Tag: Iowa

REG’s $28 million Ralston expansion seen ready for December

REG’s $28 million Ralston expansion seen ready for December

October 12, 2017 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group’s $28 million expansion at its Ralston soy oil-based biodiesel plant, more than doubling the plant’s production to 30 million gallons per year, is progressing at pace with commissioning expected as soon as December. The facility is co-located at a soy processing plant owned by Landus who recently expanded their crushing […]

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Senator Chuck Grassley stands up for RFS at biodiesel event

Senator Chuck Grassley stands up for RFS at biodiesel event

October 11, 2017 |

In Iowa, two weeks after calling EPA’s notice announcing potential cuts to biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard a ‘bait-and-switch’ tactic, Senator Chuck Grassley spoke directly Tuesday with those the proposal would harm.  At Renewable Energy Group’s Newton, Iowa biorefinery, the message from Grassley and the industry was clear—the President should keep his promise […]

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Ames Lab researchers working to deconstruct lignin commercially

Ames Lab researchers working to deconstruct lignin commercially

October 9, 2017 |

In Iowa, researchers at Ames Laboratory are working to reach the goal of deconstructing lignin commercially, experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. There are already known ways of salvaging useful byproducts out of lignin through the addition of a stabilization process. But they took both the decomposition and […]

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Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

September 24, 2017 |

In Iowa, new economic reports show that producing biomass fuel pellets from crop residues like corn stalks can provide a billion-dollar development opportunity for agricultural states. Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. examined the economic impact of collecting, processing, and delivering corn stover byproducts of ethanol – the stalks, stems, and leaves of corn plants – to […]

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Anti-dumping duties on Argentina aren’t the jump start the US industry needs

Anti-dumping duties on Argentina aren’t the jump start the US industry needs

September 18, 2017 |

In Iowa, biodiesel plants aren’t likely to invest in further production despite the anti-dumping tariffs lobbed on Argentina because without the $1 blending credit, they’re still not as competitive due to logistics costs. The tariff, in essence, just boosted the cost of feedstock thanks to a lack of foreign competition and will instead lead to […]

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Hot Spots: 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Iowa

Hot Spots: 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Iowa

August 29, 2017 |

Eddyville, Fort Dodge, Clinton, Newton, Cedar Rapids. Communities like these have been mainstays of the Iowa bioeconomy for years, even decades — home to corn and soy processing on the largest world scale, and much much more — integrated complexes of advanced refining where companies share infrastructure and often where the residues of the one […]

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Quad County CEO believes cellulosic ethanol targets could be hit without grinding more corn

Quad County CEO believes cellulosic ethanol targets could be hit without grinding more corn

August 28, 2017 |

In Iowa, the CEO of Quad County Corn Processors says that if all of the ethanol plants in the US switched to Enogen corn and used Cellerate technology like the QCCP does, then the Renewable Fuel Standard’s cellulosic ethanol mandate could be reached without grinding any additional corn. Last year, cellulosic ethanol production only reached […]

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DuPont Pioneer teams with Evogene on microbiome-based seed treatments in corn

DuPont Pioneer teams with Evogene on microbiome-based seed treatments in corn

August 7, 2017 |

In Iowa, DuPont Pioneer and Evogene Ltd announced that they have entered into a multiyear collaboration. The scope of the agreement includes the research and development of microbiome-based seed treatments in corn. The goal of the collaboration is to provide farmers with innovative bio-stimulant seed treatment products that protect and maximize corn yield by leveraging […]

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Iowa State researchers look at annual cover crops to compensate for corn stover removal

Iowa State researchers look at annual cover crops to compensate for corn stover removal

August 3, 2017 |

In Iowa, the phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And renewable biofuels are beneficial to the environment. However, […]

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President Trump re-affirms Administration support for biofuels in two Iowa speeches

President Trump re-affirms Administration support for biofuels in two Iowa speeches

June 26, 2017 |

In Iowa, in remarks to Iowa ag leaders at Kirkwood Community College and again at his Cedar Rapids rally, President Donald Trump reiterated his support for American renewable fuels.  His remarks come as several issues vital to the future of renewable fuels are pending within his administration. At Kirkwood the President said: “We’re here today […]

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