Kansas cellulosic plant will use variety of feedstocks

Last week, Abengoa Bioenergy officially opened its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Spokesman Chris Standlee says the plant will utilize crop residue as its feedstock, with about 80 percent of that being corn stover. “We have already done four or five years of harvest—and we’ve done harvests with both corn stover and wheat… Read more »

Nebraska’s governor encourages E85 use

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is encouraging Nebraskans to use E85—the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline—the next time they fill up with a flex fuel vehicle. “Our farmers are anticipating record corn yields, which makes it the perfect time to encourage consumers to utilize one of the many products made from… Read more »

Kansas cellulosic ethanol plant holds grand opening

Another cellulosic ethanol plant is officially open. Abengoa held a grand opening today (Friday) for its new cellulosic plant in Hugoton, Kansas.  The plant, which is located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City, began production in late September. At full operation, the Abengoa plant will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually and… Read more »

Indiana to unveil new energy strategy

The 25x’25 Alliance’s Rural Energy Forum and Tour held in Indiana last week highlighted some of the reasons Indiana is a leader in renewable energy.  Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann told attendees the administration is supportive of all forms of renewable energy.  “As we roll out an energy strategy in November you’re going to get to… Read more »

Renewable energy is a key to national security

Energy independence is a key to national security.  Retired US Air Force General Donald Hoffman, a member of the military advisory board says since World War 1, fuel has replaced fodder as our means of mobility from military actions.  He adds, “Both on the battlefield and getting to the battlefield and training and getting ready… Read more »

St. Louis retailers may be over-pricing E85

A Renewable Fuels Association (RFS) study says some St. Louis area retailers may be price gouging on E85, the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The study found that average E85 prices were 12 percent below gasoline at wholesale, but one percent above gasoline at the retail level. Bob Dinneen, CEO of… Read more »

South Dakota Ag Economic impact results

The impact of agriculture on South Dakota’s economy cannot be ignored in a new study released by the state Department of Agriculture. It shows that total production agriculture and ag related industries accounted for more than 30 percent of South Dakota’s total output, based on 2012 data. Also that year, agriculture accounted for one in… Read more »

Governors make another plea on RFS

The leaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition are once again calling on the Obama Administration to restore the 2014 production levels in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). In a letter to the administration, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad—chair and vice chair of the coalition–say that the EPA’s proposed volume cuts will… Read more »

As inventory grows, ethanol prices and production fall

Ethanol production continues to fall but the ethanol inventory continues to increase.  And ethanol prices have fallen to their lowest levels since June of 2010. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that last week’s ethanol production dropped from 889-thousand to 881-thousand barrels per day while inventories increased to 18.8 million barrels. According to DTN market analyst Rick… Read more »

Hurst new Missouri Corn president

Missouri Corn Growers Association has a new leadership team. Kevin Hurst, a grower in Northwest Missouri, near Tarkio, is the association’s new president for 2014/2015. Hurst tells Brownfield Ag News, “The past presidents have been very good and set the bar pretty high. But, I’m really looking forward to that opportunity and know there will… Read more »