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USDA wants biorefinery grant requests for new technologies

The USDA wants requests for loans to build biofuel plants that do not use corn starch as the raw material starting point. The Biorefinery Assistance Program provides loan guarantees for thedevelopment, construction and retrofitting of viable commercial-scalebiorefineries producing advanced biofuels. The maximum loan guaranteeis $250 million per project subject to the availability of funds.Preference is […]

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US Government offers small grants to biofuel firms

The US government started asking for grant applications as part of its Clean Cities programme. This includes biofuel from biomass. Also the US department of Agriculture is offering grants to help turn forest waste into energy. Worth checking out. 

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Webinar on US grain outlook

Part of CBOT is offering a free webinar on the outlook for the US grain harvest this year today at 2-3pm central US time. That’s two days before the US Department of Agriculture is due to release  USDA Crop Production and Supply and Demand report on October 10th.

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US on track to deliver second biggest ever corn crop

The US is on track to deliver the country’s second biggest ever corn crop, according to numbers from the US department of agriculture and reported on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)My pal William Lemos’ report says: The USDA said in its monthly report itexpects 12.07bn bushels of corn in the 2008/09 crop […]

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US ethanol demand for corn 2008

There was an interesting speech, the other day by Joseph Glauber, the US Department of Agriculture’s cheif economist. The key passage for us is: The U.S. corn market will continue to be dominated by ethanol production in the coming year. Ethanol corn use for 2008/09 is projected to increase 28 percent and account for 31 […]

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Will 2008 be the year that society turns against biofuels?

Will 2008 be the year that society turns against biofuels? Big questions today, but with good reason. Food costs alone will continue to rise because of the use of food crops to make biofuels. I know that the amounts are small in some cases but in closely balanced markets with little excess production it takes […]

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Autumn the season of mellow fruitfulness is coming

Autumn the season of mellow fruitfulness is coming, but will there be enough grain to feed the world through the winter, and drive them to the markets? The numbers for the US have not settled down yet. In March, according to Farmdoc the USDA was estimating that the corn harvest will be there would be […]

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Four US biofuel projects get $97m in loans from the US Department of Agriculture

Four US biofuel projects get $97m in loans from the US Department of Agriculture, according to Green car Congress. The firms are * Clean Burn Fuels LLC, in Hoke, County, N.C., is approved to receive $10 million from the Section 9006 program and a $25 million B&I loan guarantee to construct a new ethanol plant […]

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Just how politically sustainable is using food for fuel in the US?

Just how politically sustainable is using food for fuel in the US. There’s an interesting post over on dtn Ag Policy Blog (limited trial, and limited access, I had to pretend to be Canadian) about the sustainability of the US’ Biofuel policy. The key lines for me are USDA Chief Economist says that the rising […]

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Biofuels from the USDA

“The next couple of years are going to be difficult transition years, but I believe that markets work well and that a certain number of ethanol plants that are being planned at the moment will not be built,” Thomas Dorr, undersecretary of state, told the first Clean Fuels Finance forum. He added that the US […]

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