Senators Urge EPA to Approve Higher Ethanol Blends

Cindy Zimmerman

A bipartisan group of nearly 20 senators have sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging approval of up to 15 percent ethanol blends in regular gasoline. The letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was signed by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Claire McCaskill …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Nebraska Students Win Award for Ethanol Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Eight journalism students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are receiving a national award for an in-depth report on ethanol. The report titled “Ethanol: Salvation or Damnation?” has taken first place in a student reporting category in the Society of Environmental Journalism’s 2009 awards. According to SEJ, “the students took a vital issue in their community and shone a light on …

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Brazil Ethanol Group Supports E15

Cindy Zimmerman

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) provided comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the request for increasing the amount of ethanol allowed to be blended into regular gasoline in the United States up to 15 percent. In the final days of the comment period for the waiver request, UNICA submitted a 15 page document to EPA outlining …

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Winners of $6.3 Million for Biofuels Research Selected

Joanna Schroeder

And the money keeps a coming. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the joint selection of awards of up to $6.3 million towards fundamental genomics-enabled research leading to the improved use of plant feedstocks or biofuel production. The seven projects announced came after the end  of the green jobs …

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Phibro: Dried Distillers Grains Safe

Joanna Schroeder

There has been concern about the quality of dried distillers grains (DDG) but once again, tests show that they are safe. Phibro Animal Health Corporation (PHAC) has just released test results from its Ethanol Performance Group™ that no virginiamycin has been detected in distillers’ grain. Virginiamycin is the active ingredient in Lactrol®, the company’s market leading antimicrobial for ethanol production. …

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Ethanol Night at the Races

Joanna Schroeder

Nebraska corn farmers are teaming up with the Junction Motor Speedway to promote Ethanol Night at the Races. The event takes place during Junction Motor Speedway’s Fifth-Annual O’Reilly POWRi Cornhusker Midget Challenge happening Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29.  The race brings the best of the best to compete for the twin “Cornhusker Crystal & Chrome” trophies. Hamilton, York …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Promotion, Racing

USDA Undersecretary to Keynote Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has announced that Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will give a keynote address at the organization’s national ethanol conference set for next month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ACE’s 22nd Annual Ethanol Conference & Trade Show will be held August 11-13 at Milwaukee’s Midwest Airlines Center and registration …

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Efficient Irrigation Can Improve Biofuels ROI

Cindy Zimmerman

Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic® irrigation systems, has produced a new biofuels brochure called “Improving Biofuel ROI Through Efficient Irrigation Solutions.” The eight-page full-color brochure includes information on key biofuel crops, the benefits of biofuels, market growth opportunities for biofuels, and irrigation management recommendations to help growers optimize the yield, size distribution and quality of biofuel crops. “Several factors are …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, Irrigation