Tag: Minnesota

Minnesota researchers find exotics can help repair soils following maize-soy rotation

Minnesota researchers find exotics can help repair soils following maize-soy rotation

November 28, 2016 |

In Minnesota, researchers led by the University of Minnesota found that the negative soil legacy of the maize–soybean rotation for native plant performance in interaction with exotics was greatly diminished in soils conditioned by native or exotic perennial species, irrespective of nitrogen addition. This highlights the potential value of perennial species in conversion from row-crop […]

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Biodiesel industry consolidation increases ahead of blending credit expiry

Biodiesel industry consolidation increases ahead of blending credit expiry

October 25, 2016 |

In Minnesota, Ocean Park Advisors said that as biodiesel blending credits near expiry, biodiesel producers need to have strong balance sheets to weather the storm until they are renewed, followed by a burst of profit that makes the whole hassle worthwhile. As such, it is typically a period of consolidation in the industry in the […]

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Just six companies cashing in on most of the US’s biodiesel imports

Just six companies cashing in on most of the US’s biodiesel imports

October 19, 2016 |

In Minnesota, an advisor to the National Biodiesel Board says just six companies are responsible for most of the country’s biodiesel exports, which thanks to the $1 per gallon blenders tax credit could mean $800 million would go into the pockets of that handful of companies next year as exports increase. For 2016, exports are […]

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Enerkem taking steps forward with $200 million facility outside St. Paul

Enerkem taking steps forward with $200 million facility outside St. Paul

October 4, 2016 |

In Minnesota, Enerkem is exploring the development of a $200 million MSW-to-ethanol facility outside St. Paul in conjunction with local garbage processor and recycler SKB Environmental. The project was presented to city officials in May and last week the company submitted for zoning approval changes to allow the facility on a site currently zoned for […]

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US District Court says Minnesota’s B10 doesn’t conflict with RFS

US District Court says Minnesota’s B10 doesn’t conflict with RFS

October 3, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled that the state’s B10 blending mandate does not conflict with the Renewable Fuel Standard as claimed by the American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, Minnesota Trucking Association and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers as far […]

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Judge upholds exclusive grain supply contract between Chippewa Valley Ethanol and Glacial Plains Cooperative

Judge upholds exclusive grain supply contract between Chippewa Valley Ethanol and Glacial Plains Cooperative

August 24, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a district judge has ordered Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company to comply with a contract that says Glacial Plains Cooperative is its exclusive grain handler, which the ethanol company had broken in June 2014 when it started buying grain from other suppliers. The cooperative has sought 26 months’ worth of damages for not being […]

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Corn Plus ethanol plant agrees to several steps to correct several environmental violations

Corn Plus ethanol plant agrees to several steps to correct several environmental violations

June 22, 2016 |

In Minnesota, the Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago in southern Minnesota has again agreed to take steps to correct several environmental violations and pay a $39,450 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Agency inspections and records reviews found several violations of the plant’s stormwater permit that sets conditions to ensure runoff from […]

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Scientists produce polyurethanes from sugar

Scientists produce polyurethanes from sugar

April 18, 2016 |

In Minnesota, polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Macro Letters a potential way to reduce future waste: a chemically recyclable foam […]

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Study shows Minnesota biodiesel use has caused reduction of 7.4 billion pounds of CO2 emissions

Study shows Minnesota biodiesel use has caused reduction of 7.4 billion pounds of CO2 emissions

April 10, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a recent study from the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN) has demonstrated the use of biodiesel’s significant positive impact on air quality. The study demonstrated that the summer (B10) and winter blends (B5) used in Minnesota prevent 130 tons of particulate matter, 319 tons of hydrocarbon, and 2,634 tons of carbon monoxide […]

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Study shows Minnesota’s ethanol industry added $2.1 billion to state’s 2015 GDP

Study shows Minnesota’s ethanol industry added $2.1 billion to state’s 2015 GDP

March 15, 2016 |

In Minnesota, a new study prepared for the Minnesota Biofuels Association shows the state’s ethanol industry spent approximately $2.1 billion on raw materials (mostly corn), other inputs, goods and services to produce ethanol and primary co-products DDGS and corn refiner’s oil in 2015.  When the impact of these expenditures circulate fully through the Minnesota economy, […]

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