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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.

-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.

-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Advancements in Agriculture, Good for People and the Planet
April 28, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The Hill/U.S. Dairy Export Council)  This Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March for Science …

Study: Climate Change May Hurt Nation’s Agricultural Productivity
March 8, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The agriculture sector needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’
February 2, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Hiroko Tabuchi (The New York Times)  … Here in north-central Kansas, America’s breadbasket and conservative heartland, the economic realities of agriculture make climate change a critical business issue. At the same time, politics and social …

Farmers Can Help Clean up the Chesapeake
December 30, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Chip Bowling (U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance/Washington Post)  I consider myself an environmentalist, a conservationist and a farmer. This is an identity I share with many farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which spans …

Don’t Forget about the Agriculture Sector
November 21, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Washington Post)  The Nov. 13 Business article “Mr. Business goes to Washington. Now what?” gave an analysis of how 15 business sectors, including marijuana and private prisons, would fare under President-elect Donald Trump. …

The New York Times’ Front-Page Screwup On ‘GMOs’
November 3, 2016 – 10:27 pm | No Comment

by Henry I. Miller (Forbes)  … As economist Graham Brookes wrote about (Danny) Hakim, he makes “spurious comparisons that will mislead readers,” because he fails to understand that, “[t]here are numerous factors that affect yield such as …

Biogenic CO2 Coalition Launches Grassroots Outreach: Urges EPA to Remove its Regulatory Roadblock to Development of the Bioeconomy
October 12, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Biogenic CO2 Coalition)  Today (October 6, 2016), a coalition of major agricultural groups launched a grassroots campaign to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to remove its regulatory roadblock to development of the emerging bioeconomy.

The Biogenic …

Climate’s Growing Role in Presidential Race
October 6, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …   YOU BUILD ME UP: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released a report today that found $90 trillion in infrastructure investments will be needed over the …

Hook-Up of the Year: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer & Monsanto
September 21, 2016 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, the extended courtship between Bayer and Monsanto, which saw the dowry offer raised four times by Bayer, resulted in a $127.50 all-cash offer for Monsanto, which Monsanto’s …

Bayer-Monsanto Hook Up: Good News or Bad Tidings for the Advanced Bioeconomy?
September 21, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, the extended courtship between Bayer and Monsanto, which saw the dowry offer raised four times by Bayer, resulted in a $127.50 per share all-cash offer for Monsanto, …

IFC Invests BRL 150 Million in CerradinhoBio to Support the Growth of Renewable Energy Production in Brazil
August 24, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(The Financial)  IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide BRL 150 million  of long-term financing to CerradinhoBio, an ethanol and biomass-based electricity producer operating in the state of Goias, in Brazil.

This investment …

Trump Announces Farm and Rural Advisory Team
August 17, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by  Sara Wyant and Philip Brasher (Agri-Pulse)  Donald Trump’s campaign has set up a geographically diverse team of agricultural leaders that includes congressmen, governors, state agriculture commissioners, trade association leaders and producers of grain, livestock, …

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? …

Doing More (and Better) with Less: 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Shows the Ways to Provide Food and Bioenergy, with Sustainability, for an Increasing Population
July 26, 2016 – 10:48 pm | No Comment

by Lais Thomaz* and Dan Quadros** (Advanced Biofuels USA) With diverse and dynamic programming involving agribusiness, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and bioenergy, the 2016 GAF achieved its mission to gather producers, companies and academia to discuss …

Decision Support: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to AgSolver Land Management Systems
July 25, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  AgSolver agronomic decision service products help increase profits by improving land management decisions, simplifying mandatory compliance and reporting activities, and maximizing returns for agricultural land investments.

AgSolver’s technology uses readily available …

ASABE Announces Standard for Sustainable Agriculture Production
July 1, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has completed a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production.

According to ASABE, the standard is intended for …

Big Data, Robotics and Synth Bio: Driving “The New Agriculture”
June 22, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If you haven’t been to an LP meeting before, they are generally intimate gatherings of venture capitalists, their underlying investors (the Limited Partners), portfolio company CEOs, and some thought leaders …

Solutions from the Land’s ‘Farmer-First’ Climate Smart Agriculture Principle
June 22, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The award of a $500,000 grant from the prestigious W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Solutions from the Land (SfL) this week (week of June 1, 2016) underscores the priority and responsibility that SfL …

Technology Quarterly: The Future of Agriculture
June 17, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Carr (The Economist)  If agriculture is to continue to feed the world, it needs to become more like manufacturing, says Geoffrey Carr. Fortunately, that is already beginning to happen  —  Tom Rogers is an …

Solutions from the Land Leaders Bring North American Climate Smart Agriculture Ideas to Global Summit in Rome
June 16, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(North American Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance)  Solutions from the Land (SfL) is taking an active role in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) summit underway this week in Rome, pressing business, government, NGO …

Homegrown: A Closer Look into the Life of America’s Farmers and Ranchers
June 13, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. House Committee on Agriculture)  … (T)he House Agriculture Committee debuted a new blog, Homegrown, to chronicle daily life of American farmers and ranchers from the perspective of producers. The gap between urban and rural …

The Advanced Bioeconomy 2016: State of the Industry
June 8, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the advanced bioeconomy, the question remains and will remain for some time, where are the gallons? Specifically, projects that use biobased feedstocks that can be converted into renewable fuels, chemicals, …

Ecological Farming: A Different Form of Agtech –Exclusive Report
January 15, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunderNews)  … “Ecological farming is ‘AgTech’ but of a different kind. It is a return to the original definition of ‘technology’, which comes from two Greek words: technis, which means art, skill, craft or the …

We Know How To Make Farms More Sustainable, But We’re Not Doing It
December 11, 2015 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Erbentraut (The Huffington Post)  A new analysis finds potentially transformative agricultural research isn’t getting the level of funding it probably should.  —  Two years ago, when acclaimed food journalist Michael Pollan trumpeted “the most encouraging …

Candidates Are Skipping Traditionally Mighty Farm Issues in Iowa
December 7, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Scott Canon (Kansas City Star)  … The discussion of ethanol policy puts conservatives in an awkward spot —  …Yet even in Iowa this year, Grain Belt concerns now draw less attention than in the past. …

How California Can Boost Biofuel Production to Cut Pollution and Help the Economy
December 4, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(University of California Los Angeles)  UCLA–UC Berkeley report finds that the state hasn’t taken full advantage of agricultural resources  —  California has not taken full advantage of opportunities to increase its in-state production of biofuel, …

U.S. Climate Smart Farm Leaders Call on COP21 To Address Role of Ag in Battling Climate Change
December 2, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma Farm Report)  Leaders of the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA) told policy makers and others attending climate talks here this week that agriculture can provide impactful and measurable contributions to global efforts …

FFA Helps Build Next-Gen Leaders
October 27, 2015 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture, and no organization prepares them to rise up and meet the challenges that lie ahead like the National FFA Organization. Not …

The Birth of New Bioeconomy Supply Chain & Feedstock: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Agrisoma and Resonance Carinata
October 23, 2015 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is …

FAO and France Urge Including Agriculture in Global Climate Change Debate
October 17, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Food and Agriculture Organization/Ag Professional)   All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the centre of debates on the issue, say FAO Director General …

Biofuels, Oil Palm and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia – Planning for Sustainability?
September 29, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This brief draws together SEI research done between 2011 and 2014 on agribusiness developments – especially of oil palm – in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The brief presents overarching insights from …

Cracking the Nut ’16 — March 1-2, 2016 — Washington, DC
September 28, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
Cracking the Nut ’16  —  March 1-2, 2016  —  Washington, DC

Cracking the Nut is coming back to DC! After three years abroad, the 2016 Cracking the Nut conference will take place in Washington, DC on March 1-2, 2016.

Connexus is working with the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID and …

UN Data Shows That Ethanol is Not Causing Food Price Rises
September 14, 2015 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  The UN FAO has released data showing that global food prices have experience the steepest monthly drop since 2008, casting doubt upon concerns about the impact of ethanol production in food …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — February 16-18, 2016 — Abu Dhabi, UAE
August 11, 2015 – 9:56 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — February 16-18, 2016 — Abu Dhabi, UAE

Theme for 2016: Rethinking Global Food Security. Collaborative approaches to sustainable agriculture innovation.
Providing enough safe, nutritious food to a growing population is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Food and agricultural sectors …

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit — November 3-4, 2015 — London, UK
August 11, 2015 – 9:32 pm | No Comment
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit — November 3-4, 2015 — London, UK

The World Agri-Tech Investment Series is held annually in London and San Francisco and is acclaimed as the most international gathering of agribusiness leaders, VC investors and agri-tech innovators.

In November 2015, the World Agri-Tech Investment …

Semios: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 11, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. What is Semios? The Semios platform allows you to view and control your ranch in real-time. … 2. Why is Precision Ag on the march? Using Semios’ portal, you can see …

PrecisionHawk: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 10, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Who is PrecisionHawk? PrecisionHawk customers, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and education institutions, regularly leverage significant amounts of data to support their day-to-day business practices and recognize that 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. …

The Revolution in AgTech – The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 6, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Huge deal volume. A site worth knowing is AgFunder, here — whose slide deck on the transformation of agricultural technology is digested here. Bottom line, whether it is drones & robotics, …

Technology No Silver Bullet for Africa’s Farming Challenges, Says Entrepreneur
August 4, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Dinfin Mulupi (How We Made It in Africa)  Africa is seeing a surge in mobile phone-based solutions promising to revolutionise the agricultural industry. Technology entrepreneurs have developed mobile platforms offering a variety of solutions, …

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters by authors at the University of Wisconsin uses error-prone satellite data to suggest that growth in U.S. corn and soybean production …

Biofuels Research Uncovers Natural Fungicide
April 9, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) reported today (March 9, 2015) the discovery of a chemical compound called poacic acid that could eventually be …

The Wealth Effect, and Farm Impact on the US Economy
April 7, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though representing just 1.3% of the US GDP, if the farm sector has a major impact on US economic health, it may tie back to what economists call “the wealth …

National Farmers Union Concerned over Omission of RFS from GHG Reduction Plan
April 6, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson recently expressed concern over the exclusion of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in President Obama’s formal submission of a plan to the United Nations …

Digital Soil: The Four Secrets of the New Agriculture
March 10, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To make fuel, chemicals, fiber, food more productively than ever before — it starts in the field with the New Agriculture.  Here’s what’s happening as Silicon Valley converges with Silicon …

Agricultural History of North Carolina
February 16, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by J. Paul Lilly (North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)   In order to understand both agriculture and forestry as they are today, I believe we need to know what they have evolved from. …

Innovation and Investment in AgTech — The What, When, Who, Why, and How
February 16, 2015 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Vonnie Estes (Biofuels Digest)  … AgTech did not receive much attention from venture capital prior to 2012. Investment in 2012 was around $150M – and then it exploded to $1.8 B in 2014. Investment momentum …

Organic Farming Not Always Best for Environment, Says Government Adviser
January 12, 2015 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Fiona Harvey (The Guardian)  Lord Krebs claims that organic farming needs more land than conventional methods to produce the same yield

Organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, one of the …

Area of Crops Grown For Bioenergy in England and the UK: 2008 – 2013
November 30, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(UK Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)  Key Messages
 An estimated 51 thousand hectares of agricultural land in the UK were used for bioenergy in 2013.
 The area of crops grown for bioenergy equated …

Summary of World Bioenergy Association Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014
June 27, 2014 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Bioenergy is considered to be an important source of energy for the next decades for several reasons. Most important reasons are: bioenergy can contribute to the reduction of CO2, …

Scientific Results Presented at 2013 ASA Annual Meeting Indicated: The Environmental Benefits of Biofuels Are Much More than We Had Thought
December 31, 2013 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The substitution of fossil fuels by advanced biofuels per se has a huge impact on the environment through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, consequently mitigating global …

USDA Agroforestry Effort Shows Ag, Forestry Sector Commitment to Sustainability
November 1, 2013 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The U.S. agricultural and forestry sectors have drawn some questionable, if not contradictory, criticism for their production of renewable energy feedstocks. In some circles, for example, it is claimed that corn production …

Smarter Food: Does Big Farming Mean Bad Farming?
August 28, 2013 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jane Black (The Washington Post)  In high summer, fields of wildflowers bloom at Tony Thompson’s Minnesota farm: gray-headed coneflowers, phlox and white prairie clover. Those plants are designed to do more than just beautify. …

Keystone Farm Show January 7-9, 2014 York, PA
June 15, 2013 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
Keystone Farm Show    January 7-9, 2014   York, PA

The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in …

Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit October 21-23, 2013 Minneapolis, MN
June 15, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit    October 21-23, 2013    Minneapolis, MN

What issues will be covered in the 2013 agenda?

Shifts in trade flows and emerging trends in the global oilseed and grains supply chain
New developments in vegetable oil usage for food, fuel and industrial applications
New oil …

New Pathways for Land Management Needed to Assure Clean Energy Future
May 8, 2013 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  With global demand for food, feed, fiber and energy on the rise, the need for critical ecosystem services like flood control, water filtration, biodiversity and carbon sequestration is even greater. The development …

Cultivating the Promise of Agricultural Cleantech
November 28, 2012 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Dallas Kachan (Renewable Energy World/Kachan & Co.)  …In its new report on agricultural cleantech, Kachan uses the following criteria to differentiate cleantech developments from generic agricultural innovations:

improved efficiency of resource use
reduced ecological impact
smaller carbon footprint
sustained …

Ethanol Fuelling Growth
February 16, 2012 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Peter Hemphill (Weekly Times Now)  …While ethanol production has become the largest use of the corn crop, it has also developed a high protein byproduct – dried distillers grains with solubles – now highly …

From Farm to Biorefinery: Ethanol Production Efficiency Improves
December 29, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …According to a landmark study by the Keystone Alliance (a group including both farm groups and environmental organizations, such as Environmental Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy) the amount of …

DuPont and Rosetta Green Sign Research Agreement to Identify Drought Tolerance Genes in Corn and Soybeans
December 28, 2011 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(DuPont)  DuPont and Rosetta Green Ltd. have entered into a strategic research agreement to identify drought tolerance genes in corn and soybeans.

“Drought can lead to losses for corn growers of up to $13 billion annually,” said John …

Cheap Grain: Winners & Losers
March 28, 2011 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here is dilemma of agricultural prices. Reducing demand, and commodity prices, benefits meat and dairy producers, and oil & gas companies. High prices benefit farmers, and technology companies creating new …

Advancing Biocrop Alternatives in the Pacific Northwest
February 7, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Ann Perry   (USDA ARS)  Pacific Northwest farmers could someday be filling up their machinery’s tanks with fuels produced from their own fields, according to ongoing research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.

Since 2003, Agricultural Research …

The Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission Has Published “Prospects for Agricultural Markets and Income 2010-2020”.
January 18, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  The outlook consists of a set of market and sector income prospects elaborated on the basis of specific assumptions regarding macroeconomic conditions, the agricultural and trade policy environment, weather conditions and …

Guest Column: Give Farmers Credit Due for Conservation
October 27, 2010 – 7:49 am | No Comment

Dean Taylor (Des Moines Register/Iowa Corn Growers Association)  …Iowa farmers have made measurable progress in conservation and water quality. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, farmers’ use of nitrogen and phosphorus per bushel has …

Florida Farm Service Agency Holding Feedstocks for Florida Biofuels Townhall Meetings
September 9, 2010 – 8:10 am | No Comment

by Julie (SoutheastAGNet)  Florida Farm Service Agency State Director, Tim Manning, wants to inform and educate producers about the need to decrease our dependency on fossil fuels through their statewide “Feedstocks for Florida Biofuels” town …

Study Claims Conventional Ag Limits Greenhouse Gas
August 3, 2010 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by David Mercer (Associated Press)  Advances in conventional agriculture have dramatically slowed the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, in part by allowing farmers to grow more food to meet world demand without plowing up …

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation by Agricultural Intensification
June 26, 2010 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by  Jennifer A. Burney, Steven J. Davis, and David B. Lobell  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  As efforts to mitigate climate change increase, there is a need to identify cost-effective ways to avoid emissions of …