Tag: USDA

USDA sees China’s biofuel production well below Five Year Plan goals

USDA sees China’s biofuel production well below Five Year Plan goals

January 27, 2015 |

In China, the USDA attaché says biodiesel production rose 5% on the year in 2014 to 1.13 billion liters with production expected to reach 1.19 billion liters in 2015. That’s slower growth than the 18% rise seen between 2012 and 2013. Ethanol production was up 6% in 2014 at 2.8 billion liters. China’s 12th Five Year […]

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USDA may regulate GM sorghum as noxious weed

USDA may regulate GM sorghum as noxious weed

January 6, 2015 |

In Washington, the USDA is contemplating regulating a GM sorghum variety developed by Ceres as a noxious weed. The company developed the variety using a “gene gun” to create an energy crop with more biomass and higher sugar content than others that would increase ethanol yields. The USDA can’t regulate the crop under its biotechnology […]

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2015 corn prices are expected to drop as USDA predictions for ethanol demand remains steady

2015 corn prices are expected to drop as USDA predictions for ethanol demand remains steady

January 5, 2015 |

In 2015, corn prices are expected to return to “more reasonable levels” as the demand side remains supportive. For the first quarter of the marketing year, USDA projected corn used for ethanol at 5.2 billion bushels, slightly higher than last year. Ethanol production was about 5 percent larger than the same quarter last year, compared […]

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Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

December 16, 2014 |

In Washington, USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber is set to retire after a 30-year federal career.  Current USDA Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson has been named Acting Chief Economist. Johansson has served as USDA’s Deputy Chief Economist since 2012 and holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota. Johansson will assume […]

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USDA announces $5.6 million in advanced biofuel grants, more in NIFA awards

USDA announces $5.6 million in advanced biofuel grants, more in NIFA awards

December 2, 2014 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Through the Advanced […]

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Iowa State gets $1 million from USDA to develop bio-based adhesives

Iowa State gets $1 million from USDA to develop bio-based adhesives

November 26, 2014 |

In Iowa, the US agriculture secretary told the Ames Tribune that the USDA will provide Iowa State University with a $1 million grant to develop bio-based paint, coating and adhesive products based on acrylated glycerol. The grant is part of an overall $4 million research grant package for biofuels and biomaterials. The third and final […]

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USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

November 19, 2014 |

In Illinois, the potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their partners. Work by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemical engineer Nasib Qureshi suggests that barley straw and corn stover—both agricultural byproducts—could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing “biobutanol.” ARS is USDA’s […]

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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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