The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently met with the International Organization for Standardization to develop standards that would ensure the quality and safe handling of solid and pelletized biofuels...More
Bioenergy producer Poet-DSM last week issued a response to a Purdue report stating that removing corn stover from fields can have negative effects on the environment, such as greenhouse gas emissions and erosion. Poet stated that the levels of stover removal instituted in its contracts with corn growers are below the amount found to increase soil erosion or have measurable affects on nitrogen loss....More
Following the bipartisan passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which included several key biofuel tax extensions, Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy released the following statement:
“I commend both the Senate and the House of Representatives for recognizing the importance of renewable fuels and acting to extend both the cellulosic producer tax credit and the alternative fuel infrastructure tax credit through 2013.
DuPont recently broke ground on a new 30-million-gallon cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The plant is expected to require 350,000 tons of corn stover annually when it begins operation in 2014. DuPont Pioneer’s Andy Heggenstaller talks about the efforts to develop a steady supply of the feedstock from farmers in a 30-mile radius of Nevada (Neh VAY Duh)....More
E15 cleared the final regulatory conditions imposed by the EPA in 2012, but its path to market has not been smooth sailing. Earlier this year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association filed a lawsuit against EPA, suggesting that the agency overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act when it granted partial waivers allowing E15 to be used in certain engines. However, on August 17, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the EPA, confirming its partial waiver approval for E15....More
Balers for corn stover collection are adding a new revenue stream for hay-harvesting machinery manufacturers and custom baler businesses, says Eric Woodford, Woodford Equipment manager/owner, Emmetsburg, Iowa. Woodford sells Vermeer Corporation's 605 Super M Cornstalk Special Baler that many of his customers rely on to provide corn stover biomass to a nearby Poet Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol production plant in northwestern Iowa....More
Farm equipment manufacturers continue to look at electricity as a way to power tractors and other farm vehicles. These diesel-electric hybrids still use the traditional diesel engine to generate power. But electric motors work in place of a standard transmission to transfer power to the ground....More
Construction of one of the country’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants will begin this fall in the heart of Iowa. The new facility, which will be located adjacent to Lincolnway Energy’s existing corn starch ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, will be capable of producing 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, using technologies developed by DuPont Industrial Biosciences. This will require approximately 350,000 tons of biomass annually, mostly in the form of corn stover....More
The new Enogen hybrids are nearly ready for harvest on Mike Missman’s fields near Woden, Iowa. Missman planted 160 acres of Syngenta’s new hybrids designed for ethanol production. He expects good yields because his area received timely rains.
Although the Enogen hybrids look like any other with insect- and herbicide-resistant traits, Missman will receive a 40-cent/bu. premium for the Enogen crop when it is delivered to an ethanol plant.
Running a farm takes a lot of energy—in more ways than one. In 2009, Minnesota’s 81,000 farms spent more than $700 million on transportation fuel and an additional $160 million on electricity.
Energy use on Minnesota farms and production facilities varies considerably depending on the type and size of the operation. For dairy farms, electricity is the biggest energy cost, used for collecting and cooling milk. Grain producers use significant amounts of diesel fuel to plant and harvest their crops. ...More
U.S. ethanol production has increased rapidly since 2006, reaching about 13.95 billion gallons in 2011 (Table 1). The increase was driven by a combination of high crude oil prices, federal Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for domestic renewable fuel consumption, a generous tax credit for ethanol blenders, and large net exports in 2010 and 2011. The expansion in domestic ethanol production has been one of the main drivers of the corn market since 2006, as corn is the primary feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S....More
“At the same time, we’re taking steps to help level the playing field,” Zichal said. “Not only has the administration supported repealing subsidies for oil and gas companies, the president announced that we’re taking new steps to crack down on manipulation in the oil markets to help protect consumers...."...More
On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host the first ever USDA virtual office hours on Twitter. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will sit down to answer the public’s questions on the department’s renewable energy programs, and how USDA is helping build a secure energy future for America. He will be joined by Sarah Bittleman, USDA senior advisor on energy policy....More