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EPA cuts 2012 cellulosic biofuel target( ethanolproducer.com(21 June 2011) )

For the third year in a row, the U.S. EPA is proposing to slash the expected volume of cellulosic biofuels to be produced in the coming year. The agency proposed its 2012 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume targets on June 21, unsurprisingly suggesting that the original 500 million gallon cellulosic biofuel target, set in 2007, should be slashed to a volume ranging from 3.45 million gallons (3.55 million ethanol-equivalent gallons) to 12.9 million gallons (15.7 million ethanol-equivalent gallons). In 2010, the first year cellulosic biofuel production was included in the RFS, the EPA reduced the initial 100 million gallon cellulosic target to 6.5 million ethanol-equivalent gallons. This year, the 250 million gallon target was reduced to just 6 million ethanol-equivalent gallons. Actual amounts of cellulosic biofuels produced in the past two years have come nowhere close to the volume requirements.Read the full story



USDA Approves First BCAP Project Area in Country Show Me Energy Cooperative proposes extensive plantings of perennial grasses for energy in Missouri and Kansas ( farmenergy.org (5 May 2011) )

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the approval of the first Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project area, covering approximately 50,000 acres in 38 counties in Missouri and Kansas. The project area application was designed and submitted by the Show Me Energy Cooperative of Centerview, Missouri, which now has more than 612 producer owners. Read the full story



Obama sets ambitious goal to reduce oil imports ( indystar.com (30 March 2011) )

Seeking to show he understands the burden of rising gas prices, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, and vowed to break through the political gridlock that has stymied similar initiatives for decades. Read the full story



A Billion Tons of Biomass a Viable Goal, But at High Price, New Research Shows ( domesticfuel.com (2 March 2011) )

A new study from the University of Illinois concludes that very high biomass prices would be needed in order to meet the ambitious goal of replacing 30 percent of petroleum consumption in the U.S. with biofuels by 2030.A team of researchers led by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, shows that between 600 and 900 million metric tons of biomass could be produced in 2030 at a price of $140 per metric ton (in 2007 dollars) while still meeting demand for food with current assumptions about yields, production costs and land availability. Read the full story



Vilsack to Sign Biofuels Agreement( domesticfuel.com (28 February 2011) )

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will encourage development of bio-based products, including biodiesel and ethanol. This USDA release says Vilsack will sign the MOU with the 36-state Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, a group dedicated to providing leadership on ethanol and biodiesel policy development. Read the full story



Overfertilizing corn undermines ethanol( media.rice.edu (22 February 2011) )

Rice University scientists and their colleagues have found that when growing corn crops for ethanol, more means less. A new paper in today's online edition of the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science and Technology shows how farmers can save money on fertilizer while they improve their production of feedstock for ethanol and alleviate damage to the environment. Read the full story



USDA Deregulates Corn Trait for Ethanol( domesticfuel.com (11 February 2011) )

Syngenta Seeds announced today it has received full deregulation from USDA for corn amylase (Event 3272), the first corn output trait designed to help ethanol industry become more efficient, profitable and environmentally friendly. Read the full story

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Biomass Bales Being Delivered to Project Liberty( domesticfuel.com (1 Febuary 2011) )

Last fall farmers in and near Emmetsburg, Iowa were harvesting biomass. Currently, they are in the process of delivering these biomass bales to POET’s 22-acre storage site situated next to Project LIBERTY, the future 25 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant. Area farmers have harvested nearly 56,000 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husks and some stalk but had to wait to deliver the material while the USDA worked out the details of their Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The program provides matching funds of up to $45 per ton to each grower for a maximum of two years. The goal of the program is to help farmers offset the start-up costs for developing the cellulosic feedstock market for biofuels and renewable energy. Read the full story



Survey Says…Growers Ready to Grow Energy Crops( domesticfuel.com (23 November 2010) )

America’s growers are ready and willing to produce biomass for advanced biofuels and biopower and have the land to do so according to a survey released by Ceres, Inc. The survey of U.S. growers showed that 71 percent of respondents were very interested or interested in growing dedicated energy crops. In addition, 77 percent of the respondents said they had underutilized land on which they could grow energy grasses like miscanthus, switchgrass or sorghum. Read the full story



Iowa Gov Chet Culver Celebrates 1st Biomass Harvest( domesticfuel.com (18 August 2010) )

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of dreams. And this has been a dream for many, many years,” began Iowa Governor Chet Culver during his presentation to kick off the largest global biomass harvesting pilot project in Emmetsburg, Iowa. This fall, nearly 85 local farmers will be harvesting and storing nearly 60,000 tons of biomass in an effort to refine the harvesting, storage and logistics for converting biomass into ethanol. The optimal biomass harvest of any acre of land will vary between 0-25 percent depending on soil health." Culver noted that many people didn’t believe that this project could happen, but he has been a supporter since he took office in 2007. Now, he is proud to show the world that nowhere else is this type of project happening so quickly. Read the full story

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POET, farmers kick off commercial biomass harvest for Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol( renewableenergyworld.com (17 August 2010) )

Farmers and POET today celebrated the upcoming collection and delivery of 56,000 tons of baled corn cobs and light stover in the first commercial harvest for Project LIBERTY. In fact, area farmers have already received $100,000 in incentive payments to establish the new harvest system on their farm. Construction of Project LIBERTY – the planned 25 million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant – is slated to begin in early 2012 pending approval of a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. Removing approximately one ton of biomass out of the average 4.26 tons available per acre will not require any drastic changes in fertilizer management for producers choosing to participate in the program, the researchers have found. This work will continue for future harvests. Additionally, as corn yields continue to increase in coming years, even more agriculture residue will be left behind on fields Read the full story



POET to Begin Biomass Harvesting in Texas( domesticfuel.com (9 August 2010) )

This week, POET will begin biomass harvest research in corn fields near Navasota, Texas. This is part of an ongoing effort to learn more about the most efficient ways to harvest and store biomass for cellulosic ethanol production . Read the full story



USDA Predicts Record Corn Crop( domesticfuel.com (14 August 2010) )

In a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), corn farmers are on track for a record corn crop and yield per acre for this year. The numbers are estimated to surpass the records set in 2009. USDA expects farmers to harvest 13.37 billion bushels, 2 percent larger than in 2009. They are also projecting 165 bushels per acre, up from164.7 bushels per acre last year, also a new high. .Read the full story



USDA Report Disputes Land Use Theory ( domesticfuel.com (1 July 2010) )

USDA’s new planted acreage report out Wednesday morning estimates corn acreage planted is two percent higher than last year, but that is down a point from the March report with more acres are going to soybeans. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2010 is estimated at 87.9 million acres, up 2 percent from last year. Acreage is up in Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio; but down significantly in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Soybean planted area for 2010 is estimated at a record high 78.9 million acres, up 2 percent from last year.Read the full story



Biofuels company Poet buys Indiana ethanol plant ( jconline.com (30 Jun 2010) )

Biofuels company Poet LLC has bought an Indiana ethanol plant. Poet is the nation's largest ethanol producer. The 90 million-gallon-per-year plant in Cloverdale was opened and operated under Altra Biofuels for a short time in 2008.Privately held Poet did not give a purchase price for the transaction, which closed Tuesday. Read the full story



USDA'S Renewable Fuels Standard "roadmap" expects 7.9 billion gallons on non-corn biofuel by 2022 ( green.autoblog.com (28 Jun 2010) )

The U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS2) becomes effective Thursday, July 1 and it describes a whole lot of changes for the biofuels industry in the U.S in the coming decade or so. To prepare for the changes and to figure out just what's even possible, the USDA issued a "Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022" last week. One thing that's not changing - not yet, anyway - is the dominating role of ethanol made from corn in the U.S.. Read the full story



USDA Releasing Report on Biofuels ( domesticfuel.com (22 Jun 2010) )

The USDA is releasing a report on renewable transportation fuels and the role the agency will play in development of those biofuels. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the report comes as the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) gets ready to kick in on July 1st and will require that 36 billion gallons of biofuel per year be in America's fuel supply by 2022:Read the full story


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USDA Nears Finish of Biomass Crop Assistance Rules (domesticfuel.com (14 Jun 2010) )

USDA officials say they are close to finalizing the rules for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a measure that was in the 2008 Farm Bill and is designed to encourage farmers to grow new crops for energy production. But there's still some work to do before it is finally implemented. Read the full story



USDA Chief Confident of Ethanol Blend Increase (domesticfuel.com (6 Jun 2010) )

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack believes that the Environmental Protection Agency will increase the amount of ethanol allowed in regular gasoline above the current ten percent..” Read the full story



Corn Growers Want End to Indirect Land Use Change (domesticfuel.com (17 May 2010) )

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) believes that it’s time to throw out the whole debated theory of indirect land use change. . Read the full story



Food Vs. Fuel: Growing Grain for Food Is More Energy Efficient (ScienceDaily (19 Apr 2010) )

Using productive farmland to grow crops for food instead of fuel is more energy efficient, Michigan State University scientists concluded, after analyzing 17 years' worth of data to help settle the food versus fuel debate.. Read the full story

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EPA cuts 2012 cellulosic biofuel target ethanolproducer.com(21, June 2011)

USDA Approves First BCAP Project Area in Country farmenergy.org (5, May 2011)

Obama sets ambitious goal to reduce oil imports indystar.com (30 March 2011)

A Billion Tons of Biomass a Viable Goal, But at High Price, New Research Shows domesticfuel.com (2 March 2011)

Vilsack to Sign Biofuels Agreementdomesticfuel.com (28 February 2011)

Overfertilizing corn undermines ethanolmedia.rice.edu (22 February 2011)

USDA Deregulates Corn Trait for Ethanoldomesticfuel.com (11 February 2011)

Biomass Bales Being Delivered to Project Libertydomesticfuel.com (1 Febuary 2011)

Survey Says…Growers Ready to Grow Energy Cropsdomesticfuel.com (23 November 2010)

Iowa Gov Chet Culver Celebrates 1st Biomass Harvestdomesticfuel.com (18 August 2010)

POET, farmers kick off commercial biomass harvest for Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanolrenewableenergyworld.com (17 August 2010)

USDA Predicts Record Corn Cropdomesticfuel.com (14 August 2010)

POET to Begin Biomass Harvesting in Texasdomesticfuel.com (9 August 2010)

USDA Report Disputes Land Use Theory domesticfuel.com (1 July 2010)

Biofuels company Poet buys Indiana ethanol plant jconline.com (30 Jun 2010)

USDA'S Renewable Fuels Standard "roadmap" expects 7.9 billion gallons on non-corn biofuel by 2022 green.autoblog.com(28 Jun 2010)

USDA Releasing Report on Biofuels domesticfuel.com (22 Jun 2010)

USDA Nears Finish of Biomass Crop Assistance Rules domesticfuel.com (14 Jun 2010)

USDA Chief Confident of Ethanol Blend Increase domesticfuel.com (6 Jun 2010)

Corn Growers Want End to Indirect Land Use Change domesticfuel.com (17 May 2010)

Food Vs. Fuel: Growing Grain for Food Is More Energy Efficient ScienceDaily (19 Apr 2010)

UK Report on Food Crisis Vindicates Ethanol domesticfuel.com (1st April, 2010)

More Corn Acres for Food and Fuel domesticfuel.com (31 Mar 2010)

Corn Grower President Stresses Ethanol Issues domesticfuel.com( 06 Mar 2010)

Seeking a More 'Poplar' Biofuel physorg.com (February 25, 2010)

Beyond the corn field: Balancing fuel, food and biodiversity ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2010)

Cellulosic Breakthrough Announced at Ethanol Conference domesticfuel.com(February 16, 2010)

Biofuels Policy Fails to Achieve Goals ScienceDaily (Feb. 15, 2010)

Biofuels from Saltwater Crops Technology Review by MIT. (Feb., 5, 2010)

ISSUE BRIEF: Summary of the RFS2 Final RuleRenewable Fuels Association (February 4, 2010)

EPA Finalizes Regulations for the National Renewable Fuel Standard Program for 2010 and Beyond EPA-420-F-10-007 (February 2010)

Corn Oil Extraction Technology Leads Energy and Carbon Shift for Ethanol Industry The Wall Street Journal (February 8, 2010)

Cellulosic ethanol demo plant opens in Tennessee Biomass Magazine ( January 29, 2010)

Study: Biomass crops attract beneficial insect Biomass Magazine ( January 27, 2010)

Biofuel Crop Diversity Adds Value ScienceDaily (Jan. 26, 2010)

Algal biofuels worse than corn on GHGs, water and energy consumption: wastewater usage a must, says new report BiofuelsDigest (January 22, 2010)

More Corn For Biofuels Would Hurt Water, Study Shows ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009)

Biofuel from Corn Stover PhysOrg.com (September 22, 2009)

Miscanthus can meet U.S. biofuels goal using less land than corn or switchgrass Science News at Illinois (July 30, 2008)


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