Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Stricter 2018 Chinese rules could hurt U.S. soybean exports

Stricter 2018 Chinese rules could hurt U.S. soybean exports

December 31, 2017 |

In Illinois, half of U.S. soybeans exported to China this year would not meet Chinese rules for routine delivery in 2018, according to shipping data reviewed by Reuters. As of January 1st, more stringent quality rules by China could require additional processing of U.S. oilseeds at Chinese ports to remove impurities, leading to increased costs […]

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Grain workers strike impacts soybeans

Grain workers strike impacts soybeans

December 31, 2017 |

In Argentina, grains workers started a 48-hour strike in the city of Rosario, Argentina’s busiest port where 80% of Argentina’s agricultural exports are sent from on cargo ships headed to the shipping highways and byways of the South Atlantic. As the largest exporter of soymeal livestock feed and major supplier of corn and raw soybeans, […]

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USGC takes trip to Indonesia and Thailand on biofuel collaboration

USGC takes trip to Indonesia and Thailand on biofuel collaboration

December 31, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Grains Council representatives traveled to Indonesia and Thailand to engage with their governments and help develop biofuel policies that include a larger role for ethanol trade. Indonesia’s mandate that was established in a national ethanol policy in 2006 has been mostly unmet, so USGC is hoping to help develop a consistent […]

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U.S. ethanol production stays strong for year-end

U.S. ethanol production stays strong for year-end

December 31, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production went back up to second-highest on record last week ending the year on a positive note, according to EIA data. Output totaled 1.090 million barrels a day, on average, which is up about 1.2% from 1.077 million barrels a week earlier. Output is up 6.0% than last year. Ethanol inventories […]

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German biodiesel exports climbed in 2017

German biodiesel exports climbed in 2017

December 31, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that between January and September 2017, biodiesel exports climbed around 11% to 1.16 million tons. Just about 94% were shipped to EU-28 countries. This was up 16% from the previous year. The biggest recipient of German biodiesel was the Netherlands with imports seeing a 1.5% rise to 428,000 million tons. Demand […]

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Regulations and policy changes signal murky year ahead for biofuels

Regulations and policy changes signal murky year ahead for biofuels

December 31, 2017 |

In the United Kingdom, ICIS reports that changes in antidumping regulations in the biodiesel market globally in the past year have left the outlook for European biodiesel murky for 2018, with concerns raised about a possible drop in production in the region as a result of the new antidumping landscape. ICIS also reports that Europe’s […]

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Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

December 31, 2017 |

In Illinois, researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are engineering sugarcane plants, called lipidcane, to produce more oil as well as sugar. Growing lipidcane containing 20 percent oil would be five times more profitable per acre than soybeans, the main feedstock currently used to make biodiesel in the United States, and twice as profitable […]

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Top 17 for 2017

Top 17 for 2017

December 23, 2017 |

2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in the snow atop the Polar Express. Some companies showed leadership and stayed strong getting through any challenge, like the Hero Girl who proved to be […]

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Alaska Airlines comes out on top 7th year in a row for fuel efficiency

Alaska Airlines comes out on top 7th year in a row for fuel efficiency

December 22, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., Alaska Airlines continued to be the most fuel-efficient domestic carrier for the seventh year running, according to a study published by the International Council on Clean Transport. Frontier and Spirit were in second place in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Meanwhile, Virgin America was the least efficient carrier in both years, according to […]

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Area of plantations tripled in just 50 years

Area of plantations tripled in just 50 years

December 22, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that expansion of the South American soybean production area continues, as does that of palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia. The continuous growth in population and changes in eating habits due to higher incomes are the drivers of intensification of, and increases in agricultural production. Most of these […]

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