Feedstocks

October 09, 2018

A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessResearchers are working to understand how the stem juiciness trait evolved in sorghum. Understanding the underlying gene could could help breeders fine-tune this trait in sorghum and other important crops. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

'Turbocharging' photosynthesis in corn hikes yield

BY Cornell University Found In:FeedstocksScientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University have boosted a carbon-craving enzyme called RuBisCO to turbocharge photosynthesis in corn. The discovery promises to be a key step in improving agricultural efficiency and yield. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released the September edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn used for fuel alcohol production reached 480 million bushels in July, up 4 percent from June and up 6 percent from July 2017. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

Researchers study best time to harvest switchgrass

BY Paige Short, Michigan Tech Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessSwitchgrass is a promising biofuel feedstock, but farmers, environmentalists and biofuel developers, find deciding on the right time to harvest particularly thorny. Researchers at Michigan Tech are working to find some answers. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Cellulosic biorefinery to break ground in North Dakota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessA biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in spring 2019. The facility, under development by New Energy Blue, will feature Inbicon technology. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol break bi-weekly record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol set a new bi-weekly record during the second half of August, reaching 1.05 billion liters (277.38 million gallons). READ MORE

September 12, 2018

USDA ups forecasts for corn production, corn use for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA released the September edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Sept. 12, increasing its 18-’19 production forecast for corn and raising its forecast for the volume of corn going to ethanol production. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Increased production, sale of hydrous ethanol continue in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.34 billion liters (353.99 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of August, up 20.32 percent from last year. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

USDA: No 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn Aug. 31, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UD researchers develop novel two-step CO2 conversion technology

BY University of Delaware Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessResearchers at the University of Delaware’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology has discovered a novel two-step process to increase the efficiency of carbon dioxide electrolysis, a chemical reaction that can aid in the production of fuels. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

DOE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research

BY University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessWith the announcement of a $1.1 million grant for sorghum disease resistance research led by the University of Illinois, the Department of Energy is signaling a new investment in the future of the crop. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Report: Ethanol production in Brazil to increase 9% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Network provides an update of Brazil’s biofuel industry, predicting the country’s ethanol production will reach 30.755 billion liters this year. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

NCGA says USDA trade aid not enough, calls for RFS, E15 support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released details on the $12 billion in aid it previously announced would be provided to assist farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs. The NCGA said the plan will provide little relief to corn farmers. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

Red River Biorefinery breaks ground in North Dakota

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAn ethanol plant that will process sugar beet tailings, as well as potato and pasta processing waste held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 22, despite the fact that construction already has begun on the 11-acre site. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol sets a new record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, recently announced that sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record during the second half of July, reaching approximately 930.4 million liters (245.79 million gallons). READ MORE

August 03, 2018

UNICA: New record set for bioweekly hydrous ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released sugarcane milling and ethanol production data for the first half of July, reporting ethanol production was up 26.24 percent when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Attis announces site for biorefinery, selects feedstock provider

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessIn mid-July Attis Industries announced plans to purchase a site in Georgia to locate its first commercial-scale biorefinery and said it has executed a letter of intent with a timber company to provide feedstock for the proposed facility. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

UNICA: Production, sales of hydrous ethanol up in late June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, reported production units in the country’s south-central region produced 2.35 billion liters of ethanol during the second half of June, up 30.44 percent when compared to the same period of 2017. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

The highly complex sugarcane genome has finally been sequenced

BY CIRAD Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessAn international team coordinated by CIRAD has sequenced the sugarcane genome. It will now be possible to "modernize" the methods used to breed sugarcane varieties. This will be a real boon to the sugar and biomass industry. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

In Depth: Policy, Production, Potential

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: A recap the events at the 2018 FEW in Omaha, Nebraska, including an opening speech from Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor; panels focused on efficiency, compliance, finance and more; and a tour of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy READ MORE

July 12, 2018

WASDE: 2018-’19 corn production up, ethanol use revised down

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, FeedstocksThe USDA has released the July edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, increasing its predictions for 2018’19 corn production and revising estimates for the amount of corn going to ethanol production. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets

BY International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Found In:FeedstocksA new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

USDA announces United Sorghum Checkoff Program board appointments

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn July 5, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board, which helps to increase demand for sorghum both domestically and internationally. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

North Dakota ethanol plant to explore use of barley feedstock

BY Industrial Commission of North Dakota Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded a grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using barley to produce a high-value protein concentrate designed for aquaculture and a low-carbon advanced ethanol at Dakota Spirit AgEnergy. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol sales set new record during first half of June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that mills in the south-central region of the country sold a record 1.41 billion liters (372.48 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of June. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

USGC: Trade school empowers corn state leaders to talk trade

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyNearly 50 corn state leaders convened in St. Louis, Missouri, in June to arm themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for trade at and event conducted by the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

USDA: No Q3 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The USDA will issue its estimate for the fourth quarter by Sept. 1. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE