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Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

July 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA and Holland & Knight have scheduled a July 27th webinar (2 ET) to update companies on the latest developments in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Complete registration details are here. The 9003 Program, which is an attractive source of capital for […]

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Latvia’s biodiesel production remains around 60% of installed capacity

Latvia’s biodiesel production remains around 60% of installed capacity

July 19, 2016 |

In Latvia, the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service said in a recent report that biodiesel production grew 7% in 2015 over the previous year to 85,000 metric tons while no ethanol was produced during either year yet installed production capacity is 156,000 tons. Biodiesel is produced from rapeseed oil, and half of the country’s oil production […]

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Investment in Polish biofuel industry constrained by surplus production capacity

Investment in Polish biofuel industry constrained by surplus production capacity

July 18, 2016 |

In Poland, the USDA estimates further investments in biofuels are unlikely as the market is currently oversupplied with production. Installed production capacity for ethanol is currently around 511,000 metric tons at 11 plants around the country, 80% of which is produced from corn. Only about 200,000 tons is produced at the moment, despite a 7.1% […]

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Researchers working on sorghum genetics to boost its use for bioenergy

Researchers working on sorghum genetics to boost its use for bioenergy

July 18, 2016 |

In Florida, new research examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop. The work was conducted by researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Washington State University in Pullman, the USDA-ARS in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the University of […]

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UConn researchers look at camelina genes and impacts on related plant species

UConn researchers look at camelina genes and impacts on related plant species

July 14, 2016 |

In Connecticut, researchers at the University of Connecticut supported by a grant from the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grant Program, an initiative of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, are gathering information about Camelina sativa, an oilseed crop that has never been grown commercially in Connecticut. Camelina has been subject to genetic modification to […]

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Texas A&M gets USDA grant to bridge businesses with ag producers for biodiesel

Texas A&M gets USDA grant to bridge businesses with ag producers for biodiesel

July 13, 2016 |

In Texas, a researcher from Texas A&M has received a USDA grant to bridge small businesses with agricultural producers across the northeastern part of the state to produce biodiesel while also helping to support those seeking renewable energy system grants. The plan is to help integrate biodiesel as well as other renewables for agricultural use […]

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May ethanol exports down 14% on year while DDGS exports to China tumble

May ethanol exports down 14% on year while DDGS exports to China tumble

July 7, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA said May ethanol exports were down 14% on the year to 55.7 million gallons, but cumulative exports for the year were up 6%. Canada was the main destination market for May ethanol exports, followed by China. DDGS exports were also down in May, through not as much, at 1.06 million metric […]

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USDA sees India far from ethanol blending goals at just 2% by 2017

USDA sees India far from ethanol blending goals at just 2% by 2017

July 5, 2016 |

In India, the USDA believes the country will only manage to blend 2% ethanol in 2017, up only slightly from the 1.9% it expects will be blended this year, a far cry from the country’s blending mandate of 10%. As of mid-May, the Foreign Agriculture Service says 509,000 cu m of ethanol had been lifted […]

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USDA charts impact of changing oil prices on Brazilian sugarcane, ethanol production: new report

USDA charts impact of changing oil prices on Brazilian sugarcane, ethanol production: new report

July 3, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA’s Economic Research Service released a new report “Brazil’s Agricultural Land Use and Trade: Effects of Changes in Oil Prices and Ethanol Demand.” In a high-price scenario, the oil price rises 45 percent by 2024. With increasing oil prices, sugarcane area increases by 946,000 hectares during the forecast period, or about 11 […]

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Expanding the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to using the Billion Ton Report

Expanding the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to using the Billion Ton Report

June 14, 2016 |

This analysis was presented by Jonny Rogers at ABLC Feedstocks 2016, and is the result of is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), National Laboratories, and various Agency representatives of the Biomass R&D Board’s Analysis Interagency Working Group. Zia Haq (DOE) and Harry Baumes (USDA) are the co-chairs.

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