ERS conducts a variety of market outlook activities on
feedstocks for biofuels. Details on major changes and events in
world corn and other feedgrain markets are published monthly in Feed Outlook. Markets for soybeans and other
oilseeds are covered in the monthly Oil Crops newsletter. Cellulosic processes to
produce biofuels are not yet commercially available in the United
States; therefore, only data and information on ethanol and
biodiesel, and their feedstocks, are presented here.
In conjunction with USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board,
Agricultural Marketing Service, Farm Service Agency, and Foreign
Agricultural Service, ERS develops USDA's monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
report (WASDE). The WASDE provides a breakdown of the domestic
and global supply and utilization situation for corn, sorghum,
barley, and oats. As part of these estimates, ERS provides trade
data for ethyl alcohol (grain ethanol) in Table 32-U.S. exports of
ethyl alcohol by selected destinations and Table 33-U.S. imports of
ethyl alcohol by selected sources of the ERS Feed
Grains: Yearbook Tables data product.
Information from the WASDE is combined with data and information
from the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and
other government sources to provide a view of the supply, demand,
and prices of biofuels and biofuel feedstocks.
Long-term supply and utilization projections for biofuels are
available through the Agricultural Baseline