There is NO Reason that Low Maize Prices Should Put Farmers Under Pressure!

BOTHAVILLE, South Africa, March 10 (Reuters) – A big maize crop following recent rains has pulled South African maize prices to two-year lows, eroding farmers’

2f7e00_quoteConnectingTheDots’ Insight: Earn extra revenue from maize cobs. They are an ideal feedstock for (furfural) biorefineries.

  • The harvesting, transporting and storage of maize cobs are well known (see GreenEneryPark biorefinery/agro-biomass processing hub). ….

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US biobased Economy Growth: $24billion/year (+ 200,000 new jobs)

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Biobased Economy In South Africa is at its Infancy (Image: Carl Smorenburg).

When USDA released the first-ever Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry last year, we were thrilled to see what a positive impact this sector was having on our economy, and this updated analysis shows that the sector is not just holding strong, but growing.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said at reports release this week in Washington, D.C.

A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed the precise amount that the bio-based products industry contributed to the US economy and how many jobs it sustains.

Just how much are biobased products worth (to the US economy)?

Since we reported on the 2015 report, the biobased industry now contributes 4.2 million jobs and $393 billion to US economy. Each job in the US bioeconomy adds 1.76 jobs in adjacent sectors. In Africa, we can expect an even higher job creation rate (See: GreenEnergyPark™ biorefinery). reports:

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African Smallholders to get Stress-Tolerant Maize


(Image Credit:  Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT)

A new project that aims to provide farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant maize varieties has been launched to help the region boost food security. The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project will apply conventional breeding techniques to develop maize varieties and hybrids capable of resisting environmental shocks, including drought, low soil fertility, heat, pests and diseases.

  • The project aims to increase maize productivity by 30-50 per cent
  • It will benefit 5.5 million smallholders in 12 African nations
  • An expert calls for more improved maize varieties to help more nations

Editor’s Note: Although the maize plants always makes a cob, even during drought, the good news is that STMA will create stable biomass supply chains (see Cob.Trade or Biomass.Market), as “Collecting Cobs Makes Good Business Sense.”

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Biorefineries Give Local Farmers Opportunities for Additional Income

Farmer Bruce Nelson and a representative from biofuels company POET-DSM stand between square and round bales of corn stover stock piled outside of POET-DSM’s PROJECT LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol biorefinery. Selling the corn plant residue after their corn harvest has generated a new revenue stream for many farmers, including Bruce. Watch a video segment about Bruce’s story at the beginning of the film “Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future.”

In Africa we recommend to use the cobs, only or indigenous energy crops. We also have smaller biorefinery solutions, like the µ-Biorefinery or the GreenEnergyPark, which have the same economic outcome as in the USA: Additional income for the farmers.

The article below appeared on (US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy):

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Bioeconomy: $369bn and 4 Million Jobs Added to US Economy in 2013

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Each job in the US bioeconomy adds 1.64 jobs in adjacent sectors.
An economic impact analysis of the US biobased products industry showed that in 2013 4 million jobs and US$369bn were added to US economy. In Africa, we can expect an even higher job creation rate (See: GreenEnergyPark™ biorefinery).
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Connecting-the-Dots™ of a New Agricultural Economy

Co-ordination and Integration of Multi Value Chains

Co-ordination and Integration of Multi Value Chains

GreenEnergyPark™: Empowering Africa’s New Agricultural Economy

DalinYebo’s GreenEnergyPark™ will contribute to Africa’s food security and create permanent rural jobs, because these small economic hubs are located in the centres of agricultural areas and its profits will flow back to the farming community.

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The Non-Food Biofuel Sector Should Grow Significantly

Originally Published in the ECOreport.

The biofuel industry has been enjoying a 19.6% annual growth since 2005. That is about to change. The World’s 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry could grow to over 60 billion gallons during the next few years. Much of this will come from riskier next generation technologies.

Approximately 65.9% of global biofuel capacity

GreenEnergyPark™‘s insight:

Biofuels mainly use the C6-fraction of the biomass (sugars, starches and celluloses). This leaves the lignins and the C5-fraction (hemicelluloses), from which furfural is made. Furfural is a platform chemical for large variety of bio-renewable chemicals and bioplastics (

Furfural has been industrially made since 1922. No risky technologies are need. It’s not rocket science:

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BioPlastic in Automotive sector

The furfural industry makes natural fibre reinforced bioplastics (example: for the automotive industry. New developments of lightweight structural panels from natural fibres and furfural-derivatives are aimed at products for car and aircraft interiors.

Bioplastics News

Industry trend: high end compounds and fiber reinforced compounds gradually replace metal in automotive parts

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Engineering plastics and thermoset materials have already succeeded in replacing metal in multiple markets. The key driver for this substitution is weight reduction and, consequently, lower fuel consumption for vehicles of all types.

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Carbon Fiber from Biomass

We suggest that some of the furfural by-products should be considered. There are a variety of avenues that lead to e.g. thermoset-resin-biofibre composites or high-temperature polymers.

Bioplastics News

Next breakthrough:  carbon fiber from Biomass. En route to a totally sustainable airplane!

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The Energy Department of the U.S.(DOE) recently announced up to $12 million in funding to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable non-food-based feedstocks such as agricultural and forestry residues.

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Forecasted Bioplastics Industry Growth

The impact of these trends could see the furfural market grow to twice its current size. For Africa, biomass valorisation means food security and jobs (e.g.!

Bioplastics News

The global bio-plastics industry is expected to witness significant growth and reach an estimated $7.02 billion by 2018

Global Bioplastics Growth

Lucintel, one of the leading global management consulting and market research firms, has just  released a detailed analysis on the bio-plastics industry entitles “Global Bio-plastics Industry 2013-2018: Trend, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis”.

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