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NEWS UPDATE April 24, 2013

Brazil Said to Plan Ethanol Tax Cut, Low-Cost Loans for Mills

By Arnaldo Galvao & Raymond Colitt, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 24, 2013

Brazil, the world’s biggest ethanol exporter, plans to reduce taxes and extend low-cost credit lines for producers to help boost output and lower prices, a Finance Ministry official with knowledge of the plan said. The measure may be announced after a meeting of producers with President Dilma Rousseff and Finance Minister Guido Mantega today as reported by Folha de S.Paulo earlier, said the official, who asked not to be named because he wasn’t authorized to make public comments. The plan includes cutting the PIS/Cofins tax on mill revenue, the official said. [ read more … ]

Poet reopens shuttered ethanol plant in Missouri

Written by Christopher Doering, Argus Leader Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted April 24, 2013

Poet on Tuesday said it has started producing ethanol at its facility in Macon, Mo. The ethanol giant said the 45 million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant suspended operations Feb. 1 mainly because of a lack of available corn from last year’s drought. [ read more … ]

Research breakthrough seen helping engineer better feedstocks

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 24, 2013

Researchers from North Carolina State University have figured out how to map a three-dimensional model of a key plant enzyme, a discovery that they hope will help scientists genetically engineer better biofuel crops. The researchers created the image of an enzyme that is able to link simple sugars into a chain of cellulose, the tough material that provides structure in plants and the most abundant biomaterial found on Earth. [ read more … ]

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