ABCL Next showcased new & clean biotechnology

The biotechnology industry is budding with many world-changing concepts and ready-for-market products. Several California-based companies working in this space discussed their objectives and perspectives at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC Next), hosted by Biofuels Digest in San Francisco last week. Alan Shaw, CEO [...]

Fallout from USDA’s move out of Washington

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NAFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) have each lost between 50 and 75 percent of their staff since June 2019. That is when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue announced these two USDA agencies would be [...]

WASDE challenges expectations for domestic sugar & corn demand

Intriguing WASDE sugar forecasts this month: A look at the bottom line shows an increase of 118,000 short tons raw value (STRV) in 2019/20 ending stocks, perhaps prompting a sense of relief as supply and markets seem to be improving. But that does not [...]

Brazil center-south sugar output down 5 percent

Cumulative sugar production at 20.01 MMT: From April through mid-September, center-south (CS) output is down 4.9 percent YOY and down 14.2 percent from the five-year average. Cumulative recovery is down 6.1 percent YOY at 45.7 kg of sugar per MT of cane. Per UNICA, [...]

Corn market feels pressure from uncertain demand

Harvest of the U.S. corn crop has begun. Production remains a little uncertain, with just 29 percent of this year’s crop at maturity as of Sep. 22, about two weeks behind the average pace of development. So far, it appears the weather will be [...]

India sugar export subsidy, ethanol price hike approved

Export subsidy policy continued: India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved an export subsidy of Rs. 10,448 per MT (around US$6.63 cents per cwt) for 2019/20 exports. Total cost is officially estimated at Rs. 62.68 billion (more than US$875 million). Despite objections—WTO complaints—from [...]