February 02, 2021

Vilsack: Biofuels, bioenergy can help meet climate goals

BY Erin VoegeleSecretary of agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack stressed the important role biofuels and bioenergy will play in meeting the Biden administration’s climate goals during a Feb. 2 hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. READ MORE

February 02, 2021

IRFA: Biofuels continue to have positive impact on Iowa’s economy

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study released Feb. 2 finds biofuels continue to have a significant positive impact on Iowa’s economy, but recent market challenges reduced the job and household income impacts of ethanol and biodiesel production in the state. READ MORE

January 28, 2021

Proposed Clean Fuel Standard holds potential for canola

BY Canola Council of Canada The Canola Council of Canada has announced it sees potential in the federal government’s proposed rules for the Clean Fuel Standard, which were released in December. If adopted, the regulations will come into force next year. READ MORE

January 22, 2021

Biodiesel, renewable diesel industry on the ‘RISE’ in 2021

BY National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is on the “RISE”. This week the NBB hosted more than 550 biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, distributors, retailers, and other industry advocates virtually to share the direction of the industry. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo moves to July

BY BBI International BBI International has announced that the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, will be held July 13-15 in Minneapolis. The event was originally scheduled to be held in mid-June. READ MORE

January 18, 2021

USDA releases AIA research strategy summary, dashboard

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Jan. 12 released a report and online dashboard that integrates the information collected by the agency as part of its Agriculture Innovation Agenda, an initiative that aims to help the U.S. agricultural industry meet future demands. READ MORE

January 15, 2021

DOE makes changes to biomass, biofuel advisory committees

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is terminating the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, but a newly established Fuels of the Future Advisory Board will have a standing subcommittee dedicated to biofuels. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

USDA: Soybean production up in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2020 Crop Production Annual Summary on Jan. 12, reporting that increased acreage and higher yields allowed soybeans to return to more typical production levels. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

In Depth: Holding Strong: U.S. Biodiesel Producers Surveyed

BY Tom BryanFROM THE WINTER ISSUE: Biodiesel Magazine’s late-2020 survey of producers tells the story of a resilient, changing industry that’s taken mostly indirect hits from the pandemic. Many producers lowered, but later ramped back up, production in 2020. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

WASDE increases outlook for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA increased its prediction for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biodiesel production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released on Jan. 12. The forecast for soybean production, however, is down. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

In Depth: Renewable Diesel's Rising Tide

BY Tom BryanAn update on U.S. renewable diesel projects—operational, expanding, under construction and proposed—giving new purpose to aging oil refineries. The report represents a transformative volume of nearly 5.5 billion gallons of new or potential capacity. READ MORE

December 15, 2020

DOE announces $35 million for bioenergy R&D

BY U.S. Department of Energy On Dec. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. Concept papers are due Feb. 1, with full applications due April 5. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

WASDE maintains outlook for soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its 2020-’21 forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Dec. 10. The forecast for soybean crush was increased, with the outlook for ending stocks lowered. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Biden to nominate Vilsack as ag secretary

BY Erin VoegelePresident-elect Joe Biden has announced he will nominate Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years of the Obama-Biden administration. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Brazil allows imported soy for biodiesel production

BY Erin VoegeleThe Brazilian National Energy Policy Council on Nov. 18 published a resolution that allows imported soybeans and imported soybean oil to be used to produce biodiesel. It is unclear how long the resolution will remain in force. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Governors urge EPA to address biogenic CO2 barrier

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition on Nov. 19 commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the U.S. EPA to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. READ MORE

November 20, 2020

UTIA awarded FAA grant to research SAF development

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the FAA to evaluate regional biomass supply chains with regard to their potential for supplying feedstock for domestic fuel production. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

DOE seeks proposals for Co-Optima collaboration

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced a directed funding opportunity (DFO) seeking proposals for advancing the aim of its Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. Proposals are due Jan. 14. READ MORE

November 13, 2020

NBB: Biodiesel can help meet USDA’s AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe National Biodiesel Board stressed that biodiesel is an adoptable, ready to go technology that can help meet the goals of the USDA’s Agricultural Innovation Agenda in comments submitted to the agency on Nov. 9. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

WASDE maintains forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its 2020-’21 forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel production in its latest WASDE report, released Nov. 10. The agency lowered its 2020-’21 projections for soybean production and ending stocks. READ MORE

November 10, 2020

2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo goes virtual

BY BBI International Biomass Magazine has announced that the 14th Annual Biomass Conference & Expo will be taking place 100 percent virtual, March 15-17, 2021. The deadline to submit a presentation abstract is Nov. 13, 2020. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

USDA: Soybean oil use for biodiesel to increase through 2030-‘31

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Nov. 6 released select commodity tables from its Agricultural Projections to 2030 report, which is scheduled to be released in full in February. The report predicts a slight growth in soybean oil use for biodiesel over the next decade. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

REG reports Q3 financial results

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. on Nov. 5 announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2020. Revenues for the three-month period were $576 million on 176 million gallons of fuel sold. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

US biodiesel production up in August

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 163 million gallons in August, up 1 million gallons when compared to the previous month and up 7 million gallons when compared to the same month of 2019, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Oct. 30. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

Neste to acquire Bunge facility adjacent to Rotterdam biorefinery

BY Neste Neste has agreed to acquire Bunge Loders Croklaan's refinery plant located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The facility is connected to Neste's adjacent plant via pipeline and consists of a pretreatment facility, tank farm, and jetties. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

Yield10 Bioscience evaluates novel traits in camelina, canola

BY Yield10 Bioscience Inc. Yield10 Bioscience Inc., an agricultural bioscience company, on Oct. 1 announced it has completed the harvest for its 2020 Field Test Program for Camelina and canola trials conducted in the U.S. and Canada. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Letter urges EPA to recognize de minimis nature of biogenic CO2

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 19 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking recognizing the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural crops. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Biodiesel Magazine announces 2021 media kit, digital offerings

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine the leading publication for the biodiesel industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Biodiesel Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 23, 2020

Neste reports solid Q3 performance for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleNeste released third quarter financial results on Oct. 22, reporting solid performance despite the COVID-149 pandemic. Demand for the company’s renewable diesel remained good and sales volumes were relatively stable. READ MORE

October 22, 2020

Greasezilla to launch regional hub-and-spoke feedstock system

BY Downey Ridge Environmental Co. Downey Ridge Environmental Co., developer of Greasezilla, announces it is in the final planning stages with several biodiesel manufacturers across New England, the Southwest and the West Coast to deploy hub-and-spoke model systems for feedstock. READ MORE