International Sugar Journal

USA – Corn growers cheers lifting of summer ethanol ban [Full subscriber]

The Trump administration lifted restrictions on the sale of higher ethanol blends of gasoline on 31st May, keeping a campaign promise to farmers suffering from the trade war with China but drawing a legal threat from the oil industry and environmental groups.

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EU repeals anti-dumping duties on US ethanol [Registered]

The European Commission has scrapped anti-dumping duties (ADD) on ethanol imports originating from the US. This has prompted sharply divergent assessments of the potential impact on European producers, with the […]

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USA – Beet growers supplying Sidney Sugars agree to payment cut [Full subscriber]

Sugar beet growers for the Sidney Sugars plant, owned by the American Crystal Sugar, on April 12 voted to accept an offer for the 2019 campaign knowing well that they had the Hobson’s choice, according to local press reports.

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USA – EPA unveils a plan to increase ethanol-gasoline blend to 15% [Registered]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 12th March released its proposed rule ending the summertime ban of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, a move requested by President Donald Trump to help corn growers that supply the raw material for the biofuel.

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USDA ruling exempts sugar from GM beet to be classed as GMO food [Full subscriber]

U.S. agriculture groups have welcomed the USDA’s final bioengineering disclosure standard, arguing the rule strikes the right balance between consumer demand and the needs of farmers and the food industry.

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USA – 2019 biofuels mandate increases quotas [Registered]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered oil companies to blend more renewable fuel into gasoline and diesel next year — but it could be the last increase for years to come, as the government starts to make sweeping changes to the US biofuel mandate, reported Bloomberg and Reuters.

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USA – Western Sugar to shut down its Torrington plant in January ‘19 [Full subscriber]

Western Sugar is to close its beet sugar factory in Torrington, Wyoming in January 2019. This will come with a loss of jobs for its 92 employees, according to local press reports.

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USA – POET to build new US$160 mln corn-based ethanol plant [Full subscriber]

US ethanol producer Poet LLC said on 26th October that it is planning to construct a new plant in Indiana after earlier this month President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lift the ban on summer sales of E15.

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USA – Governor Ricketts inaugurates US$50 million biobased ethyl acetate plant in Nebraska [Full subscriber]

Governor Pete Ricketts inaugurated the Prairie Catalytic, LLC’s new US$50 million biobased ethyl acetate production facility in Columbus, Nebraska on 4th September, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

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Mexico – 2018/19 raw sugar exports to USA set at 750,877 tonnes [Full subscriber]

The Secretariat of Economy (SE) on August 15, 2018, announced in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) a maximum sugar quota of 750,876.85 tonnes on a raw value basis for export to the United States during the 2018/19 sugar cycle.

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