Enogen corn expands to 16 ethanol plants

Syngenta has added seven ethanol plants to the list of those using grain from its Enogen corn, bringing the total to 16. Syngenta’s Chris Tingle tells Brownfield acreage planted to Enogen will increase from 225-thousand this year to more than 400-thousand in 2016. “We originally started out with the Enogen strategy focusing really in the… Read more »

NFU and NCGA issue White Paper stating EPA harm to agriculture

The National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association have released a document that they say shows the harm caused by EPA’s handling of the Renewable Fuels Standard.  NFU president Roger Johnson said during a conference call with reporters this morning the White Paper outlines how uncertainty around the RFS has come with great cost. “Several ethanol… Read more »

Report on 2016 ethanol margins identifies two key factors

The author of a study on ethanol margins for 2016 says there are two hinging factors. CoBank director of research Dan Kowalski tells Brownfield the first is energy market volatility. “Could we see oil swing $20 up or down over the next 12 months?  That’s very possible, so not really knowing where that’s going but… Read more »

Greater biodiesel adoption would lower costs

The cost of biodiesel would be lower if more of the U.S. production capacity was put to use.  National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director Don Scott tells Brownfield the country could be producing three billion gallons of the renewable fuel annually.  He says biodiesel interests are trying to convince the EPA to increase biodiesel volumes in… Read more »

Talent chairs new group set up to support the RFS

The Renewable Fuel Standard is getting support from a group chaired by former U.S. Senator Jim Talent.  The organization, called Americans for Energy Security and Innovation, was formed to help keep the RFS part of U.S. energy policy.  When he served from the state of Missouri, Talent, a Republican, helped to pass the RFS in… Read more »

California Air Resources Board puts biodiesel on pedestal

Biodiesel gets the best score among liquid fuels for its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  That’s according to California’s Air Resources Board, which just re-adopted its Low Carbon Fuels Standard. Don Scott with the National Biodiesel Board says the figures from the California Air Resources Board reaffirm what the National Biodiesel Board has been… Read more »

Renewable fuel grant could cut costs at the pump in Minnesota

Minnesota’s ag commissioner says a USDA renewable fuels grant will give consumers the opportunity to buy fuel at lower prices. Dave Frederickson tells Brownfield more than eight million dollars will be given to the state to assist in expanding E-15 infrastructure. “We will assist (fuel distributors) in a variety of ways, like tanks, fittings…all the… Read more »

More opportunities for ethanol in Michigan

The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan says a grant to increase blender pumps will save consumers money. Communications Specialist Angel Jenio tells Brownfield the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership awarded grants to 21 states including Michigan.  “That funding will go to add infrastructure that’s needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers all across the state.” She… Read more »

Biofuels executives express displeasure with Obama policy

Renewable fuels executives say that Obama Administration policy could cause biofuels industry investments to dry up.  Adam Monroe, the North America president of Novozymes, a provider of ethanol enzymes, says the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal is not consistent with the administration’s position on climate change.  That, he said during a Wednesday conference call, leaves… Read more »

Grants will help add blender pumps

Twenty-one states will receive USDA grants for infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the $100 million in grants will support nearly 5,000 pumps at over 1,400 fueling stations across the country. “The 16 million flexible fuel vehicles that exist today in our vehicle fleet will potentially have opportunities… Read more »