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Jan 2, 2014

Bunge ethanol plant sale reflects doubt over EPA mandate

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Bunge North America Inc, a division of
Bunge Ltd, has sold its stake in a Mississippi ethanol
plant in what is likely to be the first a spate of industry
deals amid uncertainty over biofuel use in the United States,
analysts said on Thursday.

Ethanol makers are turning big profits now, but the future
is cloudy with the U.S. Environmental Protection agency expected
early this year to reduce the mandate to mix biofuels with
gasoline in what would be the first cut in the 2007 Renewable
Fuel Standard, or RFS.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. traders fear rejection of corn byproduct by GMO-wary China

Dec 12 (Reuters) – China has already rejected three cargoes
of U.S. corn because of an unapproved GMO variety and now U.S.
exporters are concerned some shipments of dried distillers’
grains, a corn byproduct, may be rejected for the same reason,
trade sources said.

The concerns were tied to ideas China, the world’s leading
importer of commodities, will increase testing for MIR162, the
unapproved variety commonly known as Agrisure Viptera corn by
Syngenta AG.

Dec 11, 2013

US ethanol profit margins hit records even as biofuels cut looms

CHICAGO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – U.S. ethanol markers are seeing
their best profit margins in more than five years on strong
demand for the biofuel and cheap corn despite a looming
reduction to the federal biofuels program, analysts and traders
said on Wednesday.

The price of corn, the main feedstock used to produced
ethanol in the United States, is hovering near a three-year low
while ethanol prices have been buoyed by demand to meet
the mandate requiring nearly every gallon of gasoline sold in
the country to be mixed with the grain-based fuel additive.

Nov 27, 2013

Analysis: High-ethanol gas – Not coming to a pump near you

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A month ago, Steve Walk was on the brink of deals to sell two big oil refiners some of his company’s specialized oil pumps, which serve up fuel that is 85 percent ethanol, a biofuel made mostly from corn.

Walk’s company, Protec Fuel, sells and installs the equipment needed to dispense so-called E85. The deals would have nearly doubled Protec’s business, he said. The number of stations across the United States dispensing E85, which is a rarity despite the growing use of biofuels, would have jumped by 10 percent.

Nov 27, 2013

High-ethanol gas: Not coming to a pump near you

CHICAGO, Nov 27 (Reuters) – A month ago, Steve Walk was on
the brink of deals to sell two big oil refiners some of his
company’s specialized oil pumps, which serve up fuel that is 85
percent ethanol, a biofuel made mostly from corn.

Walk’s company, Protec Fuel, sells and installs the
equipment needed to dispense so-called E85. The deals would have
nearly doubled Protec’s business, he said. The number of
stations across the United States dispensing E85, which is a
rarity despite the growing use of biofuels, would have jumped by
10 percent.

Nov 5, 2013

US ethanol plants reopen as record corn harvest boosts margins

CHICAGO, Nov 4 (Reuters) – U.S. ethanol plants that have
been shut for as many as five years are now coming back online
as a record U.S. harvest has pushed down corn prices and
improved profit margins for makers of the biofuel.

Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc on Monday said it
restarted a plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa, that the company
purchased in 2011 from corn processor Tate & Lyle.

Nov 4, 2013

Indiana ethanol plant to restart after being idle a year

Nov 4 (Reuters) – Indiana’s oldest ethanol plant will soon
restart under the new ownership of Noble Group Ltd
after the facility was idled for more than a year, local
officials said on Monday.

The 30-year-old plant in South Bend, in the northern part of
the state, was shut down last year when the former owners, New
Energy Corp, filed for bankruptcy.

Nov 2, 2013

Pig virus squeezes Hillshire profits; sausage prices to increase

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hillshire Brands Co (HSH.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said this week that cases of a virus deadly to baby piglets were growing and the company was increasing meat prices to combat rising commodity costs tied to the disease.

The Chicago-based maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was one of the first companies to state publicly that the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, was hurting its bottom line – and it will not be the last, analysts said.

Oct 28, 2013

Corn, soy tumble on accelerating harvest of big US crops

CHICAGO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – U.S. corn and soybeans were
headed for their largest losses in about a month on Monday after
dry conditions over the weekend allowed farmers to catch up on
harvesting big U.S. crops.

Wheat eased for a third straight session at the Chicago
Board of Trade, pressured by declines in corn and showers in the
U.S. Plains that improved soil moisture for winter wheat
planting.

Oct 17, 2013

Donations, prisoners aid cities, ranchers after South Dakota blizzard

By Michael Hirtzer

(Reuters) – Donations of money and some cattle have been rolling in for South Dakota ranchers after a blizzard last week killed tens of thousands of cattle in one of the state’s worst agriculture tragedies, state officials said on Thursday.

Dozens of minimum-security prison inmates were aiding the clean-up effort, gathering debris in three towns in the western part of the state hit by record snowfall that felled trees and knocked out power lines.