The sustainability of harvesting biomass for ethanol

The collection of corn cobs, leaves and husks from corn fields, for use in the production of cellulosic ethanol, is not harmful to soil quality or the environment. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the USDA and Iowa State University. Researchers say that, when done properly, the harvesting of biomass and production of… Read more »

POET: Report validates ‘biomass harvesting’ sustainability

The collection of corn cobs, leaves and husks from corn fields, for use in the production of cellulosic ethanol, is not harmful to soil quality or the environment. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the USDA and Iowa State University. Researchers say that, when done properly, the harvesting of biomass and production of… Read more »

Farm Bill Rural Development policy

New policy and new dollars for USDA Rural Development programs are coming with the signing of the new Farm Bill earlier this month. Doug O’Brien, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, says there will be 68-Million dollars for the next five years for the Value-Added Producer program that was at risk of being unfunded.  He tells… Read more »

Biomass-based diesel fuel joining forces

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) will join forces and see a membership increase by inviting Renewable Diesel producers on board, says the organization’s CEO Joe Jobe. He says like biodiesel, renewable diesel falls in the category of Biomass-Based Diesel under the Advanced Biofuels portion of the RFS. Jobe tells Brownfield Ag News, “It’s similar but… Read more »

Extending biofuels into the aviation sector

Extending biofuels into the aviation sector will be discussed on January 8 at the Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group meeting. “Opportunities for biomass feedstocks are evolving for creating biofuels to be used in the aviation industry, and there has been quite a push for that research at Purdue,” said Chad Martin, Purdue Extension renewable energy… Read more »

Sunn Hemp shows potential as biomass crop

An annual cover crop in the southeast known as Sunn Hemp shows potential for becoming a biofuel feedstock. Studies by the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service says the tropical legume’s heat value exceeded that of switchgrass, bermudagrass, red canary grass and alfalfa. Studies took place in South Carolina comparing the energy content of Sunn Hemp with… Read more »

USDA pays 156 advanced biofuels projects

The USDA is paying nearly 45-Million dollars to 156 advanced biofuels producers through the Farm Bill’s Bioenergy Program. Payments are made to producers and business owners who make fuel out of renewable biomass materials other than corn kernel starch. Materials such as “cellulose; crop residue; animal, food and yard waste material; biogas (landfill and sewage… Read more »

BCAP deadline extended

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson has announced that the deadline for producers to sign-up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) has been extended to September 23. “BCAP is an effort that will create jobs and stimulate rural economies across the nation, and we want to make certain we have reached… Read more »

Biomass research projects awarded

The USDA and Department of Energy are funding 10 new research projects into the genomics of biomass. In the Midwest, projects are being funding at the University of Illinois, University of Missouri and the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. The genetic properties of Miscanthus as a bioenergy crop will be studied at the… Read more »

U of I gets grant for biomass virtual database

A five-thousand-dollar grant from British Petroleum to study the engineering properties of biomass has been awarded to five students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The students are working on a virtual database to tell end users the properties of different energy crop types – from sorghum to Miscanthus, to switchgrass. Their various values… Read more »