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Wednesday 12/12/12

Ethanol Inventory Continues to Climb
Even though ethanol production in the first week in December fell 1.3%, ethanol inventory are growing. Total ethanol stocks at the end of last week were reported at 841 million gallons.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:58PM CST 12/12/12 by Rick Kment | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
EU Ethanol Subsidy Probe Ends
The U.S. ethanol industry will not face anti-subsidy duties from the European Union, after the 27-nation block decided Tuesday to drop the year-long investigation.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:19PM CST 12/12/12 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
S.D. Company Receives Funding for DDG Project
The South Dakota Railroad Board has provided a loan to help a South Dakota company build a processing facility that can remove corn oil from distillers grains.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:56PM CST 12/12/12 by Cheryl Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
This seems to be akin to closing the barn door after the cows are lost. Recovering corn oil after the mash has been cooked and fermented to ethanol causes excessive oxidation of the oil rendering it fit only for industrial uses. The University of Illinois has already proven that one can economically remove the germ and the bran (coarse fiber) from corn prior to fermentation. This process not only produces a food grade corn oil, and a very low starch bran, but also produces additional ethanol since the non fermentables have been removed prior to fermentation. And the DDGS produced not only has a low oil content, but also a reduced fiber content, resulting in a higher protein ration that is more suitable for mono-gastric diets (humans, pets, pigs, and chickens). And this process is done on site in a modified conventional dry grind corn to ethanol facility. See US patents 6254914 and 6899910. Robert Lawler
Posted by Robert Lawler at 8:13AM CST 12/14/12
My guess is that Novatis Aurora is looking to produce industrial corn oil to be used in bio-diesel. The process to be used is also covered by a US patent granted to Mr. Endres et al. Perhaps lost cattle and closed barn doors are not material to the situation.
Posted by Steve Simons at 7:08PM CST 12/26/12
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