Feedstocks

December 28, 2017

USDA: No FY 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn Dec. 28, USDA Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The CCC is expected to release its next quarterly estimate for the FPP by April 1. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

USGC’s corn quality report see record yields

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe U.S. Grain Council released its latest corn quality report Dec. 21. The seventh annual survey showed a record corn yield and overall great crop quality due to an outstanding growing season. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

EPA qualifies distiller sorghum oil as advanced biofuel feedstock

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released a notice of proposed rulemaking related to fuel pathways using distiller sorghum oil as feedstock for biofuel production. A 30-day comment period on the proposal is set to close Jan. 26. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

UW studies say petite poplars are the future of biofuels

BY Michelle Ma, University of Washington Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessA University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production up in late November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released production data for the last two weeks of November, reporting that sales of ethanol increased while the rate of sugarcane milling slowed. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

USGC: Corn harvest, DDGS roadshow garners record attendance

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessMore than 350 people attended a roadshow in Southeast Asia highlighting new-crop U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles and offering a sneak-peak at information from the U.S. Grains Council’s forthcoming report on corn harvest quality. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Opinion: A Leap into the New Year

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Managing Editor Lisa Gibson previews this edition of the magazine, including features focusing on RINs, risk management and the year ahead. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

In Depth: Inside Insight

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

In Depth: Assuring RIN Validity

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: For some biodiesel, cellulosic and biogas fuel producers, EPA’s quality assurance program is virtually a requirement. Corn ethanol has gotten a pass, but that could change as the industry diversifies. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Opinion: How to Get EU’s Biofuels Policy Moving Again

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Emmanuel Desplechin, secretary general of ePure, talks about the importance of transportation fuels in the European Union's greenhouse gas reduction goals. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

UF/IFAS develops sorghum varieties for ethanol production

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Found In:Feedstocks, CoproductsUniversity of Florida researchers have found three UF/IFAS-developed sorghum varieties could produce up to 1,000 gallons of ethanol per acre. The researchers also noted that ethanol produced from sweet sorghum can be used for auto and jet fuel. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

EPA approves several efficient producer pathways

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has approved efficient producer pathways from several U.S. ethanol plants. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

Green Plains to use Enogen corn from Syngenta

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessSyngenta has partnered with Green Plains Inc. to expand its use of Enogen corn enzyme technology across its 1.5 billion gallon production platform. Enogen corn contains alpha amylase enzyme and helps reduce viscosity of the corn mash. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production, sales up during first half of November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released production data for the first half of November, reporting more than 57 percent of the sugarcane processed went to ethanol production. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

EPA finalizes 2018 RFS RVOs, 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has finalized the 2018 RFS RVO at 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuel, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, and 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

In Depth: Extract or Enrich

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Corn oil maximization seems an obvious goal, but some DDGS feed markets prefer a higher oil content for better energy value. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol sales, production increase in late October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol continued to increase during the final half of October, reaching a near record high of 839.63 million liters domestically. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

RFA: Record corn yield underscores RFS success

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe November World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report raised the average corn yield estimate by 3.6 bushels per acre and would best the previous record of 174.6 bushels per acre set in 2016. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

USGC: Chinese corn, sorghum, DDGS team travels to the US

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessA team of Chinese buyers of corn, sorghum and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) traveled to the United States last month to investigate crop production and quality as well as gain a better understanding of U.S. feed grains and co-products. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

The Andersons Ethanol Group impacted by decreased margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that its Ethanol Group was challenged by decreasing margins. The group generated pretax income of $6.1 million, down from $9.5 million during the same period of last year. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Aemetis signs feedstock supply agreement for cellulosic ethanol

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. recently announced that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 20-year feedstock supply agreement to produce cellulosic ethanol at a former U.S. Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Expansion of sugarcane ethanol in Brazil could cut GHG emissions

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessA massive expansion of land use for sugar cane growth in Brazil, and a subsequent increase in ethanol production with the feedstock could reduce global carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector by up to 86 percent of 2014 levels. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

UNICA: Mills continue to focus on ethanol in early October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that mills in the south-central region of the country continued to focus on ethanol production during the first half of October. READ MORE

November 01, 2017

US corn, DDGS compete in Canada for feed grains market share

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA short hour north of the Montana border, the U.S. Grains Council is exploring the geographic advantage of unit trains carrying U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Canadian feedlots around Lethbridge, Alberta. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Ethanol a bright spot in otherwise disappointing Q3 for ADM

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessArcher Daniels Midland Co. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 31, reporting increased earnings for the Bioproducts segment due to better ethanol margins. Overall, the company reported adjusted segment operating profit fell 17 percent. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Clariant to build sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

BY Clariant Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessClariant has announced the approval by its board of directors to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant will be built in Romania. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Greenbelt Resources conducts feedstock testing for CCSW

BY Greenbelt Resources Corp. Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessGreenbelt Resources Corp. has agreed to perform feedstock testing with Central Coast Wine Services to test various streams of wastes generated in the winemaking process. The wastes will be tested for use as feedstock for Greenbelt's technology. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE