Clashes between farmers and the oil industry over biofuel policy have posed a challenge for Trump, who is counting on both constituencies for political support ahead of next year's presidential election. | File photo

Trump promises ‘giant package’ related to ethanol to please farmers

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration is planning a “giant package” related to ethanol that would please U.S. farmers angry that many more oil refiners have been freed from obligations to use the corn-based fuel. Clashes between farmers and the oil industry over biofuel policy have posed a challenge for […] Read more

Technicians at an ethanol facility that produces gasoline for vehicles. This distillery and refinery operation belongs to China’s Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec, in Tianjin China.  |  REUTERS photo

Promise of giant Chinese ethanol demand evaporates

USDA says the planned E10 by 2020 will not be reached along with projected corn sales that lift markets

Forget about one possible bullish factor in grain markets, say analysts. Those holding out hope that China will follow through on its intention to adopt a 10 percent nationwide ethanol blend by 2020 had their hopes dashed in a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report. On Sept. 13, 2017, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, […] Read more

Federated Co-operatives hopes to lower the carbon intensity of ethanol production at the Terra Grains Fuels plant.  |  FCL photo

FCL purchases ethanol plant

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. has reached a deal to purchase Terra Grain Fuels’ 150-million-litre ethanol plant, located near Belle Plain, Sask. “Until this point we were purchasing (ethanol) from a third party to blend in our gasoline,” said Pam Skotnisky, vice-president of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “Now we are able to produce our own ethanol […] Read more


The ethanol industry says most of the U.S. imports occur in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and British Columbia, where there is limited or no local production facilities.  |  File photo

Ethanol imports from U.S. reach record levels

Over-blending said to be the cause but opinions differ on the reason — gov’t says it’s cheaper, industry credits efficiencies

Canada continues to import vast amounts of U.S. ethanol, some of which is being used to meet federal and provincial mandates. A record 1.32 billion litres of the renewable fuel flowed across the border in 2018, a seven percent increase over the previous year. Canada’s five percent mandate amounts to a blending requirement of 2.25 […] Read more

The U.S. has some 200 ethanol plants capable of producing 1.06 million barrels per day, and about 100,000 to 140,000 bpd of capacity has been taken off line due to the floods, according to three traders who track operations. | Reuters photo

Floods shut nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

MEAD, Neb./NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) – Massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 percent of the nation’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like Archer Daniels […] Read more


The $100-million expansion of the FS Bioenergia plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, Brazil, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019 and will more than double annual corn ethanol production.  |  FS Bioenergia photo

Second wave possible for ethanol sector

Many grain industry analysts say ethanol’s growth phase is over and so is its ability to bolster grain prices. Bruce Rastetter, chief executive officer of Summit Agricultural Group, an agricultural investment firm headquartered in Alden, Iowa, vehemently disagrees. “They’re just wrong,” he said. He points to new ethanol-promoting policies adopted by countries including China and […] Read more

Ethanol-blended gasoline makes up only a fifth of gasoline use in China for now. | Flickr/Bev Sykes photo

China set for ethanol binge as Beijing pumps up renewable fuel drive

BEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – China’s bold plan to blend renewable fuels into its gasoline supply within three years will revolutionise its fledging biofuels industry, industry players said, likely spurring billions of dollars in investment in ethanol factories. On Wednesday, state media reported Beijing plans to roll out the use of a gasoline known as […] Read more

E15 rules permit up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline. |  File photo

Higher U.S. ethanol content may spur demand for corn

The biggest customer of American corn may be developing more of an appetite for the crop because of a recent policy development. On April 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved E15, which is gasoline with a 15 percent blend of ethanol. Pumps had previously been allowed to sell only E10 or 10 percent blends. […] Read more


Ethanol demand could diminish as factor in corn market

The end of a major ethanol subsidy in the United States will likely slow development of the biofuel industry. However, that could be a good thing as corn demand from U.S. livestock and overseas markets rise. Corn dominates the crop markets, and its price trend has a big impact on wheat, canola and barley. Ethanol […] Read more