Originally enacted in 2004, the biodiesel tax credit expired on December 31, 2009, and the lapse had negative impacts on the U.S. biodiesel industry.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
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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
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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
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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, [email protected], www.beetsallbiofuel.com
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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"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 protected], www.soygrowers.com
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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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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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"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, [email protected], www.joil.com.sg
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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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"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 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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"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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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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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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Cordgrass grows well on marginal that are too wet for row crop production and would not compete with food crops like corn and soybeans which are also raised as energy crops. Lee and Rayburn say that cordgrass might do well in cropland that has been abandoned due to high soil salinity after years of irritation with salt-heavy ground water.
The researchers also say prairie cordgrass could be appealing from a land conservation standpoint. "One of the characteristics of this grass is that it has a strong rhizome and root system," Lee said, making it good for erosion control. Importantly, cordgrass is a native plant
and would not disrupt habitats.(Source: University of Illinois, TG Daily, 2 July, 2012) Contact: University of Illinois, Lane Rayburn, (217) 333-4374, [email protected]; DK Lee, (217) 333-6652, [email protected], www.illinois.edu
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The majority of the biodiesel was produced from soybean oil, followed by canola oil, yellow grease and finally corn oil. The bulk of the production came from Texas (328 million gallons), Illinois (278 million gallons), Iowa (250 million gallons), Missouri (110 million gallons), and California and Pennsylvania (91 million gallons).
The 92 million gallons of biodiesel produced in March -- the best month so far this year -- compares to some staggering numbers. Nice numbers in March but still a pittance compared to the 23.6 billion gallons of crude oil that were consumed in the same month. As the old Virginia Slims cigarette ad used to say, if any of our readers care to remember: "You've come along way Baby but you've still got a long ways to go."
(Source: DOE, LA Times, 22 June 2012)
Spain's biodiesel restrictions followed Argentine President Cristina Kirchner's decision to expropriate a 51 percent stake in the Spanish oil-and-gas company YPF SA .
(Source: 4 Traders, 13 June, 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, [email protected], www.ars.usda.gov
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Ohio Auditor Dave Yost said last week that lawmakers should consider eliminating a mandate that state vehicles use biodiesel blended fuels. After a performance audit of the Ohio Department of Transportation, Yost found the mandate adds an additional $800,000 to the agency's annual fuel bills.
The fuel consists of 20 percent soybean derived
oil and 80 percent traditional diesel fuel. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal, 24 May, 2012) Contact: Ohio Soybean Association, (614) 310-1800, www.soyohio.org
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Evofuel and T6 Industrial S.A will evaluate and develop Evofuel's advanced castor bean varieties for commercial production in Argentina. The companies anticipate initiating field trials as well as validating the economics and scalability of using Evofuel's castor bean varieties as a feedstock to supply T6 Industrial's biodiesel facilities.
The collaboration expands Evofuel's Latin American operations which are currently focused on Brazil.
According to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service, Argentina's 2011 biodiesel production was 2.5 billion liters, with soybean oil being the main feedstock. In addition to significant fluctuations in soybean oil prices, its continuous expansion for biodiesel consumption has spurred a debate on the impact of using food crops for biofuels, raising doubts on the sustainability and long-term feasibility of relying on these sources.
Evofuel's castor varieties are aimed at being financially competitive with currently available feedstock, such as soybean, enabling sustainable oil production at a cost equivalent to approximately $50 per barrel
T6 is the biggest producer of neutral oil, biodiesel and refined glycerin in the country and an important player in the international market for Biofuels. Evogene is a world leading developer of improved plant traits, such as yield and drought tolerance, for a wide diversity of key crops through the use of plant genomics. (Source: Evogene PR, May 22, 2012) Contact: Evogene, www.evogene.com
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If, as expected, the EC executive recommends excluding some or all of these fuels from the EU's climate targets, it would be a major blow to the biofuel industry's green credentials and the industry worldwide.
The EC's ongoing biofuels policy debate centers on Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) which contends
that by diverting food-crops into fuel tanks, bio fuel production increases the global demand for agricultural land. If farmers meet that extra demand by cutting down rainforest and draining peat-land, it results in the release of millions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions.
EC studies indicate that the risk of ILUC is far greater for biodiesel than it is for bioethanol.
By estimating the ILUC emissions associated with each specific crop, scientists concluded that most biodiesel currently used in Europe emits more carbon than conventional diesel. (Source: EU-EC, Reuters, 2 May, 2012)
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, [email protected], www.ars.usda.gov
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The project received development approval in 2009, and the location was chosen for its proximity to Sydney and easy access to bulk carrier ships at Port Kembla.
National Biodiesel says the facility will reduce the state's reliance on imported soybean meal and biodiesel as it processes 1.1 million metric tonnes of soybeans in its first year of operation (Source: ABC Illawarra, 19 April, 2012)
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The checkoff contends the EU's policy unfairly singles out biodiesel made from U.S. soy. It requires all transportation fuels used there to include 10-percent renewable energy. To qualify as a renewable fuel, it must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 35 percent. While soy-checkoff-funded research shows biodiesel made from U.S. soy reduces greenhouse gas emissions by between 39 percent for U.S. soybeans shipped to and crushed in Europe, and 49 percent for processed U.S. soy biodiesel shipped to Europe, the Europeans claim biodiesel made from U.S. soy only reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 31 percent. The American Soybean Association is working with the U.S. government to reach an agreement with the EU to include biodiesel made from U.S. soy in the policy.
United Soybean Board Immediate Past Chair Marc Curtis notes the EU is the second-largest market for U.S. soybeans. He says the market is at risk because of the Renewable Energy Directive. He says the checkoff study shows how much of an impact the regulation would have on U.S. soybean farmers and will give the U.S. government facts to demonstrate to the European Commission that the regulation needs to be based on sound science. (Source: American Soybean Assoc., NAFB News Service, April, 3, 2012) Contact: American Soybean Association, Steve Wellman, First Vice President, (402) 269-7024, [email protected], www.soygrowers.com
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To comply with European export market requirements, the entire supply chain related to biodiesel feedstock production must meet the European standard for sustainability. According to ADM, its Sustainable Grower Program aims to help growers become certified sustainable, which will help them realize global opportunities for their canola crops.
The ISCC was established to help guarantee that biofuel feedstocks—and the resulting fuels—are in compliance with the EU's Renewable Energy Directive which aims to guarantee biofuels used within EU member countries deliver tangible greenhouse gas savings compared to traditional fossil fuels. The Directive applies to all biofuels, whether manufactured in the EU or imported from abroad. ADM's Sustainable Grower Program will help Canadian producers who want to sell fuel into the European market ensure that the canola feedstock they use meets Directive requirements.
ADM has also worked to supply sustainable soybean feedstock to the European market. In August 2011, the company announced that it had achieved ISCC requirements to supply sustainably grown soybeans to the European market. At that time ADM noted that it was the first company to provide Europe with ISCC-certified soy.
(Source: ADM, March 20, 2012) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com
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During the next two growing seasons, Agrium will contribute more than $30,000 in donated ESN product to the project. ESN employs a unique polymer coating to help prevent against all forms of nitrogen loss, including volatilization, denitrification, and leaching. ESN is also designed to deliver nitrogen to a growing crop all season long, allowing the crop to effectively reach its full genetic potential.
Corn and soybean producers in Illinois and Iowa will be key participants in the program, tracking the application of ESN and other fertilizers using "4R" best management practices. The goal is to assist farmers in adopting practices that minimize nutrient loss from fields.
The Nitrace results are expected to pave the way for agricultural producers to capitalize on their carbon savings, providing a potential, new revenue stream by offering crops -- and their carbon capture properties -- as a commodity to the carbon cap and trading marketplace.
In addition to The Fertilizer Institute, project partners include Camco, ClimateCHECK, The Climate Trust, International Plant Nutrition Institute, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's National Laboratory on Agriculture and the Environment, Michigan State University and Colorado State University. (Source: Agrium Advanced Technologies, March 6, 2012)
Contact: Agrium, Sarah Fox, Sustainability Initiatives Specialist,
(970) 292-9634, [email protected], www.agriumat.com
The ASA points out that multiple EU policies hinder the importation and use of biotech crops from the United States, including delays in approvals of new biotech traits, despite positive assessments by the European Food Safety Authority; commercially infeasible requirements on biotech content in food products under EU Traceability and Labeling Regulations; state-by-state restrictions on biotech imports; and application of National Seed Catalog and Coexistence requirements to planting of biotech crops by certain EU member states. (Source; ASA, February 7, 2012) Contact: American Soybean Association, Steve Wellman, First Vice President, (402) 269-7024, [email protected], www.soygrowers.com
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The G2 is being designed to do zero to 60 mph in under seven seconds and will have a rally-style suspension for performance handling. The car would be made from environmentally friendly materials, such as soybean resins for the body and natural rubber for the tires. A hybrid model also is on the drawing board. The vehicles are expected to be offered for approximately $60,000 each.
Despite $5 billion in federal grants and loans over the last several years, the EV market remains lukewarm. Neither Nissan nor General Motors is coming close to meeting sales projections. Energy expert Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, summed up the rocky history of the vehicles at a 2010 forum on sustainable transportation: Electric Cars are the Next Big Thing ... and They Always Will Be. But that hasn't stopped the nation's leaders from including EVs and other alternate-fuel vehicles in their vision of the future. Last year, President Barack Obama set a goal of 1 million EVs on the nation's highways by 2015.
But first, he must get the attention of investors to raise $125 million to get the G2 from model-size to (Source: Baltimore Sun, January 27, 2012) Contact: Genovation Cars Inc., Andrew Saul, CEO, www.genovationcars.com
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According to Clean Energy Pathways Marketing Director Jon Chynoweth, biodiesel can be used for flame stabilization, start-up, or as a component to be co-fired with coal.
Clean Energy Pathways markets custom-blended biofuels for use as a Btu-substitute in coal-fired utility furnaces and diesel-powered equipment. Available as B20, B100 or other custom blends, the fuels meet the EPA's RFS2 mandate for use of renewable fuel, and create carbon tax credits. These fuels also qualify for the Renewable Electric Producer Tax Credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt, or 22 cents per gallon based on 10 kilowatts per gallon. (Source; Clean Energy Pathways, January 11, 2012) Contact: Michael Parsons, CEO, Clean Energy Pathways, Inc., (888) 412-9787, www.cleanenergypathways.com
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"Biodiesel's evolving feedstock diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and we're pleased to see the EPA recognizing camelina as yet another feedstock that meets the agency's standards as an Advanced Biofuel," said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at NBB. "As it has with other biodiesel feedstocks such as animal fats, recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and canola oil, the EPA's proposal shows that biodiesel produced from camelina oil reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared with diesel fuel. This is good news for our industry and will give biodiesel plants another tool in the toolbox as they continue producing record quantities of America's Advanced Biofuel."(Source:NBB, January 2012) Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, (573) 635-3893, www.biodiesel.org
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World biodiesel production of biodiesel has been substantially increasing in the past years, reaching over 20 billion liters in 2010, however feedstock supply falls short of meeting the required demand and industry economic and sustainability needs. In addition to being the limiting factor for future growth, feedstock, which currently relies mainly on edible oils, such as soybean and canola, currently constitutes approximately 80% of biodiesel production costs.
Evogene's biofuel activity, initiated in 2007, targets the development of second generation feedstock to serve as a sustainable, viable and cost efficient source of oil for the growing biodiesel industry. Evofuel also intends to broaden its activity to additional potential feedstocks for the biodiesel, biojet and bioethanol markets.
The company recently announced the completion of field trials for its advanced castor varieties in Brazil in cooperation with SLC Agricola, a leading agribusiness in Brazil. Based on results obtained demonstrating improved yield potential and performance under rain-fed conditions in northeast Brazil, the companies expanded their activity in order to accelerate development of best performing varieties and agronomical practices suitable for commercial scale production. (Source: Evogene, January, 2, 2012)Contact: Evogene, Assaf Oron, EVP Strategy & Business Development, www.evogene.com ; SLC Agriclo, www.slcagricola.com
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Illinois soybean growers say the biodiesel tax credit has given growers and the industry the certainty they need to keep growing the still young biodiesel industry and that the federal biodiesel tax credit is still needed. (Source: BrownFiled Ag News, December, 16, 2011)
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