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USDA Loan Funds Turning Waste into Renewable Jet Fuel

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday a loan guarantee to help a company turn waste into a renewable jet fuel.  The $105 million loan guarantee provided through the Bio-refinery Assistance Program will help Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to build a bio-refinery.


New Facility to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol from Abundant Biomass

Following the grand opening of Project LIBERTY, a cutting edge ethanol plant and joint venture between American based POET LLC and Netherlands based DSM, which will produce up to 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year from corn crop

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Protec Expands Availability of E15 to 28 Stations

In response to Protec’s announcement today of a multi-phase introduction of E15 to metropolitan areas in the South and Southeast, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement: “Protec is offering consumers a choice and savings at the pump

Shale Oil and Gas Development Presentation Set for Farm Science Review

The number of horizontal oil and gas wells in Ohio’s shale is growing exponentially, and residents often have concerns about potential environmental impacts. But people often worry about just one aspect – the potential for groundwater contamination, said Joe Bonnell,

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Production Resumes at Idled Indiana Ethanol Plant

Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO), and the Ports of Indiana hosted Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and other state and local officials today at a Port Appreciation and Welcome Celebration commemorating

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Tank Program will Assist Retailers Offering E15

In response to the announcement Tuesday by CHS Inc. on the Cenex Tank Program, which will help build out the necessary infrastructure to offer consumers E15, a less expensive, homegrown renewable fuel at the pump, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth


Oil Prices Continue to Fall

Crude-oil futures extended losses to a second session Monday as concerns over plentiful supplies outweighed tensions in oil-producing regions like the Middle East. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in October lost 30 cents, or 0.3%,

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EPA Send RFS Proposal to White House Office

The EPA has sent its proposed Renewable Fuels Standard Volume Obligation Rule to a White House office for review.  The EPA sent the proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which could take up to 90 days

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Oil Ends Higher

Crude-oil futures trading in New York settled higher on Thursday, shaking off initial weakness following negative economic news from China, the world’s top oil consumer. Light, sweet crude futures for delivery in October rose 51 cents to settle at $93.96 a


Renewable Energy Continues to Gain

Renewable energy continues to gain as for the month of July all new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service was from renewable sources according to the latest ““. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Project’s report fond


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Closing Comments

Closing Comments Corn Exporters shipped 40.1 million bushels of corn in the week ending September 18, up from 29.9 million the previous week and up from the five-year average for the week of 30.9 million bushels. Marketing year shipments total


Jim Riley Market Review for 9/22/2014

Agriculture today is not what it was a decade ago and the futures market that is at the heart of the world farm economy has changed dramatically in just the past few years. Electronic trading and speculative funds have rendered