Only CBOT Has Corn Ethanol Futures

Cindy Zimmerman

The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) is the only game in town when it comes to ethanol futures. According to Reuters, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange recently delisted its ethanol futures contract traded on the Globex electronic trading platform. CME’s corn-based ethanol contract was delisted, along with its fertilizer contracts for Urea, Urea Ammonium Nitrate and Diammonium Phosphate. There is a …

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Sugarcane for the Midwest

Cindy Zimmerman

Tropical maize could prove to be a very attractive dedicated energy crop with some very desirable characteristics, according to research being done at the University of Illinois. When University of Illinois crop scientist Fred Below began growing tropical maize, the form of corn grown in the tropics, he was looking for novel genes for the utilization of nitrogen fertilizer and …

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USDA Lowers Corn for Ethanol Forecast

Cindy Zimmerman

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s supply and demand forecast has lowered its estimate of how much of this year’s corn harvest the ethanol industry would use by another 100 million bushels. It was the second straight month the forecast has been reduced reflecting lower indicated plant capacity utilization and lower returns for ethanol producers due to recent declines …

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Ethanol Promotion Events

Cindy Zimmerman

Kansas flex-fuel motorists can take advantage of bargain prices while pumping up the local economy at an E85 grand opening in Manhattan, Kansas on Friday. E85 will be available for $1.85 a gallon at the Farmers Cooperative Association in Manhattan. The first 50 cars to fill up with E85 will receive an IndyCar® Series #17 Team Ethanol diecast car. Free …

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“e” Marks the Spot in Illinois

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) were on hand last week to introduce the “e” brand to Illinois at an Illinois Corn Marketing Board event in the Village of Northbrook. EPIC’s Director of Operations, Robert White, says significant developments such as the Renewable Fuels Standard in the Energy Bill, higher gasoline prices and positive media coverage of …

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Illinois Pump Labeling

Cindy Zimmerman

The “e” is coming to Illinois. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) this week introduced a voluntary statewide brand initiative for ethanol fuel including E10 (10% ethanol-enriched fuel) and E85 (85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline). According to ICMB, they are working with the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), the American Lung Association of Illinois and the Illinois Petroleum …

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IndyCar Test Run at Iowa Speedway

Laura McNamara

The 2007 IndyCar Racing Series has concluded, but racing fans still have a chance to catch leading IndyCar Series drivers tearing around the track at Iowa Speedway. IndyCar Series officials are testing the new speedway on October 3rd and 4th and the public is welcome to catch a final glimpse of top IndyCar drivers for 2007. Top IndyCar teams, drivers, …

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Play the “Stalk” Market

Cindy Zimmerman

UseCorn.com has introduced a Virtual Stock Trading program on its website that explores the ethanol industry and other companies related to the renewable fuels market. According to Use Corn’s Dave Clark, “The program simulates actual stock trading, and the user-friendly interface is both inspiring and entertaining.” The UseCorn Virtual Stock Trading program features some of the ethanol and industry related …

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NASDAQ Campaign Features US BioEnergy

Cindy Zimmerman

US BioEnergy Corporation has been selected by NASDAQ as one of 17 companies featured in a new advertising campaign, “NASDAQ and the Companies that Move Life Forward,” that profiles NASDAQ-listed companies and how they improve the way we work and live every day. The US BioEnergy ad shows a man pumping fuel into his pick-up truck at a filling station …

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Agenda Change for Cellulosic Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

With the resignation of US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns last week, the Cellulosic Ethanol Summit next month has made an agenda change. Johanns was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the event but now Acting Secretary Chuck Conner will be the keynoter. The Summit will be in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15-17. The annual three-day event has established itself as …

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