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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 65, August 2017

Category: feedstocks
Published: 07/08/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


It is the bane of farmers and holidaymakers alike, and here in the UK we love to complain about it. I am of course referring to the weather, and the worrying picture painted by this month’s stories is that the weather is having a profound impact on the world’s farmers. Many of the world’s top crop exporters have been suffering from hotter and dryer weather than usual, and this is expected to hit global supply of crops. China’s maize has been one of the worst hit, with the nation having to import six times as much maize than a year ago, meanwhile Australian wheat forecasts have been cut by over 20%, with similar stories of downgraded yield predictions from the USA and Canada for rapeseed and soybean. AHDB has highlighted that wheat in particular may be about to suffer over the next few years, as despite record stocks from last year that are able to cushion the blow from this year’s crop, a large proportion of those stocks are...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Report aims to improve UK's energy crops growth
  • Industry members ask for no preferential treatment for Brazilian sugar
  • Non-GMO organisations hold sway despite fake news allegations​


  • FAO predicts downturn in demand for food products
  • Japan enters Canadian wood pellet market​

Research & Development

  • Record seaweed harvest to be trialled as AD feedstock
  • US researchers look to increase oil production of sorghum​

Wood & Crop

  • Global wheat supply in precarious position
  • Global agriculture falls foul of weather
  • European Sawlog prices continue downward trend
  • Palm oil as tallow alternative in £5 note?
  • Global Seed Vault flooded by Arctic meltwater
  • Task 40 publishes global wood pellets report
  • Monthly US stats show pellet production and sales​

Other Feedstocks

  • Waste plastic as AD feedstock in development
  • Regional disparity in UK gate fees remains
  • Resource Recovery Solutions receives first waste shipment
  • Biffa acquires Waste Recycling Solutions company in North-East England​


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