Category: Producer News

Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

March 2, 2015 |

In Australia, Sunshine Sugars Coop. may sell its 50% shareholding in itself to Manildra, who already owned 50% of the company since 1989. With much of the Australian sugar industry getting snapped up by foreign investors, the hope was to strengthen one of the country’s leading ethanol producers with complete control over some domestic sugar […]

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Argentine biodiesel exports up 40% in 2014

Argentine biodiesel exports up 40% in 2014

March 2, 2015 |

In Argentine, biodiesel exports jumped 40% during 2014 to 1.6 million metric tons, up from 1.15 million tons in 2013. At the same time, domestic biodiesel production increased nearly 30% in 2014 to 2.58 million tons.  Meanwhile, ethanol production jumped nearly 43% in 2014 533,978 tons, nearly all of which went towards satisfying the E10 […]

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Smaller ethanol plants must expand or innovate to keep alive

Smaller ethanol plants must expand or innovate to keep alive

March 2, 2015 |

In Minnesota, older and smaller ethanol plants are struggling to survive because the economics don’t pan out when compared to larger plants, leaving them to either expand or innovate into other products in order to keep operating. The threshold appears to be at 40 million gallons, with anything producing below that level suffering from lack […]

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Indian sugar mills worried about policy linking export subsidy to ethanol supply

Indian sugar mills worried about policy linking export subsidy to ethanol supply

March 2, 2015 |

In India, with raw sugar export subsidies potentially tied to supplying ethanol to Oil Marketing Companies, sugar companies are beginning to worry that they won’t be able to supply a quarter of their production capacity as may be required. But the sugar mills association says that in the case of Maharashtra, at least, the situation […]

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HC&S still looking for right energy crop for Maui

HC&S still looking for right energy crop for Maui

March 2, 2015 |

In Hawaii, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar hasn’t yet found the bioenergy sweet spot, looking for energy crops that grow as well as sugarcane or better so the company can diversify its sugar production or move away from sugar and into energy completely. The company has received grants to trial various sugarcane, sorghum and bana grass […]

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Philippines experimenting with scales to produce farm-based ethanol from nipa

Philippines experimenting with scales to produce farm-based ethanol from nipa

March 2, 2015 |

In the Philippines, three ethanol plants using nipa sap as feedstock will be developed over the next three years to determine the appropriate scale for production. The product is native to the Infanta region that is home to extensive rice farming. The ethanol is expected to supply locally-produced fuel from farm machinery as well as […]

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California green-lights Oberon’s new DME fuel

California green-lights Oberon’s new DME fuel

March 2, 2015 |

In California, Oberon Fuels announced that DME is now approved for use as vehicle fuel in the state of California. This latest approval builds on earlier approvals and ongoing work by other regulatory bodies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, and ASTM International, and will help accelerate commercial adoption of […]

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Mycogen Seeds joins Growth Energy

Mycogen Seeds joins Growth Energy

March 2, 2015 |

In Indiana, Growth Energy has welcomed Mycogen Seeds as a new premiere associate member. Mycogen Seeds is the national retail seed company of Dow Agroscience. “We applaud Mycogen Seeds for recognizing the role ethanol plays in strengthening American agriculture and for supporting our nation’s homegrown food, feed and fuel solution,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom […]

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Syngenta introduces Enogen Value Tracker to assist with grain tracking

Syngenta introduces Enogen Value Tracker to assist with grain tracking

March 2, 2015 |

In Minnesota, Syngenta has introduced its Enogen Value Tracker, a new tool for its corn growers to simplify grain tracking. Beginning this year, the Enogen Value Tracker – a naturally derived, non-GMO purple tracer trait – will be included in select bags of Enogen hybrids. Syngenta intends to include the Enogen Value Tracker in all […]

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Evogene announces positive 2014 results, castor seeds to commercialize in 2016

Evogene announces positive 2014 results, castor seeds to commercialize in 2016

March 2, 2015 |

In Israel, Evogene has announced its financial results for Q4 and 2014. The company announced that Evofuel continues to make progress toward commercializing its propriety castor seeds in 2016 with key achievements in strengthening its agronomic offering and commercial reach in Brazil. Ofer Haviv, Evogene’s President and CEO, stated: “This past year was a year […]

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