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USDA researchers simplify pyrolysis process

In Pennsylvania, innovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. The researchers modified the standard pyrolysis process by gradually replacing nitrogen gas in the processing chamber with the gases produced during pyrolysis. […]

April 17, 2014 More

Aviation biofuel, biodiesel and heating oil may be viable at CT airport

In Connecticut, a study funded by the USDA shows that it may be viable to produce aviation biofuel, biodiesel and heating oil from municipal waste and biomass around Bradley International Airport. The year-long study started in June and will now look to developing a business plan after all the data has been gathered.

April 15, 2014 More

USDA doesn’t expect to use feedstock flexibility program before June

In Washington, the USDA currently has no plans to invoke the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of fiscal 2014 that ends in June. The country currently has a 13.6% stocks-to-use ratio and prices are above support values, so the USDA isn’t currently expecting sugar producers to default on their CCC loans.

April 1, 2014 More

USDA investments created 75,000 jobs in 2013

In Washington, the $33 billion in USDA investments created 75,000 jobs in 2013. Since the start of the Obama Administration, USDA business programs have provided more than 18,000 guaranteed loans, direct loans and grants to help more than 74,000 businesses create or save more than 375,000 jobs. USDA is increasingly becoming the lender of choice […]

March 16, 2014 More

USDA announces $60M worth of payments for 195 projects

In Washington, the USDA announced $60M worth of payments through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program for over 195 producers across the nation. Agriculture Undersecretary Doug O’Brien announced the payments, which were reauthorized by the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill, to produce advanced biofuels from renewable biomass other than corn kernel starch. More on the story.

March 9, 2014 More

Benjamins for Biofuels in the 2015 Obama Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

Vitally interested in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget and the 411 on grants, incentives, tax credits, loan guarantees and R&D support — but haven’t got the time to read all 1653 glorious pages? Try the Digest’s 7-Minute Guide. In Washington, President Obama outlined his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for 2015, with a focus on tax […]

March 5, 2014 More

Farm Bill provides $250M to USDA for BAP, expands loan guarantees

In Washington, the Farm Bill provides $250 million to the USDA for the development and construction of commercial-scale biorefineries that produce advanced biofuels in Section 9003. Mandatory budget authority for Section 9003 totals $100 million for this year, and $50 million for 2015 and 2016, and discretionary funding can reach $75 million. The bill also […]

February 24, 2014 More

USDA says doesn’t expect much more ethanol production through 2023

In Washington, the USDA has released its long-term projections through 2023 where it says that limited additional growth is projected for ethanol production, with increases much smaller than occurred in 2000-2010.  Nonetheless, high levels of domestic corn-based ethanol production continue over the next decade, with about 35 percent of total corn use projected to go […]

February 20, 2014 More

Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack launches Re-FUEL Act

In Washington, Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack announced he introduced legislation that would establish a grant program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to invest in renewable and alternative fuel infrastructure. The Renewable Fuel Utilization, Expansion and Leadership (Re-FUEL) Act (HR 4051) will help create new and retrofit existing infrastructure, including pumps for biofuels and […]

February 13, 2014 More

USDA OKs commerical sales of weed killer 2,4-D resistant seeds

In Wisconsin, the USDA OKed commercial sales of corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist an weed killer 2,4-D, which at one time prominently figured in the herbicide known as Agent Orange, from the Vietnam War era. To date, no link has been established between 2,4-D and toxic effects of Agent Orange. It is […]

January 6, 2014 More