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Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on …

Pioneering Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Hangs On, Barely
June 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (High Plains Public Radio)  A leading research center focused on local farmers and environmental conservation is hanging on by a thread, even as the movement to diversify agriculture, which it helped launch, …

Cultivating Homegrown Energy Solutions
May 24, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Times/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation) …  With all the publicity around fracking, it’s easy to assume that America’s own domestic oil production is more than enough to fuel a growing …

Ethanol Producers Must Engage in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate
May 18, 2017 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by John Duff (Ethanol Producer Magazine/National Sorghum Producers)  A drastically changed farm economy means the next bill will likely be very different than past ones. …   —  It is hard to believe the current …

Perdue Unveils Plan to Reorganize USDA
May 12, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural …

Perdue Pushes RFS, Beef Exports in Iowa Speech
May 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by  Spencer Chase and Ben Nuelle  (Agri-Pulse)  … Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted the benefits of renewable energy and the need for export markets in a Friday speech to Iowa producers.
The speech was billed as Perdue’s …

Renewable Fuels Are Part of an ‘America First’ Energy Plan
May 4, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (The Hill/American Coalition for Ethanol)   … By every measure, increasing the production and use of homegrown renewable fuels has spurred economic growth for U.S. farmers and supported high-skill, high-wage jobs in rural …

Trump Forms Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity
April 28, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Trump Administration released its “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” — and a report from the Interagency Task Force, something this order …

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey Meets with Trump on Farm Issues
April 26, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew D. Sullivan (USA TODAY/Des Moines Register)   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey took the opportunity presented at a White House roundtable with President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon to talk ethanol and said he …

Here Comes BioChina: Amyris, Others Bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom
April 19, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and …

Trump on Ethanol: Supportive, but Few Comments
April 11, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Anderson (Argus Leader)  President Donald Trump has never tweeted about ethanol.  In the course of tens of thousands of posts on his social media platform of choice, the president has posted about oil …

Farm Bill: Lower Expectations
February 3, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom (DTN Progressive Farmer)  About two-thirds of a bipartisan group of around 50 lobbyists said this week they expect Congress not to finish the farm bill until 2019 and think that it will …

Gearing Up for Farm Bill Season
January 6, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI will take periodic looks at the ongoing debate surrounding the anticipated 2018 Farm Bill. This article is the first in the series.  — …  Amidst a backdrop …

SARE Publishes New Report on Agricultural Systems
December 9, 2016 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  “Agricultural research must shift from measuring farm ‘performance’ by single indicators such as yield and profit, to evaluating success using a multidimensional approach that incorporates the three …

Farmers to Trump: You Owe Us
December 6, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Jane Wells (CNBC)  … This even as the oil industry — suffering from its own low prices — could push the Trump administration to reduce support for ethanol. “I think some people would still like …

Commission’s Flip-Flop on Biofuels Puts at Risk Tens of Thousands of Jobs
December 6, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Kent (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association/Euractiv)  The key element of this renewable energy plan is that the ceiling for the crop biofuel component of EU transport fuels will be slashed from 7% …

Conservatives Call For Repeal of RFS
October 1, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(WHOTV.com)  The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, last week released a sweeping critique of U.S. agriculture policy.
In a 148 page report, the foundation called for Congress to revamp crop insurance and food standards.
It also …

Chinese Ethanol Almost Competitive Enough to Export
September 12, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Xiaojuan Gao (Platts)  The export arbitrage for China ethanol has narrowed to the point where transactions could be occurring very soon, market participants said Friday, citing a combination of factors including increasing international ethanol market …

Grassley Says Vilsack’s Better for Ag Agenda as Secretary, not VP
July 21, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer  (Iowa Public Radio)  U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack may be on Hillary Clinton’s short-list for a vice presidential running mate. Several national media outlets have reported that while …

Cellulosic Ethanol Holds Promise, But Can We Get It Right?
December 15, 2015 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Loni Kemp (NRDC/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)   The next ethanol boom is most likely to come from cellulose feedstocks, yet US policy is unprepared to ensure that harvest of annual crop residues is sustainable. That’s the conclusion …

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. …

Time Running out to Sell Ukraine’s Ethanol-Producing Monopoly
October 14, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Ilya Timtchenko  (Kyiv Post)  An estimated 600 million hryvnias ($28 million) in losses last year and 41 rundown factories – that’s what Roman Ivaniuk inherited at the beginning of January, when he accepted his …

Farmers to Be Permitted to Produce Ethanol: PM
September 14, 2015 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  In a bid to to make environment “clean, green and pollution free”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Centre will shortly permit the farmers in Punjab to produce ethanol from maize.
Addressing a …

U.S. Biofuels Boom Threatens Brazilian Organic Farmers
September 8, 2015 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(Foodtank.com)  … Miraci Pereira Silva is an organic farmer from the Roseli Nunes settlement in western Brazil. For years, together with other members of her community, she has grown crops like lettuce, beans, and papaya, which …

Celebrating a Decade of Success: The RFS Turns 10!
August 10, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  This Saturday marks 10 years since the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) containing the original Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The first RFS …

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. …

R5 Bln Plant to Convert Canola into Diesel Halted by Laws
April 16, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Lutho Mtongana (BizNews.com)  PhytoEnergy International Holding AG said it will only proceed with a plan to build a 5 billion rand ($418 million) plant to convert canola into diesel in South Africa if the government …

Senator Vows to Bring the ‘Iowa Way’ to D.C.
January 14, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Daily)  Joni Ernst’s new office is about 1,100 miles from her hometown in rural southwest Iowa, but she’s determined to keep her “Iowa way” in the halls of Congress. …
When it …

EPA Ethanol Decision Pushes Farm Bill toward Finish Line
November 20, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Erik Wasson (The Hill) The Environmental Protection Agency’s preliminary decision to reduce renewable fuels blending requirements has increased momentum to get a farm bill done this year, the top House negotiator on the measure said …

Stakeholders Tell Congressional Leaders To Reauthorize and Fully Fund Farm Bill Energy Title That Supports American Ag, Benefits Entire Nation
November 5, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(25 x’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance has joined more than 130 other national, regional and state stakeholder groups devoted to farm, ranch and forest-based energy solutions in a letter to congressional agricultural leaders urging them to …

North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland and Delaware Request Renewable Fuel Standard Waiver
August 15, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the governors of North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland and Delaware made a formal request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, in response to the 2012 US drought, …

Environmental Activists Attack Crop Insurance Industry
June 1, 2012 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by David Rogers (Politico)  …At issue are government-backed premium discounts designed to make the insurance more affordable to farmers. While not truly cash subsidies, the costs have soared in recent years and fit neatly into …

Commission to Decide if Farms Allowed to Produce Ethanol
April 27, 2012 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Diane Wagner   (Rome News Tribune)  The Floyd County Commission is expected to decide at its May 8 meeting if it will allow local farmers to make a limited amount of ethanol onsite, for use as …

Grow it Here, Make it Here
February 21, 2012 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Michigan, US Senator Debbie Stabenow expanded her “Grow it Here, Make it Here” initiative into a $5 billion proposal designed to dramatically expand bio-based manufacturing and job creation, funded through what …

2012 Farm Bill Biomass/Biofuel Recommendations
January 24, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Retain Agricultural Land: Agricultural and forest lands are vulnerable to loss due to reduction of the dairy and pulp/paper industries and conversion to residential or commercial development.  They …

Policies for Bioenergy in an Era of Austerity
January 24, 2012 – 9:08 am | No Comment

By Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  What should be the priorities for federal government support for bioenergy, in an era of fiscal austerity and a broken consensus on energy policy?
My goal is develop interactively with …

Instant View – EU Announces Shake-Up of Farm Policy
October 13, 2011 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  The European Union’s executive finalised proposals for a shake-up of the bloc’s 55 billion euro-a-year (48 billion pounds) farm policy on Wednesday.
Following are reactions to the proposals:
MARCO CONTIERO, GREENPEACE EU AGRICULTURE POLICY DIRECTOR
“What Europe …