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Argentine ethanol production seen at 11.2 billion liters while biodiesel remains steady

Argentine ethanol production seen at 11.2 billion liters while biodiesel remains steady

August 9, 2017 |

In Argentina, the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service expects ethanol production to increase to 1.12 billion liters in line with the E12 blending mandate while biodiesel production will reach a record 3.05 billion liters. Ethanol consumption is seen reaching 1.1 billion liters to achieve a 11.7% blend, split between sugarcane and corn feedstocks, with the industry […]

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Ethanol exports double in June from 2016 but fall 22% from May

Ethanol exports double in June from 2016 but fall 22% from May

August 8, 2017 |

In Washington, the USDA said ethanol exports in June doubled from last year to 351.1 million liters but fell 22% from the month prior. With domestic prices higher in June than abroad, the fall in ethanol exports was in line with expectations as ethanol supplied domestic markets. Canada remained the top export destination with more […]

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USDA predicts soybean output to decline over last year

USDA predicts soybean output to decline over last year

July 22, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that despite its downward estimate of global production, the USDA continues to take an optimistic outlook on 2017/18 global soybean output. The agricultural department expects world production to decline by 7 million tons to 345 million tons. The reason is a decline in Brazilian production, Agrarmarkt Informationsgesellschaft (AMI) reports. The USDA […]

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Trump Nominates Soybean CEO Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Trump Nominates Soybean CEO Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

July 15, 2017 |

In Washington, DC, President Trump nominated American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture to manage day-to-day operations at the USDA. Censky has been CEO of the American Soybean Association for 21 years, making this a big change for him. He grew up on a soybean, corn, and diversified livestock […]

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USDA and DOE announce $9 million in BRDI funding

USDA and DOE announce $9 million in BRDI funding

June 5, 2017 |

In Washington, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. The […]

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USDA says DDGS exports up 6% despite Chinese trade challenges

USDA says DDGS exports up 6% despite Chinese trade challenges

June 1, 2017 |

In Washington, despite market challenges, the latest USDA trade data show exports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have remained steady due to attractive prices, available supply and market development efforts by the U.S. Grains Council among a diversity of buyers. From September 2016 to March 2017, USDA reported the United States exported […]

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Advancing the bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and feedstock R&D

Advancing the bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and feedstock R&D

May 24, 2017 |

Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products is not only good for farm incomes. The whole economy benefits […]

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US Ag Secretary Perdue unveiles USDA re-organization

US Ag Secretary Perdue unveiles USDA re-organization

May 11, 2017 |

In Washxington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a re-organization, and announced the creation of a USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a broader reorganization of the department.  As part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced the standing up of a newly-named Farm Production and Conservation […]

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USDA Data Show Cropland Reductions

USDA Data Show Cropland Reductions

April 6, 2017 |

In Washington, a recent study (Wright et al.) funded in part by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) suggests that significant cropland expansion occurred in areas near ethanol plants between 2008 and 2012, purportedly replacing grassland and other wildlife habitat. The study’s findings are at odds with data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which […]

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Big Bird, You’re Fired! And all of you enviros, too! Trump thumps, dumps in new budget

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And all of you enviros, too! Trump thumps, dumps in new budget

March 16, 2017 |

Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine. In Washington, the White House released its budget requests for 2018, a high-level, 62-page overview of President Trump’s strategy for “Making America Great Again”. Departmental impact In order of percentage impact, […]

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