Tag: USDA

Philippines needs to import 2/3 of ethanol mandate this year

Philippines needs to import 2/3 of ethanol mandate this year

October 30, 2014 |

In the Philippines, the USDA estimates the island archipelago will need to import 200 million liters of ethanol to compliment the 100 million liters of local production in order to reach this year’s blending mandate. Without significant increases in investment, by 2020 when the E20 policy comes into place, the country will need to import […]

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USDA ARS researchers looking into boost cellulosic biofuel yields

USDA ARS researchers looking into boost cellulosic biofuel yields

October 21, 2014 |

In Illinois, at the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, one recent research focus has been on determining how switchgrass plant maturity at harvest affects ethanol yields. Chemical engineer Bruce Dien led a study that evaluated samples of two different switchgrass varieties that were harvested at three different points in plant development and […]

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Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

October 14, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and confirmed what many private analysts had already reported – the U.S. corn crop is going to break last year’s record production by a substantial amount. Total production is now projected at 14.475 billion bushels, 550 million […]

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Sens. Thune and Klobuchar want USDA to study impact of rail delays on ag

Sens. Thune and Klobuchar want USDA to study impact of rail delays on ag

October 2, 2014 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack calling on USDA to conduct an economic analysis of the rail service challenges facing agricultural shippers. Thune and Klobuchar’s letter cites […]

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USDA to reinstate monthly grain and oilseed reports

USDA to reinstate monthly grain and oilseed reports

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the USDA will begin publishing its grain and oilseed reports again next year after having stopped in 2011. Data will include information on dry and wet alcohol milling as well as oilseed crushing. Key will be the resumption of the soybean crush reports for the biodiesel industry. The USDA will begin reaching out […]

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Dakota Spirit AgEnergy gets $1 million USDA rural development loan

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy gets $1 million USDA rural development loan

September 25, 2014 |

In North Dakota, as part of a $5.7 million rural development loan package, the USDA has granted a $1 million loan to Northern Plains Electric Cooperative to partly finance the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant currently being built in Spiritwood. Of the five loans, the one to NPEC was the only project related to bioenergy. […]

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USDA chief says Obama administration still behind 15 billion gallon ethanol goal

USDA chief says Obama administration still behind 15 billion gallon ethanol goal

September 16, 2014 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Obama administration is set on getting ethanol production to the 15 billion gallon mark laid out by Congress, which could only be done with more gas stations offering higher blends. He figures the final RFS for 2014 will be higher than the 13 billion gallons the EPA […]

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USDA predicts corn harvest at 14.4 billion bushels with yield of 171 bushels per acre

USDA predicts corn harvest at 14.4 billion bushels with yield of 171 bushels per acre

September 15, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Department of Agriculture predicts a corn harvest this fall of 14.4 billion bushels, a record crop with the highest yield per acre in US history at 171 bushels per acre. Corn ending stocks for the 2014/15 marketing year are projected at 2 billion bushels — the highest since 2004/05. Meanwhile, prices […]

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USDA September 1 corn stock estimates won’t matter, asserts UIllinois Ag economist

USDA September 1 corn stock estimates won’t matter, asserts UIllinois Ag economist

September 10, 2014 |

In Illinois, Darrel Good, an Agriculture economist with the University of Illinois Extension, has published an article asserting that the USDA September 1st corn stocks estimates aren’t as important as the previous three years, when “stocks were generally small and the U.S. average corn yield was below trend value.” Said Good, “the market expectation is […]

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USDA receives flack for $105 million loan guarantee to Fulcrum in the fading wake of Solyndra

USDA receives flack for $105 million loan guarantee to Fulcrum in the fading wake of Solyndra

September 9, 2014 |

In Washington, in the wake of the $105 million loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels announced last week, the USDA has received flack from the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. President David Williams criticized the guarantee, alluding to the 2011 Solyndra collapse: “Washington is used to flushing taxpayer money down the toilet, but now they’re having taxpayers […]

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