Holly Jessen

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July 09, 2014

NC funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE

May 07, 2014

New joint ventures aim to establish hemp-ethanol pilot plant

Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

USDA highlights $33 million in rural business investments

A recently released USDA report tells the story of more than $33 million in investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013. A new interactive website map also features funding information. READ MORE

March 05, 2014

Budget proposal extends biofuel tax credit, cuts oil subsidies

President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies. READ MORE

March 04, 2014

EPA Tier 3 rule sets E10 as new test fuel

The U.S. EPA final rule for emission standards for cars and gasoline made E10 the new federal emissions test fuel and finalized specifications for E85 test fuel for flex-fuel vehicles. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Butamax, Gevo patent infringement case returning to court

A Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC's patent infringement case against Gevo Inc. will return to U.S. District Court for trial, as ordered by Judge Sue L. Robinson on Feb. 18. READ MORE

November 21, 2013

USDA economists dig into details of the EPA proposed RFS rule

A recent FarmDoc Daily post features an analysis of the recent U.S. EPA proposal for the renewable fuel standard written by two economists of the USDA. The post outlines three possible scenarios, assuming the proposed rule is finalized as is. READ MORE

November 12, 2013

Biomass, biofuels projects awarded REAP funding through USDA

More than $14 million in funding for 424 projects in 22 states, including several biomass- and biofuels-related projects, was recently awarded under the Rural Energy for America Program by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. READ MORE

November 05, 2013

Letters fly in support of energy title programs in Farm Bill

In the last week, three letters have been sent to the ag committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, urging support for the Farm Bill's energy title programs. The letters have been issued by both federal lawmakers and trade groups. READ MORE