Trump administration mulls industry-wide biofuel waiver

Comment period would end after Trump's exit

Reading Time: 2 minutes New York | Reuters — The Trump administration is considering requests from the oil refining industry and its backers for a sweeping nationwide waiver to exempt them from their obligations to blend biofuels, a measure they argue would help them weather the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency […] Read more

Biden transition team holds talks with biofuel groups -sources

Reading Time: < 1 minute New York | Reuters – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has held calls with biofuel groups on topics including compliance with U.S. biofuel blending laws and Biden’s low-carbon climate vision, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. The discussions with biofuel trade groups as well as POET, a top company in the cellulosic […] Read more

Agriculture investor partners with University of Guelph

SVG Ventures is considered the largest investor in agriculture startups in the world

Reading Time: 2 minutes The University of Guelph and SVG Ventures | Thrive, one of the world’s largest funders and accelerators of agriculture innovation, have announced a partnership. SVG Ventures | THRIVE is a Silicon Valley company that is connected to 5,000 startup companies in agriculture and food from 100 countries. It has made 40 investments in agriculture technology, […] Read more

Husky, Cenovus shareholders approve merger deal

Cenovus to be Western Canada's biggest ethanol, DDGS producer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Cenovus Energy’s $6.07 billion deal to buy Husky Energy was approved by the shareholders of the two companies on Tuesday, creating Canada’s No. 3 oil and gas producer in a rapidly consolidating industry. Cenovus said 93 per cent of shareholder votes were cast in favour of the merger at a special meeting, while […] Read more

New greening programs planned for ag alongside carbon tax hike

Carbon price to hit $170 per tonne by 2030

Reading Time: 5 minutes A new federal climate plan which further cranks up taxes on carbon emissions also includes pledges of new programs to help sink more carbon into farmland. The government on Friday released the sequel to its 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change — a “strengthened” climate plan, titled A Healthy Environment and a […] Read more


U.S. fuel industry frazzled as EPA misses biofuel volumes deadline

COVID-19 fallout complicates process

Reading Time: 2 minutes New York | Reuters — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was set to miss a deadline Monday to announce how much renewable fuel the nation’s refiners must blend into their fuel mix next year, raising uncertainty in the fuel market and prompting one biofuel association to threaten to take the agency to court. Under federal […] Read more

An increased ethanol market will create more demand for Ontario corn.

Province bumps Ontario ethanol requirements

The use of ethanol in fuel will increase gradually over the next 10 years

Reading Time: < 1 minute The ethanol market for Ontario grain will continue to grow with the announcement that the provincial government is mandating an increase to 15 per cent ethanol in regular-grade fuel. The Ontario government is promoting the increase in ethanol as a way to reduce a megaton of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2030, which it […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Markets could go higher after U.S. Thanksgiving

Ethanol data show demand for corn

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, the Chicago Board of Trade was pulling back a little, generating double-digit losses in most wheat contracts, while corn and soybeans were down by smaller amounts. However, from Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. at Fort McHenry, Ill., sits, the trend after Thanksgiving […] Read more


Cenovus to get Prairies’ biggest ethanol maker in Husky sale

Plants can take up to 750,000 tonnes of wheat, corn, rye per year

Reading Time: 2 minutes A proposed takeover of Husky Energy by Cenovus Energy is expected to create not only Canada’s third-biggest oil and gas producer but also a new owner for the Prairies’ biggest ethanol business. The two Calgary companies on Sunday announced a friendly all-stock deal which would see Husky shareholders get 0.7845 of a Cenovus share — […] Read more

The Corn Plus plant is in Winnebago, Minnesota.

Greenfield buys U.S. ethanol plant

The closed Minnesota plant is the first foray into the U.S. for the Canadian company

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s largest fuel ethanol producer will acquire the 182 million litre per-year Corn Plus ethanol facility in Winnebago, Minnesota, marking Greenfield Global’s first plant in the U.S. The Corn Plus facility makes ethanol for the purpose of blending into gasoline and has been shuttered since September 2019. “This ushers in a new era of North […] Read more