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Antibiotics at heart of corn ethanol

Some US corn ethanol producers are using penicillin and three other antibiotics in corn fermentation process says Minnesota Public Radio. Why? To ensure that the yeast they use in fermentation does not have to compete with naturally-occurring bacteria that wants the sugars in the fermenting mash itself.I think that this matters on two counts:One of […]

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Distillers grains and cattle.

OK this is slightly off beam, but a lot of people are very keen of feeding distillers grains to cattle. For some ethanol plants it is the most profitable part of the business. Animal husbandry is not an area that I know much, if anything about. At home we struggle to keep goldfish alive above […]

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Looking at the economics of distillers grains

Nice piece in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader looking at the way that sales of distillers grains is helping to support the ethanol industry in the US. Historically, distillers grain represented 10 percent of an ethanolplant’s revenue stream, said Jerry Shurson, an animal science professorat the University of Minnesota. Today, it’s closer to 20 percent […]

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Is the price of corn related to the price of crude?

Is the price of corn related to the price of crude? Many in the US ethanol business say that it isn’t this chap isn’t so sure…  

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US biofuel industry says: don’t blame us for food price hikes

The US National  Biodiesel Board is telling people that the rise in prices at grocery stores is down to the rise in fuel prices not down to the diversion of food crops in the US into fuel. Joe Jobe, the NBB ceo says that the Grocery Manufacturers Association is campaigning to put the blame for […]

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Biofuel could destabilise society: FAO

Increases in the prices of basic food products could spark “social tension” in developing countries, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Director-General Jacques Diouf said in an interview published Friday, in the FT and quoted by the business inquirer. Get with it Jaques, there have already been food riots in Mexico […]

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Comparative econonmics of first and second generation biofuels

A study in the comparative economics of first and second generation biofuels has been published in Biofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining, a Society of Chemical Industry journal. The key finding in the paper from Mark Wright and Robert Brown, of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies at Iowa State University. Is that: The cost of advanced […]

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German millers worry about rising bread prices

Germany’s millers met at the week end to discuss the effects that the demand for corn as fuel compared to food is having now in rising bread prices. They want a scienific evaluation of the amount of land that will be given to fuel use and the amount that will be used for food. They […]

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Corn, distillers grains and cattle feed

Some cattlemen think that using corn to make ethanol could not be the drain on resources that others believe will be the case. They believe that if the price of grains remains low then it makes sense to feed them to cattle. Ethanol makers will only be able to keep the price reasonable for distillers grains if […]

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UK Bioethanol facility

Recently, Green Spirit Fuels said that HSBC bank will fund a bioethanol plant in the south of England. Green Spirit’s Wessex Biofuels subsidiary will build the plant at Henstridge, Somerset ().

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