Obama signs Farm Bill, announces Made in Rural America initiative

President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law during a Feb. 7 ceremony at Michigan State University. During his speech, Obama also announced the launch of a new "Made in Rural America" export and investment initiative.
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Wood pellets a hot commodity across U.S.

The wallets of homeowners across the nation using propane or heating oil as a fuel source have likely taken a big hit this winter, due to unusually cold temperatures, compliments of the polar vortex, and frequent storms.
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EPA opens comment period on residential wood heater proposal

The U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to establish performance standards for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters, and other heating appliances in the Federal Register, officially opening the 91-day public comment period.
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2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo to address Farm Bill

The passage of the Farm Bill will positively impact the biomass industry and help to spur on additional development of renewable energy, according to several leading biomass companies and organizations that praised the long-awaited bill.
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Greenwood Resources earns RSB, FSC certifications

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has announced that Greenwood Tree Farm Fund LP has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the RSB.
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Cropping systems can produce food, fuel, and other benefits

Cropping systems that are profitable for farmers and balance societal needs for food, feed, fuel, energy and clean air and water are the focus and challenge of Iowa State University's Landscape Biomass Project.
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Versalis, Elevance partner to scale a new metathesis technology

Versalis and Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership to jointly develop and scale a new metathesis technology to produce biochemicals from vegetable oils.
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DOE offers $12 million to fund biobased carbon fiber research

The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office has opened a $12 million funding opportunity for renewable carbon fibers. The aim is to develop a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance biobased carbon fiber.
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Report provides estimates of bioenergy capacity, investments

The 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides estimates of new bioenergy production capacity and recent project investments.
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ABO updates standards for measuring algae industry operations

The Algae Biomass Organization announced the publication of "Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0" (IAM 6.0), a significant update to the common standards established by the organization for measuring and comparing algae industry operations.
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Leaf Energy announces preliminary results of pilot-scale trial

Leaf Energy Ltd. recently announced it has received a preliminary report from Andritz AG outlining the results of a pilot-scale trial of Leaf Energy's Glycell Process, a glycerol pretreatment process, at the Andritz pilot plant in Springfield, Ohio.
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Elevance selects URS to provide EPC services for Miss. plant

Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has selected URS Corp. to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its biorefinery in Natchez, Miss. URS will convert Elevance's existing biodiesel plant into a new biorefinery.
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OSU receives grant to investigate redcedar, biofuels and water

Eastern redcedar trees are extremely invasive, are an incredible fire danger, and large, open-grown trees can use upwards of 42 gallons of water a day during the summer. However, removed invasive trees could serve as a biofuel feestock.
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Rabobank predicts increased European bioplastic production

The Netherlands-based Rabobank recently published a report that indicates European demand for bioplastics could require 1.2 million metric tons of sugar by 2020, up from 110,000 metric tons last year.
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Senate approves Farm Bill conference report

On Feb. 4, the U.S. Senate approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 67 to 32. The vote was the final legislative action needed before President Obama can sign the legislation into law.
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EPA names landfill gas projects of the year

Through its Landfill Methane Outreach Program, the U.S. EPA has recognized three U.S. landfill gas-to-energy projects as being exceptional projects of 2013. The projects are located in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
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Constellation to develop biogas cogeneration plant in California

Constellation Energy Resources LLC has announced that it has signed an agreement with the city of Los Angeles to design, build and operate a 27-megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant at L.A. Sanitation's Hyperion Treatment Plant.
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REACT Energy gains funding for phase 2 of Newry project

U.K.-based REACT Energy plc, a company formerly known as Kedco plc, has announced approval from Ulster Bank Ireland Ltd. for the funding of the second phase of its joint venture biomass gasification project located in Newry, Northern Ireland.
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UC Davis researchers develop new technique for drop-in biofuels

Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The feedstock for the new process is levulinic acid.
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