Tag: sorghum

Genera repositions itself, gets $118M investment – Movin’ on up to get a piece of the pie

Genera repositions itself, gets $118M investment – Movin’ on up to get a piece of the pie

July 25, 2019 |

Like The Jeffersons, one of the longest running sitcoms from the 1970s and 80s, Genera is movin’ on up. While they aren’t moving “to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky”, they are located in East Tennessee and Genera certainly “got a piece of the pie.” And a big pie at that. […]

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U.S. sorghum sales continue to Spain, Italy

U.S. sorghum sales continue to Spain, Italy

April 7, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council reports that recent sales of U.S. sorghum to Spain and Italy reinforce the importance of these European markets to U.S. farmers. Italy purchased 36,600 metric tons (1.44 million bushels) of sorghum the week of March 14, and Spain has purchased just under one million tons (39.4 million bushels) […]

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Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

January 1, 2019 |

In South Africa, a breakthrough by the African Centre for Crop Improvement in the breeding of sorghum could have far-reaching implications for the biofuel and bioplastic industries in South Africa. With funding from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which is based in South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Laing has been working on how […]

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Philippine investors to develop $323.6 million sorghum-based ethanol plant

Philippine investors to develop $323.6 million sorghum-based ethanol plant

December 3, 2018 |

In the Philippines, the Manila Times reports that the country’s first non-molasses based ethanol plant will be developed in Zamboanga City, using sorghum as feedstock at the $323.6 million facility. The annual production capacity of the project that is seen as a key driver to improving the socio-economic conditions of the region was not announced. […]

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Chinese researchers discover gene the controls stem juiciness in sorghum

Chinese researchers discover gene the controls stem juiciness in sorghum

October 18, 2018 |

In China, through careful genetic analysis of a large, diverse panel of sorghum varieties, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered the gene controlling the stem juiciness trait in sorghum, as described in this month’s issue of the Plant Cell. The dry gene product appears to function as a master switch that controls the […]

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“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

July 29, 2018 |

Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements The next time they re-make the Wizard of Oz movie, you might just see sorghum growing in the fields along the yellow brick road, thanks to sorghum’s big win last week when the U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become […]

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EPA approves sorghum pathways for biofuel

EPA approves sorghum pathways for biofuel

July 25, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final notice approving a variety of pathways for renewable fuel derived from sorghum, including biodiesel. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final pathway alongside Sens. Jerry Moran and Deb Fisher, Rep. Roger Marshall, the National Sorghum Producers, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The newly approved […]

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Secretary of Agriculture slams China’s “politicized” 179% duty on US sorghum imports

Secretary of Agriculture slams China’s “politicized” 179% duty on US sorghum imports

April 18, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed extreme disappointment regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports. “The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even mention ‘dumping,’ because China can buy product from anywhere they choose. This is clearly a […]

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Sorghum genetic modification increases yield

Sorghum genetic modification increases yield

March 3, 2018 |

In New York, a simple genetic modification can triple the grain number of sorghum, which is used for food, animal feed, and biofuel. Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory figured out a genetic change boosts the plant’s yield: by lowering the level of a key hormone, generating more flowers and more seeds. Their discovery points […]

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EPA publishes proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways

EPA publishes proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways

December 22, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published their notice of proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways which allows an opportunity to comment on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at dry mill ethanol plants. The notice says that the “EPA’s evaluation of […]

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