-quality aquaculture feeds utilizing proprietary techniques and high-protein feed ingredients.

The Andersons to implement ICM technologies at multiple plants
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:06 AM

ICM Inc. and The Andersons Inc. have announced plans to implement value-added technologies in multiple ethanol plants operated by The Andersons. The Andersons will license FST Next Gen, SMT V2, and TS4.

DDGS, grains sales top $400M at 2018 Export Exchange
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:03 AM

The grain buyers from 35 countries who attended this year’s Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis have since reported buying an estimated $403 million worth of coarse grains and coproducts, including DDGS and feed grains.

House passes 2018 Farm Bill
Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:02 AM

The 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 later this week.

Groups support soil carbon pilot program in Farm Bill
Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:32 AM

ACE, Environmental Entrepreneurs, the NCGA, and the NRDC have issued a statement thanking the Farm Bill conferees for including a new pilot Environmental Quality Incentive Program in the 2018 Farm Bill conference report.

Agenda released for 2019 International Biomass Conference & Expo
Thursday, December 13, 2018 1:11 AM

Biomass 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.

Biofuel industry defends RFS during House committee hearing
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:54 AM

On Dec. 11, a house subcommittee held a hearing on the recently released discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act, which aims to sunset the RFS and enact a national octane specification.

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:53 AM

On 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.

WASDE reduces 2018-’19 forecast for corn use in ethanol
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:51 AM

The 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.

Report: Biofuels, bioproducts required to meet GHG goals
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:13 AM

A report released by the Biofuture Platform states that the world’s greenhouse gas reduction goals cannot be met without greater use of biofuels and bioproducts. The report also describes several barriers impeding future progress in the sector.

USGC welcomes Husker Ag as new member
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:12 AM

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to welcome Husker Ag LLC as a new member. Husker Ag is a predominantly farmer-owned ethanol plant that grinds 35 million bushels of corn per year to produce about 76 million gallons of denatured ethanol.

A crustacean could hold secret to making wood-based biofuels
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:10 AM

Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved eat wood washed into the sea.

UNICA: Increased sales of hydrous ethanol continue into November
Saturday, December 8, 2018 3:12 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales by production units in the south-central region of the country were up during the first half of November. The volume of sugarcane milled, however, was down.

USGC helps capture US DDGS potential in Cambodia
Saturday, December 8, 2018 3:10 AM

Growing demand for meat in Cambodia has spurred a commensurate increase in imports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed and meal and the first major U.S. corn purchase in recent history.

BIO adds 21 companies to Industrial & Environmental Section
Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:52 AM

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently announced 21 companies have joined the Industrial & Environmental Section over the past year, including Gevo, Velocys, Virent, and Agrisoma Biosciences.

Surplus assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold at auction
Friday, December 7, 2018 6:37 AM

Some of the land and equipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and associated 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, is being offered for sale via an auction with Maas Companies.

Renmatix, Gevo sign joint development agreement
Friday, December 7, 2018 6:36 AM

Gevo Inc. and Renmatix have announced a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process.

Peruvian poultry producer imports U. DDGS for the first time
Friday, December 7, 2018 6:34 AM

The U.S. Grains Council believes that the Peruvian poultry sector—the largest feed sector in the country—could use 100,000 metric tons of DDGS per year if the sector has a full understanding of the product.

For Casey’s, offering E15 reinforces community values
Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:32 AM

A strong part of the Casey’s General Store brand is its community focus, according to Nathaniel Doddridge, director of fuels at Casey's General Store, so offering E15 was a natural fit that underpins that focus.

OPINION: Big Oil really doesn’t want you to sell E15
Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:26 AM

If you own or operate a convenience store or gas station, you’ve probably heard something about E15 over the last several years, and most of it probably wasn’t very good. Maybe even frightening. But, the truth is you don't have to be scared of E15.

OPINION: Putting consumers in the driver’s seat with E85
Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:02 AM

While we eagerly await EPA approval of year-round E15, let’s not forget that roughly one out of every 10 vehicles on the road today is a flex fuel vehicle (FFV) that can use ethanol flex fuels containing as much as 85 percent ethanol.

OPINION: Reallocation key to an honest Renewable Fuel Standard
Thursday, December 6, 2018 5:57 AM

The Renewable Fuel Standard is one of the great success stories for our nation. Motorists have seen cleaner, more affordable choices at the pump, and our corn farmers have seen demand for their product grow through renewable biofuels.

Harvestone adds first 4 ethanol plants to its marketing platform
Thursday, December 6, 2018 5:53 AM

Harvestone Group LLC has announced the first four ethanol plants have made the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform, including Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors.

Hearing scheduled on bill to sunset RFS, enact octane standard
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:13 AM

A house subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing Dec. 11 on the recently released discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act. The bill aims to sunset the Renewable Fuels Standard and enact a national octane specification.

RFA releases updated brochure tracking latest flex fuel models
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:12 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has updated its annual flex fuel vehicles (FFV) brochure. The brochure compiles the FFV models available in the current model year (MY 2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY 1998.

FQPT to install SGT System at Marquis Energy
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:09 AM

Marquis Energy is installing the Fluid Quip Process Technologies Selective Grind Technology at its Hennepin, Illinois, facility. The Hennepin FQPT SGT System will be the largest installation to date at an ethanol facility worldwide.

Ontario could require E15 as soon as 2025
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 6:43 AM

A new proposal released by the Ontario government indicates the province could require gasoline to be blended with 15 percent ethanol as soon as 2025. The U.S. ethanol industry has applauded news of the proposal.

Progress on trade deals could be good news for ethanol industry
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 6:41 AM

Over the past few days, the Trump Administration has announced progress on trade deals with Canada, Mexico and China that could have a positive impact on export markets for U.S. ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

ACE’s Lamberty discusses the benefits of E15 for retailers
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 6:36 AM

With the U.S. EPA expected to amend rules allowing year-round E15 sales next year, retailers don’t have a lot of time to decide whether to begin offering E15 prior to the 2019 summer driving season.

EPA finalizes 2019 RFS RVOs, fails to address waiver, eRIN issues
Saturday, December 1, 2018 3:04 AM

On Nov. 30, the U.S. EPA released a final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS. When compared to the proposed rule, the final rule increases the RVOs for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel.

Report: Pro-innovation policies, biotech advances are linked
Saturday, December 1, 2018 3:03 AM

A study released Nov. 19 highlights strategies, policies and best practices that have been successful in creating an environment in which biotechnology innovation can flourish around the world, according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

RFA welcomes Aemetis as newest producer member
Saturday, December 1, 2018 3:00 AM

California-based advanced renewable fuels company Aemetis, Inc. has joined the Renewable Fuels Association. The company currently operates a corn ethanol plant in California and a biodiesel and refined glycerin plant in India.

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects
Friday, November 30, 2018 6:17 AM

The USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs.

RFA: Refiners could meet 95 RON standard without more ethanol
Friday, November 30, 2018 6:16 AM

A new EIA study concludes that U.S. petroleum refineries would have “no problem” meeting a requirement to produce gasoline with a higher minimum octane rating (95 RON) beginning in 2022, and assumes refiners would not use more ethanol.

ICM bolsters growth of Brazil’s corn ethanol industry
Friday, November 30, 2018 6:13 AM

ICM Inc. has announced that it will implement its systems at the newest FS Bioenergia plant in Sorriso, Brazil, including Selective Milling Technology, Fiber Separation Technology, and Base Tricanter System.

September corn use for ethanol production up year-over-year
Friday, November 30, 2018 6:12 AM

Corn 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.

Rex reports increased net sales, revenue
Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:32 AM

On Nov. 28, Rex American Resources Inc. released financial results for its fiscal third quarter, which ended Oct. 31. The company reported a year-over-year increase in net sales and revenue. Rex holds ownership in six ethanol plants.

Green Plains completes sale of Fleischmann’s Vinegar
Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:29 AM

Green Plains Inc. announced Nov. 28 that it has completed the previously announced stock purchase agreement with Kerry Group to sell the Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, Inc. for $353.9 million in cash.

Enogen corn, ICM technologies add value at Minnesota plant
Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:27 AM

A 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.

Interest in E15 picks up among gasoline retailers
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:31 AM

Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development for Growth Energy, says that with seasonal restrictions on E15 sales potentially being lifted in time for next summer’s driving season, interest in selling E15 has increased among gasoline retailers.

New tax, oversight bill aims to extend biofuel tax credits
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:30 AM

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, has released a tax and oversight legislative package that includes extensions for several biofuel-related tax credits, including those for renewable diesel and second-generation biofuels.

Trade mission meetings seek to open South Korea for US ethanol
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:26 AM

U.S. Grains Council and USDA officials traveling as part of a USDA Agriculture Trade Mission met with ethanol industry officials in South Korea earlier this month, urging them to reexamine the outlook for the country’s fuel ethanol use policy.

ACE hopes to help grow Mexico’s ethanol market
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:14 AM

Fresh off a trip to Mexico to tout the benefits of ethanol to retailers, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty said interest in ethanol among the country’s retailers is piqued.

ePURE: Europe’s new protein strategy needs fortifying
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:10 AM

The European Commission’s new proposals for reducing the EU’s so-called ‘protein deficit’ have missed a golden opportunity to highlight an important domestic producer of protein: crop-based ethanol production.

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