By Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert, special to the Digest Any day now, the final rules governing implementation of the USDA 9003 biorefinery loan guarantee program will be issued. Years of advocacy have led to this moment – one to savor. Program changes garnered in the most recent Farm Bill reauthorization have, for the first […]
In Illinois, researchers realize that biomass feedstocks will need to come from many different sources, including crop residues, forest residues, and municipal waste, for example, said Marty Williams, a University of Illinois crop scientist and ecologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The use of double-cropping systems—a winter annual biomass crop is grown then harvested in […]
In Washington, the USDA reported that February corn crushing for ethanol was down 11% on the month at 395.8 million bushels, and down 10% from December. About 90% of the crush was dry mill, meaning that dry meal DDGS production was down 11% as well at 1.65 million tons. Distillers wet grains were down 15% […]
In Washington, the USDA lowered its corn usage estimate for ethanol by 50 million bushels to 5.2 billion bushels. The monthly WASDE report saw corn exports increasing to 1.8 billion bushels, up 50 million bushels.
In Washington, the USDA says that typical Midwest corn ethanol margins have fallen to 39.30 cents per gallon, the first drop in three weeks, thanks to stronger corn prices. Ethanol prices are slightly higher, but not enough to compensate for higher corn prices.
By Stafford “Doc” Williamson The Biofuels Digest is a little treasure trove of goodies. I just found one that helps make the case that algae derived biofuels are closer than you think. I mean, economically viable algae-based biofuels. In an article published recently (Jan 12, 2015) in the Biofuels Digest with the unlikely title […]
In China, the USDA attaché says biodiesel production rose 5% on the year in 2014 to 1.13 billion liters with production expected to reach 1.19 billion liters in 2015. That’s slower growth than the 18% rise seen between 2012 and 2013. Ethanol production was up 6% in 2014 at 2.8 billion liters. China’s 12th Five Year […]
In Washington, the USDA is contemplating regulating a GM sorghum variety developed by Ceres as a noxious weed. The company developed the variety using a “gene gun” to create an energy crop with more biomass and higher sugar content than others that would increase ethanol yields. The USDA can’t regulate the crop under its biotechnology […]
In 2015, corn prices are expected to return to “more reasonable levels” as the demand side remains supportive. For the first quarter of the marketing year, USDA projected corn used for ethanol at 5.2 billion bushels, slightly higher than last year. Ethanol production was about 5 percent larger than the same quarter last year, compared […]
In Washington, USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber is set to retire after a 30-year federal career. Current USDA Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson has been named Acting Chief Economist. Johansson has served as USDA’s Deputy Chief Economist since 2012 and holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota. Johansson will assume […]