Tag: Iowa

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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Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

June 22, 2017 |

In Iowa, President Trump said the ethanol industry was under siege by his Environmental Protection Agency but promised that he would save it as he said he’d do during his campaign. The White House has given the EPA the green light to publish the 2018 blending mandate proposal after reviewing it last week but changes […]

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CHS sees US ethanol exports rising 15% during 2016/17

CHS sees US ethanol exports rising 15% during 2016/17

June 5, 2017 |

In Iowa, CHS expects ethanol exports to increase another 15% during 2016/17 following a 26% increase during 2015/16, with increased demand likely coming from India whose domestic supplies are far short for its 5% blending mandate, or other countries such as the Philippines, Canada and Mexico. The United Arab Emirates, Canada and Mexico could increase […]

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All hopes on Iowa’s former and current governors

All hopes on Iowa’s former and current governors

May 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, with much of the national ethanol industry’s hopes focused on the former governor-cum-new ambassador to China in order to smooth relations and open back up ethanol and DDGS trade, the state’s industry looks to the new governor to be as supportive of biofuels as his predecessor. Key policy goals include working with the […]

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REG reports solid Q1 thanks to selling nearly 25% more biodiesel

REG reports solid Q1 thanks to selling nearly 25% more biodiesel

May 23, 2017 |

In Iowa, earlier this month, Renewable Energy Group Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2017 ended March 31. Revenues for the quarter were $418.9 million on 122.1 million gallons of fuel sold. Compared to the first quarter of 2016, REG sold 24.6 percent more gallons of fuel resulting in an increase in revenue of […]

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Governor Branstad signs Iowa biofuel funding, closing out challenging session for biodiesel

Governor Branstad signs Iowa biofuel funding, closing out challenging session for biodiesel

May 14, 2017 |

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad has signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. In 2016, Iowa’s biodiesel plants produced a record 305 million gallons of biodiesel, according to the National Biodiesel Board. A study by ABF Economics shows biodiesel activity generated about 3,800 […]

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New ag secretary assures Iowa ethanol industry Trump supports RFS

New ag secretary assures Iowa ethanol industry Trump supports RFS

May 8, 2017 |

In Iowa, the new US Secretary for Agriculture assured the state’s ethanol industry that the Trump administration has no intention of “messing” with the Renewable Fuel Standard and went further to stay they plan to support the development of new more efficient technologies. Since Trump’s election, his stance on biofuels has been unclear, especially considering […]

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REG secures up to $20 million to finance Ralston expansion project

REG secures up to $20 million to finance Ralston expansion project

May 2, 2017 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group announced it has secured financing of up to $20 million from First Midwest Bank for the $24 million capacity-expansion project at the company’s Ralston, Iowa biodiesel refinery. The upgrade project, announced last November, is expected to increase the annual nameplate capacity of the Ralston biorefinery from 12 million to 30 […]

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