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NRDC releases report saying RSB best biofuel sustainability program

In Washington, amid increasing interest in alternative transportation fuels, a new report shows how federal agencies and other large commercial customers can buy sustainably produced biofuels and avoid those linked to major deforestation, destroyed wildlife habitat and fouled waterways. The report “Biofuel Sustainability Performance Guidelines,” was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and […]

July 29, 2014 More

Chicago Argo breaks out of two weeks of sideways trading

In Illinois, on Monday the Chicago Argo ethanol assessment broke out of the sideways trading it had been suffering from during the last two weeks and gained four cents to $2.1950/gal on increased demand. Summer vacation and mixed supply and demand figures have kept prices hovering until it could choose which direction to go.  

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OSU researchers say camelina could be good crop during dry years

In Oregon, researchers at Oregon State University are finding that growers could earn about $300 per acre from camelina even during very dry years. So far this year the trial plots near Ontario have only received about 6 inches of rain. Willamette Biomass Processors currently buys camelina from Montana so would be happy to have […]

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US Grains Council wants Vilsack to speak directly to Chinese over DDGS ban

In Washington, the U.S. Grains Council has called on agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to personally intervene on the Chinese ban of DDGS that include MIR 162. is calling for China to approve MIR 162 following this week’s announcement of new biotech certification requirements for distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) by the Chinese import inspection […]

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Kakira Sugar Works to produce 20 million liters of ethanol from 2016

In Uganda, Kakira Sugar Works plans to begin ethanol production in 2016 after completing $75 million in upgrades to cane expansion and co-generation capacity. The facility is expected to produce 20 million liters of ethanol per year from 85,000 metric tons of molasses. The ethanol will be blended locally between 8% and 15%.  

July 28, 2014 More

ANP allows Brazilian poultry giant to export biodiesel

In Brazil, the ANP has granted permission for the world’s largest poultry processor JBS to export biodiesel and fuel derivatives. The company is expanding and just announced it will buy the poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil from Tyson Foods.  

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Thailand looking to set up mini-biodiesel plants to get unsafe oil out of food

In Thailand, the director of a regional medical center is working with local authorities to set up small-scale biodiesel production in an attempt to deter used cooking oil from being bleached and re-sold back into the market. Apparently only about 20 million liters of cooking oil gets used for biodiesel production ever year, compared to […]

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East Kansas Agri-Energy to integrate biodiesel production from corn oil

In Kansas, East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC has announced its intent to integrate renewable diesel production at its ethanol plant in Garnett, Kansas. Renewable diesel will be made from the corn distillers oil (CDO) already produced at the plant along with other feedstocks purchased on the market. Construction on the new facility will begin soon and […]

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Paraguay looking to boost biodiesel blend and mimic Brazil’s ethanol moves

In Paraguay, discussions are underway to boost the ethanol mandate to 27.5% to match what Brazil is potentially doing. Currently the local blend is at 25%, mirroring its neighbor market. On the biodiesel side, the government has convened a working group to study how to promote the fuel’s use. At the moment, oil companies aren’t […]

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Three men arrested in Illinois for stealing 10,000 gallons of used cooking oil

In Illinois, three men were arrested in a barn in the southwest part of the state where 10,000 gallons of stolen used cooking oil was stored. The men allegedly stole the cooking oil from outside restaurants and then later sold it to biodiesel producers.  

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