Industry News

  • Lanxess acquires Belgian firm’s South Carolina chemical complex

    February 15, 2018
    Lanxess, a supplier of ion exchange resin technology for biodiesel purification and the Baynox line of antioxidants for biodiesel fuel, has completed acquisition of the phosphorus chemicals business from Belgian chemicals group Solvay.
  • Biodiesel supporters ‘share the love’ at Iowa Capitol

    February 14, 2018
    On Valentine's Day, members and supporters of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took to the state Capitol building to proclaim the virtues of biodiesel, and to ask leaders to fight for programs that keep biodiesel at the heart of economic development.
  • American Soybean Association hires new CEO to replace Censky

    February 13, 2018
    The American Soybean Association has hired Ryan Findlay as its new CEO to replace Stephen Censky, who is now the deputy secretary at the USDA. Findlay, a Michigan native, has worked for the global ag company Syngenta for the past four years.
  • NBF offers students $2,000 through new Beth Calabotta grant

    February 12, 2018
    Student scientists can quality for up to a $2,000 award through the new Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant. The National Biodiesel Foundation established the grant to help students interested in research and biodiesel sustainability.
  • Retroactive biodiesel tax credit signed into law for 2017 only

    February 9, 2018
    The 11th-hour deal, unfortunately, does not include a forward-looking extension of the credit through this year, as so many biodiesel advocates had hoped. Trump signed the funding bill Feb. 9 just hours after its passage through Congress.
  • Carinata seed distribution agreement discussions underway

    February 8, 2018
    Following a recent transpacific flight powered by carinata biojet fuel, Agrisoma Biosciences and Nuseed are in discussions to develop a distribution agreement for carinata seed. Both events signal the beginning of a new market for Australian growers.
  • USDA stops support for Farm-to-Fleet biofuel production incentive

    February 5, 2018
    The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet biofuel production incentive, effective Feb 1. Payments will continue to be made, however, under existing commitments. The USDA said the incentive is no longer a priority.
  • UPM assesses construction of second biorefinery in Finland

    February 5, 2018
    UPM has begun an environmental impact assessment for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in southeastern Finland. The 500,000-ton plant, which would be UPM's second, would use different feedstocks than the current UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery.
  • Despite challenges, 2017 was a solid year for US biodiesel

    February 1, 2018
    In terms of the U.S. market for biodiesel, 2017 was not a record-breaking year, as was 2016, but it was also not a bad year for production and demand either, particularly considering that the industry faced numerous challenges.
  • European biodiesel industry welcomes antisubsidy investigation

    January 31, 2018
    Following an EBB complaint, the EU Commission initiated an antisubsidy investigation Jan. 31 targeting subsidized Argentine biodiesel exports. Since September when EU tariffs were reduced, Argentina shipped 600,000-plus tons of biodiesel to the EU.