Tag: USDA

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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Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

September 1, 2014 |

In Tennessee, the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) will take to the road to show off the research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast utilizing fast growing, short rotation woody crops (SRWC). Coordinated by the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, and […]

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Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

September 1, 2014 |

In Tennessee, the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) will take to the road to show off the research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast utilizing fast growing, short rotation woody crops (SRWC). Coordinated by the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, and […]

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As huge corn crop looms, corn futures hit new contract lows

As huge corn crop looms, corn futures hit new contract lows

August 28, 2014 |

In the US, nearby corn futures have seen new contract lows, with low prices benefitting end-users like ethanol producers, causing unusually high margins. With the big crop looming, new crop carry-out is expected to increase but low prices will encourage future demand in 2015. Despite the lows, various private analysts have released final yield estimates […]

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Maryland rejoices as soybean yields predicted highest in years

Maryland rejoices as soybean yields predicted highest in years

August 27, 2014 |

In Maryland, projected soybean yields are some of the highest in years as rainfall and moderate temperatures have allowed the crops optimal conditions. The USDA is currently forecasting a new record yield (45.2 bushels) of soybeans in 2014, exceeding the 2009 record of 44 bushels by a large margin. “Sustained demand increases are expected for […]

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USDA releases new switchgrass for bioenergy

USDA releases new switchgrass for bioenergy

August 18, 2014 |

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.  

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