Syngenta Pledges Support for Renewable Fuels

8/3/2013 7:00 AM

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Syngenta has announced a three-year commitment to contribute $1 to the renewable fuels industry for every acre planted with Enogen trait technology, beginning with this year’s growing season.

The initiative is intended to help support America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promote the benefits of renewable fuels grown in America.

“Ethanol, whether from corn or other biomass sources, is an energy source for today and tomorrow driving economic growth and innovation,” said David Witherspoon, head of renewable fuels at Syngenta.

The company is a leader in the quest for renewable fuels and is focused on increasing the productivity of renewable fuels made from both traditional and nontraditional feedstocks.

Enogen trait technology is the industry’s first biotech output trait designed specifically for ethanol production. The corn expresses alpha amylase enzyme directly in the corn kernel and replaces liquid alpha amylase enzyme.

The enzyme present in Enogen grain facilitates a simpler, more efficient ethanol production process. By helping to create savings in electricity, natural gas and water usage, Enogen corn has the potential to help an ethanol plant reduce its carbon footprint.

Enogen corn hybrids are planted under contract with an ethanol plant licensed to use the technology.

In exchange for high-quality grain and alpha amylase enzyme, ethanol plants pay an average 40 cents per bushel premium to farmers for their Enogen grain, an economic boost that could mean as much as $80 to $90 an acre for some Midwestern farmers.

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