Tag: Minnesota

Minnesota state legislature closer to investing in Crookston biodiesel facility

Minnesota state legislature closer to investing in Crookston biodiesel facility

April 18, 2019 |

In Minnesota, funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel facility in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a bill authored by Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), who chairs the Senate Agriculture, […]

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Minnesota opens RFP for $150,000 bioenergy pilot project grant program

Minnesota opens RFP for $150,000 bioenergy pilot project grant program

April 1, 2019 |

In Minnesota, a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been launched by the state’s agriculture department under the AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant program providing funding that would advance a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond the bench scale/proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant. A total of $150,000 will […]

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New study says corn production leads to 4,300 premature deaths from environmental damage

New study says corn production leads to 4,300 premature deaths from environmental damage

April 1, 2019 |

In Minnesota, a new study establishes that environmental damage caused by corn production results in 4,300 premature deaths annually in the United States, representing a monetized cost of $39 billion. The paper, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Sustainability, presents how researchers have estimated for the first time the health damages caused by corn production […]

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Epitome Energy hopes to break ground on $150 million soybean complex in spring 2021

Epitome Energy hopes to break ground on $150 million soybean complex in spring 2021

February 21, 2019 |

In Minnesota, local press reports that Epitome Energy could break ground on its proposed $150 million soybean crushing and biodiesel facility in spring 2021 should everything go as planned, with the build period seen at around 18 months. The project has received a $450,000 grant from the state’s department of transportation to improve rail infrastructure […]

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Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

February 20, 2019 |

In Minnesota, the state’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.8 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (a high-protein animal feed) and 283 […]

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NatureWorks to certify bioplastics and chemicals with ISCC PLUS

NatureWorks to certify bioplastics and chemicals with ISCC PLUS

February 18, 2019 |

In Minnesota, a new initiative at NatureWorks will ensure that by 2020 100 percent of the agricultural feedstock for Ingeo™ biopolymers and Vercet™ performance chemicals will be certified by ISCC to the ISCC PLUS standard of best practices in agricultural production. The ISCC PLUS certified crops are grown within 50 miles of the NatureWorks’ Blair, […]

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Minnesota E15 consumption reached 59 million gallons in 2018

Minnesota E15 consumption reached 59 million gallons in 2018

February 11, 2019 |

In Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released its year-end station report detailing a record-breaking year for 88 Octane fuel sales, also known as E15, and building momentum for E85 in 2018. More than 59 million gallons of 88 Octane fuel were sold to Minnesota consumers last year, nearly tripling sales from 2017. Sales of […]

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Plans underway to develop soybean biodiesel facility in northwest Minnesota

Plans underway to develop soybean biodiesel facility in northwest Minnesota

January 29, 2019 |

In Minnesota, a local entrepreneur is fundraising to secure $10 million in order to take the first steps in developing a biodiesel production facility in Crookston that would absorb some of the area’s soybean surplus that once went to China or is processed far away. The proposed $150 million project in the northwest part of […]

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University of Minnesota researchers find prairies could provide high GHG savings as bioenergy feedstock

University of Minnesota researchers find prairies could provide high GHG savings as bioenergy feedstock

January 29, 2019 |

In Minnesota, in an ongoing effort to discover the ideal conditions to grow alternative biofuels that offer more environmental benefits, University of Minnesota scientists applied their research on native prairies in the Upper Midwest to understand marginal lands—particularly abandoned and degraded agricultural fields. In the 10-year study published in Nature Sustainability, researchers utilized 36 plots […]

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Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

January 17, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Epitome Energy has chosen the town of Crookston as the location of its proposed soybean extraction plant that will produce 30 million gallons per year of biodiesel in addition to soy oil and soybean meal. The company told local press that there are more than 1.8 million acres of soybeans in the 10 […]

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