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Posted August 5, 2009



National Biodiesel Conference
February 4-7, 2013 - Las Vegas Nevada

EBB monitoring biodiesel imports from Argentina

The European Biodiesel Board has an ongoing dialogue with the European Commission so it can "react quickly" to any evidence it gathers regarding the U.S. colluding with Argentina to circumvent countervailing measures imposed against the states, said Amandine Lacourt of the EBB. "The situation is currently under investigation," she told Biodiesel Magazine. "A lot of biodiesel already flows from Argentina to Europe and we have noticed an increase in the volumes, so it might be easier for some fraudulent practices to occur."READ MORE

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USDA launches BCAP, few oilseeds qualify

The biodiesel industry is not likely to benefit much from one USDA program partially launched this week that is eagerly anticipated by facilities and farmers using dedicated biomass crops like switchgrass or crop residues for biofuels, power, heat or biobased products. One segment of the USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program is now taking applications through local Farm Service Agency offices to give financial assistance for the collection, harvest, storage and transportation costs of biomass headed to biomass conversion facilities for use as heat, power, biobased products or biofuels.READ MORE

Oregon launches B2 biodiesel requirement

Oregon's 2 percent biodiesel (B2) requirement goes into effect on August 5, making it the third state supporting increased reliance on the cleaner-burning, domestically produced fuel. Oregon's biodiesel production capacity has reached five million gallons, which triggered the requirement. Established as part of renewable energy legislation passed in 2007, nine counties in northwest Oregon will lead the adoption on August 5. The rest of the state will join by October 1.READ MORE

Targeted Growth increases algae oil yield

Seattle Bioscience firm Targeted Growth Inc. announced it has developed a way to increase the lipid content of cyanobacteria by approximately 400 percent. This discovery will dramatically increase the oil yield per acre, decreasing the cost of algae production and helping algae-based biofuels become price-competitive with petroleum. During the past four years the entire genome of cyanobacteria has been sequenced by researchers. TGI molecular biologists and their collaborators have identified and tested every active gene and made major breakthroughs in both adding new genes and manipulating their functions to create a high oil yielding algae strain.READ MORE

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