According to Bio Revolution Americas, the company "helps facilitate the advancement of new technologies in natural plant products from cooking oil, livestock feeds, natural medicinal plant products to patented new Bio Fuels for Diesel, Gas, and Jet fuel.
We believe strongly in supporting the American farming families and communities by giving them opportunities to grow natural, non genetically manufactured plants from which all these products can be made.
We are investing in and consulting with companies to create new markets for these products and grow the existing markets dramatically over the next decade."
Much of the company's projects and activities are proprietary and covered by non disclosure agreements.(Source: Bio Revolution Americas, Other, Biofuels Digest, Contact: Bio Revolution Americas, http://www.biorevolutionamerica.com
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Noble Mansfield is a joint entity of Noble Group and Mansfield Oil Company. Globally Noble delivers over 20 Million Metric Tons of grains and oilseeds and operates extensive grain supply chains in Asia and South America. In the energy and fuels industry Noble and Mansfield deliver over 20 billion gallons of fuel and ethanol annually.
Noble Mansfield provides refiners and blenders full service ethanol and biodiesel supply backed by a widespread network of production facilities. The company's supply chain management
solutions provide lower cost transactions and easier regulatory compliance.
(Source: Noble Mansfield, Red River Energy, 16 Sept., 2014) Contact: Noble Mansfield Commodity Services, Bill Covey, (678) 450-2119, http://www.noblemansfield.com
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Leveraging the newly available genome sequence of Camelina, this project will use forward and reverse genetics and natural variation to combine optimal qualities in Camelina as an oilseed feedstock The ideal biofuel feedstock crop, Camelina can grow on poor quality land and requires little cultivation. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, Denver Post, 23 Aug., 2014) Contact: Colorado State University, Associate Professor John McKay, (970) 491-5730, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mckaylab.colostate.edu
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Leveraging the newly available genome sequence of Camelina, this project will use forward and reverse genetics and natural variation to combine optimal qualities in Camelina as an oilseed feedstock
The ideal biofuel feedstock crop, Camelina can grow on poor quality land and requires little cultivation. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, 25 July, 2014) Contact: Colorado State University, Associate Professor John McKay, (970) 491-5730, email@example.com,
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Straw contains a mix of sugars that could be used as a source of biofuels that do not compete with food production but instead represent a sustainable way of utilising waste. However, the sugars are in a form that makes them inaccessible to the enzymes that release them for conversion into biofuels, so pre-treatments are needed. The pre-treatments make the complex carbohydrates more accessible to enzymes that convert them to glucose, in a process called saccharification. This is then fermented by yeast into ethanol.
Researchers, led by Professor Keith Waldron , have been looking at the steps needed to unlock the sugars tied up in the tough straw structure. In particular, they have looked at the pre-treatment stage, focusing on steam explosion, which involves "pressure-cooking" the biomass, to drive a number of chemical reactions. A rapid pressure-release then causes the material to be ripped open, to further improve accessibility. They varied the temperature and duration of steam explosion and then used a variety of physical and biochemical techniques to characterise what effects varying the pre-treatments had on the different types of sugars before and after saccharification. The amount of cellulose converted to glucose increased with the severity of the pretreatment. Saccharification efficiency is also associated with the loss of specific sugars, and subsequent formation of sugar breakdown products.
In a further study the scientists discovered the key factors that determine the efficiency of saccharification. One particular compound, uronic acid, limited the rate at which enzymes worked. The final sugar yield was closely related to the removal of xylan, a common component of plant cell walls. The abundance of lignin, a "woody" cell wall component, was positively related to the amount of available sugars.
These findings will help improve the efficiency by which straw can be converted to biofuels. It may even be possible to improve the straw itself, for example to reduce the uronic acid content in the biomass, as suggested by these findings.
(Source: the Institute of Food Research, AgriLand, 6 July, 2014) Contact: Institute of Food Research, Professor Keith Waldron, news.ifr.ac.uk/tag/keith-waldron
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TRT-ETGO is wholly owned and operated by FELDA Global Ventures Holdings -- a global agribusiness business with operations in ten countries across four continents. The plant, which is the only crushing and refining facility of its kind in Quebec, and one of the largest in Eastern Canada, has a daily crushing capacity of 3,000 metric tonnes and refining capacity 1,200 metric tonnes. The company plans to market its products to North American and European markets (Source: TRT-ETGO, Digest, 14 May, 2015) Contact: TRT-ETGO, (819) 294-1330, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.trt-etgo.com; FELDA Global Ventures , www.feldaglobal.com
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The non-food oilseed varieties are being judged on their economic and environmental impacts, fit into existing crop rotations, ability to improve soil quality, drought tolerance and adaptability to areas where traditional oilseeds do not do well.
Approximately 1 million acres of canola are grown in North Dakota annually from which about 1.8 million gpy of biodiesel is produced. Between 5 percent and 10 percent of the canola grown in North Dakota goes for biodiesel production.
(Source: Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in MandanBismark Tribune, 30 Mar., 2014) Contact: Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, Dave Archer, (701) 667 3010, www.ars.usda.gov/npa
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Legumex Walker is a growth-oriented processor and merchandiser of special crops (sunflower seed, flax and canary seed), pulses (lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas) and canola products. The Company is one of the largest processors of special crops and pulses in Canada. The company has 15 processing facilities strategically located in key growing regions in the Canadian Prairie Provinces, the American Midwest, and China, global sales, logistics, and distribution platform and access to multimodal transportation capabilities. The Company also holds an 84 percent interest in Pacific Coast Canola, LLC, which operates the first and only commercial-scale canola oilseed processing facility west of the Rocky Mountains.
(Source: Legumex Walker Inc. , 15 Jan., 2014) Contact: Legumex Walker, Marin Landis, Inestor Relations, email@example.com, www.legumexwalker.com; Imperium Renewables, (202) 254-0203, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.imperiumrenewables.com
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Resonance carinata is well adapted to semi-arid regions and is ideally suited for conversion into renewable aviation and biodiesel fuel.
The airline industry is using the RSB certification as its standard to ensure that procured renewable aviation fuel is produced in an environmentally sustainable manner.
On May 5th of this year, we reported that PGF Biofuels and Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. entered into a long-term Resonance carinata strategic marketing and distribution agreement.
(Source: PGF Biofuels, Biofuels News, 4 Dec., 2013) Contact: PGF Biofuels, Andrew B. Paterson, CEO, Kevin Maloney, (204) 956-2090x253, email@example.com, http://www.pgfbiofuels.com; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, +41 22 796 4037, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rsb.org
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The company estimates that it will use more than 50,000 tonnes of "hopefully local" canola feedstock to produce 8 million gpy of biodiesel in 2014.
TCP is leasing the building from the Odessa Public Development Authority, with an option to purchase.
(Source: Transmessis Columbia Plateau, Biofuels Int'l, 26 Nov., 2013) Contact: Transmessis Columbia Plateau, Damon Pistulka, CEO, https://www.facebook.com/TransMessisColumbiaPlateau
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Jet fuel produced from carinata can be formulated as a 100 percent biofuel, meeting petroleum standards using technology developed by Applied Research Associates in Panama City, Fla. Until now, biofuel flights have been restricted to a 50 percent blend with petroleum, as the technology for a pure biofuel product was largely unproven.
Carinata fuels need only a minimal amount of refining once the oilseeds are crushed and filtered.
A million dollar grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will help refine production practices, post-harvest handling and oilseed delivery procedures.
(Source: University of Florida, SE Farm Press, Aug. 17, 2013) Contact: University of Florida, North Florida Research & Education Center, (850) 875-7100, nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu
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This round was raised from the existing investors who participated in the initial round, including Wilmar International Limited. Strategic partner Trebet will invest an additional $8.2 million toward the joint venture.
In partnership with strategic investor Trebet Assets Corporation (Trebet), Inventure will use a portion of the proceeds to establish Alchimia Inc., a joint venture to build and operate a demonstration plant built around MSCF technology. The Missouri-based plant will process 20 tpd of mixed biomass and/or lipid oilseed based feedstock into a variety of value-added products, including cellulosic sugars and methyl esters.
Inventure Renewables Inc. develops patented and patent pending enabling process technology for the production of sugar from biomass which in turn enables the production of third generation green chemicals, synthetic jet fuel, biodiesel, and green gasoline from biomass. Feedstocks -- such as palm waste, corn stover and cobs, cane bagasse, wood fiber, etc.--are processed quickly and efficiently, using a chemical catalytic process, to generate cellulosic sugars and upgrade lipid and protein agri-business by-products.
(Source: Inventure International (Pte) Limited , July 15, 2013) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegen, CEO,www.inventurechem.com
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Funded by a $40 million grant from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WSU's research is focused on developing economically viable wood-based jet fuel and petrochemical substitutes.
The WSU delegates hope to show aviation leaders that WSU's research is cutting edge and relevant. The university also hopes to find international collaborators, build international partnerships and to promote the state of Washington as a perfect place for researching and developing biofuel made from algae, perennial grasses, hybrid poplars, and oilseed crops like camelina.
(Source: Washington State Univ., Moscow-Pullman Daily News, 17 June, 2013) Contact: WSU, Ralph Cavalieri, (509) 335-5581, email@example.com, www.wsu.edu
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Genesys will use oilseed and lignocellulosic biomass to produce heat and power primarily, but also chemicals and food products.
The project aims to file around 40 patents on oilseeds and lipids over the next 10 years. (Source: PIVERT IEED, Biofuels Int'l, 20 May, 2013) Contact: PIVERT IEED, www.utc.fr; GeneSys, Geoff Maclaren, GeneSys UK Limited, +44 151 342 7758, http://genesystuk.com
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At one point, Inland Empire Oilseeds was crushing 80 tons of canola seed per day.
The venture was funded in part with a $1 million Washington State Energy Freedom Loan managed by the Odessa Public Development Authority, which owns the production facility.
The operation also received more than $2 million in loans from the USDA.
The goal was to produce 8 million gpy of biodiesel.
The company went through a restructuring in 2011 when the majority stake -- roughly 75 percent -- was taken by two new Inland Empire Oilseeds managers.
(Source: Inland Empire, Spokesmans Review. 3 Mar., 2013) Contact: Inland Empire Oilseeds, (509) 982-2970, www.inlandempireoilseeds.com
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In the quarter ended Dec. 31, Decatur-based ADM had net earnings of $510 million, or 77 cents per diluted share, up sixfold from $80 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Sales rose 6.9 percent to $24.9 billion from $23.3 billion. Both quarters' earnings were skewed by special items, including a $339 million charge in 2011 and a $113 million gain in 2012.
Excluding impairments, ADM's corn processing group operating profits fell to $3 million from $210 million in the year-ago period. The bulk of the company's profits this quarter came from oilseeds processing. Helped by strong global demand, operating profits at the group nearly doubled to $411 million from $209 million in 2011.
ADM's transportation division, which operates a fleet of Mississippi River barges, profits slipped $5 million to $48 million due to low river water levels.
In the first six months, ADM earned $692 million, a 28 percent increase from $540 million in the year-ago period. Sales rose 3.4 percent to $4.7 billion from $4.5 billion.
(Source: ADM, Medill, 5 Feb., 2013) Contact: ADM, Patricia Woertz, CEO, (217) 451-7423, www.adm.com
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The company, which has defaulted on its rent and owes more than $2.6 million in back payments, has laid off two-thirds of its 30 employees because it was unable to make payroll. The Washington Department of Ecology is rescinding a permit needed to keep running the plant, and the facility has canceled EPA registration that allows it to generate renewable fuel credits.
Creditors have filed an objection against converting the case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, arguing that the company's managers have "not set forth sufficient cause" and have "not established that such a conversion is in the best interest of creditors."
The plant needed roughly 30,000 tpy of canola to operate at full capacity, but only one-third of that amount is produced in Washington state annually. (Source: Inland Empire, Capital Press, Jan. 27, 2013) Contact: Inland Empire Oilseeds, (509) 982-2970, www.inlandempireoilseeds.com
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DII, created in 2005, accounts for approximately one-third of Diester Industrie's overall capacity of 3 million tpy of biodiesel, and has seven plants in France. DII halted production a year ago in Livorno, Italy due to overcapacity.
Biodiesel is one of Sofiproteol's several activities of the group controlled by French oilseed growers, along with vegetable oil, animal feed and green chemicals.
As part of the group's strategy to find alternatives to biodiesel for its rapeseed oil and sunflower oil output, Sofiproteol is seeking new markets, mainly in Maghreb countries and the Black Sea.
The group is presently active in Morocco, Tunisia and Romania. (Source: Sofiproteol, Reuters, 22 Jan., 2013) Contact: Sofiproteol, www.sofiproteol.com; Bunge, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com; Diester Industrie International, www.sofiproteol.com/groupe/.../diester-industrie-international
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According to Sun, although previous U.S. Navy and Air Force studies indicated camelina-based jet fuel reduces net carbon emissions by about 80 percent, compared with jet fuels currently in use, commercial scale production of camelina-based biofuels is not yet economically viable. Obstacles include the fact that camelina production is not sufficiently efficient per unit resource used and camelina oil processing generates about 65 percent solid meal by-product, mainly proteins and carbohydrates that is currently under-utilized. The technology has not been developed to produce high-value co-products from camelina bioenergy varieties.
(Source: Kansas State Univ., 15 Jan. 2013) Contact: Kansas State University, Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, (785) 532-4077, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.k-state.edu
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The NFU believes that the transportation and farm industries must co-exist in order to drive improvements in yields, the environment and on-farm efficiencies, and are vital for a sustainable, thriving local market for both wheat and animal feed. This goes hand-in-hand with the biodiesel industry, which, already worth an estimated £600 million at the farm gate, has seen an increase in production of oilseed rape yields of around 25 per cent over the last 11 years, and is a growing market.
According to the NFU, the future of the two industries are linked together in a way that means government must take them seriously. The NFU also stressed that all feedstocks used in EU biofuel production must be certified sustainable.
"What we need to see from government is a solid commitment to biofuel production in the UK. Currently, the UK imports 80 per cent of the high protein animal feed used in livestock, pig and poultry production each year. The biofuel industry can become one of the most important markets for British agriculture. It has the potential for us to become more self-sufficient in high protein animal feed and import less from outside the UK, while providing an important floor in the market for our arable farmers," a NFU spokesman said.
(Source: NFU, ThePigSite News Desk, 5 Dec., 2012) Contact: NFU, www.nfuonline.com
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EU data for 2011 showed that biofuels made from food crops provide about 4.5 percent of EU transport fuel. Most of this is produced within the EU but there are also imports from South and North America as well as South-East Asia.
The Commission's new plan will have to be jointly approved by governments and the European Parliament before becoming law, which could see up to two years of lobbying by industry and campaign groups to influence the final outcome. According to a spokesman for German oilseeds industry association UFOP, "The proposals will push an entire industry towards ruin."
The European biofuels industry was handed another setback when Austria suspended the launch of a higher blend of bioethanol in petrol on Monday, just weeks before it was set to take effect on October 1. (Source: Sofiproteol, News Day, Sept. 23, 2012)
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"More than half of all biodiesel produced in the U.S. comes from soybean oil, which expands a growing market for soybean farmers," said ASA President Steve Wellman. "We congratulate the EPA on today's announcement as well as the USDA and (Agriculture) Secretary Vilsack for their continued strong support for the U.S. biodiesel industry. We look forward to helping the U.S. biodiesel industry hit the 1.28 billion gallon mark in 2013. By achieving the new requirement, we'll help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and help increase soybean meal supplies to our valued partners in the livestock industry for use as feed."
Wellman highlighted several benefits from biodiesel production that help U.S. livestock producers. "Soybean-based biodiesel actually has a positive impact on U.S. soybean meal supplies," he said. "Processing biodiesel from soybeans uses only the oil portion of the soybean, which is about 18 to 20 percent of the soybean, leaving the remaining 80 to 82 percent of the soybean available as protein to nourish both livestock and humans. By increasing the market for soybean oil in the U.S. and domestic oilseed processing, we increase the availability of protein-rich meal for human and livestock consumption. The increased meal supply results in a more cost-effective food and feed source." (Source: American Soybean Assoc., 19 Sept., 2012) Contact: American Soybean Association, Steve Wellman, First Vice President, (402) 269-7024, email@example.com, www.soygrowers.com
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This USDA study is part of a larger effort to meet the government mandate to produce 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022. It is estimated that 15 billion of those gallons will be from grain ethanol, and the remaining 21 billion will be from other sources including sorghum, sugarcane, switchgrass, and other grasses. Other options include oilseed crops like rapeseed and soybean.
The USDA research on Sorghum's potential as a biofuel has been published in the journal, Agricultural Research (Source: ENN, Sept. 17, 2012) Contact: USDA,
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ARA and NRC will test the renewable jet fuel against ASTM and military specifications and evaluate the fuel in ground-based engine tests. The tests will be concluded with a test flight with the NRC Falcon-20 twin engine jet. This flight will be the first time in the world a jet aircraft is powered by 100%, un-blended, renewable jet fuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications.
The biofuel, ReadiJet™, was produced by ARA, under contract to AFRL, from Agrisoma's Resonance™ feedstock crop using CLG's and ARA's breakthrough Biofuel ISOCONVERSION process. During the test flight, a second aircraft will fly behind the Falcon 20 to measure the emissions of the engine operating on both the ReadiJet biofuel and on conventional petroleum-based aviation fuel. Systems on-board the Falcon 20 will allow NRC's flight research team to switch back and forth between the two fuel types throughout the flight. These data will be the first of its kind to evaluate biojet fuel emissions of an aircraft engine operating on 100% biofuel.
NRC's unique expertise will support Agrisoma Biosciences and CLG/ARA efforts to validate the Resonance-based ReadiJet biofuel as a viable and sustainable option for the aviation industry.
Resonance™ is a member of the mustard oilseed crop family, and was introduced into commercial production in Canada in 2012. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a long-time NRC partner, commercialized the oilseed to provide the industry with a sustainable energy feedstock crop: a non-food, industrial oilseed that is well-suited for production in semi-arid areas, making it ideal for producers who can grow the crops on marginal land. (Source: ARA, 12 Sept., 2012)
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LDAM@chevron.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ara.com; National Resource Council Canada, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca; Agrisoma, Patrick Crampton, VP, Business and Product Development, (613) 834-5265, www.agrisoma.com
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Mandate-driven ethanol trade flows between the US and Brazil are expected to increase. The US is anticipated to import sugarcane-based ethanol mainly from Brazil (world's largest cane producer) to help meet domestic demand created by its mandate for advanced biofuels, while Brazil would import low priced corn (maize) based ethanol principally from the US to satisfy the demand for its large fleet of flex-fuel vehicles.
The reports says oilseeds production and exports will continue to be dominated by the traditional players, but emerging exporters such as Ukraine and Paraguay are expected to increasingly contribute to global export growth. China, the dominant importer, will account for more than half of total world imports. Brazil's oilseeds production growth is expected to slow from 4.9 per cent to less than 2.0 per cent over the next ten years. A key sugar market driver will be how Brazil's cane crop is allocated between sugar and ethanol. (Source: Hindu Business Line, July 16, 2012)
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Stewart Baillie, director of the institute's flight research laboratory, says the Falcon crew was able to switch back and forth between standard Jet A1 and the biofuel blend with Jet A1. This showed that the biofuel emissions comprised "significantly less" particulate matter, such as black carbon and sulphate, than Jet A1, he says. The results are preliminary and a full assessment is underway before NRC publishes its final report.
The Canadian institute was the first to use biofuel beyond a 50:50 blend ratio, which is currently the maximum-certified limit by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). While NRC conducted some flights with a standard 50:50 mixture, it also employed a 60:40 blend. No difference was detected by the pilots when they changed between conventional Jet A1 and biofuel. Bailey says that the crew reported that the aircraft's performance was "indistinguishable" during a range of ground and flight operations, including engine restarts at altitude.
The biofuel -- named "Resonance" -- is newly developed by Canada-based Agrisoma Bioscience. The biotechnology company adds that brassica carinata is ideally suited as a non-food industrial oilseed, because it grows it in semi-arid areas unsuitable for food production with "reduced overall crop input requirements".
(Source: NRC, Flight, July 9, 2012) Contact: National Resource Council Canada, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca; Agrisoma, Patrick Crampton, VP, Business and Product Development, (613) 834-5265, www.agrisoma.com
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As for how much methane a cow will emit, in the US, with high quality dairy feed, a cow will emit 1.35 kg of carbon per kilo of milk. But in Africa that carbon emission is ten times as high per litre of milk, because the quality of forage feed is so much lower. (Source: Australian Broadcasting Corp., 9 July, 2012)
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One of the advantages of penneycress is that it can be grown during the winter on farm land that would normally sit dormant. It has no impact on existing crops, conservation grounds, or critical wildlife habitat and, as a winter crop, provides sustainable ground cover that helps prevent erosion and nutrient runoff. It also takes very little energy and no inputs to grow in Midwestern states. Although often considered a weed, pennycress dies off in the spring and does not compete with corn or soybeans. It can planted in-between the corn and soybean crops on land that would otherwise sit empty. It is also easy to get rid of with routine herbicides if necessary.
For more information on pennycress, visit www.growpennycress.com(Source: USDA) Contact: Terry Isbell, Research Leader, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, (309) 681-6528, Terry.Isbell@ars.usda.gov, www.ars.usda.gov
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According to Honeywell, the biofuel that it is using for the tests is produced from what it calls "Resonance Energy Feedstock," a new nonfood, industrial oilseed crop produced by Ottawa-based agribusiness Agrisoma. The feedstock is derived from Saskatchewan-grown Brassica carinata, belonging to the family of flowering plants known as Brassicaceae, which also includes cabbages and turnips.
The crop can be produced in semiarid areas usually unsuitable for food oilseed production.
(Source: Honeywell, Earth Techling, 30 April, 2012)
Contact: Agrisoma, Patrick Crampton, VP, Business and Product Development, (613) 834-5265, www.agrisoma.com
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At first glance, pennycress seeds do not seem ideal for biofuel; they are tiny and can be measured in less than a couple of millimeters. However, field pennycress is part of the same oilseed family that includes camelina, another weedy plant that has been proving itself an ideal biofuel feedstock. Researhers have been considering Pennycress for industrial oil-based products since the 1940's. In 2007, the USDA's Agricultural Research Service got interested in pennycress as a biofuel source, and by 2010, USDA researchers were reporting that pennycress had the "right stuff" for biofuel production using conventional growing, harvesting and processing methods. Its oil content is about double that of soybeans, and it far outperforms corn in terms of its net energy output. It also create added-value for farmers.
Pennycress as a biofuel crop is a non-food crop that can be grown in the winter as a ground cover, and harvested in time to prep the soil for growing another crop over the summer. That provides farmers with an additional cash crop over and above what they would normally produce during the year, with the added bonus of providing a winter ground cover to prevent soil erosion while fixing nutrients in the soil.
The USDA has partnered with Western Illinois University, the Pennycress Energy Company and a new federally funded regional economic development group called EBI Network in an effort that could make Galesburg, Illinois the go-to place for pennycress production. The goal is to recruit farmers to put about
200,000 acres under cultivation, providing enough feedstock to make a commercial scale seed oil pressing operation viable.
(Source: USDA, Clean Technica, April, 2012) Contact: Terry Isbell, Research Leader, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, (309) 681-6528, Terry.Isbell@ars.usda.gov, www.ars.usda.gov
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