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July 12, 2018

Add'l tariffs rile soy growers as US-China trade war escalates

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association expressed extreme disappointment July 11 in Robert Lighthizer's announcement that an additional $200 billion in tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods.The action worsens the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

After months of asking for alternative, soy farmers hit by tariff

BY The American Soybean Association Soybean farmers, whose crop represents 41 percent of the value of products on China's tariff list, will feel the full effect of the escalating trade war between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the government of the People's Republic of China. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Conventional soybean meal prices take a nosedive

BY UFOP Soybean meal prices have come down significantly since the beginning of May. Ample supply from Brazil, favorable growing conditions in the U.S. and an escalating trade dispute between China and the U.S. are putting downward pressure on prices. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

French farmers unite in solidarity ahead of June 10 protests

BY Ron KotrbaThe French Federation of Oilseeds and Protein Producers is giving France's largest farmers' union, FNSEA, its complete support in planned blockades at strategic sites June 10 to protest policies and actions that jeopardize French crops and farmers. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Eni staff in Porto Marghera collects UCO for biofuel conversion

BY Eni S.p.A. Italian oil refining giant Eni will begin collecting used cooking oils from the homes of its employees for conversion to renewable diesel at its biorefinery. This pioneering initiative is part of its commitment to adopt a circular economy program. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

Despite palm oil polemic, Total's La Mède plant to start soon

BY Ron KotrbaAmid controversy over its planned use of imported palm oil, Total S.A. received an operating license for its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. FNSEA called on farmers and consumers to protest the decision in support of French agriculture. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Neste to acquire majority control of Dutch animal fat trader

BY Neste Corp. Neste, a producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues, and animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V. have agreed that Neste acquires sole control and 51 percent of the shares of IH Demeter B.V., making Neste the controlling shareholder. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

Opinion: Industry Innovations

BY Ron KotrbaIn his Editor's Note from the Spring 2018 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the nature of editors' notes, the Spotlight feature in this latest edition of the magazine, and the need to sometimes step back. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: Pioneering Achievements

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

In Depth: The New Feedstock Frontier

BY Ron KotrbaCutting-edge research and development has the potential to turn conventional wisdom on its head and revolutionize how, and from where, plant oils are obtained. READ MORE

April 11, 2018

Removing the brakes on plant oil production

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Scientists at U.S. DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes could push oil production into high gear. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Futures plunge as China retaliates with tariffs on US soybeans

BY Ron KotrbaThe escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is taking its toll on America's soybean farmers, as soybean futures dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel April 4 following China's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

FAME, rapeseed oil round robin tests modified to include UCO

BY Ron KotrbaIn Germany, AGQM and FAM have opened registration for their annual round robin tests for biodiesel and rapeseed oil. After a decade of such tests, however, the groups have modified rapeseed oil fuel round robin test to include used cooking oil. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Corn Oil One's Bob Riley receives leadership award

BY The Iowa Biotechnology Association and Cultivation Corridor The Iowa Biotechnology Association Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka and Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Billi Hunt have presented the 2018 Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leadership Award to Robert G. Riley Jr., owner of Corn Oil One. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

BY Ron KotrbaAemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Powerful reasons to celebrate National Biodiesel Day March 18

BY Ron KotrbaWhile the biodiesel industry is celebrated by many people every day of the year for its creation of jobs, support of farmers, use of byproducts and waste for clean energy, and its important role in helping the environment, March 18 is special. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Chinese researchers boost algae lipids, reduce peroxidation

BY Ron KotrbaResearchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

March Madness: NBB releases field of 'Elite 8' biodiesel schools

BY The National Biodiesel Board As March Madness nears, the very best of college basketball will be showcased. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board has released its own bracket of colleges and universities upping their game with biodiesel research, production and education. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Brazil implements B10 mandate a year ahead of schedule

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil's nationwide biodiesel mandate has increased from 8 to 10 percent on March 1, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The National Energy Policy Council approved the increase in December, one year ahead of schedule. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

US Senate finally confirms Northey for USDA leadership position

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Feb. 27 as USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Northey was nominated in September, but his confirmation was held up for months by Ted Cruz. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

US DOE grants $10.6M to produce more biodiesel, biojet fuel

BY Claire Benjamin, Steve Long Lab The U.S. DOE awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel. The new research project, ROGUE, kicked off Feb. 25. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

American Soybean Association hires new CEO to replace Censky

BY Ron KotrbaThe American Soybean Association has hired Ryan Findlay as its new CEO to replace Stephen Censky, who is now the deputy secretary at the USDA. Findlay, a Michigan native, has worked for the global ag company Syngenta for the past four years. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

NBF offers students $2,000 through new Beth Calabotta grant

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation Student scientists can quality for up to a $2,000 award through the new Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant. The National Biodiesel Foundation established the grant to help students interested in research and biodiesel sustainability. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

Carinata seed distribution agreement discussions underway

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Following a recent transpacific flight powered by carinata biojet fuel, Agrisoma Biosciences and Nuseed are in discussions to develop a distribution agreement for carinata seed. Both events signal the beginning of a new market for Australian growers. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

USDA stops support for Farm-to-Fleet biofuel production incentive

BY Erin Voegele The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet biofuel production incentive, effective Feb 1. Payments will continue to be made, however, under existing commitments. The USDA said the incentive is no longer a priority. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

UPM assesses construction of second biorefinery in Finland

BY UPM Biofuels UPM has begun an environmental impact assessment for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in southeastern Finland. The 500,000-ton plant, which would be UPM's second, would use different feedstocks than the current UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Emergent research could forge new paths to biodiesel's future

BY Ron KotrbaYoung scientists presented their ongoing biodiesel research projects during a panel at the National Biodiesel Conference in late January. Process and feedstock research like the work presented could provide an impetus the biodiesel industry needs. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

BDI breaks ground on algae production facility in Styria, Austria

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology and engineering firm BDI-BioEnergy International AG officially broke ground Jan. 26 on its new algae biomass production plant at Hartberg Ecopark in the Austrian state of Styria. The milestone is the culmination of years of R&D. READ MORE

January 24, 2018

Industry honors biodiesel champions, reflects on history

BY The National Biodiesel Board As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years at its yearly gathering, this year back in Fort Worth, the National Biodiesel Board's annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. READ MORE