Tag: USDA

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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Canada’s ethanol market seen steady through 2017

Canada’s ethanol market seen steady through 2017

August 25, 2016 |

In Canada, ethanol imports this year through May have led the USDA to estimate slightly lower imports for 2016 at about 1 billion liters, 83,000 liters less than in 2015 due to shifts in discretionary ethanol blending. The industry has been at full production capacity since 2009 and that is expected to remain the same […]

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USDA offers funding for Advanced Biofuels and Biobased Products

USDA offers funding for Advanced Biofuels and Biobased Products

July 31, 2016 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for funding to help support the development of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products. Funding is being provided through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known as the Biorefinery Assistance Program. Congress established […]

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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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