Biofuel Production Boosted by High-Biomass Research

Laura McNamara

Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station of The Texas A&M University System are collaborating in high biomass sorghum production for biofuels, through an exclusive, multi-year joint research and commercialization agreement. The collaboration is meant to focus on plants that are not designed to produce grain, but extensive resources for biomass. Biomass is the latest raw …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, Research

Energy Title of House Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The US House passed its version of the 2007 Farm Bill Friday by a vote of 231 to 191 – a vote largely along party lines on a bill that came out of the House agriculture committee as a bipartisan piece of legislation. Republican members of the committee withdrew their support for the bill when a tax increase on foreign …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, Cellulosic, Energy, Ethanol, Government, News, RFA

Alltech Founder Interview

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m attending the 2007 Alltech International Feed Industry Symposium and covering it primarily on Domestic Fuel sister site, AgWired. I thought you might enjoy hearing an interview I conducted with Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech. This is a company that produces animal feed additives. The theme of their Symposium is “The New Energy Crisis: Food, Feed, or Fuel?” Right …

Agribusiness, Audio, Ethanol, News

NIAA to Discuss Impact of Biofuels

John Davis

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the increased demand for ethanol and biodiesel will affect farmers and ranchers using the same stocks for feed for their animals. The National Institute of Animal Agriculture plans to make the topic a top priority at its annual meeting, April 2-5 in Sacramento, California. From the group’s press release: “With all …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, conferences, Ethanol, News

Farmergy Acquires Missouri Valley Renewable Energy

John Davis

St. Louis-based Farmergy… a provider of technology to help farmers and ranchers “get off the grid”… has bought Missouri Valley Renewable Energy, a company touted as a leader in Missouri for renewable energy sources. MOVRE was founded in 2000 by Henry Rentz, after an extended power outage left his farm and home without the capability to pump water or provide …

Agribusiness, Distribution, Miscellaneous

Promoting Alt Fuel in Atlanta

Chuck Zimmerman

It seems like everywhere I go I find 25X’25. No one was home here in this booth at the combined International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo going on in Atlanta, GA but I got a picture anyway. I’m here for reasons other than renewable fuel but you can’t escape it. For poultry producers what’s happening in the renewable fuels …

Agribusiness

More Than Enough Corn

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite a dry summer in many parts of the country, there’s still plenty of corn to go around. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service September crop report calls for an 11.114 billion bushel corn crop for the current marketing year, which would be the second-largest crop on record. The forecast is one percent higher than last month report and up just …

Agribusiness

Dupont/Bunge Announce Treus

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the big announcements here at the Farm Progress Show on opening day was from Bunge and Dupont who have a biotech alliance. Basically they’ve created a new brand, “Treus.” This is being done to “reflect their expansion of the companies’ soy collaboration beyond food and nutrition products to include industrial applications, biofuels and other opportunities.” Low linolenic soybean …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biodiesel, Biotech, Ethanol