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4 Minutes with…Valerie Reed, Senior Advisor for Bioenergy and Natural Resources, USDA

4 Minutes with…Valerie Reed, Senior Advisor for Bioenergy and Natural Resources, USDA

June 21, 2015 |

Valerie has led efforts on utilization of biomass for fuels and chemicals for over 22 years, resulting in significant cost reductions in the cost of cellulosic ethanol from approximately $9/gal to current projected cost of $2.15/gal.  She has helped initiate research pathways that now include technologies that are projected to reduce the cost of diesel […]

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The US Bioeconomy: $369B and 4 million jobs strong, says USDA

The US Bioeconomy: $369B and 4 million jobs strong, says USDA

June 18, 2015 |

High-Impact report on the bioeconomy, changes to the BioPreferred program and to the Biorefinery Assistance Program; all in a day’s work for Vilsack & Co. In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry in 2013 contributed four million jobs and $369 billion to the US economy.  He also […]

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USDA sets July 15 as deadline for $100 million blender pump grant applications

USDA sets July 15 as deadline for $100 million blender pump grant applications

June 16, 2015 |

In Washington, following an announcement by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on May 29, the Commodity Credit Corporation announced June 12 that all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., may now apply for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. The funding is to support the infrastructure needed to […]

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Top 10 “Things to Do” While Waiting on the USDA 9003 Solicitation

Top 10 “Things to Do” While Waiting on the USDA 9003 Solicitation

June 15, 2015 |

By Cynthia Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources, special to The Digest The biobased products and fuels industry has been anxiously waiting for the new USDA Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill and with the addition of new categories for renewable chemicals and biobased products, there are […]

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USDA says April corn consumption for ethanol down 7% on month

USDA says April corn consumption for ethanol down 7% on month

June 9, 2015 |

In Washington, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says corn consumption for ethanol production in April was 3% higher than in February but down 7% from March at 409.0 million bushels. DDGS production mirrored the pattern at 1.69 million tons. Corn for other uses was at just under 45 million bushels.

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USDA researchers see camelina and soy double cropping boosting yields

USDA researchers see camelina and soy double cropping boosting yields

June 2, 2015 |

In Minnesota, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows farmers can successfully, and sustainably, grow both. Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, found encouraging results when growing Camelina […]

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USDA to bring back BCAP program this summer

USDA to bring back BCAP program this summer

June 2, 2015 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain […]

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USDA to invest up to $100M to double number of higher-blend renewable fuel pumps

USDA to invest up to $100M to double number of higher-blend renewable fuel pumps

May 31, 2015 |

In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. Specifically, USDA will administer competitive grants to match funding for state-led efforts to test and […]

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Finally, finally…USDA Loan Guarantees Open to Renewable Chemicals 

Finally, finally…USDA Loan Guarantees Open to Renewable Chemicals 

May 18, 2015 |

By Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert, special to the Digest Any day now, the final rules governing implementation of the USDA 9003 biorefinery loan guarantee program will be issued. Years of advocacy have led to this moment – one to savor. Program changes garnered in the most recent Farm Bill reauthorization have, for the first […]

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USDA researcher finds double-cropping for biomass boosts yields

USDA researcher finds double-cropping for biomass boosts yields

May 11, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers realize that biomass feedstocks will need to come from many different sources, including crop residues, forest residues, and municipal waste, for example, said Marty Williams, a University of Illinois crop scientist and ecologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The use of double-cropping systems—a winter annual biomass crop is grown then harvested in […]

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