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2009-05-04 16:44:35

The U.S. corn planting stands at 33 percent completed, but has fallen further behind its historic average compared with a week ago, the government said. On average, the corn crop is 50 percent planted by this time of year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. A week ago, planting was 6 percentage points behind the historic average. This week, farmers in the 18 largest corn producing states are 17 percentage points behind. The six most productive states for the nation's rice crop are close...

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2009-04-14 15:21:06

As corn farmers in the U.S. begin readying their crops, many critics claim that increased pressure to produce large portions of crops for biofuels is robbing the public's water resources. Kansas corn farmer Merl "Buck" Rexford told Reuters he hopes to produce more than 150 bushels an acre with this year's crop. Like many American corn farmers, a large portion of Rexford's crop will go to an ethanol production plant. Backers of biofuels like corn-based ethanol say it reduces dangerous...

2009-04-06 07:00:00

LAKE MARY, Fla., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGBF) ("New Generation Biofuels" or the "Company"), a renewable fuels provider, today announced that it has amended its license agreement with PTJ Bioenergy Holdings Ltd. ("PTJ"), the licensor of New Generation Biofuel's renewable biofuel technology, to receive royalties for revenue generated from the sale or licensing of New Generation Biofuels' products outside of the territories specified in...

2009-03-26 07:01:00

LAKE MARY, Fla., March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Renewable fuels provider New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGBF), today announced that it is has signed a sales contract with Catoctin Mountain Growers, Inc. ("Catoctin") of Keymar, Maryland to supply up to 370,00 gallons of renewable biofuel annually. "We are delighted to be supplying a proactive and environmentally aware company like Catoctin Mountain Growers with our biofuel, which provides a lower carbon footprint and is...

2009-03-18 07:00:00

BRUSSELS, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a gala event including the world's foremost leaders in biofuels, PetroAlgae (OTC Bulletin Board: PALG) last night was presented the Sustainable Biofuels Technology Award in the Technology Supplier category at the 2009 World Biofuels Markets in Brussels. "We are honored and delighted by this prestigious recognition. It sends a strong endorsement of our business model and strict focus on the commercialization of algal fuel - an approach we...

2009-03-16 07:00:00

BRUSSELS, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At World Biofuels Markets (WBM) 09, the scene last year of mass protests against corn and soy based biofuels, PetroAlgae (OTC Bulletin Board: PALG) will this year help demonstrate the near-term commercial viability of algae-based biofuel. In contrast with corn and soy, algae does not compete with the food supply, actually consumes C02 (2.2 times its own weight), leaves no toxic waste during the harvesting process, is essentially carbon neutral and...

2009-02-24 06:00:00

Proposed EPA and California renewable fuel standards relying upon incomplete science may threaten ethanol market and worsen global warming impact CHICAGO, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study announced today on ethanol land use impact found that a modern ethanol plant does not meaningfully change farmland use, neither the amount of land farmed nor the mix of crops planted (e.g., corn, soybeans). Commissioned by the Illinois Corn Growers (ICGA), the study's findings contest an unproven theory...

2009-02-23 09:00:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA) announced today that its members have launched a campaign to communicate public outrage and opposition to the Valero bid to acquire the assets of bankrupted independent Ethanol producer VeraSun. IIEA executive director and renewable biofuel expert, David Blume noted that Valero's offer clearly demonstrates the end-game strategy for last year's aggressive Food vs. Fuel...

2009-02-19 08:25:28

A U.S. researcher is warning the boom in the production of biofuels might lead tropical farmers to destroy rainforests to plant biofuel crops. Holly Gibbs, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, said policies favoring biofuel crop production might actually contribute to, not slow, the process of climate change. If we run our cars on biofuels produced in the tropics, chances will be good that we are effectively burning rainforests in our gas...

2009-02-18 07:00:00

Plant to Be Commissioned in Coming Weeks LAKE MARY, Fla., Feb. 18 PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGBF) ("New Generation Biofuels" or the "Company"), a development stage renewable fuels provider, today announced that construction of the Company's first commercial-scale facility in Baltimore, Maryland has reached substantial completion, and operations are expected to commence within the next few weeks. New Generation Biofuels' Baltimore facility...


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