New Oil Recovery Technology Featured at #CUTC16

Joanna Schroeder

Many ethanol plants across the U.S. are getting more out of each kernel of corn by producing corn oil as a by-product of ethanol production. However, there is a new oil recovery technology emerging that was discussed by Scott Kohl with White Energy during his presentation on the Biorefining I panel at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC). The …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, CUTC, Ethanol

#Biofuel Supporters Rally for Higher Blends at Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 120 biofuels advocates spoke out today at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) field hearing on proposed 2017 targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and several high profile supporters spoke at a Fuels America press conference. Among the supporters was Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts. “A strong RFS means more jobs here at home, greater energy security, and a cleaner …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

#CUTC16 Addresses Future of Wet Milling Technologies

Kelly Marshall

The Corn Utilization Technology Conference is covering a wide variety of topics, including new technologies from the wet milling process of corn.  Members of a panel discussion met with Chuck to let him in on just what they were hoping listeners gained from their presentation. Brent Shanks, a Ph.D. with Iowa State University covered the conversion of biomes and bio-based carbon …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, biomass, Corn, CUTC

Nebraska Woos Biobased Companies

Joanna Schroeder

Nebraska is ramping up its bio-based partnerships and wooing new companies to move to the state. According to a recent Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), bioscience companies employ more than 16,000 people in the state with the industry growing at a faster pace than the national average. For instance, several global and national companies are already located in Nebraska, …

Agribusiness, biobased, Biofuels, Ethanol

USDA Announces $21M for Bioeconomy R&D

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made $21 million available to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products. The funds can also be allocated to train the next generation of bio-scientists. The funding is offered through the AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts challenge area designed to create or sustain jobs by improving existing food …

Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, biobased, Biofuels, biomass, USDA

Novozymes Organization Restructuring

Cindy Zimmerman

Novozymes has announced changes in the company’s organizational structure and executive leadership team with the formation of three distinct divisions – Household Care & Technical Industries, Agriculture & Bioenergy and Food & Beverages. The aim of the organizational change is to “enhance Novozymes’ ability to deliver more innovation to customers.” To lead the three divisions, Novozymes has appointed former Vice …

Biofuels

Bio-Oil Produced Right on the Farm

Joanna Schroeder

Soon farmers will be able to produce bio-oil right on their farm. The renewable fuel can be produced from agricultural and food waste using a new mobile unit. The goal of USDA project is to be able to distill this bio-oil in existing petroleum refineries. The research team, headed by Agricultural Research Services (ARS) chemical engineer Akwasi Boateng with the …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, biomass, Renewable Energy, USDA

What’s In and Out for Ag in Omnibus

Cindy Zimmerman

The broad spending and tax legislation compromise unveiled by House Republicans Tuesday night includes some riders important to agriculture. Perhaps the most important, the bill repeals mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat to prevent more than $1 billion in trade sanctions from Mexico and Canada approved last week by the WTO. “I’m pleased American agriculture and businesses will escape these …

ASA, Biofuels, Energy, Farming, GMO, Government

#Ag Industry Reacts to @EPA #RFS Final Rules

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the much anticipated final volumetric rules today under the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2014, 2015 and 2016. While the RVOs (renewable volume obligations) were an improvement over the proposed rules released in May of this year, the #Ag industry is calling on the EPA to further strengthen the legislation and further increase all four …

AFBF, Agribusiness, ASA, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU, USDA