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January 24, 2013
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  • U.S. trade agency voices "serious concerns" about EU ethanol duties
    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative expressed disappointment regarding the European Commission's proposal to impose duties on U.S. ethanol entering the region. "We have serious concerns about certain procedural and methodological aspects of the investigation," said Nkenge Harmon, a spokeswoman for the agency. Reuters (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RFA, Growth Energy slam proposal for EU duties on U.S. ethanol: The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy issued a joint statement denouncing the European Commission's proposal to apply a 9.6% import tariff on U.S. ethanol. "This decision is unprecedented. Not only does it fly in the face of over 30 years of consistent practice by the EC, but it also violates numerous provisions of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Antidumping," the groups said. "This proposal is legally vulnerable on numerous grounds," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen, adding that the commission probed six U.S. ethanol producers and failed to find evidence of dumping. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (1/23), (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, NYMEX oil, ethanol futures decline
    March corn dropped 7.75 cents Wednesday to close at $7.2075 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. March light sweet crude fell $1.45 to settle at $95.23 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. February denatured ethanol ended at $2.374 per gallon, down 2 cents, on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/23), MarketWatch (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DDGS gains nonhazardous-cargo status
    The International Maritime Organization issued a ruling officially classifying distillers dried grains with solubles as a nonhazardous cargo. The declaration was in response to a petition by the U.S. Grains Council. "This status provides additional assurance that DDGS buyers and producers can access the lower freight rates assessed for nonhazardous cargo," said Pam Johnson, president of the National Corn Growers Association. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Novozymes names new president and CEO
    Peder Holk Nielsen will become president and CEO of Novozymes on April 1, replacing Steen Riisgaard, who has held the position for 12 years, the company announced. "Peder Holk Nielsen's ability to couple market insight and research capabilities is key to deliver innovation and to continue our growth strategy. He was a clear first choice in our international search process," said Henrik Gurtler, Novozymes' board chairman. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First retailer to offer E15 in Iowa receives award
    The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship gave the 2013 Secretary's Biodiesel and Ethanol Marketing Awards to Harney Oil's John Gilroy and Linn Co-op Oil's Jim Becthold. "Both winners have gone to great lengths to make biodiesel and ethanol more available to Iowa drivers and I appreciate the effort and investment they have made to promote these home-grown fuels," said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey. Becthold owns the first filling station in Iowa to offer E15 to non-flex-fuel vehicles. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Agenda 
  • Cane production outlook is raised for key Brazilian region
    Sugarcane production in Brazil's center-south region will be higher than previously predicted, thanks to adequate rainfall, said Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, technical director of industry group Unica. The region is expected to harvest 580 million to 590 million metric tons in the season starting April 1, up from about 580 million metric tons forecast last month, Padua said. "So far, I can say that crop yields won't disappoint," he added. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brazil's plan to raise ethanol blend rate will be good for mills
    Brazilian sugarcane processors such as Raizen and Adecoagro are set to benefit from increased demand for ethanol amid plans by the Brazilian government to raise the ethanol blend rate from 20% to 25% in June. Mills in the center-south region are expected to divert as much as 54% of their cane into ethanol production in the season starting April 1, the biggest percentage in three years, said Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, technical director of industry group Unica. Bloomberg (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Agenda for the National Ethanol Conference is Now Available
    The agenda for the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference is available online. This year's program highlights how the ethanol industry continues to evolve to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing marketplace. With the RFS under fire and recent natural environment setbacks, the global market-driven atmosphere in which the industry must compete comes with new challenges. Industry leaders and experts will address how we are meeting these new demands by accelerating innovation in technology, marketing, logistics and feedstocks for the production of advanced ethanol. Conference session highlights include: perspectives on the future of the RFS, expanding renewable fuels globally, co-product considerations, tax policies critical to the future of the industry, future fuels and higher octane, and a panel discussion on E15. This year's keynote speaker will be Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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