Tag: USDA

Family Express to receive $789,000 to upgrade 45 blender pumps across Indiana

Family Express to receive $789,000 to upgrade 45 blender pumps across Indiana

May 1, 2016 |

In Indiana, convenience store and fuel retailer Family Express will receive more than $789,000 through an Indiana blender pump program to bring online 45 dispensers at 37 stations in the state. The Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, jointly funded by the U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, provided […]

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Supporting the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Biomass programs

Supporting the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Biomass programs

April 14, 2016 |

This month, we held a well-attended webinar on USDA Biomass programs. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, by the USDA’s Mark Brodziski. The recorded version of the USDA Biomass Programs webinar can be accessed here.

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USDA researchers find algae can produce oil from unmarketable crops

USDA researchers find algae can produce oil from unmarketable crops

April 13, 2016 |

In Hawaii, at the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Lisa Keith has spent the past 5 years fine-tuning conditions under which Chlorella protothecoides algae can be coaxed into producing oil from discarded papayas and other unmarketable crops or byproducts, like glycerol. The effort […]

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US government releases Biofuels Data Sources matrix to streamline data access

US government releases Biofuels Data Sources matrix to streamline data access

April 11, 2016 |

In Washington, the new Biofuels Data Sources matrix provides access to selected sources of economic data on biofuels from the U.S. Government. Data come from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Census Bureau, International Trade Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The matrix contains a compendium of market data on supply, use, […]

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Feedstock Flexibility Program not needed during Q2

Feedstock Flexibility Program not needed during Q2

April 4, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA does not expect to activate the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the second quarter due to sugar prices averaging higher than the loan limit set by the Commodity Credit Corporation. If sugar producers default on their crop loans, they can give the sugar instead of paying back the loan. That sugar can […]

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Shock rise in corn production leads to price plunge

Shock rise in corn production leads to price plunge

April 3, 2016 |

In grains, the big news has been the USDA prospective plantings report, which has corn up to 93 million acres in 2016, up 5 million over last year, and it was an unexpected gain given that stock levels of grain are high now. Big stocks plus a big planting equals even bigger ending stocks — […]

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Son of Billion Ton: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Billion Ton Report

Son of Billion Ton: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Billion Ton Report

April 3, 2016 |

The 2005 report, Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: The Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply (generally referred to as the Billion-Ton Study) was an estimate of potential biomass available within the contiguous United States based on assumptions about current and future inventory production capacity, availability, and technology. This follow-up report, U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass […]

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Prospective Plantings: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to corn, soy, sorghum, wheat acreage

Prospective Plantings: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to corn, soy, sorghum, wheat acreage

April 3, 2016 |

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2016 planting intentions. U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the first increase in […]

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USDA adjusts 2014/15 corn consumption lower by 9 million bushels

USDA adjusts 2014/15 corn consumption lower by 9 million bushels

March 9, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA’s estimate for 2014/15 corn consumption to produce ethanol fell by 9 million bushels, according to the latest monthly Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production 2015 Summary report published March 1. Its overall estimates for corn production during 2015/16 fell by 1.6 million tons due to lower production in South Africa and the […]

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Sustainable, affordable biomass: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the Biomass Research and Development Initiative

Sustainable, affordable biomass: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the Biomass Research and Development Initiative

March 6, 2016 |

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment (IBCE) and the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Golden Field Office, Bioenergy Technologies Office  jointly operate the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) financial assistance program under section 9008 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of […]

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