#Corn and #Soy Groups Back #RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and American Soybean Association (ASA) were among the more than 120 who testified at an EPA field hearing in Kansas City in support of statutory volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). NCGA president Chip Bowling of Maryland urged EPA to follow the law and finalize the 2017 conventional …

ASA, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA

Got Corn? Make Momomers Says DuPont at #CUTC16

Joanna Schroeder

Got corn? Then you can make some amazing things. For example, attendees at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC16) that took place in St. Louis this week learned about making new momomers for corn? Say what? Let’s get some insight from biomaterial expert Michael Saltzberg who is the business director for DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ biomaterials business. Saltzberg spoke on …

Audio, biobased, Corn, CUTC, Dupont

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

Miloud Araba talks Ethanol at #CUTC16

Kelly Marshall

Miloud Araba is the head of technical services for the Enogen group at Syngenta. This week he spoke at the Corn Utilization Technology Conference, talking about the enzyme technology that creates corn grown for ethanol. Araba says that Enogen is working with its longtime partner, Quad County Corn Processors to introduce Cellerate, a new process technology designed to enable dry grind …

Agribusiness, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Syngenta

Preview of the #CUTC16

Chuck Zimmerman

Attendance at the 2016 Corn Utilization Technology Conference is higher than two years ago. The Chair of the committee for this year’s conference is Gene Fox, Cargill. I talked with him about the program this year. Gene has worked with his committee to find sessions and speakers to fulfill the needs of corn growers, companies like Cargill and large food …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, CUTC, Research

The #CUTC16 Gets Off On a Positive Note

Chuck Zimmerman

In light of a lot of negativism directed toward farming today the opening speakers for the 2016 Corn Utilization Technology Conference (CUTC) were very optimistic in their outlook. Welcoming us to the 10th CUTC was Chris Novak, CEO, National Corn Growers Association. The conference is held every other year so twenty years of corn technology has been discussed in sessions …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, CUTC, Technology

Get Corny with #CUTC16

Chuck Zimmerman

Corn technology might conjure up many different ideas in your mind. Think ethanol, feed for animals, boiled corn for the table and much more. Follow along this week as I attend the Corn Utilization Technology Conference and we’re going to learn about a lot more than that. Session topics at the CUTC will cover wet and drying milling technology, traits/breeding/biotechnology, …

Ag Group, Biotech, Corn, CUTC, NCGA, Technology

EPA Atrazine Assessment Criticized

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft ecological risk assessment on the pesticide atrazine which is being criticized by the makers and users of the important crop protection chemical. In issuing the report, EPA opened the docket for a 60-day public comment period within one week and stated that a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on atrazine will be …

Corn, Crop Protection, Herbicide, NCGA, Syngenta