Tag: corn

Six year Great Lakes study shows viability of different perennial cropping systems for bioenergy

Six year Great Lakes study shows viability of different perennial cropping systems for bioenergy

December 29, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, a six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar, native grasses, and prairie can yield as much biomass as corn stover. The study is significant for beginning to address one of the biofuel industry’s […]

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office publishes Iowa Corn Promotion Board’s corn-based MEG

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office publishes Iowa Corn Promotion Board’s corn-based MEG

December 9, 2015 |

In Iowa, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a patent application (U.S. 2015/0329449) from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a production method using corn in the industrial manufacturing of a raw material called monoethylene glycol (MEG). “Patenting this research will lead to advances in the production processes for corn based bio-MEG eliminating […]

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University of Illinois sees only limited extra demand for corn feedstock in 2016

University of Illinois sees only limited extra demand for corn feedstock in 2016

December 8, 2015 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois has estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), indicate that U.S. production of fuel ethanol totaled 14.313 billion gallons during the 2014 calendar year. That is 1.02 billion gallons more than produced in 2013 and about 384 million gallons more than the previous record production in 2011. For […]

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October corn consumption for ethanol jumps to 444 million bushels

October corn consumption for ethanol jumps to 444 million bushels

December 2, 2015 |

In Washington, the USDA says corn consumption for ethanol production rose in October to more than 444 million bushels, up from 427.5 million bushels the month before. In parallel with an increase in ethanol production, DDGS production also rose to 1.954 million tons in October, up from 1.907 million tons in September. The report shows […]

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Chicago Argo ethanol prices slump on low corn prices while waiting for RFS decision

Chicago Argo ethanol prices slump on low corn prices while waiting for RFS decision

November 18, 2015 |

In Illinois, the lowest corn prices so far this year and hesitation in the ethanol market as participants wait for news on the final blending mandate for 2014-2016 from the EPA is weighing on Chicago Argo ethanol prices. In a bid-ask range on Monday of $1.4675-$1.4750/gal, prices are acting sluggish. Buyers still have to blend […]

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Environmental Working Group stands up for Rep. Peter Welch in RFS debate

Environmental Working Group stands up for Rep. Peter Welch in RFS debate

November 16, 2015 |

In Washington, the corn ethanol industry’s attacks on Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) over his efforts to reform federal biofuels policies are “completely outrageous and smack of desperation,” says Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president of government affairs. “No one has done more to accelerate the development of biofuels that actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions than […]

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Anti-RFS ad buy targets corn states

Anti-RFS ad buy targets corn states

November 10, 2015 |

In Indiana, American Council for Capital Formation, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the National Council of Chain Restaurants have extended their anti-RFS ad buy to target the state, focusing on corn-growing areas with a message making claims that ethanol increases food prices and is bad for the environment, quoting former Vice President Al Gore. […]

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Iowa farmers see benefits to their fields from providing corn stover for ethanol

Iowa farmers see benefits to their fields from providing corn stover for ethanol

October 21, 2015 |

In Iowa, some farmers are finding that supplying half of their corn stover for cellulosic ethanol production like to the DuPont plant in the town of Nevada has improved farming conditions and had a positive impact on yields. For farmers who grow back-to-back corn, there’s a lot of leftover biomass in the fields that require […]

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China to go back to corn-based ethanol in a major way

China to go back to corn-based ethanol in a major way

October 19, 2015 |

In China, local governments are looking to reverse the 2006 policy that banned corn-based ethanol in response to overwhelming stocks, with as much as 30 million metric tons of corn potentially too moldy for human consumption. Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning are regions where up to 1 million tons of installed ethanol production capacity could be […]

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Corn farmers suffering greatly from weak RFS

Corn farmers suffering greatly from weak RFS

October 8, 2015 |

In Washington, the National Corn Growers Association and National Farmers Union say new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals just how much harm the Obama Administration has caused farmers by its lax implementation of the RFS. The USDA announced last month that net cash income for American farmers and ranchers is forecast […]

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