Tag: USDA

USDA raises already-record soybean crop forecast

USDA raises already-record soybean crop forecast

November 20, 2016 |

In Washington, the US soybean harvest is coming to a close. Nevertheless, the USDA sprang a surprise with its latest harvest estimate. However, the price effect was fleeting. The 2016 US soybean crop was forecast higher than expected. The previous month’s forecast was raised 2.5 million tonnes to 118.8 million tonnes, outpacing the previous year’s figure by […]

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USDA announces 2017 BCAP program details

USDA announces 2017 BCAP program details

November 15, 2016 |

In Washington, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced Nov. 10 that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds are from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. In fiscal year 2017, […]

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USDA hosts ethanol workshop for Mexican authorities

USDA hosts ethanol workshop for Mexican authorities

November 2, 2016 |

In Mexico, Mexican authorities considering how ethanol fits into their country’s energy mix heard from U.S. researchers about air quality, lung health and other quality of life benefits and from Colombian and Paraguayan regulators about their successful implementation of biofuels programs at a recent workshop hosted by Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. […]

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USDA Rural Energy for America Program supports five ethanol plants with grants

USDA Rural Energy for America Program supports five ethanol plants with grants

October 26, 2016 |

In Washington, of the more than $23 million in grants and $212 million in loan guarantees provided to agricultural producers and small businesses under the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), the following ethanol producers received funding: Siouxland Energy Cooperative in Iowa received a $165,000 grant make energy efficiency improvements with the retrofitting of […]

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USDA opens REAP program for funding applications

USDA opens REAP program for funding applications

October 20, 2016 |

In Washington, Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. REAP have two types of funding assistance: (1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy […]

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Ames Laboratory looking at makeup of plant cell walls to improve bioenergy production

Ames Laboratory looking at makeup of plant cell walls to improve bioenergy production

October 19, 2016 |

In Iowa, a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bio-energy. The group, led by principal investigator and Ames Laboratory scientist Emily Smith, is receiving […]

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USDA says edible food packaging just a few years away

USDA says edible food packaging just a few years away

September 11, 2016 |

Edible food packaging based on the milk protein casein will be on store shelves within three years, according to USDA researcher Peggy Tomasula. Tomasula and her team have already been creating prototype films that could be used to cover foods such as meat and bread. The films look similar to plastic wrap, but are less […]

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July corn use for ethanol production up 7% over June

July corn use for ethanol production up 7% over June

September 8, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA said in its September Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report that corn consumption for ethanol during July was up 7% on the month at 455 million bushels and 2% higher than during the year before. Of the total ethanol produced from corn, 89.5% was produced using dry milling while the rest […]

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USDA sees Philippine ethanol imports falling thanks to growing production

USDA sees Philippine ethanol imports falling thanks to growing production

August 29, 2016 |

In the Philippines, the USDA estimates ethanol production in the country will start to ramp up and in turn demand for imports from the US will fall to 281 million liters in 2016 and 278 million liters in 2017 from the 311 million liters imported in 2015 at a value of $170 million. The Philippines […]

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USDA: special $1 million carbon-reducing incentive available to selected biorefineries

USDA: special $1 million carbon-reducing incentive available to selected biorefineries

August 28, 2016 |

In Washington, the US Department of Agriculture is offering a financial incentive to a specific group of biorefineries; those that were in existence on or before June 18, 2008.  A payment of up to $1 million is available for qualifying facilities to reduce their carbon footprint by replacing fossil fuels used in their heat and/or […]

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