Klobuchar urges Senate leaders to extend tax credit

In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., pressed senate leaders to extend critical tax credits for biofuels.

India's CJP works to develop alternative biodiesel feedstocks

India's Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel has identified, developed and cultivated up to 15 nonfood oil crops for biodiesel production, including jojoba, pongamia, kokum, algae and many more. CJP first began to cultivate jatropha in 2003.

OnSite Energy partners with MSU's Freeway to Fuels project

Michigan State University Extension entered into phase two of its Freeway to Fuels project by partnering with OnSite Energy to test the actual potential of growing oilseed crops on unconventional lands like vacant urban lots, as biodiesel feedstock.

China initiative to curb illegal use of waste vegetable oil

A crackdown in China to eliminate the illegal practice of using waste cooking oil to produce food products could increase the amount of material available for biodiesel producers. The public security ministry has identified 60 illegal operations.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Ass'n partners with PMCI, plans Iowa summit

The IRFA and Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa announced the formation of a renewable fuels partnership. Reps from both groups will serve in an advisory capacity to exchange ideas on increasing biofuel availability and use.

NBB hosts farmers for New York City Bioheat tour this week

Farmer-leaders from throughout the country have descended on New York City to see the bourgeoning Bioheat industry in action. The National Biodiesel Board is hosting about 20 farmers Dec. 11-13 on a biodiesel and Bioheat tour of New York City.

Biox Corp. reports healthy fourth-quarter profits

Vancouver, British Columbia-based biodiesel producer Biox Corp. posted record fourth quarter profit thanks in large part to favorable federal policy mechanisms in Canada and in the U.S. that helped boost increased sales and production of biodiesel.

Verenium markets biodiesel pretreatment enzyme

Verenium Corp. has announced the launch of Purifine phospolipase C (PLC) enzyme for the pretreatment of oils for biodiesel production. The product has been used to process food-grade oils since 2008. Plants near crush facilities may benefit most.

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