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Antiviral jeans that protect you from COVID-19, corn waste and wine waste based sneakers, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 30th

Antiviral jeans that protect you from COVID-19, corn waste and wine waste based sneakers, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 30th

July 29, 2020 |

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, innovative companies are finding ways to make a difference in tackling the beast, like antiviral jeans that protect you from COVID-19 using a 72% biobased “Viroblock” which kills 99.9% of COVID-19 within 30 minutes—much quicker than the two days the virus can linger on fabrics at room temperature. Or […]

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Ethanol crush margins strengthen on higher prices and cheaper corn

Ethanol crush margins strengthen on higher prices and cheaper corn

July 28, 2020 |

In Illinois, Platts reports rising ethanol prices and lower corn prices helped to push up ethanol crush margins over the past week to 13.58 cents per gallon, up 6.51 cents on the week. On Monday, Platts said Chicago Argo ethanol was at $1.2965/gal, up 5.35 cents on the week. Ethanol production fell the week before […]

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BASF and Isobionics launch corn-based alternative to sandalwood oil

BASF and Isobionics launch corn-based alternative to sandalwood oil

July 19, 2020 |

In Germany, BASF Nutrition & Health and Isobionics are launching their first joint product, a new fragrance in BASF’s portfolio. The starting material for the fermentation process is corn starch obtained from corn grown in Europe. Thanks to its woody odor profile, the new fragrance in BASF’s portfolio is a convincing alternative to sandalwood oil. […]

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Falling corn prices and stronger ethanol prices spell out good news on margins

Falling corn prices and stronger ethanol prices spell out good news on margins

July 14, 2020 |

In Illinois, ethanol producers are getting an extra boost to their margins as Platts reports lower corn prices saw the margin jump to 34.41 cents/gal, more than 5 cents higher than last week. Corn prices have eased after concerns that a heat wave could negatively impact the bumper corn crop expected in the autumn when […]

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Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

June 30, 2020 |

In Illinois, in a recent study published in Frontiers in Plant Science, where researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Oxford worked with maize and the bioenergy crop Miscanthus to find that the decline in the efficiency of leaves at the bottom of the canopy was not due to their age but […]

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Cornell researchers lead on turning DNA into biodegradable gels and plastics

Cornell researchers lead on turning DNA into biodegradable gels and plastics

June 24, 2020 |

In New York state, Cornell-led collaboration is turning DNA from organic matter—such as onions, fish and algae—into biodegradable gels and plastics. The resulting materials could be used to create everyday plastic objects, unusually strong adhesives, multifunctional composites and more effective methods for drug delivery, without harming the environment the way petrochemical-based materials do. The team’s […]

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USDA lowers corn ethanol use numbers in June WASDE

USDA lowers corn ethanol use numbers in June WASDE

June 11, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that USDA data shows corn supplies are expected to rise due to lack of demand for ethanol production as a result of COVID-19 impacts. The June WASDE report shows additional corn stocks at the end of 2019/20 of 2.103 billion bushels, up 5 million bushels against last month’s estimate, while it […]

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Missouri Corn Merchandising Council to provide co-financing for BIP applicants

Missouri Corn Merchandising Council to provide co-financing for BIP applicants

June 10, 2020 |

In Missouri, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) is stepping up to strengthen the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) Biofuel Infrastructure Program (BIP) for transportation and fuel facilities. In conjunction with recently announced federal and state programs, Missouri’s corn checkoff will provide matching funds to increase the availability of higher ethanol blends in […]

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Al-Corn Clean Fuel celebrates 1B gallons of ethanol

Al-Corn Clean Fuel celebrates 1B gallons of ethanol

June 7, 2020 |

In Minnesota, after 24 years of operations, Al-Corn Clean Fuel produced its one-billionth gallon of ethanol, marking the latest milestone in Al-Corn’s history and a demonstrative achievement of the ingenuity and resilience of their team, their facility and their positive impact on the ethanol industry as a whole. In 1994, a group of farmers in […]

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Indian commission suggests allowing corn as ethanol feedstock

Indian commission suggests allowing corn as ethanol feedstock

June 2, 2020 |

In India, the Hindu Business Line reports that despite the controversy created by approving the use of spoiled, surplus rice for ethanol feedstock, the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices now believes that using corn as ethanol feedstock should be allowed as well. Corn prices have collapsed nationally, so much that the government has had […]

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