USDA launches climate-smart ag, forestry partnership initiative


The USDA on Sept. 29 announced a new initiative to finance the deployment of climate-smart farming and forestry practices to aid in the marketing of climate-smart agricultural commodities. A public comment period is open through Nov. 1.
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Argonne National Laboratory releases 2021 GREET update


Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 11 announced the 2021 release of the suite of GREET models, an analytical tool that stimulates the energy use and emissions output of vehicle and fuel combinations.
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Minnesota takes initial steps to develop new Clean Fuel Standard


Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Oct. 7 directed state agencies to explore ways to reduce climate change impacts from transportation fuels. As part of that effort, state agencies will begin work to develop a new Clean Fuel Standard for Minnesota.
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USDA maintains 2021-’22 forecast for soybean oil use in biofuel


The USDA maintained its 2021-’22 forecast for soybean oil use in biofuel in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Oct. 12. The agency’s estimate for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biofuel was also maintained.
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EPA appoints Rod Snyder as EPA agriculture advisor


On Oct. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to become EPA’s Agriculture Advisor. Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA.
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REG collaborates with ISU on hydrotreater pilot plant


Iowa-based biofuels producer, Renewable Energy Group Inc., joined Iowa State University at the BioCentury Research Farm for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 4 to celebrate the start of a new hydrotreater pilot plant.
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USDA predicts record soybean production in 2021


The USDA released updated data on Oct. 12 predicting that 2021 soybean production will reach a record 4.45 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the agency’s September forecast and up 5 percent from 2020.
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BP to double renewable diesel capacity at Northwest refinery


BP is making a $45 million investment to expand renewable diesel production capacity at its Cherry Point Refinery in Washington state. When complete next year, the facility will produce an estimated 2.6 million barrels of renewable diesel per year.
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Marquis plans soybean crushing facility, CCS, biobased chemicals


While expressing frustration with U.S. biofuels policy and hinting at a move toward becoming less ethanol centric, Marquis Inc. announced a multifaceted CCS project at its industrial park in Illinois that would include a soybean crushing facility.
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EIA: US biofuel capacity, feedstock consumption expand in July


Operable biofuel production capacity in the U.S. expanded slightly in July, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 30. Biodiesel capacity was up, while capacity for ethanol and other biofuels held steady.
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NBB hits the airways with NPR sponsorship


The NBB on Sept. 29 announced a three-week sponsorship of National Public Radio as part of comprehensive educational campaign aimed at decision-makers and the public. The 15-second spot will air on some of NPR’s most listened to programs.
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REG announces closure of Houston biodiesel plant


Renewable Energy Group Inc. on Sept. 29 announced the closing of its 35 million gallon per year nameplate capacity facility located near Houston, Texas. The company acquired and commissioned the plant in 2008 and has been operating it since.
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