Tag: Iowa

Ingredion mothballs ethanol production at Cedar Rapids facility

Ingredion mothballs ethanol production at Cedar Rapids facility

January 6, 2021 |

In Iowa, DTN reports Ingredion will mothball its 45-million-gallon ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids by the end of this month as a result of poor market conditions despite increased production efficiencies at the facility. Other corn-based products including starch, germs and proteins will continue, which is good news for area corn farmers supplying the plant, […]

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Fire causes unknown damage at Hero Biodiesel in Iowa

Fire causes unknown damage at Hero Biodiesel in Iowa

January 6, 2021 |

In Iowa, local press reports at a fire broke out at the Hero Biodiesel plant in Clinton early Wednesday morning with flames seen reaching as high as 60 feet in the air. There was concern that the fire would reach the facility’s two methanol tanks, but it was put out in time before further damage […]

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FHR’s Shell Rock ethanol plant pleased with FQTP upgrade

FHR’s Shell Rock ethanol plant pleased with FQTP upgrade

December 28, 2020 |

In Iowa, Flint Hills Resources’ Shell Rock ethanol plant has installed Fluid Quip Technologies’ Maximized Stillage Co-products process, allowing it to produce a 50% protein feed for livestock, aquaculture and pets while continuing to produce ethanol. After the upgrade, the volume of ethanol produced remains the same but about a quarter of the DDGS produced […]

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Idled Big Ox Energy continues to leave legal challenges in its wake

Idled Big Ox Energy continues to leave legal challenges in its wake

December 24, 2020 |

In Iowa, the Sioux City Journal reports the mess around the idled Big Ox Energy biofuels plant continues to grow, with the City under pressure from lenders to pay millions in tipping fees to the company that has shuttered the facility since 2019. The City says it does not owe tipping fees, and what’s more, […]

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8th Circuit District Court upholds harsher prison sentence for former DuPont employee who stole trade secrets

8th Circuit District Court upholds harsher prison sentence for former DuPont employee who stole trade secrets

December 22, 2020 |

In Iowa, Reuters reports the 8th Circuit District Court has ruled that a lower court decision to sentence a former DuPont employee who took trade secrets to his new employer 42 months in prison for the crime was correct in doing so. Federal guidelines suggest zero to six months in prison for the crime. The […]

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Ames, Iowa scales up B100 transition for ity fleet

Ames, Iowa scales up B100 transition for ity fleet

December 14, 2020 |

In Iowa, the City of Ames is adding seven new all-purpose dump trucks to their fleet that have the Optimus Technologies advanced fuel system integrated into their new vehicle specification. The Optimus system enables the engines to operate year-round on 100 percent biodiesel (B100) produced by Renewable Energy Group (REG).  This announcement comes after a […]

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Iowans excited about potential for Secretary Vilsack Pt. 2

Iowans excited about potential for Secretary Vilsack Pt. 2

December 9, 2020 |

In Iowa, the Des Moines Register reports that Iowans from both side of the aisle are excited at the possibility that President-Elect Joe Biden will appoint the state’s former governor Tom to once again take up the post of Secretary of Agriculture after serving in the same post under President Barack Obama. Vilsack was a […]

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Texas company to invest $15M in producing green pallets from corn stover in Iowa

Texas company to invest $15M in producing green pallets from corn stover in Iowa

December 2, 2020 |

In Iowa, the Des Moines Register reports a Texas company is looking to invest $15 million in a facility that will produce green shipping pallets from corn stover. The technology, called CornBoard, is already used for everything from surfboards to skis and furniture. The facility needs as many as 50 farmers per year to supply […]

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Iowa awards grant funds for renewable fuel retailers to help recover from pandemic

Iowa awards grant funds for renewable fuel retailers to help recover from pandemic

December 1, 2020 |

In Iowa, the state’s secretary of agriculture announced the awardees of the Renewable Fuels Retail Recovery program administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The program offers relief funds to help gas stations, truck stops, co-ops, and other renewable fuels retailers recover from the business disruptions and lost demand caused by the […]

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Iowa State researchers show biochar use to mitigate odors

Iowa State researchers show biochar use to mitigate odors

November 24, 2020 |

In Iowa, a new study from Iowa State University shows that carbon-rich biochar could be used to mitigate many odors and potentially toxic volatile organic compounds emitted from swine manure. The research team tested two types of biochar with different characteristics: biochar from red oak and a highly alkaline, porous biochar made from corn stover. Three 30-day […]

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