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July 14, 2016 - In Washington, Ensyn has announced ground-breaking on a new 10 million gallon biobased hydrocarbon fuel project in Port-Cartier Quebec.  The facility, which will be 50 per cent owned by Ensyn and will receive financing support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada. The project was announced live on-stage…
May 13, 2016 - A zero-waste manufacturing process has long been a dream for industries, especially in areas where businesses believe their byproducts hold great potential. In the production of biofuels that waste product is known as lignin - a pulpy, fibrous mass remaining after plants are processed. It can…
May 12, 2016, Oak Brook, IL – The tremendous increase in productivity and efficiency in the U.S. dairy industry has also come with an array of negative environmental impacts that are a major challenge from a sustainability perspective, reported Sarah Mikesell from the Large Dairy Herd Management Conference being held…
April 21, 2016, Baltimore County, MD – Lee Blaney tells people he has the best-smelling lab on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He’s joking. The environmental engineer and his team operate reactors bubbling with slurries of chicken manure that give off a stinky ammonia odor.…
March 18, 2016 - Researchers have revealed through a new study that fungi from the gut of herbivores like goats, horses and sheep could be used to make biofuel. The researchers report in the journal Science that these anaerobic gut fungi perform as well as the best fungi engineered by…
February 17, 2016 - Scientists have engineered a new strain of yeast designed to create biofuel from switchgrass, turning the collected cellulosic biomass into an energy alternative. The process is described together with a review of biofuel progress. Biofuels are much spoken about as the next generation energy source for…
January 14, 2015 - The idea of replacing fossil-based fuel with a renewable source of sustainable energy is enough to get any environmentalist excited. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The team is headed by Agricultural…
January 11, 2015 - Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois (U of I) and collaborators published their findings in the inaugural…
December 3, 2015 – Join Dan Neenan, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) director, on December 11 at 1 p.m. for a live Iowa Farm Bureau webinar on Confined Manure Pit Safety.   Safety should always be job one for farmers, especially in potentially dangerous situations. Neenan trains farmers, rescue…
  November 28, 2015 - Drive by a farm in southern Ontario in October or November and you’ll see fields golden and thick with plant matter. The corn or other crops have been harvested, but there is plenty that remains – the agricultural equivalent of end cuts and remnants. Farmers…
October 23, 2015 - A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah distinguished professor in photosynthesis and bioenergetics at the MSU DOE (Basic Energy Sciences program) plant and research…
September 18, 2015 - The University of Guelph has begun a new study pertaining to agricultural producer stress, and how farmers may or may not be managing it, as well as investigating producer’s opinions with respect to what resources should be available. "Many of us have personally known producers who…
June 26, 2015, Auburn, NY – During a public forum reviewing policy guidelines for local manure spreading on farms, the Cayuga County Manure Management Working Group welcomed input and questions from area residents. As many as 125 farmers, agronomists, environmentalists and property owners convened at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES June 25…
Urs Eggimann, left, and Jake DeBruyn stand in a field of switch grass.     Photo by AgInnovation Ontario. May 19, 2015 - The current wheat straw shortage is sending farmers in search of bedding alternatives for their livestock and poultry. And they may have found it in biomass crops like…
March 17, 2015, Sacremento, CA – Two local dairies will benefit from California Energy Commission (CEC) grants totaling $8 million for the development of manure-to-energy projects. The CEC recently announced that American Biogas Electric Company was awarded two grants of $4 million each for projects at Bakersfield's Lakeview Farms Dairy…

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