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Chromatin and California Ethanol Producers to Support Sorghum Feedstock Program with California Energy Commission's $9 Million Grant

Jul 30th, 2014

Chicago, IL – Chromatin, Inc., a leading producer of innovative crop breeding technology, sorghum seed products and feedstocks, today announced a collaborative sorghum feedstock program with Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX), Calgren Renewable Fuels, and Aemetis, Inc. The California Energy Commission announced on July 18, 2014 that it had awarded the ethanol companies with a total of $9 million in grants.

The sorghum feedstock program includes the California In-State Sorghum Program to support a lasting expansion in California’s ability to produce low-carbon ethanol from in-state feedstock that meets both the renewable fuel and greenhouse gas reduction goals stipulated under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard according to a statement released by Pacific Ethanol on July 28, 2014.

Chromatin previously announced a multi-year agreement with the three ethanol companies to produce California grown sorghum for ethanol production.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with these California ethanol producers once again for the advancement of sorghum feedstock programs,” said Daphne Preuss, Chromatin’s CEO. “Our market-leading sorghum hybrids will significantly contribute to the betterment of biofuel production in the State of California.”

About Chromatin, Inc.

Chromatin, Inc. develops sorghum for both traditional agriculture markets and for uses in new applications. It provides high quality sorghum seeds to growers and producers who are attracted to the crop’s rapid maturation, tolerance to heat, cold and drought and high yields. Today, these Chromatin products yield high performance feedstocks that enter the food, feed, and renewable fuel and power sectors. For additional information, please visit

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