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Interra and the Pursuit of Soil Magic via Affordable Biochar
May 15, 2017 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … The world of feedstocks is watching biochar very carefully these days, and for good reason. Although it might feel quite a long ways upstream from the world of making and …

Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop — August 15-17, 2017 — Sacramento, CA
April 27, 2017 – 7:49 pm | No Comment
Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop   —   August 15-17, 2017   —   Sacramento, CA

Significant scientific uncertainty exists about crop residue removal and potential effects on soil carbon.
Advanced biofuels and bioproducts are being made from crop residues in the US and elsewhere; however, the market value and sustainability of …

Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet
April 24, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  Life-cycle modeling for ethanol needs to be updated to reflect big improvements in corn’s GHG emissions profile  —  … Fuels that help automakers achieve efficiency standards are going …

The Whole-Soil Carbon Flux in Response to Warming
April 6, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin E. Hicks Pries, C. Castanha, R. C. Porras, M. S. Torn (Science Magazine) Soils contain about twice as much carbon as Earth’s atmosphere, so their response to warming is crucial to understanding carbon fluxes in a changing …

Vega Biofuels to Provide Biochar to Alaska’s Legal Cannabis Industry
March 7, 2017 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

(Vega Biofuels)  Vega Biofuels, Inc. (OTCPink:VGPR) announced today that it has signed a five year Agreement to provide the Company’s Biochar to legal cannabis growers in Alaska.  The state of Alaska is the most recent …

Heard on the Floor: Disruptive Technology, Feedstocks under the Microscope at ABLC 2017’s Opening Day
March 2, 2017 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy  (Biofuels Digest)  … While there were big questions, there were big answers, beginning with a panel on The Sustainable Agriculture Imperative. John Pieper from Dupont Industrial Biosciences shared their latest work with …

Biofuel Crops Expected to Play Crucial Role in Hawaii’s Energy Future
January 25, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Ivy Ashe (Hawaii Tribune Herald) … The latest stop along that path comes from researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, who are investigating potential dual …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects
January 23, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge …

Potential Biofuel Crops in Hawaii May Successfully Sequester Carbon in Soil
January 5, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/PLOS)  Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by …

Berkeley Lab Awarded $4.6 Million for Transformational Agriculture Technologies
December 28, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Julie Chao  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Two projects will provide a window to the underground, yielding information on roots and soil  —  As advanced as agriculture has become, there remains a pressing need for …

ARPA-E Announces $70 Million in Funding for New Programs to Power Transportation and Store Carbon in Soil
December 19, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Selection of 26 projects across two programs will make transportation cleaner and mitigate carbon dioxide emissions  —  The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced up to $70 million …

Review of John DeCicco et al. Article Titled “Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use”
September 9, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center)  … The authors essentially challenge the accuracy of traditional life cycle analysis with their new model.

The authors argue that “for a biofuel to provide a net …

BioFuelNet Responds To Study Claiming “ Biofuels Are Worse Than Gasoline”
September 8, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Marie-Joe Costantine (BioFuelNet)  Study stating “ biofuels are worse than gasoline” is fundamentally flawed  —  … In the study, when (John) DeCicco and colleagues calculate the CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere, they consider all parts …

Switching to Switchgrass? Study Models Soil Impact of Biofuel Crops
August 30, 2016 – 11:36 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The Argonne modeling shows that when grassland, cropland and pasture in the Midwest are converted to corn for biofuels, the level of carbon sequestration in the soil stays roughly …

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil
August 11, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is down– not just over the last 50 or 100 years, but also over the last decade according …

Bioenergy Crop Modeling Predicts Soil Carbon Increases
July 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com) Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict which counties in Illinois could see increases in soil organic carbon from crops such as …

Modeling Predicts which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops
July 19, 2016 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Katie Elyce Jones (Phys.Org)  To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?
May 28, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and just plain wrong. In fact, thanks to improvements in farming techniques, increasing the amount of …

Evidence of Benefits of Biofuels in Combating Climate Change is More than Ample
May 12, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … While recognition of the role of agriculture in meeting climate change challenges is growing among world leaders, it is of concern that biofuels and the low-carbon benefits they provide, especially when compared …

Carbon Farming – Agriculture’s Answer to Climate Change?
April 18, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On April 12, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced a new funding opportunity aimed at increasing the carbon storage potential of U.S. agricultural soils.  Land-use, …

Cool Planet Raises $9m to Commercialize Co2 Sequestering Biocarbon Soil Input
February 11, 2016 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunder News)  Cool Planet, the biocarbon and biofuel producer, has raised $9 million in extra funding to commercialize its soil amendment product CoolTerra, which just earned a USDA Certified Biobased Product Label.

But …

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 …

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel
December 23, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west …

Energy Crop Miscanthus in Trials to Restore Flood Plain Soils
December 8, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Bioenegy Insight)  The Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK and the supply chain specialist Terravesta are running new trials to examine how the energy crop miscanthus survives in water-logged land and its effect on the soil …

Bioenergy Projects Receive DOE ARPA-E Grants
December 4, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects, four of which involve bioenergy or …

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions
December 3, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation …

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 …

UK Study Shows Greater GHG Benefits from Biofuels
November 4, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The conclusions of five years of field research in the UK show that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by the UK’s arable sector are significantly lower than previously thought. …

Grant to Help Increase Biofuels Yield while Limiting Fertilizer Use
September 10, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize yields while minimizing fertilizer …

How the Increasing Amount of Biofuels Affect Land Management
May 30, 2015 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(ECN Magazine/Argonne National Laboratory)  The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil’s ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials …

For Biofuels and Climate, Location Matters
May 11, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org)  A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that, when looking at the production site alone, growing biofuel crops can have a significant impact on climate depending on location and crop …

Miscanthus Tops Stover, Switchgrass as Ideal Ethanol Source
March 5, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Models predict that miscanthus will have higher fuel yield and profit when compared to corn stover and switchgrass
A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using …