MN Soybean Grower Addresses Biodiesel Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Today’s National Biodiesel Conference general session featured National Biodiesel Board Chairman Ed Hegland. He’s completing his final term as Chairman. He started his comments by reminding everyone that today is the anniversary of daylight savings time which was created to conserve on our energy supply during World War I. It was an innovative idea then and when it comes to …

BASF, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Soybean

‘Bout Time For Biodiesel Blogging

Chuck Zimmerman

After my presentations tomorrow at the Chicago Farmers Farmland Investment Fair I’ll be off to Dallas for the National Biodiesel Conference and I’ll be the Biodiesel Blogger for the 5th year! I’d like to thank New Holland for their sponsorship of the National Biodiesel Conference Blog this year and their support for the biodiesel industry. You can subscribe to the …

Ag Group, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Blogging

Ag and Biofuels Industry React to Renewable Fuel Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

Organizations representing both biofuels and agriculture are pretty happy overall with EPA’s release of final rules for the implementation of the second phase of the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS2. “We’re pleased the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that corn ethanol provides a distinct advantage over conventional gasoline when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, with a reduction of more …

AFBF, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, Government, NCGA

Giant Miscanthus Fuel

Chuck Zimmerman

In the growing field of biomass conversion to fuel there’s a plant that Mississippi State University thinks will help farmers and all Americans. It’s Giant Miscanthus and you can follow it on Twitter @GiantMiscanthus. They’ve actually licensed the product which is Freedom Giant Miscanthus that’s being marketed by Sunbelt Biofuels LLC. On the show floor at AG CONNECT Expo to …

AG CONNECT, Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol

Best Bioenergy Feedstocks Highlighted at AG CONNECT

Joanna Schroeder

The Bioenergy Feedstocks session was a good value during the AG CONNECT Expo last week in Orlando, Fla. There were three main topics: winter and double crops, perennial energy grasses and the types of public policy needed to ensure second generation biofuels. Dr. Tom Richard, Associate Professor with Pennsylvania State University, kicked off the session discussing the agricultural value of …

AG CONNECT, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol

One Pass Biomass From AGCO

Chuck Zimmerman

AGCO is one of the companies working on a prototype biomass harvest/transport system. At POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day they demonstrated a pulled behind baler system to harvest corn cobs and stover. Dean Morrell, Product Marketing Manager for Hay and Forage Harvesting, was on site and talked with me about their system. He says it’s a one pass system which …

Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Equipment, Ethanol, Technology

Biomass Harvesting From Case IH

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the companies exhibiting their developmental corn cob harvest/collection equipment at the POET Project LIBERTY Field Day was Case IH. Representing them again this year was Sam Acker, pictured sitting in their booth during the speeches. I spoke to him to find out what’s new with Case IH in this area this year. Sam says they’re demonstrating an Axial-Flow …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Energy, Equipment, Ethanol, Video

IOWA Invests In Project LIBERTY

Chuck Zimmerman

Corn growers heard from Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge at POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day. She said, “We are seeing for ourselves that cellulosic ethanol is here, that it is viable and that it will transform renewable fuel as we know it today”. It was a cold, breezy day and she talked General Wesley Clark out of his jacket. She …

Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, Government

Providing Homegrown Fuel is Historic

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the stars on hand to address the crowd at POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day was former four-star General Wesley Clark. He spoke about the important role they would play in providing more homegrown fuel for the nation. “We are involved in something that is historic,” Clark said. “We are going to significantly reduce our dependence on foreign energy …

Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol

POET Project LIBERTY Field Day 2009

Chuck Zimmerman

This is where I’ll be on Tuesday for the POET Project LIBERTY Field Day. The action will take place at their biorefining facility in Emmetsburg, IA starting at 10 a.m. Agriculture equipment manufacturers will soon put cob harvesting equipment on the market, and Iowa farmers will have a chance to see the latest prototypes in action at Project LIBERTY Field …

Biofuels, Ethanol