Tag: Minnesota

Epitome Energy’s biodiesel plan set back a year after city’s loan deal falls through

Epitome Energy’s biodiesel plan set back a year after city’s loan deal falls through

June 25, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Epitome Energy’s hopes for a speedy build to its proposed soybean crushing and biodiesel production facility in Crookston has seen a setback following legal scrutiny on a $1.25 million interest-free loan agreed to by the city council. The loan would breech statutory limits on business subsidies for the community that has just $3 […]

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Highwater Ethanol awaiting green light to boost ethanol production to 70.2 mypg

Highwater Ethanol awaiting green light to boost ethanol production to 70.2 mypg

June 20, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Highwater Ethanol has applied for permission from state environmental authorities to expand its air emissions permit in order to boost ethanol production to 70.2 million gallons per year from the current 59.5 million gallons in an effort to boost efficiencies and reduce the cost of production in a time of low margins but […]

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Minnesota legislature approves $5 million funding for Soy Innovation Campus

Minnesota legislature approves $5 million funding for Soy Innovation Campus

May 29, 2019 |

In Minnesota, funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel facility in Crookston is no longer a pipe dream for Minnesota agriculture. Last week, the Minnesota Legislature approved $5 million in funding for the Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The funding will go into effect in the second half of the biennium budget […]

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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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