New Holland’s Big #Biomass Baler

Joanna Schroeder

Several years ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the Billion Ton biomass report and recently made an updated version available. The study shows that there is more than 1 billion tons of biomass available to be used for bio-products including biofuels. For many years, New Holland has been committed to growers who harvest biomass and when the biofuel …

Audio, biomass, Energy, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show, Harvest, New Holland

#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

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

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

PacificAg Can Help Growers Increase Profits in 2014

Cindy Zimmerman

The largest and most experienced biomass harvest company in the country is helping growers see increased profits in the emerging biomass markets. The company provides a comprehensive suite of services that allow growers to further diversify their operations and experience additional revenue. PacificAg started in the residue management business nearly 20 years ago harvesting forage crops for feed in Oregon …

Audio, Biofuels, biomass, Corn, sorghum, Wheat

More Renewable Energy Means Healthier Forests

John Davis

Harvesting biomass from forests is not only helping those forests’ health, it’s helping the country achieve energy independence. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) has removed 200,000 tons of biomass that could have been a fire risk and was turned into biofuels. “This initiative helps to retrieve forest residues that …

Biofuels, biomass, USDA

Pacific Ag Provides Farmers with More Value

Joanna Schroeder

Last week Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol biorefinery went online and is expected to produce 25 million gallons of advanced ethanol per year as well as 21 MW of bioenergy. But how exactly does the corn and wheat residue get from the fields to the biorefinery in a economical and efficient way? Enter Pacific Ag. The company was founded by Bill Levy …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, biomass, Feed

Talking Advanced Biofuels in Minneapolis

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello from Minneapolis and the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo. This is the first of two stops for me this week before heading back to ZimmComm World Headquarters. The first panel of the conference is moderated by Tim Portz, VP of Content, BBI International. This panel, talking about “Assessing the Health of Federal Biofuels Policy and Its Long Term …

Audio, Biofuels, biomass, Energy

New Holland Talks Biomass Harvesting

Joanna Schroeder

Have you had the opportunity to participate in the biomass experience from New Holland? Thousands of farmers from around the country were able to do just this during the Farm Progress Show. But for those who were unable to attend, Chuck Zimmerman is bringing the biomass experience to you. Zimmerman spoke with Jarrod Angstadt, manager growth initiatives biomass and specialty …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, biomass, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, New Holland

New Holland Loans Tractors to BioCentury Research Farm

Jamie Johansen

This morning during the Farm Progress Show, New Holland hosted a tour of the Iowa State BioCentury Research Farm. New Holland got involved with the project when they saw a need for the use of some of their equipment and loaned them two tractors, which provided new options for their biomass research projects. The BioCentury Research Farm combines biomass feedstock …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, biomass, Farm Progress Show, New Holland