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Zeeland Acquires Unfinished Ithaca Ethanol Plant Site (M&A)
ZFS Ithaca
Date: 2014-03-31
Michigan-headquartered Zeeland Farm Services Inc. (ZFS), specifically ZFS Ithaca, LLC, has acquired a half finished plant and 435 acres near Ithaca, Michigan. ZFS Ithaca is expected to present a master plan for the facility in the near future, according to a ZFS press statement.

ZFS is a diversified agribusiness and transportation firm comprised of four separate divisions: Zeeland Farm Services, Zeeland Farm Soya, Inc, Zeeland Freight Services, Inc. and Zeeland Food Services, Inc. The company produces a wide array of specialty products and services including soybean processing, feed ingredients, grain marketing, a full service elevator, "ZFSelect" soybean seed, GMO or genetically modified organism and non-GMI soybean meal, "Zoye" soybean oils, transportation and maintenance, according to a compamy press release. (Source: Zeeland Farm Services, Morning Sun, 28 Mar., 2014) Contact: Zeeland Farm Services, Cliff Meeuwsen, Pres., (616) 772-9042, receptionist@zfsinc.com, http://www.zfsinc.com

Tags Soybean Biofuel news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  


Owensboro Grain Adds Glycerin Refinery to Biodiesel Site (Ind. Report)
Owensboro Grain
Date: 2014-01-27
Kentucky soybean processor and biodiesel maker Owensboro Grain Company plans to build a new USP Kosher Certified Glycerin Refinery beside its 45 million gpy biodiesel and vegetable oil operation on the banks of the Ohio River. The new facility will refine virgin soy-based crude glycerin produced at the Biodiesel plant, and will meet the USP specification. (Source: Owensboro Grain, Soytech.com, DF, Various other, Jan. 24, 2014) Contact: Owensboro Grain Co., John Wright, Exec. VP, (270) 926-2032, www.owensborograin.com

Tags Glycerin news,  Soybean Biofuel news,  Owensboro Grain news,  


UT Austin Converts Yeast Cells into "Sweet Crude" Biofuel (R&D)
University of Texas
Date: 2014-01-24
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a biofuel from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats (lipids) that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products.

Assistant professor Hal Alper and his team created the new cell-based platform and, given that the yeast cells grow on sugars, call the biofuel produced by this process "a renewable version of sweet crude." The researchers' platform produces the highest concentration of lipids reported through fermentation. The "sweet crude" biofuel is similar in composition to biodiesel made from soybean oil. The UT Austin research team believes that industry-scale production is possible with their platform and has resulted in a technology for which UT Austin has applied for a patent.

This research was funded by the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program, the DuPont Young Professor Grant and the Welch Foundation under grant F-1753. The work was published in Nature Communications on Jan. 20. (Source: University of Texas - Austin, 21 Jan, 2014) Contact: University of Texas-Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering College of Engineering, Assistant Prof. Hal Alper, Sandra Zaragoza, (512) 471-2129. zaragoza@utexas.edu, www.utexas.edu

Tags Yeast news,  Biofuel news,  Biodiesel news,  


Global and Chinese Biodiesel Industry Report 2013 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2014-01-13
Research & Markets is offering the Global and Chinese Biodiesel Industry Report 2013, an in-depth research report on the global biodiesel industry with a focus on the Chinese situation.

The report provides an overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. Production, supply, sales, demand, market status and forecast are also included. Ninety-five global and Chinese manufacturers are introduced detailing basic information such as capacity production, cost, prices, profit, profit margin and other information. Biodiesel feedstock consumption is carried out for soybean, rapeseed, palm oil and waste cooking oil. Process and cost structure analysis is also detailed. Finally the feasibility of a 200KT/Year biodiesel project project is analyzed and overall research conclusions reached.

With 464 tables and figures the report provides key statistics on the state of the market. This resource facilitates customers in development planning and investment decision-making in the global biodiesel industry. (Source: Research & Markets, 10 Jan., 2014) Contact: Laura Wood , +353-1-481-1716, press@researchandmarkets.net, www.researchandmarkets.net

Tags Biodiesel news,  


Palm Oil Refiner to Acquire Gomedic (M&A, Int'l.)
Mewah International,
Date: 2013-11-11
Singapore-based Mewah International, a palm oil refining business, is set to acquire a biodiesel plant, including more than 25,000 m3 of land, from alternative fuel processing company Gomedic for approximately $13 million. The deal is slated to close in the first quarter of 2014. Mewah says the plant is "strategically located" near its largest palm oil refinery in Westport, Malaysia.

Mewah is a global agri-business focused on edible oils and fats with refineries and processing facilities in Malaysia and Singapore and a worldwide marketing network. Mewah Group is also one the world's largest palm oil processor by capacity.

Gomedic produces a wide range of refined and fractionated vegetable oils and fats principally from palm and lauric oil, and from soft oils, such as soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower seed oil and corn oil. The company's operations are integrated throughout the edible oils and fats value chain, from the sourcing and processing of raw materials, to the packing, merchandising, shipping and distribution of products.(Source: Mewah Int'l., Biofuels News, 11 Nov., 2013) Contact: Mewah Group, +65 6829 5200, mewahgroup@mewahgroup.com, www.mewahgroup.com; Gomedic, info@gomedic.com, www.gomedic.com

Tags Palm Oil news,  


U.S. Biodiesel Production Tops 1 Billion Gallons (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2013-10-28
New EPA statistics released Thursday show the biodiesel industry has cracked the 1 billion gallon mark for the third consecutive year, with several months of production remaining.

Biodiesel is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide and 1 billion gallons of annual production. With plants in almost every state in the country, the industry has surpassed RFS targets since the program began while using an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats.

The latest production figures, which cover volumes reported through September, show that the industry produced 140 million gallons in September, for a year-to-date biodiesel total of nearly 1.1 billion gallons. The monthly numbers show a total of nearly 167 million gallons under the Biomass-based Diesel category for the month of September. That total includes some 27 million gallons of renewable diesel, a diesel replacement similar to biodiesel that uses a different technology. The EPA data is available HERE.

For the year, total Biomass-based Diesel production under the RFS stands at more than 1.2 billion gallons, on pace to reach some 1.7 billion gallons by year's end, significantly exceeding the RFS requirement of 1.28 billion gallons.

NBB is the U.S. biodiesel trade association. Last year, the industry supported some 50,000 jobs nationwide. Under the EPA's definition, Advanced Biofuels under the RFS must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared with petroleum diesel. The agency has determined that biodiesel's reduction is 57 percent to 86 percent. (Source: NBB, 24 Oct., 2013) Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, (573) 635-3893, www.biodiesel.org

Tags National Biodiesel Board news,  Biodiesel news,  


Argentina Threatens WTO Appeal over Possible EU Biodiesel Duty Increases (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Repsol
Date: 2013-10-21
In Buenos Aires, the Argentinian biodiesel industry has expressed its concern that it faces collapse if the European Union imposes onerous duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biofuels in response to allegations of "dumping." The threatened increases would be in addition to temporary duties the European Commission imposed on Argentina in May, 2013.

Argentina is the world's largest biodiesel producer of biodiesel from soybeans with annual production of 2.5 million tons in 2012, of which 1.6 million tons are exported.

The current biodiesel trade dispute dates to April 2012 -- see our June 14, 2012 coverage for details -- when Spain slashed its biodiesel imports after Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner nationalized the Argentine holdings of Spain's Repsol Oil company. The group denied that Argentine producers were dumping product below cost, and accused the EC of protectionism. World Trade Organization but producers fear they won't be able to export to Europe again before 2016. The eight percent duties in place since May have already led to a 75 percent drop in Argentine exports to Europe compared to levels during same period last year, according to the chamber. (Source: Channel News Asia, 19 Oct., 2013) Contact: Repsol, www.repsol.com

Tags Biodiesel Duties news,  Biodiesel Tax news,  Repsol news,  Argentina Biodiesel news,  


Iowa Spending $250,000 on E30 Blender Pumps (Ind. Report)
Iowa
Date: 2013-10-14
The State of Iowa will use a $250,000 federal grant to bolster a program that pays gas stations to install "blender" pumps that would dispense a 30 percent blend of corn-based ethanol and gasoline. Most Iowa stations currently offer E10. E-30 is not approved for use in all vehicles, just the 10 percent of U.S. vehicles that are tagged as "flexible fuel" models.

Some of the federal grant money will be used for blender pumps to dispense bio-diesel which features a soybean-based fuel additive. Gas station operators and farm co-ops that sell fuel will be able to apply for the grants for blender pumps this spring. There are 41 ethanol plants in Iowa that produce 25 percent of the ethanol produced in the U.S. About 17 percent of the country's biodiesel comes from Iowa. (Source: Radio Iowa, 14 Oct., 2013)

Tags E10 news,  Ethanol Blend news,  


Algenetix Announces Miscanthus Grass Partnership (Ind. Report)
Algenetix,Alchimia Inc.
Date: 2013-10-09
San Diego-based Algenetix Inc., a bioenergy technology company, and Alchimia Inc., a biomaterials processing technology and deployment company, are partnering to develop high-oil giant miscanthus grass as a new biodiesel and biojet fuel feedstock. The partnership combines Algenetix's proprietary, PhotoSeed™ technology expanding oil production into new plant species and physiologies with Alchimia's oil extraction and purification technology to economically produce oil and other co-products from the perennial grass at scale.

Algenetix has been able to increase lipid content of miscanthus to as much as 8 percent of the total biomass. Alchimia's novel process can unlock the potential values of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids sequestered within biomaterials while segregating and purifying high value microcompounds often overlooked within commodity processing. The two companies forecast that oil production from miscanthus could be as much as 1.2 tons per acre -- 4.5 times the oil yield of soybeans. For every 1 percent of oil extracted, the companies forecast that an additional $120 of revenue per acre can be realized by farmers growing PhotoSeed™ miscanthus. (Source: Algenetix, PR, Oct, 2013) Contact: Algenetix, Han Chen, CEO, (858) 834-0126, www.algenetix.com

Tags Alchimia Inc. news,  Biodiesel news,  Miscanthus news,  Cellulosic news,  


Great Lakes Biodiesel Production Underway in Ontario (Ind. Report)
Great Lakes Biodiesel,Soy 20/20,Grain Farmmers of Ontario
Date: 2013-09-30
Ontario-based Great Lakes Biodiesel has begun production at its 170 million lpy -- Canada's largest -- biodiesel plant Welland. The Welland facility's primary feedstock will be locally sourced crush soybeans grown in the province of Ontario. Canada has a 2 percent national biodiesel mandate. (Source: Great Lakes Biodiesel, Biofuels Dig., 24 Sept., 2013) Contact: Great Lakes Biodiesel, (905) 714-4631, info@greatlakesbiodiesel.com, www.greatlakesbiodiesel.ca

Tags Great Lakes Biodiesel news,  


Syngenta, Evogene Extend Soybean Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Syngenta, Evogene
Date: 2013-09-27
Rehovot, Israel-based plant genomics specialist Evogene Ltd. is announcing a three year extension of its research collaboration with Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. The collaboration was established in mid-2009 to identify plant genes providing resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode which accounts for almost $100 billion in crop damages annually. Soybean are widely considered a commercially viable biofuel feedstock.

Under the extended collaboration, Evogene will provide Syngenta with additional candidate genes acting under new modes of action to achieve nematode resistance. Evogene will utilize its proprietary PlaNet technology, part of Evogene's integrated Gene2Product™ platform, to predict the most promising candidate genes for stacking in order to further improve product efficacy. (Source: Evogene, PR, 24 Sept., 2013) Contact: Evogene, Karen Mazor, Inv. Relations, +972 54 22 88 039, Karen.mazor@evogene.com, www.evogene.com; Contact: Syngenta, David Witherspoon, head of renewable fuels, www.syngenta.com

Tags Soybean Biofuel news,  Syngenta news,  Evogene news,  


Owensboro Grain Wins USDA Biodiesel Funding (Funding)
Owensboro Grain,USDA
Date: 2013-09-18
Owensboro Grain Company of Owensboro Kentucky is receiving $587,046 from the federal government to help reimburse operation costs it incurs converting soybean oil and methanol to biodiesel, according to a USDA press release. The USDA is making nearly $15.5 million in payments to 188 producers through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. Six of the producers are in Kentucky. (Source: USDA, Messenger Inquirer, Sept. 16, 2013) Contact: Owensboro Grain Co., (270) 926-2032, www.owensborograin.com

Tags Owensboro Grain news,  Soybean news,  Methanol news,  Biodiesel news,  


Evogene Touts Castor Bean Biodiesel Feedstock (Int'l)
Evogene,Evofuel
Date: 2013-09-16
Israel-headquartered Evogene Ltd. subsidiary Evofuel Ltd. has completed a three-year field trial in Brazil to develop castor bean as a biodiesel feedstock. The field trials, which were jointly conducted with Brazilian agro-business SLC Agricola SA , demonstrated strong yield performance of Evofuel's proprietary castor seed varieties and supported the use of castor seed as a competitive biodiesel feedstock. The castor seed varieties could potentially be useful for the lubricant, biopolymer and other industries.

Evofuel expects to commercialize its castor seeds in 2016, following advanced product development and pre-commercial trials which are targeted to begin in 2014.

Evogene and SLC Agricole plan to develop castor seed as a rotation crop with soybean, with the castor seed sowed after the soybeans are harvested. (Source: Evogene, +97 28 9311 900, info@evogene.com, www.evogen.com

Tags Evogene news,  Castor Bean news,  Biofuel Feedstock news,  Biofuel news,  Evofuel news,  


Cincinnati Researchers Brew Coffee Ground Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
University of Cincinnati
Date: 2013-09-13
An estimated 1 million tons of coffee grounds are generated by java-loving Americans each year, and Researchers at the University of Cincinnati claim to have have found a way turn used coffee grounds into biodiesel and activated carbon by simply extracting the oils in the coffee grounds and drying out the remains. Preliminary tests of the product showed that biodiesel fuel created by the waste grounds met the international D6751 standard.

If future research into deriving biofuels out of coffee grounds proves successful and commercially viable, it could be a boon to the biofuel industry, which faces criticism for using food crops such corn and soybeans for fuel sources. And, since American coffee drinkers produce over 1 million tons of coffee grounds per yer, the feedstock is readily available. (Source: University of Cincinnati, Nature World News, 9 Sept., 2013) Contact: University of Cincinnati, (513) 556-6781, www.uc.edu

Tags Biodiesel news,  


Pennycress, Camelina Targeted as Biofuel Feedstocks (Ind. Report)
Ever Cat Fuels ,SarTec Corp.
Date: 2013-08-26
Following on our October 7th, 2011 coverage, earlier this month, SarTec Corp. crushed its first oil seeds harvested from non-food, energy crop frpm pennycress and camelina weeds at Ever Cat Fuels in in Minnesota. The oil will be refined into a drop-in biofuel that works in diesel cars, trucks and tractors. The goal of the project is to grow and harvest energy crop weeds along side food crops like soybeans during the same growing season.

Anoka Ramsey, Augsburg and Morris colleges are involved in the project to identify optimum growing conditions for top energy crop weed yields.

In a separate, related project, SarTec recently developed a portable biodiesel refinery that it hopes to market to farmers as a largely automated way to produce fuel from weeds grown on the farm. SarTec's one-step oil-to-biofuel production process, termed the Mcgyan® biodiesel process, simultaneously performs a catalytic conversion of triglycerides and free fatty acids into biodiesel fuel. The process consumes no water or harsh chemicals, occupies a small footprint, and produces no hazardous waste products. The scalability of the Mcgyan® process makes it a practical choice for a variety of applications from decentralized small farm systems to full scale commercial plants. (Source: SarTec Corporation, Star Tribune, 25 Aug., 2013) Contact: Sar-Tec Corporation, Clayton McNeff, VP, www.sartec.com

Tags SarTec news,  Ever Cat Fuels news,  Biofuel news,  Pennycress news,  Camelina news,  


CRFA says Gov't Inflating Renewable Diesel Numbers (Ind. Report)
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2013-06-17
According to the Canadian government, biodiesel imports are flooding its renewable diesel mandate. A recent article in the Western Producer says the government believes that Canada's renewable fuel content will consist of 90 percent imports, buoyed by imported soybean and canola biodiesel from the U.S. and hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) from overseas. But the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association says those numbers are a bogus attempt to water down and are intended to water down the two percent renewable diesel mandate.

CRFA president Scott Thurlow says his group is "seeing Canadian-based canola being shipped into the U.S. for upgrading and then sent back into Canada as an import." Once Archer Daniels Midland's Lloydminster canola biodiesel plant starts in September the flow of imported canola biodiesel from the U.S. will slow. 
 The ADM plant will have a 265 million lpy production capacity, bringing Canada's total biodiesel capacity up to 450 million lpy. 
 The existing federal mandate requires about 600 million litres of renewable diesel per year.


The CRFA also questions the charge that HDRD is going to be such a large chunk of renewable diesel in the eastern part of the country. While the association acknowledges the high quality of the imported fuel, Thurlow makes the case that it will be not cost-effective to use that imported fuel. "Its disadvantage is that it is ruinously expensive. More and more biodiesel is pushing the HDRD out of the marketplace and that's being done almost entirely because of price," Thurlow says. (Source: CRFA, Western Producer, 17 June, 2013) Contact: Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Scott Thurlow, Pres., 613) 594-5528, http://www.greenfuels.org

Tags Biodiesel news,  Canadian Renewable Fuels Association news,  


Researchers Find Sound Waves Improve Biofuels Production (R&D)
Iowa State University
Date: 2013-06-05
Iowa State University associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and BioCentury Research Farm affiliate, David Grewell, and his research team are using ultrasound to enhance chemical reactions of biomass from a raw feedstock to high-value fuels and chemicals. The power generated from applying ultrasonic waves to liquid media breaks up solid materials and promotes mixing between the liquid and solids. It also exposes more of the surface area that can enhance chemical reactions.

In aiming to reduce energy usage in ethanol production, Grewell evaluated the use of ultrasonics to pre-treat corn in preparation for fermentation. Enhancing biodiesel production is also possible through the use of high-power ultrasound. By applying ultrasound to soybean oil, methanol and sodium hydroxide, Grewell found they can reduce the time it takes to convert soybean oil to biodiesel from 45 to less than 2 minutes, while maintaining the quality of the biodiesel. This greatly increases the efficiency of the process, which is key to making biofuels a viable source of energy. (Source: Iowa State Univ., Lab. Manager, 4 June, 2013) Contact: Iowa State University, David Grewell, www.abe.iastate.edu/david-grewell

Tags Iowa State University news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  Biodiesel news,  


Univ. of Illinois Announces Upcoming Biofuels R&D Center (R&D)
University of Illinois
Date: 2013-05-31
A $23 million center to test the viability of biofuels made from miscanthus, switchgrass, corn-stover and other plants is slated to get underway at the University of Illinois later this year. The state-funded Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory will be part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. An outgrowth of the UI's Center for BioEnergy Research, the lab is designed as a pilot facility to test promising biofuel technologies on a larger scale to determine their commercial viability or "proof of concept."

The new facility will have industrial corporate affiliates, including DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Novozymes, that will pay $10,000 annually for access to the pilot plant, faculty expertise, internships for master's students, bioenergy class presentations, an online class and an annual networking conference.

Bids for the new facility will be solicited in early fall, with ground-breaking expected in October or November, officials said. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 2015. The total project budget is $23.2 million, including architectural and construction costs. The laboratory will include biotechnology, fermenting, corn milling and soybean processing laboratories and related equipment. (Source: Univ. of Illinois Urbana, News Gazette, May 28, 2013) Contact: University of Illinois, Center for BioEnergy Research, Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, Hans Blaschek, Director, (217) 244-9270, http://bioenergy.illinois.edu

Tags Biofuels news,  Cellulosic news,  


Benefuel, Flint Hills to Revive Neb. Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Benefuel Inc.,Flint Hills Resource,Duonix, LLCs Renewables
Date: 2013-05-29
Irving, Texas-based Benefuel Inc. and Flint Hills Resources Renewables, a division of Koch Industries Inc., have a formed Duonix, LLC, a joint venture company to retrofit the bankrupt Beatrice Biodiesel's 50 million-gpy biodiesel plant in Nebraska to use inedible plant and animal material for feedstock. The plant, which was acquired by Flint Hills from Beatrice Biodiesel's November, 2011 bankruptcy, will be operated by Flint Hills. The plant was originally built to use soybeans as a feedstock but was never fully operational.

Itochu Corp., one of Japan's largest conglomerates and a Benefuel shareholder, has invested in the Beatrice project as a strategic partner of Benefuel. Benefuel's ENSEL process enables the use of cheaper feedstocks high in free-fatty acids, such as distillers corn oil from ethanol refining, waste-vegetable oils, animal fats and unrefined oils. ENSEL has been validated independently by Flint Hills and Itochu at two separate, one-ton-per-day, demonstration facilities, according to the companies. (Source: Flint Hills, PR, Beatrice Daily Sun, 24 May, 2013) Contact: Brad Razook, Pres., CEO, Flint Hill Resources, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

Tags Benefuel Inc. news,  Flint Hills news,  Biodiesel Resources Renewables news,  


Hastings Ethanol Plant Permanent Closure Announced (Ind. Report)
Ag Processing
Date: 2013-05-20
The Ag Processing Inc. cooperative reports that it has permanently shutdown its previously temporarily shuttered 55-million-gpy corn ethanol plant in Hastings, Nebraska. The plant's age, high operating cost and high corn prices, an overall industry slowdown and a litany of other reasons were cited for the shutdown.

AGP operates a soybean processing plant, vegetable oil refinery and an AminoPlus production facility in Hastings, none of which have been impacted by the ethanol plant's closure. (Source: Ag Processing, Hastings Star Herald, 19 May, 2013) Contact: Ag Processing VP Matt Caswell, VP, (402)496-7809, www.AGP.com

Tags Ethanol news,  Ag Processing news,  Corn Ethanol news,  


Woods Hole says Ag Expansion into Amazon a No-Win Situation (R&D, Ind. Report)
Woods Hole Research Center
Date: 2013-05-15
The large-scale conversion of the Amazon rainforest into agricultural land is a no-win situation for all involved, according to new research from the Woods Hole Research Center and a collection of regional Universities. If deforestation in the Amazon continues it will result in greatly reduced agricultural productivity in the region, via climate feed-backs.

The Woods Hole researchers predict that by the year 2050, "a decrease in precipitation caused by deforestation in the Amazon will reduce pasture productivity by 30 percent in the governance scenario and by 34 percent in the business-as-usual scenario." More importantly, rising temperatures could cut into soybean yields by around 24 percent in a governance scenario and by about 28 percent in a business-as-usual scenario. That is a significant decrease in productivity for what is perhaps the most important agricultural product in the region. In Brazil, economic and political pressures are pushing for the conversion of Amazonian forests into agricultural and cattle pasture lands. A fine balance must be struck, however, as the natural ecosystems sustain food production, maintain water and forest resources, regulate climate and air quality, and ameliorate infectious diseases. The most heavily hit regions, according to the researchers, will be in the eastern Para and northern Maranhao regions where precipitation depends strongly on forests and changes in land cover would affect the local climate, possibly to a point where agriculture becomes nonviable.

Realistically, deforestation in the Amazon isn't likely to stop short of an economic meltdown and the region's forests are likely to face a fate much like the old-growth forests throughout most of the rest of the world. (Source: Woods Hole, PlanetSave, 11 May, 2013) Contact: Woods Hole Research Center, Dr. Josef Kellndorfer, (508) 540-9900, www.whrc.org

Tags Woods Hole Research Center news,  Rainforest news,  Deforestation news,  


OhioSoy Endorses Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report),
Ohio Soybean Council
Date: 2013-04-01
The Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association (OhioSoy) have endorsed by U.S. Congress's passage and President Obama's signing of H.R. 4853 into law last week. A provision of the H.R. 4853 -- the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 -- extended a $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2011 and made the credit retroactive for 2010 as well.

Originally enacted in 2004, the biodiesel tax credit expired on December 31, 2009, and the lapse had negative impacts on the U.S. biodiesel industry. The reinstatement and extension of the tax credit is expected to help the industry regain traction and stimulate increased domestic biodiesel production.

The Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff has long supported the promotion of soy biodiesel to farmers and consumers as it is an environmentally friendly fuel that increases engine lubricity and reduces dependence on petroleum. The Ohio Soybean Association has been working with a coalition of other state and national groups, including the American Soybean Association, to encourage lawmakers to renew the $1-per-gallon tax credit. (Source: Ohio Soybean Council, Mar., 2013) Contact: Ohio Soybean Council, (614) 310-0800, www.soyohio.org

Tags Biofuels Tax Credit news,  Soy news,  Biodiesel news,  


Channel Biorefinery & Terminals Plans Idled GreenHunter Biodiesel Commissioning (Ind. Report)
Channel Biorefinery & Terminals LLC,GreenHunter Biofuels r
Date: 2013-03-13
Following on our Feb. 6 coverage, Houston, Texas-based Channel BioRefinery & Terminals, LLC (CB&T), a subsidiary of BioFuels Development International LLC (BDI), the new owners of hurricane Ike idled 105 MMgy GreenHunter Biofuels soybean biodiesel production facility on the Houston Ship Channel, is ramping-up efforts to get the plant into full production by July, 2013. A ground breaking is planned for tomorrow.

When Hurricane Ike struck shortly after the plants opening in Sept. 2008, GreenHunter was unable to fund the needed repairs. (Source: Channel Biorefinery & Terminals , Biodiesel Mag., 13 Mar., 2013) Contact: Channel Biorefinery & Terminals Kenneth Brown, Pres., CEO, BioFuels Development International, LLC, (504) 934-1620, www.biofuelsdev.com; GreenHunter, www.greenhunterenergy.com

Tags Channel Biorefinery & Terminals LLC news,  Green Hunter news,  Soy Biodiesel news,  


Minnesota adds Butanol to Biofuels Mix (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
Minnesota Ethanol Producers Association
Date: 2013-03-01
In a move that expands Minnesota's legal definition of biofuel beyond corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel which have been produced in the state for years, the Minnesota State House and Senate agriculture committees on Wednesday approved a change that would allow the sale of butanol. If the bill passes the Legislature, fuels such as butanol could be used to meet the state requirement that biofuels be mixed with petroleum-based gasoline. Under current legislation, butanol can not be blended in gasoline and sold in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Ethanol Producers Association and the Minnesota Corn Growers support the change. Brian Kletcher of Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton said his facility is considering converting to butanol production. Butanol, which can be mixed with gasoline or used for other purposes, can be made from a variety of plant matter, including corn waste, wood and switchgrass. (Source: Grand Forks Herald, Feb. 28, 2013) Contact: Contact: Minnesota Ethanol Producers Association, www.ethanolrfa.org; MInnesota Corn Growers , www.mncorn.org; Highwater Ethanol, (507) 752-6160, www.highwaterethanol.com

Tags Butanol news,  Ethanol news,  


BeetsAll Biofuel Touting Energy Beet Ethanol (Ind. Report)
BeetsAll Biofuel
Date: 2013-02-22
Research scientists at Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory are testing sugar beets (energy beets) as an ethanol feedstock. Igathi Cannayen, who splits his time between the lab and North Dakota State University, has been working with industry group BeetsAll Biofuel on an energy beet economic feasibility study, yield trials, and juice storage research since 2009. The group has found that the beets produce a higher yield, higher income and can be grown in non-traditional areas.

Energy beets are grown strictly for energy use and produce twice the ethanol per acre than corn. The net return per acre is double that of corn and soybeans on non-irrigated land and three times those crops on irrigated land.

The group has planted 14 test plots, five irrigated and nine dryland, across the state, including locations in Turtle Lake, Williston, Minot and Jamestown. From the test plots Cannayen said he expects an average income of $13.9 million after expenses.

BeetsAll Biofuel plans 16 energy beet processing plants across the state, with construction on the first 20-million gpy plant targeted for 2015. Each plant is projected to coast approximately $60 million. About 30,000 acres of energy beets will be needed to support each processing facility.

Ethanol from the beets is certified as an advanced biofuel by the Environmental Protection Agency, making them sell for a premium price. The test plots also establish federal crop insurance for growers and the group is trying to get a multi-peril crop insurance program. (Source: BeetsAll Biofuel, Bismarck Journal, 21 Feb., 2013) Contact: BeetsAll Biofuel, (701) 320-3667, info@beetsallbiofuel.com, www.beetsallbiofuel.com

Tags BeetsAll Biofuel news,  Energy Beets news,  Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  


USDA Forecasts Biofuel Production Slowdown (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2013-02-15
In its Agricultural Projections to 2022, the USDA is projecting that US ethanol and biodiesel production will continue to rise in the next 10 years but at a much slower pace than in the past decade.

In 2004-05, corn used in the production of ethanol totaled 1,323,210,000 bushels, which equated to 11 percent of the 2004 corn out-turn of 11,805,581,000 bushels. By 2011-12, corn used for ethanol production hit 5,011,030,000 bushels, which equated to 40 percent of the 2011 corn outturn of 12,359,612,000 bushels. The amount of corn used for ethanol production was forecast to drop to 4,500,000 bushels in 2012-13, or 42 percent of the drought-reduced 2012 corn out-turn of 10,725,000 bushels. Corn use for ethanol production was forecast to begin to increase steadily in subsequent years but not surpass the 2011-12 level until 2020-21. Corn use for ethanol was forecast at 5,375,000,000 bushels in 2022-23, the last year in the projection period.

According to the USDA, "Projected increases in corn-based ethanol over the next 10 years are much smaller than occurred in 2005-2010. This projection reflects declining overall gasoline consumption in the United States (which is mostly a 10 percent ethanol blend, E10), infrastructural and other constraints on growth in the E15 market, and the small size of the E85 market. Nonetheless, a strong presence for ethanol in the sector continues, with about 35 percent of total corn use expected to go to ethanol production during the projection period."

The use of soybean oil in U.S. biodiesel production was estimated at 4,900 million lbs. in 2011-12 and forecast at 4,900 million lbs. in 2012-13 and at 5,000 million lbs. in 2013-14. Soybean oil use in biodiesel production was forecast to rise steadily each year in the rest of the projection period reaching 6,300 million lbs. in 2022-23. (Source: USDA, MeatPoultry.com, Feb 13, 2013) Contact: USDA, (309) 681-6528, www.ars.usda.gov

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National Soy Checkoff Lauded for Biodiesel Leadership (Ind. Report)
United Soybean Board
Date: 2013-02-11
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) recently awarded the United Soybean Board's national soy checkoff's commitment to advancing the U.S. biodiesel industry with the Eye on Biodiesel Influence Award. The award honors an individual or organization that has impacted public acceptance of biodiesel. U.S. soy oil is the main feedstock for U.S. biodiesel manufacturing.

A large portion of the checkoff's biodiesel investments has been used for quality and performance testing, and to promote biodiesel availability and use. The checkoff has also been active in promoting Bioheat, a biodiesel-based heating oil alternative. .

The USB's 69 farmer-directors oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy's customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. (Source: United Soybean Board, Contact: United Soybean Board, Chairman Jim Stillman, Chairman, (636) 530-1560, www.unitedsoybean.org

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Iowa RFS Coalition joins the RFS Biofuels Fray (Ind. Report)
Iowa RFS Coalition
Date: 2013-01-23
In a letter to President Obama, the recently formed Iowa RFS Coalition has urged the President to continue his support for agriculture and renewable fuels during his second term.

The Iowa RFS Coalition is committed to protecting and preserving the federal RFS through cooperative efforts of advocacy, outreach and education. The Coalition opposes re-opening the federal RFS; recognizes that maintaining the federal RFS is critical to the Iowa and U.S. economies, our nation's energy security and our planet's air quality; and agrees that ethanol and biodiesel production are essential components of an all-of-the-above American energy solution.

Current Iowa RFS Coalition members include DuPont, Iowa Biodiesel Board, Iowa Biotechnology Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Monsanto and Syngenta. The Iowa RFS Coalition will continue to welcome new members throughout 2013.

(Source: Iowa RFS Coalition, Jan. 22, 2013)

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Corn & Soybean Digest Comments on Renewable Fuels (Ind. Report)
Corn & Soybean Digest
Date: 2013-01-04
The Corn & Soybean Digest is reporting that 2013 is expected to be an "interesting year" in the agriculture industry, following a very profitable year in 2012 for most crop producers in the Upper Midwest, and a fairly negative profit year for most livestock producers.

In the renewable fuels industry, 2012 ended in uncertainty. Profit margins were tight in the ethanol and biodiesel industries, and some U.S. production plants slowed or ceased production completely. In 2012, ethanol profitability was hampered by a combination of high corn prices and low petroleum prices. Also in 2012, the U.S. EPA continued the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) as approved despite the efforts of many environmental, Livestock, members of congress, taxpayer and other groups to reduce or eliminate the RFS standards. 2013 is expected to be a pivotal year for the future direction of renewable energy policy in the U.S. (Source: Corn & Soybean Digest, Jan. 1, 2013)

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16 Percent of U.S. Soybean Crop Used for Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
RFS,Soybean
Date: 2012-11-26
The RFS has pegged the use of soybeans for biodiesel production at about 16 percent -- or 468 million bushels -- of the total U.S. soybean crop for 2013. The increase in mandated use of both corn ethanol and biodiesel, plus this year's drought conditions, translates into high prices of these two commodities, reduced exports of U.S. corn and soybeans, growing international competition and an increased use of marginal farmland, as well as ailing livestock, poultry, and dairy industries. Ecologically, these policies have meant less crop rotation, greater intensive farming on marginal lands, greater acreage devoted to these two industrial crops, and the increased removal of corn stover from corn fields for readily accessible cellulosic feedstock. Land prices have increased due to policy support of growing these monoculture crops, making them profitable even in a severe drought year such as this.

Biodiesel RINs credits have fallen in price recently because the mandate for this year was met in production by early November. The price of RINs is indicative of the demand for biodiesel and, since RINs were sold on secondary markets, they have been exploited fraudulently.

According to the DesMoines Register, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers has asked the U.S. government to reconsider its decision to increase the amount of biodiesel required for use in the nation's trucks next year by 28 percent due to "unintended consequences" including higher fuel prices for consumers. (Source: Big Picture Agriculture, Des Moines Register, Nov. 23, 2012)

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AFPM wants EPA Biodiesel Volumes Reconsidered (Reg & Leg)
AFPM
Date: 2012-11-21
On 20th November the American Fuels & Petrochemicals Manufacturers (AFPM) petitioned the EPA to reconsider its Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Biomass Based Diesel Renewable Fuel Volume which increased the volume of biomass based diesel from 1.0 billion to 1.28 billion gpy. The AFPM urged that the EPA to reconsider its decision to increase the biomass based volumes by 28 percent in 2013.

According to the AFPM, EPA data estimates that the cost of increasing the biomass based diesel mandate will add between $253 million and $391 million to consumers' transportation fuel bill in 2013. Charles T. Drevna, AFPM President Charles Drevna said "The US economy is still struggling and this increase will hurt the million who rely on transportation fuels. Evidence is strong that an increase in the 2013 volume will not affect domestic energy security, as the US currently is a net exporter of diesel, contrary to research carried out by the EPA. In the category of unintended consequences, EPA's decision will curtail investment in advanced biofuels that compete with biodiesel and will increase carbon emissions in 2013 under the RFS. It is also possible that the increase could negatively impact the price and supply of agricultural commodities, since additional biodiesel feedstocks, such as soybean oil, will be required under the rule". Drevna added, "Before increasing the 2013 volume, EPA must resolve the pervasive problem that exists in the biodiesel market of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) fraud. To date, over 140 million fraudulent RINs have been sold to unsuspecting refiners concerned with meeting their RFS obligations. That number and the costs associated with the fraud will grow as investigations of additional biodiesel producers continue today." (Source: AFPM, Nov, 21, 2012) Contact: AFPM, Charles Drevna, Pres., (202) 457-0480, www.afpm.org

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Fish Biodiesel being Investigated in Brazil (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Petrobras
Date: 2012-10-29
The Brazilian Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) and Petrobras subsidiary Petrobras Biocombustivel have agreed to investigate and produce biodiesel from fish harvest waste. Petrobras currently produces biodiesel from soybean, castor and palm.

Petrobras Biocombustivel is developing several projects to evaluate the use of fish oil for manufacturing biodiesel. One of them is Biopeixe pilot project, implemented with farmers in the region of Jaguaribara, in Ceara, to conduct research in the dam Acude Castanheo where $2.05 million will be invested until 2014 to raise fish production. It is expected that this increase in production, with a consequent increase in fish waste and fish oil, contribute to make projects such as that on biodiesel, viable. (Source: Petrobras, Estrella Online, FIS Oct. 26, 2012) Contact: Pertrobras, www.petrobras.com

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Argentinian Corn Harvest Virtually Unaffected by Ethanol Mandate (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Argentina,Ethanol
Date: 2012-10-26
Argentina is expected to help replenish global corn supplies with a record harvest this season, even as a fast-growing domestic ethanol industry puts new demands on the world's No. 2 exporter. The country's Ethanol output is expected to more than double in 2013 as new corn-fueled plants come on line to meet demand generated by the country's E-5 legislation. Diesel is required to be a seven percent biodiesel blend.

Unlike the U.S. where 40 percent of the corn harvest goes to ethanol production, Argentina's distilleries are forecast to absorb just 1.2 million tonnes of an expected record 24.5 million tonnes crop -- less than five per cent of production. Argentinian corn exports are set to rise to 18.5 million tpy from 16 million tonnes , according to estimates by the USDA.

Argentinian ethanol production should rise from about 250,000 tonnes to 600,000 tonnes in 2013, as new plants come online, according to the state-run National Biofuels Program. In 2011, Argentina produced just 130,000 tonnes of ethanol. But corn industry sources in Argentina say that rather than threatening exports the ethanol boom could boost plantings. Corn is expected to soon overtake sugarcane as Argentine distillers' main feedstock, partly because corn growers have more scope to expand plantings to cater to the new market created by the government's compulsory blending requirement. Government incentives have helped Argentina become the largest exporter of biodiesel, made from soybean oil. (Source: Alberta Farmers Express, Oct. 24, 2012)

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Bioheat Home Heating gets Hot in NYC (Ind. Report)
Biodiesel
Date: 2012-10-24
In October, NYC implemented regulations requiring all home heating oil to contain at least 2 percent biodiesel, a blend called "Bioheat." NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2010 signed an air quality bill which included the Bioheat provision for heating homes and buildings, though phase-in for the blend was complete Oct. 1. Another New York state bill also required a switch to Ultra Low Sulfur Heating Oil, which took place in July. Both the United Soybean Board and the National Biodiesel Board have come out in support of the new regulations.

A special education and outreach program, including videos, information and industry updates, was created to help customers understand the new blend. Biodiesel used to supplement home heating oil also is eligible to meet the Renewable Fuels Standard, according to the National Biodiesel Board. No other city has a Bioheat requirement in place, but several states have passed requirements that will go into effect when contingent states pass similar laws, the NBB said. (Source: Farm Futures, Oct. 22, 2012) Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, (573) 635-3893, www.biodiesel.org; United Soybean Board, www.unitedsoybean.org

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Soy Energy Opts for Strategic Shutdown (Ind. Report)
Soy Energy
Date: 2012-10-24
Marcus, Iowa-based Soy Energy LLC has temporarily shut down it production operations and laid off employees due to market conditions and continued production challenges. The company plans to resume production when market conditions improve.

Soy Energy, which produces soybean oil-based biodiesel and corn stillage oil-based biodiesel, said it is hopeful the market will improve in the coming months. The company is also exploring potential options to "move the business forward." Compant President and CEO Jeff Oestmann says the biofuels industry in general is going through challenging times with the volatile commodities market and political environment. (Source: Soy Energy LLC, Oct. 22, 2012) Contact: Soy Energy LLC, Jeff Oestmann, Pres. & CEO, (712) 376-2081, www.soyenergyllc.com.

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Tractor Pullers Pulling with Pure Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
United Soybean Board,Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
Date: 2012-10-24
ST. LOUIS, October 22, 2012 - U.S. soybean farmers have come out in support of the National Tractor Pullers Association's (NTPA) promotion of biodiesel among tractor pulling fans. The NTPA plans to return the favor by allowing 100 percent biodiesel fuel, or B100, to be used in all diesel pulling classes beginning next season. This mutual support could increase the demand for biodiesel by putting its performance benefits on display for the farmers, truck drivers and other diesel users who make up a large portion of the NTPA's fan base.

A recent study by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the United Pullers of Minnesota (UPM) found that using B100 in a pulling tractor can add up to 4 percent more horsepower and torque compared with traditional diesel. The United Soybean Board has partnered with the NTPA for the past six years to help increase biodiesel availability and use among pulling fans. (Source: NTPA, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Oct. 22, 2012) CContact: Minnesota Soybean, www.mnsoybean.org; United Soybean Board, www.unitedsoybean.org

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Cargill Plans Paseo Biofuels Soybean Biodiesel Expansion (Ind. Report)
Paseo Biofuels
Date: 2012-10-12
Cargill's Paseo Biofuels will expand soybean biodiesel production by more than 40 percent to 56 million gpy at its Kansas City, Missouri plant. The ramp-up is slated for an early 2013 date. At full capacity, the plant will significantly increase its soybean purchases from local producers. (Source: Cargill, OzarksFirst.com, Oct. 9, 2012) Contact: Paseo Biofuels, Cargill, www.cargill.com

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Nebraska Soybean Board Offering Biodiesel Pump Grants (Funding)
Nebraska Soybean Board
Date: 2012-10-10
The Nebraska Soybean Board is offering potential biodiesel retailers grants of up to $60,000 per station for the design and installation of biodiesel blending pump equipment reimbursements. The Board also helps retailers work out a program where they get a credit for a product they sell to help them recoup their investment. The board will also provide technical assistance and monitoring.

In 2011 the U.S. sold 1.1 billion gallons of the product. Next year, the board is expecting 1.3 billion gallons to be used. (Source: Nebraska Soybean Board, NTV News, Oct. 8, 2012) Contact: Nebraska Soybean Board, Victor Bohuslavsky , executive director, (402) 441-3240, www.nebraskasoybeans.org

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Rising Soybean Prices Cut Biodiesel Maker's Profits (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2012-10-10
Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REGI)reports that it is expecting a much wider loss for its third fiscal quarter. On an EBITDA basis, the company expects to lose $7 million versus a previously forecast loss of $2 million. The expected loss in in spite of an improved sales forecast of 60 million to 63 million gallons of biodiesel, versus previous guidance of 55 to 60 million gallons.

According to a company statement, the change is related to movements in commodity prices, a steep depreciation in the price of RINs, and tighter than expected operating margins. REGI said the company remains optimistic about long-term prospects for Renewable Energy Group and the biodiesel industry despite the fluctuations in its markets. He said the company still has a strong balance sheet and the company's flexible feedstock technology provides it with a long-term cost advantage. (Source: REGI, The Gazette, 9 Oct., 2012) Contact: REGI, Danial Oh, Pres./CEO, (515) 239-8118, www.regi.com

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Argentina Re-Jigs Biofuel Duty Rates (Int'l, INd. Report)
Biofuel
Date: 2012-09-26
The Argentinian government has devised a new system to determine biofuels export duty rates after producers complained about a substantial hike to the rate in August.

In August, biofuel export duties were hiked from 20 to 32 percent to boost domestic supply and cut the nation's fuel import bill. The measure was taken prior to government plans to increase the use of biofuel in environmentally-friendly diesel blends, from 7 to 10 percent. However, on September 20, following meetings with key producers, the government confirmed that the rate applicable to soybean biofuels exports would be determined every fifteen days, and would be based on biofuel prices. Accordingly, the export duty rate has been set at 19.1% for a two-week period. (Source: Gov't of Argentina, Tax-News, 24 Sept., 2012)

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Soybean Assoc. Lauds RFS Biodiesel Standard (Ind. Report)
American Soybean Association
Date: 2012-09-20
The U.S. EPA has announced an increase in the biodiesel volume requirement under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) from 1 billion gallons in 2012 to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013, a move welcomed by the American Soybean Association (ASA).

"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, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.com, www.soygrowers.com

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Magellan Completes Iowa Biodiesel Distribution Center (Ind. Report)
Magellan Pipeline
Date: 2012-09-19
Tulsa-headquartered Magellan Pipeline Company has completed a new biodiesel distribution facility in Des Moines, Iowa. The newly equipped facility will enhance the unloading, storage and blending of biodiesel as well as facilitate biodiesel distribution by making it simple for petroleum distributors to access pre-blended fuel.

The project was partially funded by the Iowa Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Board, the Iowa Soybean Association and soybean checkoff program, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (funded by the U.S. DOE). (Source: Magellan Pipeline, equities Spotlight, 18 Sept., 2012) Contact: Magellan Midstream Partners LLC, (918) 574-7000, www.magellanlp.com

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USDA Touts Sorghum's Bioenergy Crop Potential (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2012-09-18
A new USDA study says sorghum is the potential breakthrough candidate for biofuel expansion. The study claims sorghum's adaptability to a range os growing conditions, sturdiness and resistance to drought make it ideal for the production of bioenergy. According to USDA researchers, it also has a high biomass content (plant material). The soluble sugar that it produces can be converted into biofuel, and then the residual fibers leftover from the juice extraction can be burned to generate electricity.

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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JOil Aims to Expand Jatropha's Economics (Ind. Report)
Joil
Date: 2012-08-22
According to Singapore-based bioenergy developer Joil Pte Ltd, the economics of cultivating jatropha, which until recently has been seen primarily as a renewable source for biodiesel and biokerosene, has improved significantly as the crop can be turned into biomass fuel cakes and animal feed meal.

"The product revenue per hectare for jatropha plantations has the potential to double from the current estimate of $1,000+ per hectare per year to $2,000+ per hectare per year with biomass fuel cakes and animal feed meal. When this happens, the economics of jatropha production will change dramatically and lead to better commercial viability of the plant," said Hong Yan, JOil's chief scientific officer, at the International Conference on Next Generation Technologies for Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization, held recently in Singapore. "While jatropha oil has received the most attention as a renewable source of biodiesel and biokerosene, jatropha plants are also a source of lignin-cellulosic biomass as well as protein rich seed cake." The source for biomass comes from shed-off leaves, pruned branches and twigs, seed coat and shell and when made into cakes serve as biomass feedstock for biocharcoal, biogas, bioetanol and other value-adding products. Jatropha kernel meal derived from the crushed seeds contains up to 60% of proteins with good balance of essential amino acids. As animal feed, it has been shown to be comparable or better as a source of protein than soybean meal after detoxification. (Source: EnergyAsia, August 21 2012) Contact: Joil, contact@joil.com.sg, www.joil.com.sg

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EU Formally Accused of Impeding Argentine Biofuels (Int'l)
YPF,Repsol
Date: 2012-08-20
Further to our April 23 coverage Spain Slashes Argentinian Biodiesel Imports to Protest YPS Takeover, on Friday, Aug. 17, Argentina initiated the process of formally accusing the EU for its decision to impede accesses of Argentine bio-fuel, thus violating the WTO norms, according to a release from Argentina's Foreign Ministry.

Last April the Spanish government announced limitations on the imports of Argentine bio-fuel to protest the decision from the administration of President Cristina Fernandez of seizing control of 51% of Repsol YPF holdings. According to Argentina the Spanish decision "established a ban on imports of bio-fuel from outside the EC, pushing aside the Argentine produce, which is leader in the world in efficiency and costs". The Argentine government also recalled that the "main providers of bio-fuels to Spain and the EU are from developing countries".

In 2011, Argentina, was the world's second-largest biofuels producer and the world's third largest exporter of soy oil, having shipped 1.6 million tons of bio-fuels worth approximately $2 billion to other countries. Last week the Argentine government said it was opening its borders to soybean from Paraguay and Bolivia to fill the idle capacity of the domestic oil-seed crushing plants.

Earlier this year, Argentina lodged a protest with WTO committee on technical barriers to trade due to Spain's bio-diesel policy. But Argentina is currently the target of an EU complaint at the WTO due to its controversial import restrictions. At the same time Argentina is fighting to open markets for its bio-fuels, but has hiked export taxes on the fuel in a move that some analysts say could hurt the industry. Bio-diesel will now face the same 32% export tax as soy-oil, which is the main feedstock used to make the fuel. Previously, the bio-fuel export tax stood at about 20%. (Source: Gov't of Argentina, Aug. 20, 2012) Contact: YPF, www.ypf.com; Repsol, www.repsol.com

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Rigid Long Term Ethanol Mandate Magnifies Looming Corn Shortage Disaster (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Corn Ethanol
Date: 2012-08-17
"The worst Midwest drought in decades is on the verge of creating a corn availability and price crisis in the bulk of the nation's corn-growing states. The subsequent shortages derived therefrom will have a particularly negative impact on cattle feed and export shipments, on which much of the world depends. This has instigated pleas from several U.S. Governors, 26 bi-partisan Senators, 156 U.S. House members, and the United Nations for the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a waiver from the ethanol quotas mandated by the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Top officials of the nation's leading cattle producers' associations have also issued a petition urging the EPA to waive its 10% mandate of corn-based ethanol usage as a component of each gallon of gasoline marketed in the U.S.

"These combined pleas warn of a nationwide disaster affecting stratospheric prices, lack of cattle feed, and global cattle feed shortages. Even a lesser corn shortage caused spot food riots in various parts of the world three years ago. So far, EPA head Lisa Jackson has not responded officially, but is said to be unfavorable, according to unconfirmed sources.

"Due to the drought, USDA forecasts already record high corn prices up to $9 per bushel at the farm level, destined to be 40% higher or more than the 2011-12 crop year. To make matters worse, the USDA. has already reduced its feed usage forecast from July's report by 15%. Much of this shortfall will fall heavily on livestock and poultry producers, and cause the resultant elimination of feedstock.

"According to Governor Beverly Perdue (D-NC), one of the petitioners to the EPA, 'The disproportionate, ever higher requirement for corn-based ethanol usage has caused the renewable fuels standard (RFS) to utilize over 30% of the available corn and soybean crop for transportation fuel. Originally voted into law by Congress in 2005, and increased as a higher gasoline blend percentage in 2007, spot shortages had previously developed, but were controlled by chronically higher prices,' added Governor Perdue in her co-signed petition to EPA. She added that the current drought is much more severe than those of previous weather-instigated shortages, not only of corn, but soybeans.

"According to industry sources, ethanol production consumes approximately 40% of the nation's corn crop. As of January 1, 2012, 211 ethanol plants in 29 states were producing an estimated 13.9 billion gallons of ethanol. Each bushel of corn yields 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17.5 pounds of livestock feed, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. Last Friday's (August 10th) World Agricultural Supply and Demand estimates report, in which the USDA forecast the 2012-13 corn crop to be 10.8 billion bushels, which would be down more than 20% from previous estimates. The ending carry-over inventory of corn for the 2012-13 crop year is estimated at 650 million bushels, or 5.8% of total corn usage. This will turn out to be the smallest inventory reserve since the 1995-96 crop year." (Source: mydesert.com, Morris Beschloss , August 16th, 2012)

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Argentina Jacks Soy Biodiesel Export Tax (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Soy Biodiesel
Date: 2012-08-14
Argentina is raising its biodiesel export tax to 32 percent, according to a government decree published in the official gazette on Friday. The tax was previously set at 20 percent.

Argentina is the world's largest exporter of soybean oil biodiesel, as well as the leading global supplier of soy oil and soy meal. (Sources, Various, Aug. 10, 2012)

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Don't Change Ethanol Policies Because of one Bad Year (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Corn
Date: 2012-08-07
"Don't alter renewable fuel policies based on one poor crop year, or at least until farmers know exactly what kind of yields they'll get from a year marked by drought, local corn and soybean producers said Monday.

"David Meiss, a Gridley farmer, joined several other area farmers in a roundtable discussion led by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at the Evergreen FS Yuton Elevator northwest of Bloomington. He said each row of corn hosts stalks that vary widely in quality, so farmers won't know exactly how they'll fare until harvest. 'Let's not make any rash or hurried decisions until we just get the facts,' Meiss said after the discussion. He said a lot of time, energy and money have been spent building the infrastructure and a market for corn- and soybean-infused energy. 'One year might be a bump in the road, but we don't need to throw everything out because of one year.'

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires petroleum used for fueling vehicles to be blended with set levels of renewable fuel. As a result, much of the nation's corn crop is used to blend ethanol, but some have called for the EPA to waive the renewable fuel requirement to avoid higher food prices.

"Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider also attended the discussion and warned against 'unintended consequences' of a reduced renewable fuel standard. Farmers said a byproduct of ethanol can be used to feed livestock and a disruption of that chain could further throw the market out of balance. During an appearance earlier at Chestnut Family Health Center in Bloomington, Durbin was asked about the answer -- in light of the drought -- for livestock farmers and growers of specialty crops who don't have crop insurance. 'Those without crop insurance gambled and lost,' Durbin said. While the overwhelming majority of farmers have crop insurance, the drought is 'a lesson learned that crop insurance is a valuable investment,' he said. Farmers who have insurance won’t receive payments for awhile. In the meantime, those growers can receive USDA low-interest loans, Durbin said.

"For livestock farmers, USDA is releasing some conservation reserve ground to allow live-stock to graze and for hay harvest. Meanwhile, the U.S. House needs to pass the Farm Bill, which already has passed the Senate, he said." (Source: Pantagraph.com, Aug. 7, 2012)

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Food Producers Coalition Turns-up the Heat on Ethanol (Ind. Report)
Ethanol Production
Date: 2012-07-24
A coalition of industrialized livestock and poultry producers in opposition to corn-based ethanol has released a study supporting its campaign to get Congress to modify the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard. The study, The RFS, Fuel and Food Prices and the Need for Statutory Flexibility contends that the ethanol mandate has destabilized corn, soybeans, and wheat prices causing them to rise, which hurts producers and consumers of food and fuel. It also found that U.S. oil imports have declined not because of increased ethanol production, but resulting from increased domestic crude oil production and higher gasoline and distillate fuel oil yields.

The study was produced by the Indiana agricultural and food industry consulting firm, FarmEcon LLC, with funding from the American Meat Institute, California Dairy Inc., the Milk Producers Cooperative, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the National Chicken Council, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Turkey Federation.

Separately, a paper published by a pair of professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California--Davis concludes that increased ethanol production has not cut gasoline prices. The study, Ethanol Production and Gasoline Prices: a Spurious Correlation, says bluntly in its summary: "Some proponents of ethanol have argued that ethanol production greatly lowers gasoline prices, with one industry group claiming it reduced gasoline prices by 89 cents in 2010 and $1.09 in 2011. The estimates have been cited in numerous speeches by Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. These estimates are based on a series of papers by Xiaodong Du and Dermot Hayes. We show that these results are driven by implausible economic assumptions and spurious statistical correlations."

The pair of new studies follows on the heels of a separate May report that concluded it may be impossible to use the volumes of renewable fuels required by the 2007 act. The 2007 regulations require 36 billion gallons of ethanol to be included in U.S. vehicle fuel by 2022--a volume more than three times the 11.1 billion gallons used in 2010. For 2015, the requirement is 15 billion gallons. (Source: Green Car Report, 23 July, 2012)

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Soy Biodiesel High Acrolein Emitter (Ind. Report)
Soy Biodiesel
Date: 2012-07-20
Soy biodiesel emits the highest levels of acrolein, a toxic aldehyde, from a range of four fuels when used in trucks, say US researchers. Biodiesel was introduced to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and it is generally produced by the transesterification of fatty acids in animal fats or plant oils. While biodiesel is cleaner than fossil fuel diesel, there is concern over the emission of nitrogen oxides and other pollutants like unsaturated aldehydes, some of which are toxic.

Robert Okamoto from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Thomas Cahill from Arizona State University have compared the aldehyde emissions from four types of diesel when used to run two types of truck. Soybean biodiesel, animal biodiesel, renewable diesel and California ultra-low sulfur diesel were tested in two heavy duty trucks and the aldehydes were analysed by GC/MS. The emission rate of acrolein from soy biodiesel was the highest of the four fuels, although levels of all aldehydes were reduced in the more modern truck, due to the presence of a diesel particulate filter. The other fuels emitted roughly the same levels of acrolein. (Source: SpectroscopyNow.com, July 19, 2012)

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