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December 14, 2012
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  • U.S. ethanol output to bounce back in second half of 2013, EIA says
    U.S. ethanol production dropped from an average of 900,000 barrels per day in the first six months of 2012 to 820,000 barrels per day in the second half of the year, according to the December issue of the Energy Information Administration's Short Term Energy Outlook. Production will remain virtually unchanged through the middle of 2013 but will bounce back to pre-drought levels by the second half of the year, the EIA said. Domestic ethanol output will average 861,000 barrels per day in 2013, or 13.2 billion gallons for the entire year, the EIA stated. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Corn prices could fluctuate wildly next year, economist says
    The potential for volatility in the corn market next year "is extreme" because of the low stocks-to-use ratio, said John Anderson, deputy chief economist of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "We've been in a volatile situation the last two or three years, but 2013 could be even more volatile. So, my range for corn could be from $4 or $4.50 on the low end to $10 on the high end," he said. Delta Farm Press (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. corn export sales rose this week
    Export sales of U.S. corn for delivery in the 2012-2013 marketing year reached 258,900 metric tons this week, up from 51,611 metric tons the week before but down 10% from the average of the past four weeks, according to the Department of Agriculture. The biggest destinations were Japan, Mexico and Venezuela. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Cellulosic ethanol could hit the market in 2013
    After years in the pre-commercial stage, cellulosic ethanol is expected to finally hit the market in 2013, executives said. "It's been an incredible journey and one that we knew would require thinking differently," said Jim Collins, president of DuPont Industrial BioSciences, which is developing a commercial cellulosic plant in Nevada, Iowa. The upcoming cellulosic ethanol plants will be good for rural communities, but their long-term prospects are still uncertain given the boom in domestic natural gas production, said Dave Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University. KBIA-FM (Columbia, Mo.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What will 2013 mean for biofuels?
    Columnist Jim Lane answers 15 questions about industry trends and issues for the upcoming year. Some of the issues to affect the industry in 2013 will be the increased domestic production of natural gas and oil, the expected commercialization of cellulosic ethanol, the possible adoption of low-carbon fuel standards beyond California, the potential bifurcation of corn and advanced-ethanol interests, and the impact of less government spending, Lane writes. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers eye poultry-released ammonia for algae production
    Researchers at Iowa State University are looking into using ammonia from poultry farms to grow algae for biofuel and other applications. The researchers are designing a bioreactor that would extract ammonia from gases generated in poultry operations. "Algae can serve as a feedstock for biorenewable energy or [an additive] for animal feed. It's a win-win situation; you kill two birds with one stone," said Honwei Xin, an agricultural and biosystems engineering professor at ISU. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • RFS benefits U.S. economy, grain group exec says
    Oil and food industry groups continue to spread misinformation about the Renewable Fuel Standard, writes Tadd Nicholson, executive director of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The U.S. benefits from ethanol by displacing oil imports, and corn prices have a minimal impact on food prices, he writes. "[T]he ethanol industry supports more than 400,000 American jobs and is the most readily available and economical American-made renewable fuel on the market. Requiring ethanol be allowed access to the fuel market through the mandate of the RFS is the only way to break the petroleum monopoly that has kept ethanol and any other fuel from entering our fuel supply for decades," he writes. Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Canadian cellulosic firm, clean-tech fund sign venture deal
    Canada's MaRS Cleantech Fund has entered into a venture agreement with Woodland Biofuels, which recently opened a demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Ontario. "Woodland is on track to become the first company to profitably make renewable fuels from nonfood sources without requiring any form of subsidy. That's the kind of game-changer we target," Tom Rand, co-managing director of the fund. (U.K.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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