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January 28, 2013
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  • Appeals court was mostly favorable to RFS, biofuel groups say: Although a federal appeals court vacated the 2012 cellulosic biofuel requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard, it tossed out several other petitions by the oil industry to weaken the RFS, according to the Renewable Fuels Association and other biofuel industry groups. "[A]lthough we disagree with the court's decision vacating the 2012 cellulosic volumes, today's decision once again rejects broad-brushed attempts to effectively roll back the federal Renewable Fuel Standard," the groups said. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dinneen: Blaming ethanol for chicken-wing woes is outrageous
    A statement by the National Chicken Council linking ethanol production to an expected decline in chicken-wing consumption at Super Bowl parties this weekend does not hold up to facts, writes Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. The NCC ignores the fact that chicken meat production in 2012 was the second highest on record, topped only in 2011. It is also untrue that Americans are eating less and less chicken meat, because Americans ate an average of 80.3 pounds of chicken in 2012, compared with 75.3 pounds 20 years ago, Dinneen said. E-Xchange blog (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Idled Ind. ethanol plant to be auctioned off this week
    The New Energy ethanol plant in South Bend, Ind., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, is slated to be sold in a court-ordered auction Thursday, said Russ Abarr, the company's president. "We have a long history of production, so it's a proven facility," Abarr said. "That plant is much more efficient than it was when it opened in the 1980s. I wouldn't discount it just because it's old," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.D. ethanol plants boost output to cut losses
    Glacial Lakes Energy is running its ethanol plants in Mina and Watertown, S.D., beyond their rated capacities in a bid to minimize losses amid an industrywide downturn following the drought-induced rise in corn prices, said CEO Jim Seurer. Aside from adjusting its production process to make more ethanol, the company invested in corn oil production technology, took advantage of the strong demand for distillers dried grains with solubles and sold property that was meant to be the site of a new ethanol plant, Seurer said. Aberdeen American News (S.D.) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • County doesn't need to refund plant's overpaid taxes, court says
    The Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court's decision that ordered Kearney County to refund the KAAPA Ethanol plant more than $480,000 for overpaid taxes. The state's highest court ruled that although KAAPA Ethanol was double-taxed for the same equipment in 2006, the county was following state law and cannot be forced to return the money. Legislation might be needed to ensure similar cases do not happen again, the court said. KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CA (Kearney, Neb.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. corn ending stocks to exceed USDA forecast, broker says
    U.S. corn ending stocks could reach 873 million bushels, up 45% from the Department of Agriculture's Jan. 11 projection, as the drought-induced spike in prices reduces demand from the ethanol and livestock industries, said brokerage firm Allendale. Demand from ethanol producers will be 4.45 billion bushels, down from the 4.5 billion bushels in the USDA's outlook, Allendale said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • DDGS could become primary earner for ethanol plants, economist says
    Distillers dried grains with solubles could supplant ethanol as the main product of ethanol plants, said Dennis Conley, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, during a meeting of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. "While the primary product for the foreseeable future will continue to be ethanol, we are seeing a move toward a more diversified product stream," said Geoff Cooper of the Renewable Fuels Association. "In the third quarter of 2012, plants were commonly getting 25 or 26 percent of their revenue from distillers grains ... something we've not seen in the past." (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Biofuels, farmers to lose advocate with Sen. Harkin's retirement
    The decision of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to resign from his seat next year means farmers will lose a strong supporter on Capitol Hill, observers say. Harkin served twice as chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry between 2001 and 2009, and he has had a hand in shaping farm bills and encouraging biofuel production. "He really took the bull by the horns and said, 'Hey, let's not just be satisfied with what we got. We've got to figure out how to bridge some of these gaps to the next generation,' " said Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model)/Gannett News Service (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why You Should Attend the National Ethanol Conference
    The National Ethanol Conference is recognized as the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. Read why others continue to attend this event year after year. "At Gavilon, we focus on cultivating long-standing partnerships with our customers and suppliers. The relationships we are able to develop and maintain at NEC are an invaluable return on our investment," said Randy Ives, director of ethanol services at the Gavilon Group. Learn more and register.
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