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NEWS UPDATE May 22, 2012

Early Iowa corn ratings are very positive

Written by DAN PILLER, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted May 22, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first rating on the 2012 Iowa corn crop shows the newly planted corn 60 percent good condition and 21 percent excellent. The 81 percent good-to-excellent rating surpasses the 70 percent rating that agronomists generally consider to indicate a potentially strong crop. Iowa’s April and May plantings were aided this year by timely April rainfall, which ease concerns about dry soil conditions. [ read more … ]

Key energy advisers point to potential legislative deals next session

Elana Schor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2012

Political head winds are likely to slow progress on energy legislation until next year at the earliest, veteran congressional observers on both sides of the aisle said yesterday. That bleak prognosis is hardly surprising to many who have watched a divided 112th Congress spend much of the past two years fighting over basic duties such as keeping the government funded. But the long view offered by Bob Simon, top aide to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Democratic majority, and former senior GOP energy adviser David Conover hardly sounded like a funereal dirge for substantive environmental policymaking.
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Scientists find bacteria that could streamline biofuel production

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2012

A rainforest-dwelling bacterium may hold the key to a simpler way to make biofuels. Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville, Calif., said the microbe, Enterobacter lignolyticus, can tolerate ionic liquids used to process plant matter before it is converted to fuels for cars and planes. This eliminates several cleaning steps and makes the procedure less complicated, reducing costs. [ read more … ]

Industry anticipates launch of next-generation plants

E&E  •    •  Posted May 22, 2012

According to Biofuels Digest, about 400 million gallons of new U.S. biofuels production will start up this year. And from 2013 to 2015, an additional 1.7 billion is expected to go online. Companies have spent years trying to advance to the next generation of biofuels production, moving beyond corn-based ethanol to lower-carbon-footprint sources that do not compete with food demand. Many of the companies are planning to use a variety of materials — like cellulosic plant materials, animal waste and plant oils — to generate ethanol, diesel, jet fuel or components for gasoline. [ read more … ]

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