Australia: Dozens of countries now tax sugary drinks but sweet-toothed Australia isn’t interested
DATE 8Jan 2018

This year five countries, including Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa, will join 26 nations who have raised the price of sugary drinks in the hope of a healthier population. Meanwhile, Australia – one of the fattest countries in the world – is defiantly refusing to consider a so-called “sugar tax”. “Zero chance,” Prime… Read More »

USA: Ethanol production in Iowa is slightly up
DATE 8Jan 2018

Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants produced a record 4.2 billion gallons in 2017 according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Locally, Poet Biorefining, of Emmetsburg, also saw an increase in production. Poet Biorefining General Manager Daron Wilson declined to share further details about the plant’s 2017 production. Executive Director of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Monte Shaw… Read More »

Pakistan: Aggrieved growers to desist from cultivating sugarcane crop: SCA warns
DATE 8Jan 2018

The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has warned that a large number of farmers- dismayed by the sugarcane price controversy- will not cultivate sugarcane crop in the next season. A meeting of the SCA chaired by its General Secretary Zahid Bhurgari at the chamber’s office here Sunday also decried that despite 3-month delay in the… Read More »

USA: Moran gets Pratt Energy ethanol plant tour
DATE 8Jan 2018

When U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas paid his second visit to the Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant, the facility was much different than his first visit when the plant was under construction. Plant Manager Dave Mog, gave Moran a brief history of the plant including the ice storm that caused the plant to shout down… Read More »

Cuba: Cuba faces lean sugar harvest in wake of hurricane
DATE 8Jan 2018

As Cuba’s sugar harvesting season gets into full gear, officials are concerned about the extent of the damage that last year’s Hurricane Irma wreaked on one of the island’s essential crops. The hurricane, which lashed 12 of 15 Cuban provinces in early September, felled some 338,000 hectares of sugarcane, or 45 percent of the crop.… Read More »