Tag: USDA

USDA and DOE announce $9 million in BRDI funding

USDA and DOE announce $9 million in BRDI funding

June 5, 2017 |

In Washington, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. The […]

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USDA says DDGS exports up 6% despite Chinese trade challenges

USDA says DDGS exports up 6% despite Chinese trade challenges

June 1, 2017 |

In Washington, despite market challenges, the latest USDA trade data show exports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have remained steady due to attractive prices, available supply and market development efforts by the U.S. Grains Council among a diversity of buyers. From September 2016 to March 2017, USDA reported the United States exported […]

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Advancing the bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and feedstock R&D

Advancing the bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and feedstock R&D

May 24, 2017 |

Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products is not only good for farm incomes. The whole economy benefits […]

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US Ag Secretary Perdue unveiles USDA re-organization

US Ag Secretary Perdue unveiles USDA re-organization

May 11, 2017 |

In Washxington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a re-organization, and announced the creation of a USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a broader reorganization of the department.  As part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced the standing up of a newly-named Farm Production and Conservation […]

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USDA Data Show Cropland Reductions

USDA Data Show Cropland Reductions

April 6, 2017 |

In Washington, a recent study (Wright et al.) funded in part by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) suggests that significant cropland expansion occurred in areas near ethanol plants between 2008 and 2012, purportedly replacing grassland and other wildlife habitat. The study’s findings are at odds with data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which […]

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Big Bird, You’re Fired! And all of you enviros, too! Trump thumps, dumps in new budget

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And all of you enviros, too! Trump thumps, dumps in new budget

March 16, 2017 |

Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine. In Washington, the White House released its budget requests for 2018, a high-level, 62-page overview of President Trump’s strategy for “Making America Great Again”. Departmental impact In order of percentage impact, […]

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US ethanol exports rose more than 24% in January

US ethanol exports rose more than 24% in January

March 8, 2017 |

In Washington, the US Department of Agriculture said January ethanol exports rose 24.2% on the month and on the year to 461 million liters. Exports were the strongest January on record and the third highest volume since December 2011. Of the total, 48% of the volume went to Brazil while the remainder went to Canada […]

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USDA sees Chinese ethanol imports falling to 300 million liters in 2017

USDA sees Chinese ethanol imports falling to 300 million liters in 2017

February 14, 2017 |

In China, the USDA’s Beijing bureau said increased import duties on ethanol is seen cutting import demand from the US by two-thirds to 300 million liters in 2017 from 853 million liters last year. As China looks to draw down its record-breaking stocks of poor quality corn through ethanol production, distilleries are expected to produce […]

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Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

January 29, 2017 |

Last week, we held a webinar aimed at helping you get your board of directors, senior management team, investors and partners focused on the right winning strategy during a loan guarantee process such as Section 9003. The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up […]

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USDA releases LCA study of corn-based ethanol

USDA releases LCA study of corn-based ethanol

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a report studying the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol. The report, A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol, finds that GHG emissions associated with corn-based ethanol in the United States are about 43 percent lower than gasoline when […]

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