Tag: USDA

Aemetis secures $158 million USDA loan guarantee for 2G ethanol plant

Aemetis secures $158 million USDA loan guarantee for 2G ethanol plant

April 11, 2018 |

In California, Aemetis has secured the $158 million loan guarantee from the USDA it has been seeking to help fund its proposed cellulosic ethanol after passing the last of the required hurdles in early March. The plant will use orchard wood waste as feedstock and could open as soon as 2019. As a result of […]

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USDA funds $1 million for  miscanthus cultivar breeding

USDA funds $1 million for miscanthus cultivar breeding

April 5, 2018 |

In Illinois, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for better-adapted and higher-yielding biomass cultivars ready to plug into the biofuel supply chain in the United States. Researchers at U of […]

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New USDA report on biobased economy released

New USDA report on biobased economy released

March 21, 2018 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) applauded USDA’s release of a new report, “Indicators of the U.S. Biobased Economy.” The report measures substantial economic growth, job creation, and household income for the agricultural sector from biofuel and bioenergy production. Moreover, it indicates great potential for additional prosperity from future growth in renewable chemicals and […]

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USDA labs convert almond waste to beer, plastic and fuel

USDA labs convert almond waste to beer, plastic and fuel

March 18, 2018 |

In California, USDA researchers are converting almond hulls and waste that is otherwise discarded into useful products like bioplastics, beer and biofuels. With two pounds of hulls for every pound of almonds produced, farmers would love to be able to use or sell the hulls. The hulls could be used in a digester to make […]

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Declining production causes soybean stocks to shrink

Declining production causes soybean stocks to shrink

March 18, 2018 |

In Germany, world soybean output in the 2017/18 marketing year will likely be lower than previously expected. According to USDA’s consumption forecast as reported by UFOP, global ending stocks could in fact dwindle. In its March crop outlook, the USDA forecast the 2017/18 Argentinian soybean crop down around 13 per cent from the previous month […]

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Vegetable oil production projected to reach a new high

Vegetable oil production projected to reach a new high

February 25, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects global vegetable oil production to hit a new record at 197 million tons in 2017/18. The increase in palm oil, but also soybean oil production will be particularly sharp. According to the USDA forecast, 2017/18 world vegetable oil production will probably go up more […]

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China’s rapeseed consumption on a sharp increase

China’s rapeseed consumption on a sharp increase

February 17, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that world rapeseed stocks are likely to dwindle more strongly than previously expected in the 2017/18 marketing year, yet China’s figures have been unexpectedly adjusted. In its February forecast of the global rapeseed market, the USDA left figures for most market parameters unchanged. Global rapeseed production was seen at just less […]

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USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service plans to fight back hard against Brazil’s 20% tariff on ethanol imports above 600 million liters per year or 150 million liters per quarter, aimed at stemming US ethanol imports, especially during its inter-harvest season. Saying no stone will be left unturned, it’s all hands […]

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USDA withdraws support from Farm-to-Fleet biofuels program

USDA withdraws support from Farm-to-Fleet biofuels program

February 6, 2018 |

In Washington, effective February 1, 2018, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and is cancelling funding for the BPI payments to companies that are refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to supply biofuels […]

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Corn export sales fall 19%

Corn export sales fall 19%

January 27, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports that U.S. net export sales of current and next crop corn totaled 1.531 million mt in the week that ended January 18, down 19% from 1.891 million mt in the previous week, according to Department of Agriculture data. Of total net exports sales, 1.446 million mt were for the current corn […]

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