biofuel

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Renewable Fuel Standard is a federal program authorized in 2005 requiring fuel sold in the United States to contain a certain amount of renewable fuel.  A waiver program was put in place to help small refineries disproportionately affected by these programs.  Some South Dakota corn producers say recent expansion of the waiver program under the Trump administration is having a negative impact on the state’s ag industry.

Scott Stahl is the Vice President of South Dakota Corn Growers.  He says South Dakota has benefited from the renewable fuel industry.

New USDA Biofuel Program Expected To Fund More Research

Jul 27, 2015
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The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, recently started accepting applications for its new funding program. The program supports the production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased product manufacturing. It could affect researchers in rural areas, such as South Dakota, where some of this research is done.

Innovation: Research On Oilseeds As New Cash Crop

Apr 10, 2015
South Dakota State University

SDSU Research Professor Dr. William Gibbons  says oil seeds are a new major crop that can be grown in South Dakota.  The seeds can be pressed and used as biofuel in diesel engines and even in jet airplanes.  Current research shows the crop can work well in rotation with wheat and can benefit the environment.

Gibbons specializes in industrial microbiology at South Dakota State University.  He also serves as the Director of the South Dakota Oilseed Initiative.  The group of scientists study the possible use of oil seeds as a fuel source and possible crop for this region.