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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.

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How to Thrive in Emerging Markets: Making Industrial Biotechnology Work away from Home
August 12, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why do hot US agricultural technologies fail to get the explosive growth they deserve? BEE offers a new tech-to-market approach. —  …  Why think about the developing world at all? …

USDA Chief Economist Office Examines Ethanol’s Complex Impact
October 30, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist just released a comprehensive report on ethanol. The 87-page report, “U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions,” …

EPA’s RFS Proposal Risks Ending America’s Rural Renaissance
October 23, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse) When President George W. Bush signed the law creating the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 to support biofuels production, he explained that “Using ethanol and biodiesel will leave our air cleaner. …

Biodiesel Works for Illinois Animal Agriculture
August 18, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Illinois Soybean Association)  Biodiesel Positively Impacts Poultry and Livestock Farmers’ Bottom Lines — Biodiesel is known for powering vehicles across the country—but it also works for poultry and livestock farmers by powering their profitability.

That was the …

Future Farm, Future Crop: Utopia or Dystopia? Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of 5
August 10, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As America’s farmers hit retirement age and technology options explode, what comes next?

… The average age of the US farmer reached 58.3 years in the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture. …

Challenge to Manage Farms during Volatile Periods
March 31, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Martha Blum (AgriNews)  The mood in agriculture is cautiously optimistic.  “A few years ago agriculture was going like gangbusters, but now it is in transition,” said David Kohl, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied …

UN’s Pro Biofuels Stance an ‘Important Milestone’ for Agriculture
February 6, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Olivia Midgley (Farmers Guardian)  Sustainable biofuel production can offer additional incomes for farmers as well as helping to achieve energy security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) chief has said.

Speaking at the …

EPA Seeks Nominations for New Agricultural Science Committee
January 7, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science …

Commodities: DDGS Value Comes Down to Logistics
October 2, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Chinese MIR 162 (Syngenta trait corn) issues are still not resolved, leaving significant amounts of contracted tonnage that needs to move a different direction.  River logistics are still an …

Do GMO Crops Foster Monoculture?
August 29, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Steve Savage (GMO Answers)  Do GMO crops “foster monoculture?” This is a frequent criticism of modern agriculture. I have three with problems it:

“Monoculture” isn’t the right term to use to describe the relevant issues …

The Impact of Ethanol Production on the North Dakota Agricultural Retail Industry
August 12, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Richard Taylor and Won W. Koo   (Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies North Dakota State University)  … The first immediate impact of ethanol was increased agricultural commodity prices. In 2005, the corn price averaged $2.00 per bushel. …

OECD-FAO Outlook Report Predicts Growth in Ethanol Production
July 21, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new agricultural outlook report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predicts that the consumption and …

Letter: Don’t Blame Ethanol
May 13, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Greg Krissek (Lawerence- Journal World)  To the editor: Kansas University biologist Chip Taylor has brought ethanol to the top of his list of enemies to monarch butterflies in an article published on March 31. Over the …

EU Sees Rising Food Output by 2023 on Export and Biofuel Demand
January 15, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg)  European Union production of foodstuffs from cheese to poultry to wheat is predicted to climb by 2023 on demand for exports and the manufacturing of biofuels from grains, the 28-nation bloc …

Integrating Place-Specific Livelihood and Equity Outcomes into Global Assessments of Bioenergy Deployment
October 30, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Felix Creutzig, Esteve Corbera, Simon Bolwig and Carol Hunsberger (IOP Science)    Integrated assessment models suggest that the large-scale deployment of bioenergy could contribute to ambitious climate change mitigation efforts. However, such a shift would …

Sugar Industry for Direct Manufacture of Ethanol
October 22, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Dilip Kumar Jha (Business Standard)  A practice prevalent globally, to reduce fuel needs

Sugar mills have urged the government to allow direct manufacturing of ethanol from cane. A practice prevalent globally, to reduce fuel needs, it …

Tides of Prosperity, Past and Present
September 25, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Similar to the 1970s period of prosperity, Zulauf (Carl Zulauf, economics professor at Ohio State University) says that in 2012 crop prices increased by roughly 200 percent, which he attributes …

Is Ethanol Starving Africa?
September 20, 2013 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Amar Toor (The Verge)  Accusations of land grabbing revive debate over “food versus fuel”  …
But some experts say that when it comes to biofuels and food security, it’s not an “either-or” question.
“At the moment …

Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Alcohol for Fuel and the Current Prosperity
August 26, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig (Ohio State University/FarmDocDaily) … Corn processed into alcohol for fuel was not a factor in the 1970 period of farm prosperity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) data series on …

The Role of Biofuels in a Warming World
November 6, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

RP Siegel (TriplePundit)  … We know that the 14 billion gallons of ethanol produced by American agriculture last year displaced close to 10 billion gallons of gasoline, reducing carbon emissions that contribute to warming. Biofuel …

Baseline Time Accounting Significantly Improves the Climate Impact Assessment of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)
November 1, 2012 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  Accounting for dynamics in the global agricultural area reduces the current estimated contributions to global warming from ILUC by 60-70%

Indirect land use models that forecast the global warming impact of biofuels production incorporate …

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Paper Probes Deeper Implications of ILUC Debate
February 3, 2012 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Looking for a middle ground where environmentalists and ethanol advocates could meet, the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy released a paper by Julia Olmstead reflecting on the lessons learned …