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Beth Conerty

U.S. Grains Council – Identifying how U.S. feed grains and co-products can meet the specific demands of a local market is the specialty of the U.S. Grains Council’s staff around the world. In Ecuador, the Council is successfully helping swine and poultry producers improve their feed formulations using U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and is exploring how U.S. ethanol can help the country meet its blend mandate.

Read more: http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/15297/usgc-helps-expand-export-potential-for-ddgs-ethanol-to-ecuador

With a collaborative relationship spanning 3 decades, University of Illinois and Japan Corn Starch have worked together on many projects. Most recently, IBRL director Dr. Vijay Singh helped with the design of Japan Corn Starch’s new corn wet milling plant. To celebrate the opening of the plant, College of ACES Dean Kim Kidwell and Assistant Dean of Advancement Kimberly Meenen joined Dr. Singh on a trip to Kimura, Japan where they stood side by side with Japan Corn Starch President and CEO Soichiro Kurachi to commemorate the opening as well as the ongoing relationship between Japan Corn Starch and University of Illinois research.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel. The new research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane—or ROGUE—kicks off on Feb. 25 with a team meeting held in conjunction with the 2018 Genomic Sciences Program Annual Principal Investigator Meeting in Tysons, Virginia.

Read more: https://www.igb.illinois.edu/article/doe-grants-106-million-produce-more-biodiesel-biojet-fuel

Research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) at the University of Illinois continues to improve the dry-grind process used to produce ethanol from corn.

“One of the major challenges in the dry-grind process is use of high corn solid loadings needed to achieve high ethanol concentrations and make distillation more economical,” says Vijay Singh, director of IBRL and a professor in the U of I Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Read more: https://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/new-fermentation-technology-improves-bioethanol-production

A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.

That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched today at the University of Illinois with help from a five-year, $115 million grant from the Department of Energy, one of the largest ever received by the campus.

Read more: http://ht.ly/UiDF30iad0O

According to a recent ruling by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2018. Although this figure is down slightly from last year, the industry is still growing at a modest pace. However, until now, producers have had to rely on incomplete information and unrealistic, small-scale studies in guiding their decisions about which feedstocks to grow, and where. A new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-cellulosic-biofuel-crops.html#jCp

photo of mixed herbaceous energy crops