Sorghum for Ethanol Increases

Joanna Schroeder

Early March is an important time for the agricultural industry when they come together for Commodity Classic. With the challenges facing both the ag and energy industries, which go hand-in-hand, Terry Swanson, Chairman of the National Sorghum Producers said, “We have to be unified.” When compared to other commodities used to produce biofuels, sorghum growers are a relatively small group. …

Agribusiness, Audio, biofuels, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, sorghum

DuPont and NexSteppe Team for New Bio Feedstocks

Cindy Zimmerman

Two companies have teamed up to develop advanced feedstocks for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. The collaboration between DuPont and the bio-based firm NexSteppe will be working on new feedstocks for renewable energy, including sweet sorghum and high biomass sorghum hybrids. Under the agreement, DuPont has made an equity investment in NexSteppe, and through its Pioneer Hi-Bred business, will provide …

advanced biofuels, biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, sorghum

Sorghum Could be Aviation Biofuel Feedstock

Cindy Zimmerman

Louisiana State University is getting $17 million from USDA to study how to turn sugar cane and sorghum into biofuels. The project is one of the five announced yesterday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, focused on developing aviation biofuels from various types of biomass. “We have an incredible opportunity to create thousands of new jobs and drive economic development in …

advanced biofuels, biofuels, biojet fuel, sorghum, USDA

Chromatin Sorghum Hybrids Topping the Charts

Joanna Schroeder

In 2010 biomass and sugar testing programs, Chromatin sorghum hybrids have demonstrated top performance when compared to other materials from public, private and commercial sorghum collections. This according to a company press release. Chromatin is a biotechnology company and its subsidiary, Sorghum Partners, LLC, sells sorghum seed products to growers. Several trials were conducted. In the first trial, 50 biomass …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, sorghum

Sugarcane Promising Source for Energy in California

Joanna Schroeder

California Ethanol & Power (CE&P) has commissioned a study to better understand the role sugarcane and sweet sorghum may play in producing ethanol and electricity for the state of California. The Economic Impact Analysis report was conducted by Solution Mountain, Inc., and sponsored in part by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation along with the California Association for Local Economic …

Cellulosic, Electricity, Ethanol, sorghum

Registration Open for Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Commodity Classic in Tampa, March 3-5. The annual event will be “smooth sailing” for soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers and biofuels will be a big part of the event, as always. Growers who attend the 2011 Commodity Classic are sure to benefit from the value of attending a trade show with …

Commodity Classic, conferences, corn, sorghum, Soybeans

New Process for Sorghum Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

A Cincinnati-based advanced biofuel technology company has announced the development of its next generation, sugar-based fuel ethanol process. According to AdvanceBio LLC, the process is capable of utilizing sugars derived from sugar cane, sweet sorghum, sugar beet and other similar crops as feedstock for the production of fuel ethanol and green power while generating zero liquid waste. When built in …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, sorghum

Growth Energy Calls for National Ethanol Policy Shift

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol organization Growth Energy is proposing a redirection and eventual phasing out of government support for ethanol in return for increasing infrastructure investment that would level the playing field with fossil fuels and give consumers true freedom to choose their fuel. Specifically, the “Fueling Freedom” plan calls for funds currently going to the oil industry as an incentive for blending …

ACE, corn, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA, sorghum

Developing Specialized Sorghum for Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

An Illinois biotech company is working on the development of sorghum varieties specifically suited for energy production. Chromatin, Inc. CEO Daphne Preuss told the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this week that the company is expanding its technology development portfolio to produce fit-for-purpose sorghum as a renewable feedstock for the biofuels, green power and renewable chemicals sectors. “Feedstock …


Company Promotes In-Field Production of “Sorganol”

Cindy Zimmerman

An Iowa inventor and entrepreneur is promoting a harvester he developed that can produce ethanol from sweet sorghum right in the field. Lee McClune of Knoxville, Iowa invented the SORGANOL® Process (PatPend) and Sor-Cane Harvester after studying research done at Iowa State University in the 80s on the potential of producing ethanol from sorghum. According to McClune, the harvester acidifies …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, sorghum