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South Bend Ethanol Plant Gearing Up For Production

Noble Americas, the company that bought the shuttered facility last year and set to work retrofitting it, is now testing the plant to ensure it’s ready for production again. The company sent a notice to city officials a few weeks

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E15 Now Available in Florida

In response to Protec’s announcement that E15 is now being offered to consumers in Florida, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement: “I would like to extend congratulations on behalf of Growth Energy and its members to Protec


25×25 Group Notes Military Needs Biofuels for National Security

In a recent blog post written for the 25×25 group, a retired Air Force General cited energy assurance as still a major factor in national security. Retired Air Force General David Hoffman pointed to agriculture taking positive steps to extract

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Oil Sinks Below $68 as OPEC keeps Output Target Unchanged

Crude oil prices sank to a four-and-a-half year low on Thursday, on news that OPEC has kept its production levels unchanged. Hopes for a cut in output had all but faded after a Saudi Arabian oil minister’s comments a day

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NFU Calls Delay of 2014 RFS Volume Standards a Serious Disappointment

The National Farmers Union calls the EPA’s decision to delay the Renewable Fuels Standard requirements for 2014  disappointing but a hopeful opportunity that will allow EPA time to get the targets right.  NFU President Roger Johnson said “the proposed targets


NCGA and ASA Respond to EPA RFS Announcement

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to Friday’s EPA announcement related to the Renewable Fuel Standard: “Today’s announcement by EPA shows the Administration recognizes the proposed

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Senate Keystone XL Bill Fails

A bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline failed a vote in the Senate on Tuesday, dooming prospects for such legislation this year. A total of 59 senators voted for the measure, and 41 voted against it. Under


Boosting Butanol’s Role in the Biofuel World

The potential for boosting butanol as a biofuel is more promising thanks to USDA scientists and their partners.  Work by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) suggests that barley straw and corn stover – which are both agricultural byproducts – could

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Congress Set to Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline

For the first time in the six-year fight over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline – both houses of Congress will hold a vote on the proposed project.  House and Senate leaders have given assurances that votes will be held to

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Ag Groups Advocate for RFS in Letter to Obama

A group of agriculture organizations recently issued a letter to President Obama asking him to intervene in the U.S. EPA’s proposed cuts to the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligations. The final 2014 RFS rule is expected to be


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Sunday Outlook

Weekend Developments ·         The dollar took out its March 2009 high late Friday, trading to its highest level since April 2006, despite the Fed’s more dovish stance, due to problems in much of the rest of the world that leave


Jim Riley Market Review for 12/19/2014

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