bioenergy

What is Future of Feed Grains and Ethanol?

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Audio via SwineCast.com
While ethanol production has turned corn stocks into fuel, the growth curve should begin to flatten in coming years, according to Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt.
One big things we want to talk about, what we call a "shock" in the market, are big shocks here in the last 3 to 4 years, aka, feed grain and animal protein shocks; we're talking about corn and soybean
Chris believes we are seeing enough attitude in Congress that the biofuels industry has had preferential treatment as an infant industry to get established and get running, and now that they are established and well capitalized, it is time to cut back on direct supports and credits. Audio of Chris Hurd.

Power To The Poultry Manure

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Poultry manure, as a by product of poultry production, is getting attention of public groups in the Shenandoah Valley (VA). The big question is what to do with it. As source of energy, manure represents an opportunity. But the approach to generating usable energy can be controversial.

All manure to energy systems offer at least one source of revenue for poultry growers, the purchase of poultry litter to start the process. The large and small scale options differ, however, in several ways: grower contract requirements, from none to a 10 year commitment; the price paid for the litter, from $5 to $15 a ton or more; the grower’s investment, from none to $100,000 or more; and who owns the power generated, electricity, bio-gas or bio-oil, and any other saleable byproducts, such as fertilizer.

The Shenandoah Valley Poultry Litter to Energy Watershed & Air Advisory Group has been meeting to help capture public opinion, develop solutions, and put forth executable approaches.

RFA View On Fueling Ethanol


Audio: Matt Hartwig, The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), shares thoughts on legislation supporting the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (aka VEETC) and possible changes in 2011.

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