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

USDA opens applications for BCAP on June 16

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Recap of the […]

June 11, 2014 More

USDA doesn’t expect to sell sugar for ethanol production this year

In Washington, the USDA says it doesn’t expect to activate the Feedstock Flexibility Program this year, offering discounted sugar forfeited in exchange for commodity credit loans to ethanol producers for feedstock. The USDA held auctions for forfeited sugar four times during late 2013 where five ethanol plants purchased feedstock.  

June 9, 2014 More

USDA grants to support Cornell research on biofuel policies and crops

In New York, Cornell University has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to research the interactions between crops and biofuel policies worldwide, as well as their impacts on U.S. agriculture’s international competitiveness. As part of a $12 million program, researchers will examine the links between biofuel […]

May 14, 2014 More

USDA announces $1 million to fund biodiesel education

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of almost $1 million in grant funding to programs that educate consumers about the benefits of biodiesel fuel use. The funding is made available through the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).

May 7, 2014 More