Tag: sorghum

“#SupportEthanol spelled out in Kansas sorghum field calls out to Washington

“#SupportEthanol spelled out in Kansas sorghum field calls out to Washington

October 20, 2020 |

In Kansas, National Sorghum Producers (shared a high-altitude view of a top policy priority with newly released aerial photos of a farm plot in Kansas emblazoned with “#SupportEthanol” spelled out in giant letters of sorghum. Rocky Ormiston, a farmer from Kismet, planted the message using the latest in precision agricultural tools and a mix of […]

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Penn State researchers determine flavonoid compounds help sorghum’s frost tolerance

Penn State researchers determine flavonoid compounds help sorghum’s frost tolerance

August 11, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, flavonoid compounds—produced by the roots of some sorghum plants—positively affect soil microorganisms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery is an early step in developing a frost-resistant line of the valuable crop for North American farmers. That is important because sorghum is a crop that can respond to climate change because […]

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Can U.S. homegrown sorghum help the ag industry get through Covid-19?

Can U.S. homegrown sorghum help the ag industry get through Covid-19?

May 10, 2020 |

It’s been only two years since the Environmental Protection Agency approved sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard, but a lot has happened since then. The EPA’s announcement marked a significant step toward leveling the playing field for ethanol plants extracting oil from sorghum and provides new market access for the […]

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U.S. corn sales to China show continued activity following Phase 1 trade deal

U.S. corn sales to China show continued activity following Phase 1 trade deal

April 5, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Grains Council reports that 756,000 metric tons (29.8 million bushels) of U.S. corn sold to China the week ending March 19, 2020, demonstrated follow through on commitments made in the U.S.-China Phase 1 agreement signed in January and provided much-needed positive demand news for U.S. farmers. The single sale brought total […]

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Oklahoma State University wins $3.1 million grant to study GHG emissions of sorghum

Oklahoma State University wins $3.1 million grant to study GHG emissions of sorghum

February 18, 2020 |

In Oklahoma, a recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study greenhouse gas emissions is expected to help sorghum farmers save money and improve the industry’s sustainable field management practices. The three-state research project approved under the SMARTFARM program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is headed […]

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USDA funds program to help document LCA of sorghum

USDA funds program to help document LCA of sorghum

October 29, 2019 |

In Texas, the National Sorghum Producers announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas. The partnership will be executed through a conservation collaboration grant that will document sorghum farmer practices to promote positive conservation outcomes and quantify the environmental footprint of the crop. One-third of the U.S. sorghum […]

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Genera repositions itself, gets $118M investment – Movin’ on up to get a piece of the pie

Genera repositions itself, gets $118M investment – Movin’ on up to get a piece of the pie

July 25, 2019 |

Like The Jeffersons, one of the longest running sitcoms from the 1970s and 80s, Genera is movin’ on up. While they aren’t moving “to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky”, they are located in East Tennessee and Genera certainly “got a piece of the pie.” And a big pie at that. […]

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U.S. sorghum sales continue to Spain, Italy

U.S. sorghum sales continue to Spain, Italy

April 7, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council reports that recent sales of U.S. sorghum to Spain and Italy reinforce the importance of these European markets to U.S. farmers. Italy purchased 36,600 metric tons (1.44 million bushels) of sorghum the week of March 14, and Spain has purchased just under one million tons (39.4 million bushels) […]

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Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

January 1, 2019 |

In South Africa, a breakthrough by the African Centre for Crop Improvement in the breeding of sorghum could have far-reaching implications for the biofuel and bioplastic industries in South Africa. With funding from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which is based in South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Laing has been working on how […]

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Philippine investors to develop $323.6 million sorghum-based ethanol plant

Philippine investors to develop $323.6 million sorghum-based ethanol plant

December 3, 2018 |

In the Philippines, the Manila Times reports that the country’s first non-molasses based ethanol plant will be developed in Zamboanga City, using sorghum as feedstock at the $323.6 million facility. The annual production capacity of the project that is seen as a key driver to improving the socio-economic conditions of the region was not announced. […]

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