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    Report: Ethanol producers thinking of using corn for ... food
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    A US ethanol glut is causing some biofuels producers to go full circle by diverting their corn from fuel production towards food products such as energy bars and fish food, the Wall Street Journal reports. Companies such as Green Plains Renewable Energy and Poet LLC are diversifying production ...

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    Report: U.S. farmers say government should rethink ethanol policy during drought
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    There's one more reason why a higher ethanol-blend requirement is a hot-button issue: drought. Farmers and farming advocates are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to ease up on ethanol requirements for the U.S. fuel mix because drought conditions through much of the country are causing ...

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    Report: Sugar beets are better for ethanol production than corn, report says
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    Sugar beets are a more efficient source for ethanol production than corn for a lot of reasons: they use less land, less water and, they can grown in many regions during the winter where it's too cold to grow corn. Sugar beets, which are mostly water, use 40 percent less water for growth than ...

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    Report: U.S. ethanol subsidy expiration may be driving up gas prices
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    Last month's expiration of ethanol subsidies from the U.S. federal government may already be driving up gas prices. Average gas prices as of Friday were $3.39 a gallon, up three cents from a week ago and up from $3.26 a month ago, according to AAA. Fuel prices for the three weeks ended ...

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    Report: Can we credit the Tea Party for ending ethanol tax credit?
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    The Tea Party movement was a key factor in ending corn-based ethanol subsidies because it pushed Republican candidates to speak out against spending, in this case monies that would provide little benefit to the transportation industry while exacerbating the national debt and deficit ...

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    More corn now going to ethanol than animal feed
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    For good or ill, a lot of what Americans eat is made of corn. It's not just the obvious ears alongside your main course, it's the sweetener in your drinks and to a large extent the meat on your sandwich. Corn is a viable crop across a large swath of the United States, and thanks to both modern ...

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    Biofuel breakthrough? Valero to extract corn oil during ethanol production process
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    Back in March of 2011, a Valero representative posted this response to a question on a Yahoo! Finance message board:

    Thank you for your interest in Valero Energy. We do not currently extract corn oil at out ethanol plants, but this technology is under consideration and may be implemented in ...

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    U.S. ethanol production falls a bit, but is still up compared to 2010 numbers
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    U.S. ethanol production fell 3.5 percent for the week ending July 8, down 32,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the prior week. Ethanol producers shouldn't worry much, since this is up six percent from the same time frame in 2010 and most biofuel refineries in the U.S. are reporting profitable ...

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    Who's unhappy with EPA's E15 decision? Lots of people
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    It looks like the EPA's decision to approve E15 for 2001-2006 model year vehicles has left several groups very unhappy. Shelia Karpf, the Legislative and Policy Analyst from the Environmental Working Group had some strong words to say about the ruling: With this decision, the Obama ...

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    Antibiotics pose concern for ethanol producers
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    There are a lot of reasons why corn-based ethanol may not be best biofuel available to ween ourselves off of petroleum, most of which have been well covered on this site. Today, we came across one that we were previously unaware of, and, interestingly enough, it has to do with bacteria and ...

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    U.S. ethanol production down by 21 percent
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    Bad news for ethanol lovers. One of the most important ethanol producers in the U.S., ADM, has announced that U.S. production of ethanol was down by 21 percent, from some 12.9 million gallons in mid-late 2008 to 10.2 million right now. The market was up when oil prices were high, plants were built ...

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    Is ethanol to blame for 1,100 job cuts at Pilgrim's Pride?
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    We've been covering the ongoing debate on whether or not ethanol is to blame for the increase in corn and feedstock prices, and opinions on both sides seem to be pretty strong. According to Pilgrim's Pride President and Chief Executive Clint Rivers, "Our company and industry are struggling to cope ...

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    Bush thinks ethanol is increasing price of corn
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    Although some have argued, even recently, that the drive to convert large amounts of farming acreage to ethanol production has had no effect on the prices people pay for food, that is not the memo our prez has received. I guess someone in Washington noticed the price of corn has shot up 250 percent ...

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    Forum Fodder: Definitive proof that ethanol is not creating a food corn shortage?
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    GM Inside News forum member HoosierRon has posted what he feels is "definitive proof that ethanol is not creating a food corn shortage." He goes on to give real raw data to support his claims. His data concentrates on the amount of corn produced in the U.S. and the amount of ethanol produced in ...

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    Richard Branson: ethanol would be cheaper than gas if America stopped taxing sugar imports
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    Billionaire Sir Richard Branson made headlines recently when he knocked the way Americans produce ethanol. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Branson fleshed out his ideas on ways America can improve the way it produces the alcohol fuel. Thirty minutes in, he says sugar produces seven times ...

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    Is corn tricking us into making ethanol?
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    We (humans) tend to see ourselves as having dominion over nature. We take and destroy when we cut down trees and harvest crops. But here's a question: What if, like with bees, plants are actually using us and they are getting more out of the farming relationship than we do? Take ethanol production ...

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    Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" expanding, possibly due to corn bubble
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    American farmers use a lot of fertilizer on their crops and much of that fertilizer ends up running off the fields before it's absorbed by the plants. When that happens it ends up in streams and rivers. In the central part of the United States where a lot American agriculture happens, most of those ...

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    Mexico wants to limit corn ethanol with "Food comes first" law
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    One more position in the food vs. biofuel debate, this one clearly slated towards food. México is about to pass an amendment to the "Ley de Bioenergéticos" (Bioenergy sources law) that clearly states that "Corn will only be used for making ethanol as long as there is a national ...

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    Greenspan on ethanol: it'll play a limited role
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    Alan Greenspan is getting a lot of press because of his opinions on Bush. Last year, when Alan Greenspan was still fed chair, he said a few things about ethanol in testimony. He says corn ethanol will play "only a limited role." Greenspan contends corn ethanol's "ability to displace gasoline is ...

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    Crop rotation - corn to alfalfa and back, plus its effect on ethanol
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    There is a danger in planting corn over and over again in the same field. If the crops are never rotated, the soil quality suffers immensely, which is why farmers usually rotate their crops from year to year. However, many are expecting that the high prices that corn has been generating, which may ...

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