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July 24, 2013, Tracy, CA – A local dairyman facing more than $1.1 million in penalties for allowing “massive” amounts of manure to accumulate on his property is scheduled to argue his case before water quality officials. An attorney for the farmer protested the amount of the fine in letters…
Jul. 2, 2013, Washington, DC - The Department of Energy (DOE) in the United States has announced four new advanced biofuel projects to help bring down the proce of gasoline, diesel and jet fuels, with a total investment of $13 million. The projects are located in Utah, Tennesee, Oklahoma and…
Jun. 3, 2012 - All chefs know that "you have to break some eggs to make an omelet," and that includes engineers at Iowa State University who are using high-frequency sound waves to break down plant materials in order to cook up a better batch of biofuel. Research by David…
Necessity is often the mother of invention – that goes double for farmers. Cadman, with the help of innovative farmers in need, has developed a drag hose system that works as well today as it did 20 years ago. In the 1990s, new Ontario, Canada, environmental regulations banned farmers from using…
May 8, 2013 - Leaders of the G8 nations are under increasing pressure to recosnider biofuel targets  due to concern over competition with food output. According to Euractiv, around 200 British and international groups are lobbying against biofuel production because of the large amount of land that must be committed…
Apr. 23, 2013 - It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialisation challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E. coli…
February 22, 2013, West Lafayette, IN – The Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) is continuing its yearlong effort to help farmers comply with new rules regulating how manure and other fertilizers can be staged on farms and applied to fields. The rules took effect Feb. 16. “We are getting…
Feb. 20, 2013, Cambridge, MA - In the search for renewable alternatives to gasoline, heavy alcohols such as isobutanol are promising candidates. Not only do they contain more energy than ethanol, but they are also more compatible with existing gasoline-based infrastructure. For isobutanol to become practical, however, scientists need a…
Feb. 11, 2013, Ottawa, ON - Iogen Corporation has announced that Danish enzyme manufacturer Novozymes will acquire its wholly owned industrial enzyme business, Iogen Bio-Products, for a purchase price of $67.5 million and potential earn-out payments up to $12.5 million. The deal provides Novozymes with all commercial rights to Iogen…
Feb. 6, 2013, Athens, GA - When Li Tan approached his colleagues at the University of Georgia with some unusual data he had collected, they initially seemed convinced that his experiment had become contaminated; what he was seeing simply didn't make any sense. Tan was examining some of the sugars,…
January 21, 2013, Lowville, NY — Several months after rejecting a large-scale manure digester project here, town officials are considering a ban on any such projects. The Town Council voted 5 to 0 Jan. 17 to send a draft anaerobic digester law to the Lewis County Planning Board for a…
Nov. 30, 2012 - One reason that biofuels are expensive to make is that the organisms used to ferment the biomass cannot make effective use of hemicellulose, the next most abundant cell wall component after cellulose. They convert only the glucose in the cellulose, thus using less than half of…
October 29, 2012 – Phase two of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District air quality rules for dairies, known as Rule 4750, is beginning to take effect. For those dairies in the 500 to 1,000-cow category, there are monthly dairy compliance checklist requirements. For those dairies over 1,000…
September 21, 2012, Maria Stein, OH – Ag officials in Ohio hope results from manure settling tank tests prove it’s economically feasible to transport liquid hog waste out of the Grand Lake Watershed. Three, 250-gallon tanks containing liquid hog manure were set up at the Ted Heitkamp farm near Maria…
Aug. 22, 2012, Franklinton, NC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $99 million partnership with Chemtex to support construction of a new advanced biofuels plant in the United States. The plant is expected to be located in Sampson County, North Carolina and produce 20 million gallons per…

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