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

“More corn acreage is in the forecast for this year, according to the USDA Prospective Plantings report out today, and there is still plenty more in storage. USDA According to the forecast, farmers intend to plant 88.8 million acres of corn in 2010, three percent more than both last year and 2008. Meanwhile, the Grain Stocks report shows corn stocks as of the beginning of this month were up 11 percent compared to last year at 7.69 billion bushels.” Read the full story



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

A new report commissioned by the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has concluded that drought and high oil prices, not biofuels, were behind the so-called food crisis of 2007/2008.

“Available evidence suggests that biofuels had a relatively small contribution to the 2008 spike in agricultural commodity prices,” the report noted. “Studies which have found a large biofuel impact across agricultural commodities have often considered too few variables, relied on statistical associations or made unrealistic or inconsistent assumptions.” Read the full story



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

Ethanol issues were in the spotlight when National Corn Growers Association president Darrin Ihnen of South Dakota took the stage at the Commodity Classic general session on Friday.

Ihnen talked about the importance of using higher blends of ethanol in the fuel supply. “The EPA is studying the issue and everything they've indicated to this date looks very promising,” said Ihnen. “They said it will probably be late summer now and we are very hopeful it will come then.” He says that is a top priority for corn growers and “this is a game changer” that will give them an opportunity to use more corn. Read the full story



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

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Maryland and Bowie State University is working on ways to turn poplar trees into high-yield crops for biofuels including ethanol, the renewable biofuel used in gasoline blends and flex-fuel vehicles. The hybrid trees would be grown on plantations and harvested without affecting existing woodlands.

The study is funded by a $3.2 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Project, which supports research on plants seen as having economic and agricultural importance. Researchers Gary Coleman, Ganesh Sriram and Jianhua Zhu of Maryland and George Ude of Bowie State are using the recently completed poplar genome to look for ways to improve the tree's nitrogen processing capability, which would enhance its growth rate and feasibility for use in fuel production . Read the full story



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

The development of alternative fuel will greatly benefit the U.S., say scientists in an Energy Foundation-funded report published February 16 by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation's largest organization of ecological scientists. However, in order to effectively reap the social and economic benefits of biofuel production, U.S. policies need to address potential effects of land-use choices on our ecosystems. Read the full story

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

A major breakthrough in the development of cellulosic ethanol was announced at the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando Tuesday. Novozymes launched the first commercially viable enzymes for production of biofuel from agricultural waste – Cellic® CTec2. Read the full story


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

“GreenShift Corporation announced that its patented corn oil extraction technologies were featured prominently in the final rule for the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on February 3, 2010… In its Regulatory Impact Analysis and responses to comments that were submitted on the development of the RFS2, the EPA highlights the key role that it expects corn oil extraction will play in the evolution of the U.S. renewable fuels industry, stating its belief that 70% of the U.S. corn ethanol industry will use backend corn oil extraction technology to produce 40% of America's biodiesel feedstock by 2022.” Read the full story


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

Researchers in the Middle East are developing a technology they say will convert saltwater-tolerant crops into jet fuel , creating a biofuel that doesn't consume huge amounts of fresh water or take land away from food crops .  Read the full story


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

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule for the expanded Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) on February 3, 2010…Most of the changes are minor in nature and the general complexion of the rule remains unchanged (e.g., indirect land use change, renewable biomass requirements, and other controversial elements remain largely intact), but several modifications have notable implications for the ethanol industry.”    Read the full story Top

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

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing revisions to the National Renewable Fuel Standard program (commonly known as the RFS program). This rule makes changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard program as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The revised statutory requirements establish new specific annual volume standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that must be used in transportation fuel…Based on an updated market analysis considering detailed information from pilot and demonstration scale plants, an Energy Information Administration analysis, and other publically and privately available market information, we are setting the 2010 cellulosic biofuel standard at 6.5 million ethanol-equivalent gallons.” Read the full story


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

“Leaders from DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC, the University of Tennessee, Genera Energy and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen cut the ribbon on one of the world's first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities, located in Vonore, Tenn. The 74,000-square-foot plant has started producing ethanol and will deliver low-cost, fully-integrated technology for commercial production of ethanol from agricultural residue and bioenergy crops, including corncobs and switchgrass.” Read the full story


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

“A study recently published by Michigan State University has found that diverse biomass crop plantings such as switchgrass and native prairie grasses attract a higher number of beneficial insects than nondiverse crops such as corn.” Read the full story


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

Diverse biofuel plantings such as native prairie attract more beneficial insects than do single crops such as corn, Michigan State University scientists find. Therefore, biofuel policies should take such added value into account, they urge, based on their pioneering studies of beneficial insects in biofuel crops.   Read the full story

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

“In Virginia, researchers at the University of Virginia's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, writing in Environmental Science & Technology, have concluded in an algae lifecycle analysis, that algae biofuels production “consumes more energy, has higher greenhouse gas emissions and uses more water than other biofuel sources, such as switchgrass, canola and corn….” Read the full story

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

“More of the fertilizers and pesticides used to grow corn would find their way into nearby water sources if ethanol demands lead to planting more acres in corn, according to a Purdue University study…” Read the full story


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

“ARS research has shown that harvesting 40 percent of corn stover in fields of the northern Great Plains only increases soil erosion by 0.25 tons an acre per year...” Read the full story


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

“In the largest field trial of its kind in the United States, researchers have determined that the giant perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus outperforms current biofuels sources – by a lot. Using Miscanthus as a feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. could significantly reduce the acreage dedicated to biofuels while meeting government biofuels production goals, the researchers report.” Read the full story

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

USDA Approves First BCAP Project Area in Countryfarmenergy.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)

USDA Predicts Record Corn Cropdomesticfuel.com (14 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)

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)

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

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