Tag: USDA

Rep. Feenstra introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act

Rep. Feenstra introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act

September 16, 2021 |

In Washington, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) introduced H.R. 5090, the Biofuel Cell Research Act. This bill directs the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for a commercially viable fuel cell system that uses biofuels as the main fuel source. Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), […]

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Feds launch Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge

Feds launch Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge

September 12, 2021 |

Late last week was a huge sustainable aviation fuel news day – from Chevron, Delta, Google, United, Honeywell, Gevo, Alder Fuels to the U.S. Department of Energy’s more than $64 million in funding for 22 biofuel projects. But one thing that caught our eye is the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge created by the U.S. […]

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USDA awards $464M for renewable energy infrastructure

USDA awards $464M for renewable energy infrastructure

September 9, 2021 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Department is investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and to help rural communities, agricultural producers and businesses lower energy costs in 48 states and Puerto Rico. “USDA continues to prioritize climate-smart infrastructure to help rural America build back better, […]

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USDA sees FY 2022 ethanol exports jumping on increased Brazil and UK demand

USDA sees FY 2022 ethanol exports jumping on increased Brazil and UK demand

September 7, 2021 |

In Washington, the USDA has forecast FY 2022 ethanol exports at $2.4 billion, up $200 million from FY 2021 thanks to a sharp increase in sales to Brazil and the UK. With the recent droughts followed by frosts in Brazil, the expectation is that there will be significantly increased import demand for ethanol while in […]

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Auburn University research on biomaterials highlighted by Nature Communications

Auburn University research on biomaterials highlighted by Nature Communications

September 7, 2021 |

In Alabama, supported by a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy award issued in 2018, as well as funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, insights from the project were recently highlighted by the journal Nature Communications — for obvious reasons.  Despite tremendous investment over the past decades, developing viable efficient bioprocesses that […]

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Kansas biofuel projects announced with USDA’s over $5M investments

Kansas biofuel projects announced with USDA’s over $5M investments

August 22, 2021 |

In Kansas, United States Department of Agriculture Acting State Director for Rural Development Kansas Dan Fischer announced that USDA is investing $5.19 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels through three projects in Kansas. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The funding will help […]

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USDA investing $26M in higher ethanol blending infrastructure in 23 states

USDA investing $26M in higher ethanol blending infrastructure in 23 states

August 19, 2021 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The funding will help significantly increase the use of biofuels derived from […]

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USDA Secretary Vilsack says we need biofuels to Iowa crowd at USGC meeting

USDA Secretary Vilsack says we need biofuels to Iowa crowd at USGC meeting

August 1, 2021 |

In Iowa, the U.S. Grains Council is holding its annual meeting in person in Des Moines, Iowa, and online, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic and was joined by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary in the Biden Administration, Tom Vilsack, who addressed meeting attendees about the future of U.S. agricultural trade. […]

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Philippines to tighten rules on biofuel reporting

Philippines to tighten rules on biofuel reporting

July 15, 2021 |

In the Philippines, Business World reports that new rules that will enhance reporting by oil companies regarding ethanol and biodiesel blending is seen by the USDA as an opportunity to get blending closer to the 10% mandate rather than the 8.5% average that has been the norm of late. Doing so will reduce gasoline consumption […]

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Philippines looking at boosting biodiesel blending up to 4%

Philippines looking at boosting biodiesel blending up to 4%

June 22, 2021 |

In the Philippines, the Business Mirror reports that a USDA Gain report says the Philippine government is seeking public comment on potentially doubling its biodiesel blending mandate to 4% from the current 2% by evaluating fuel standards for B3 and B4. The coconut industry has been urging a push to 5% blending for some time […]

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