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University of Wisconsin–Madison get plants to produce aromatics

University of Wisconsin–Madison get plants to produce aromatics

June 9, 2022 |

In Wisconsin, aromatic compounds are the starting material for a wealth of useful medications, such as aspirin and morphine. Yet, many of these chemicals come from fossil fuels because it’s hard to get plants to make enough of them to harvest economically. Others are essential human nutrients and can only be obtained through our food […]

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US Gain secures RNG offtake agreement with EnTech Solutions

US Gain secures RNG offtake agreement with EnTech Solutions

May 12, 2022 |

In Wisconsin, U.S. Gain, a division of Wisconsin-based U.S. Venture, Inc., and a leader in the development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable energy, recently announced a new offtake agreement with EnTech Solutions at their agricultural biodigester near Madison, Wisconsin. This project is a partnership between EnTech Solutions, Northern Biogas, and four local Dane […]

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RFA slams NWF-funded RFS study by University of Wisconsin–Madison

RFA slams NWF-funded RFS study by University of Wisconsin–Madison

February 16, 2022 |

In Wisconsin, research led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and funded by the National Wildlife Federation assessed the environmental impacts of corn ethanol and the policy that governs it, using a combination of econometric analyses, land use data and biophysical modeling. In keeping with their previous “research” on biofuels and the RFS, the RFA says […]

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Oscar Mayer launches bologna-esque face mask

Oscar Mayer launches bologna-esque face mask

January 31, 2022 |

In Wisconsin, bologna baron Oscar Mayer has introduced a face mask meant to physically resemble the mortadella mainstay of middle school sandwiches, while moisturizing your skin with wholesome, natural ingredients like witch hazel, seaweed, and collagen.  The masks are not edible, but do invoke nostalgia with red and yellow packaging synonymous with Oscar Mayer bologna. […]

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Wisconsin startup looks to address the palm oil problem

Wisconsin startup looks to address the palm oil problem

January 10, 2022 |

In Wisconsin, a startup is pursuing an alternative route to palm oil, a renewable product used in many applications but associated with catastrophic environmental impacts and unethical labor practices.  Founded in 2007 by Tom Jeffries and Tom Kelleher, Xylome is feeding corn sugar to genetically engineered yeasts, which in turn produce microbial oils similar to […]

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UW–Madison researchers transform cow manure solids into medium chain fatty acids

UW–Madison researchers transform cow manure solids into medium chain fatty acids

January 3, 2022 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Energy Institute have published a new study on how to transform the solid leftovers of cow manure into versatile chemicals called medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids are valued because they can be used to make biodiesel to power a car or into green jet fuels. The versatile building […]

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Wisconsin governor approves $3.3M in funding for ethanol industry

Wisconsin governor approves $3.3M in funding for ethanol industry

August 18, 2021 |

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced an additional $50 million in direct payments to support Wisconsin’s agricultural producers through a new round of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, an additional installment of the governor’s successful Wisconsin Farm Support Program announced in 2020. A total of $3.3 million in assistance will be for the ethanol industry. […]

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ORIX invests in BCO to further expand RNG projects from dairy manure

ORIX invests in BCO to further expand RNG projects from dairy manure

May 11, 2021 |

In Wisconsin, ORIX Corporation USA has completed an equity investment in BC Organics Anaerobic Digestion Facility (BCO), a commercial biorefinery that processes dairy manure into renewable natural gas (RNG), a concentrated nutrient stream, dried fiber and clean water. BCO, located in Brown County, Wisconsin, is owned by Dynamic Expansion LLC and was developed by Dynamic […]

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Wisconsin startup raises $1.6 million for lab-grown lobster

Wisconsin startup raises $1.6 million for lab-grown lobster

April 12, 2021 |

In Wisconsin, Cultured Decadence hopes to replace succulent, but pricey, lobster meat with a lab-grown alternative.  The efforts of cofounders  John Pattison and Ian Johnson come as warming oceans, rising sea levels, and storm surges disrupt traditional lobster hubs such as Maine.  “Increasing acidification and warming oceans have a detrimental impact on these animals and […]

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Wisconsin to provide $3.25M in CARES funding for state’s ethanol producers

Wisconsin to provide $3.25M in CARES funding for state’s ethanol producers

December 9, 2020 |

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced that Wisconsin will be making up to $3.25 million of federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding available to Wisconsin’s nine ethanol producers. The support aims to help offset some of the significant losses experienced by the industry earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic. “I appreciate the […]

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