USDA releases new switchgrass for bioenergy

In Washington, the release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. Agricultural Research Service scientists have spent decades working on different projects that contributed to the development of the cultivar “Liberty,” which can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre.  

August 18, 2014 More

USDA report shows GHG impacts from agriculture

In Washington, the USDA has released a report that lays out methods for estimating changes in GHG emissions and carbon storage at a local scale for farm, ranch and forest managers. The methods in the report will be used to develop user-friendly tools for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and other USDA stakeholders to help them […]

August 11, 2014 More

USDA grant brings back online Ohio ethanol plant mothballed for two years

In Ohio, the Three Rivers ethanol plant has come back online thanks to an $9 million loan guarantee from the USDA under the Rural Energy for America program. Instead of the facility being scrapped after it had been mothballed, the loan facility allowed new owners to come in and bring the facility back to life, […]

August 4, 2014 More

USDA outlines new methods to push greenhouse gas emission savings

In Washington, USDA released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report is titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, and USDA said that, among other […]

August 3, 2014 More

Vermont manure and brewery waste sugar waste stream has extremely high yields

In Vermont, a project which uses cow manure and beer brewery waste to create a high-sugar content waste stream has projected yields and energy balances comparable to other projects which have used direct sugar streams, according to the project’s USDA grant. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association was awarded a $51,000 grant in 2013 to research […]

July 21, 2014 More

DOE and USDA award $12.6 million in research grants for feedstock genomics

In Washington, the DOE and USDA announced the selection of 10 projects that will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. The $12.6 million in research grants are awarded under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006 focused on fundamental […]

July 17, 2014 More

USDA teams with MMP to produce fish feed from barley byproduct

In Montana, a process that improves the nutritional value of barley for use in fish feed has been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Montana Microbial Products LLC (MMP) of Missoula, Montana. Barley typically contains about 10 to12 percent protein, but 40 to 60 percent protein is needed in diets […]

July 14, 2014 More

USDA to re-start monthly industry report survey for ethanol

In Washington, over the next several months, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact ethanol producers across the United States, as the agency is preparing to conduct a monthly Current Agricultural Industry Report survey. The Current Industrial Report program began in 1904 with the Census Bureau. Due to budget reductions the bureau discontinued the […]

June 30, 2014 More

Ethanol margins sink to lowest level in four weeks

In Illinois, USDA and Platts data estimate that ethanol margins fell 15.5% last week to 75.64 cents/gal, the lowest seen in four months. With ethanol production at its highest ever during the week ending June 13, supplies are weighing on prices and therefore margins.  

June 23, 2014 More

USDA announces $14.5 million in bioenergy funding

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA’s Rural Development (RD) announced it is accepting applications from companies seeking to offset the costs associated with converting fossil fuel systems to renewable biomass fuel systems, while USDA’s […]

June 16, 2014 More