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Meeting Needs, Maximizing Benefits
June 27, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers continuously implement new environmentally friendly techniques to raise their crops.  —  Corn farmers—and with them, the ethanol industry—are growing more sustainable.

Farmers in corn states are embracing a variety …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.

“While water and wind …

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 …

How Ethanol Is Making North Dakota Farmland Less Fertile
April 10, 2017 – 11:14 pm | No Comment

by Sam Harrington (Yale Climate Connections)  Until about 10 years ago, spring wheat was a favorite crop for farmers in North Dakota.

Erickson: “Beginning in 2007, when the government heavily incentivized corn production for ethanol use, corn …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

Preliminary Approval to the Project to Reuse Cooking Oil for Biodiesel
November 25, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(30 Dias de Noticias (Google translation))  It aims to boost production of biofuels and avoid contamination.  —  The bill the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Antonio Bonfatti, which establishes the reuse of vegetable oils …

Bacteria Turn Trees into Pollution-Eating Machines
November 14, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anthony King (Horizon Magazine)  Hacking trees by adding bacteria to their roots could help scrub contaminated soil clean of chemicals and metals from industrial spillages and fallouts, a process known as gentle remediation.

Once the …

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 …

ABC: Bill Signals Building Support for Nutrient Recycling, Biogas
July 25, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(American Biogas Council/Biomass Magazine)  Last week, Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Robert, R-Kan., introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (S 3248). This latest bill is a companion to identical House legislation …

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 …

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 …

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.
June 28, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for …

Cover Crop Work Continues as Part of Biomass Research for Cellulosic Ethanol
June 22, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(POET)   POET is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa for cellulosic ethanol development. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound …

Are Ethanol Opponents Sniffing Glue? Something Is Making Them Dizzy!
June 10, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … In preparation for this hearing and EPA process, a group called American Council For Capital Formation (an oil industry lobby shill group) commissioned a report from Dr. Daniel De …

How Big Data is Disrupting Agriculture from Biological Discovery to Farming Practices
June 10, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Vonnie Estes (AgFunderNews)  With the need to produce more food using fewer inputs, agriculture is seeking new products, practices and technologies. As a planet we must use fewer chemicals and less water. Subsistence farmers …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results, Additional $72.3 Million Soil Health Investment to Support Paris Agreement
May 12, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the first results of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University. In …

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, …

Soil Health Partnership Participation Explodes
March 16, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Lizzy Schultz (AgWired)  Twenty-five more farms have joined in on the groundbreaking research effort from Soil Health Partnership (SHP) that could change the way farmers take care of their land.

SHP works to test and …

Best for Biofuels
February 24, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems  —  … Researchers at the University of Illinois used detailed models to examine impacts …

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 …

The Economics of Cover Crops
January 22, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  At the first Soil Health Summit last year, I talked with Purdue University agricultural economist Dr. Wally Tyner about the need to quantify the economic benefits for farmers of using cover …

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 …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

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 …

Biosensor Technology Will Visualize Movement of Phosphate from Soil Fungi to Plant Roots
December 11, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research/EurekAlert!)  DOE-funded project will track movement of phosphate in real time  —  Professor Maria Harrison has received part of a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to support …

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 …

New Study Provides A Boost To UK Renewable Fuel Industry
November 12, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Rural Energy News)  The conclusions of five years of field research, released today, show that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by the UK’s arable sector are significantly lower than previously thought. The report is …

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. …

Ethanol Is a Net Energy Winner
November 3, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register) Letter to Editor:  I was embarrassed for the University of Northern Iowa to read the recent letter to the editor by professor Kamyar Enshayan regarding ethanol [‘Renewable fuel’ …

Better Biofuels Ahead: The Road to Low-Carbon Fuels
November 3, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Cassidy (Environmental Working Group)  Biofuels produced from switchgrass and post-harvest corn waste could significantly reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change, according to an analysis by EWG and University of California biofuels experts.

EWG’s …

Balance Stover Sales with Needed Field Cover: Iowa State Soils Expert
October 28, 2015 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  Mahdi Al-Kaisi is not against using corn stover to make cellulosic ethanol products, and he isn’t against baling stubble for use in a livestock operation.

But he wants to make …

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels
October 28, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and …

Marginal Soil Can Make for Good Biofuel Crops
October 23, 2015 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)  Switchgrass, a perennial native to the tallgrass prairie, is one of the most promising bioenergy crops in the United States, with potential to provide high-yield biomass on marginal soils unsuitable for …

Ethanol Can Reduce Fall Tillage
October 22, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by David Hest (Corn+Soybean Digest)  Farmers find stover removal for cellulosic ethanol boosts yields, reduces costs and saves soil.

Like a lot of farmers, Curt Ferris has wrestled with large amounts of crop residue in corn-on-corn …

Researchers Receive $15 Million for Biofuel Crop Study
October 21, 2015 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(UT News)  A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin will receive two grants totaling $15 million to study a native prairie grass, including how it can become a sustainable source of bioenergy amid …

Grant to Improve a Sustainable Biofuel Source
October 21, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Lauren Klamm (Source)  Colorado State University is one of 10 institutions in a $13.8 million research grant to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. … Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, …

WEBINAR: Wood to Biofuels Webinar Series — Long-term soil productivity and sustainability of forest harvest residue harvesting — October 30, 2015
October 19, 2015 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Wood to Biofuels Webinar Series —  Long-term soil productivity and sustainability of forest harvest residue harvesting  —  October 30, 2015

Forest harvesting intrinsically removes organic matter and associated nutrients; these exports may impact soil productivity of managed forests. We will examine the effects of removing forest floor and harvest residues on soils and sustainable production …

Not Just about Bin-Busting
October 7, 2015 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  … “When it comes to growing corn, no one does it better than America’s family farmers,” National Corn Growers President Chip Bowling said at a Farm Progress Show press conference.

“But our challenge today …

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 …

ISU Agronomist Weighs Impacts of Corn Residue Removal
April 6, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from …

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 …

Report Based on False Assumption of Either-Or Land Use Approach
February 8, 2015 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In the World Resources Institute (WRI) working paper, “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land,” the authors work off the assumption that land-use decisions are used making an “either-or” …

World Resources Institute Wrong About Biofuels Impact on Land Use and the Environment
February 6, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (January 30, 2015), the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) criticized a new report by World Resources Institute (WRI) for its false data on the environmental and land use impacts of biofuels. …

25x’25 Responds to Questionable Assessment of Bioenergy Production
February 6, 2015 – 1:15 pm | One Comment

(25x’25)  A report released today by the World Resources Institute would seem to demonstrate the old adage: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The “change” in this instance is a massive …

Soil Sensor Technology Uses Biocomposites
January 9, 2015 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  A technology developed at North Dakota State University creates precise in-the-ground measurement and monitoring of soil and crop conditions, which could provide opportunities for greater yields. The technology also has …

USDA Observes Kick Off of the International Year of Soils
January 6, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today begins its celebration of the International Year of Soils to highlight the importance of healthy soils for food security, ecosystem functions and resilient farms and …

KSG Agro Expert Believes the Production of Biofuels Should Not Disturb the Eco-Balance of Land
December 18, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(KSG Agro)  In the production of biofuels one should take into account the need to maintain soil fertility. This was mentioned by KSG Agro Holding’s CEO Mr. Sergey Mazin during the V Ukrainian Grain Congress, …

Seeds of Cellulosic Ethanol
December 18, 2014 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … During a presentation at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago, John Pieper with Dupont Industrial Biosciences talked about the importance of seed …

Bioenergy Solutions Deserve a Major Role in U.S. Emission-Reduction Strategy
December 12, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  A broad survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans. The increased yields reflect an upward trend in all of the benefits …

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges
August 12, 2014 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today (July 31, 2014) released a report that, …

New USDA-ISU Report Validates Cellulosic Ethanol Biomass Sustainability
June 17, 2014 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

(POET/DSM)  Emmetsburg research aggregated with 500+ years of other USDA site data

Five years of soil nutrient data gathered at POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY site are consistent with more than 500 site-years of additional soil research, experts …

Bioenergy Sorghum May Be a “Sink” For Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Texas A&M Study Finds
June 9, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Rafaela Relvas  (BioNews Texas) Researchers at Texas A&M University conducted a study that brought new insights regarding bioenergy sorghum, finding that, more than an energy supply, it may offer a “sink” for greenhouse gases.

The team …

DNA Analysis Strategy Aids in Study of Biofuel Feedstocks
March 25, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers from Michigan State University, U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published the largest soil DNA sequencing effort.

“The Great Prairie represents the largest …

Carbon Sequestration Not So Simple in Biomass Crop Production
February 28, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (USDA/Biomass Magazine)  Findings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at the Agricultural Research Service, USDA’s chief …

Reconstructing the Microbial Diversity and Function of Pre-Agricultural Tallgrass Prairie Soils in the United States
November 7, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Noah Fierer, Joshua Ladau, Jose C. Clemente, Jonathan W. Leff, Sarah M. Owens, Katherine S. Pollard, Rob Knight, Jack A. Gilbert, Rebecca L. McCulley (Science Magazine)  Tallgrass prairie is extinct across much of its …

Dust Unto Dust
November 7, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Mary C. Scholes, Robert J. Scholes (Science Magazine)    In the past, great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded (1). The modern world could suffer …

Cool Planet Announces Commercial Trials of Biochar
October 21, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Cool Planet Energy Systems has announced the launch of its trademarked Cool Terra biochar for commercial agricultural trials. The company’s high-performance biochar soil amendments are designed for specific applications.

Rick Wilson, …

Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils (English)
October 17, 2013 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(World Bank)  The purpose of this report is to improve the knowledge base for facilitating investments in land management technologies that sequester soil organic carbon. While there are many studies on soil carbon sequestration, there …

Seminar Focuses on Corn Stover as a Biofuel Feedstock
September 20, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As a precursor to the National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 10-12, the Corn Stover Harvest & Transport Seminar hashed over the technological, logistical and …

8 Billion Gallons of Fuel from Corn Crop Waste: USDA, Iowa State Report Confirms Potential
September 13, 2013 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corn stover. It’s that inedible leftover from the corn crop, and if you’ve ever noted how big a corn plant is in comparison to the size of the ear, you …

Study Looks at Environmental Benefits of Ethanol
January 25, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to a new study performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn grown using no-till methods may sequester larger amounts of carbon than previously believed. The study was published in …

Fertile Soil Doesn’t Fall from the Sky
December 17, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research – UFZ/The AlphaGalileo Foundation)  The contribution of bacterial remnants to soil fertility has been underestimated until now.

Remains of dead bacteria have far greater meaning for soils than previously assumed. Around …

Running from the Bear: Making Biofuels from Municipal Solid Waste
November 6, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Ed Hamrick (Biofuels Digest/Greenworld Fuels)  … There are more than two billion tons of MSW produced worldwide every year, with more than 250 million tons per year produced in the USA every year. Disposal of …

Using Manure To Mend Mine-Damaged Soils
November 1, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(USDA Agricultural Research Service)  From 1850 to 1950, the Tri-State Mining District of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma produced 50 percent of the zinc and 10 percent of the lead in the United …

Soybean Quality, Yield Susceptible to Manmade Materials in Soil
August 26, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation/Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers contend that manufactured nanomaterials—now popular in consumer products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens—may be detrimental to the quality and yield of crops, as reported in a paper in …