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EPA Announces Biomass from Managed Forests Will Be Considered Carbon Neutral
April 24, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, in a meeting with members of the forestry community, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Agency issued a statement of policy making clear, that future regulatory actions on …

Perdue’s Strong First Year at USDA May Be Clouded By Ethanol Doubts
April 20, 2018 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming)  … In May 2017, during his (Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue) first month as secretary, he created the post of undersecretary for trade, a longtime goal of farm groups, as part of …

House Committee Passes 2018 Farm Bill
April 20, 2018 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  In a statement, House Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., criticized the legislation, calling it “a flawed bill that is the result of a bad nontransparent process.” Cuts to …

McConnell Introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018
April 18, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and …

EIB’s Agriculture and Bioeconomy Programme Loan under Juncker Plan Will Support Close to EUR 1bn of Private Investment across Europe
April 18, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(European Investment Bank)  New financing initiative targets investments by private cooperatives and companies in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector; The EIB financing will amount to EUR 400m and is expected to back close to EUR 1bn of …

King Tells Iowa RFA: “I Want Ethanol sold TO, THROUGH, and BEYOND the E15 Blend.”
April 18, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders)  Congressman King Pledges Continued Biofuel Support to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  —  Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after meeting today with members of the Iowa Renewable Fuels …

Draft 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorizes Energy Title Programs
April 13, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The legislation …

Trump Administration Weighs High-Ethanol Fuel Waiver to Placate Farmers
April 12, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration is considering allowing the sale of a higher ethanol fuel blend in the summer, a source familiar with the issue said, a move that would placate …

“Brexit Is the Impetus to Reinvigorate”: The Advanced Bioeconomy, Resilience, and a New Role for the Commonwealth?
April 12, 2018 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) delegates will hear quite a bit about blockchain, gene editing and about proteins for the food chain and as an advanced material. There’s a …

Trump to Put Biofuel Reform Push on Ice, for Now: Sources
April 11, 2018 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Trump administration will delay any moves to reform the nation’s biofuel policy for about three months, according to three sources briefed on the matter – a decision one of the sources …

Trump Ethanol Moves May Be Worse for Farmers Than Soy Tariff
April 10, 2018 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Change to biofuel mandate may mean destruction of corn demand; Growers already dealing with trade concerns, crop gluts  —  Based on his own back-of-the-envelope calculations, Minnesota farmer Kirby Hettver could lose tens of thousands …

Rural Issues Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title
April 6, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Since their inception in the 2002 Farm Bill, Energy Title (Title IX) programs have helped farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and rural communities generate thousands of jobs and millions in economic …

China’s 2020 Ethanol Blending Target Faces Obstacles
April 5, 2018 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  China faces several challenges to hit an ambitious 10pc (E10) ethanol blending target in its gasoline fuel mix by 2020, according to participants at the Argus China Ethanol conference in Beijing.
The government announced the …

Proteins and Renewable Energy: One and the Same Challenge
April 2, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Farm Europe)  Despite 30 years of efforts and no less than 5 “protein plans”, the European Union still suffers from a considerable chronic deficit in plant proteins: more than 30 million tonnes of soybean crops were imported during …

NACSAA Advances Recommendations to Shape UNFCCC Agricultural Work Program
March 30, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25/North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Last November, we wrote here of a major breakthrough occurring at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where, for the first time, delegates approved plans to …

High Tech Algae Farming Industry Gets Boost with Introduction of Bipartisan Algae Agriculture Act of 2018
March 23, 2018 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization/Globe Newswire)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today applauded the introduction of the Algae Agriculture Act of 2018, a bill that would give algae cultivators and harvesters many of …

Ag Policy Blog: Senators Detail Farm Bill Goals
March 22, 2018 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to avoid the rancor over food …

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels
March 16, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or why merchent oil refiners want the US Renewable Fuel Standard repealed but major oilcos generally …

Op-Ed: Biofuel from Sugarcane – Why Is SA Not Rushing Ahead?
March 15, 2018 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Chris Ward (Daily Maverick)  Support for diversification of the sugar industry provides a superb and immediate opportunity for the government of South Africa under its new president to create thousands of new jobs by leveraging …

Bolivia Invests $1.6 Billion to Boost Output of Sugar-Based Ethanol
March 15, 2018 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  A $1.6 billion investment by 2025 will allow ethanol made from sugarcane represent 25 percent of fuels used in Bolivia, President Evo Morales said on Thursday.
The president was speaking at an event …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Its Programs
March 12, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the …

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending
March 9, 2018 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, …

200 Companies, Trade Groups Urge Congress forward on Farm Bill Energy Title Programs
March 9, 2018 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than 200 companies and trade associations today wrote House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, urging them “to reauthorize and maintain stable mandatory funding for energy title programs in the …

State Government of Western Australia : Government Backs Growing Hemp Industry
February 23, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders) Maximum permitted THC content in industrial hemp to be increased; Move to help drive growth in the hemp industry and regional jobs in WA; State Government convenes hemp industry roundtable   —  The McGowan Government is set to …

Indiana Farm Leaders on Importance of NAFTA
February 20, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “There are a lot of positives of NAFTA as it relates to agriculture in Indiana; and all throughout the value chain and economy we would feel the impact should …

Expected Drop in Farm Income Highlights Need for Biofuels, RFS
February 19, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s February 2018 Farm Income Forecast predicts net farm income will decline by or 6.7 percent this year. According to Growth Energy, the expected drop underscores the need for …

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill
February 13, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release of the Task Force on Agriculture …

Agroforestry Systems May Play Vital Role in Mitigating Climate Change
February 7, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem (Penn State News)  Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
An agricultural system …

Fijian Farmers Urged to Practice Climate Smart Agriculture
February 6, 2018 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua)  Farmers in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji have been urged to be mindful of the impacts of climate change and practice climate smart agriculture to address the challenge.

The Fijian government has worked on …

Realistically Assess and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rapeseed Cultivation
February 5, 2018 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) (Google translation))  Global standard values ​​overestimate nitrous oxide emissions in rapeseed cultivation  —  A network of eight partners under the coordination of the Thünen Institute (TI) for …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 10-Year OECD-FAO Outlook for Ag, Biofuels
February 5, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

The latest joint OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook spawned this fascinating 10 year outlook of global biofuel markets and agricultural feedstocks. This model based projection, validated through global expert consensus, includes major food commodities and biofuels driven by the …

Rural Areas Have High Expectations for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan – DTN
February 2, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (AGFAX) President Donald Trump set out an agenda during the State of Union address on Tuesday that includes a plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.

The Trump plan calls for about $200 billion in …

Senate Ag Committee Chairman Expects Farm Bill Vote in March
February 2, 2018 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Griekspoor (American Agriculturalist)  Sen. Roberts urged farmers to be ready to ‘sound off’ in support of farmer-friendly legislation.  —  March will be the month the 2018 Farm Bill comes to the Senate floor. At least that’s …

Refiner Bankruptcy Adds to Pressure to Overhaul Biofuel Program
February 1, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biofuel mandate overhaul mulled by Congress after bankruptcy; Unions and Pennsylvania politicians seek immediate action  —  The bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the biggest refiner on the U.S. East Coast, has invigorated efforts …

Economic Survey Suggests Converting Agricultural Waste into Biofuels to Tackle Pollution
January 29, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Mayank Aggarwal (LiveMint)  Survey also recommends ‘congestion pricing’ for vehicles, expanding and improving public bus system to reduce private vehicle use, and phasing out old vehicles to reduce pollution  —  The Economic Survey released on Monday suggested …

Ag Secretary to Roll out Farm Bill & Legislative Principles in Pennsylvania
January 24, 2018 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Farmer)  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Pennsylvania Wednesday, Jan. 24 to roll out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and legislative principles for 2018.  READ MORE
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pulls …

My Voice: A ‘Swing and a Miss’ from the USDA
January 18, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Argus Leader/South Dakota Farmers Union)  Our esteemed U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. While it is hard to get excited over any government …

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017
January 4, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(North Iowa Today)  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in 2017.  …  Grassley introduced the Food Security is National Security Act of 2017, which would give top U.S. agriculture and food officials …

Farmers Urge Congress to Extend Lapsed Tax Credits for Biodiesel, Renewable Energy
December 28, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Farm Bureau News)  A recently introduced bill would continue several expired tax provisions important to farmers and ranchers.  Offered by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Tax Extenders Act of 2017 (S. 2256) would …

Avoiding GMOs Isn’t Just Anti-Science. It’s Immoral.
December 28, 2017 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Mitch Daniels (The Washington Post)  Of the several claims of “anti-science” that clutter our national debates these days, none can be more flagrantly clear than the campaign against modern agricultural technology, most specifically the use …

Commentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel Tank
December 5, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … Another aspect of U.S. agricultural exports that is changing is ethanol and its byproduct DDGs. In the past 3 years, U.S. exports of ethanol have grown significantly. Cary Sifferath, …

Government Initiates Rejuvenation Program for North Sumatra`s Palm Oil Plantations
November 29, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(AntaraNews.com)  The government has initiated a program to rejuvenate palm oil plantations in North Sumatra spread across 9,109.29 hectares in 12 districts.
Serdang Bedagai, Langkat, South Labuhan Batu, Labuhan Batu, Asahan, Batubara, Simalungun, North Labuhan Batu, North …

European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto: The Digest’s Special Guide
November 27, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We, representatives from large and small companies, NGOs, biomass producers, regions, and academia from all over Europe as members of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel, have prepared this manifesto based on …

BIO Asks for Reauthorization of Section 9003 Program in Farm Bill
October 26, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization and 66 renewable chemical producers recently asked leaders of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to reauthorize the Farm Bill’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing …

US Ethanol Is Modern-Day Farm Policy; Future Profitable: Green Plains CEO
October 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US ethanol industry represents a modern-day farm policy as the primary means of creating demand for ever-growing corn supplies, and the industry maintains a profitable outlook, Green Plains CEO Todd Becker said Tuesday.
“This is …

Lawmakers Urge Consistent Approach to Federal Regulation of Biotechnology
October 25, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a letter to three federal agency heads on Tuesday, a group of 79 bipartisan members of the United States House of Representatives expressed concern about the direction being …

The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!
October 20, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Biofuels Digest)  … The recent effort by Brazil to impose import duties on U.S. ethanol has received considerable press coverage and should send a clear message that we need to develop long term …

Biofuel Palm Oil Ban ‘Has Little Impact on Reducing Deforestation’
October 18, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He …

Farm Bill Energy Issues Essential for State, Franken Says
October 12, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Trey Mewes (Mankato Free Press)  As federal officials back off of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, U.S. Sen. Al Franken believes there’s going to be more work to do to ensure farmers and rural communities …

Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Programs
October 3, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has …

Why Small, Local, Organic Farms Aren’t the Key to Fixing Our Food System
September 24, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Tamar Haspel (The Washington Post)  The food movement has a problem: It’s right about what’s wrong with our system, but wrong about how to fix it.  But what is the “food movement?” I hear you …

Censky, McKinney Nomination Hearing Addresses Biofuels, RFS
September 21, 2017 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Sept. 19, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on the nomination of Stephen Censky at deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as …

Nigerian Sugar Council Wants E10 to Buffer from Global Oil Demand Shifts
September 19, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Nigeria, the National Sugar Development Council wants the country to develop an E10 blending mandate in line with China’s in an effort to boost the agricultural economy and reduce dependence on …

Johnson: Biofuels Powering a Renewable Future
September 18, 2017 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by Roger Johnson (National Farmers Union/AgriNews)  … The U.S. must implement federal-level policies that encourage expanded markets for these energy sources and remove regulatory barriers that inhibit their growth.
To that end, National Farmers Union, in conjunction with …

Democrat Senators Offer Farm Bill Energy Package
September 13, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senator Al Franken (D-MN), together with Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) have introduced the Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017, to reauthorize Title IX programs and funding through …

Nigeria: Experts Fault Proposed Field Trial of Genetically Modified Cassava
September 7, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Cornelius Essen (The Guardian/All Africa)  Experts have condemned an alleged move by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA) and Zurich, Switzerland-based ETHZ Laboratories to carry out confined field trial of genetically modified cassava in …

Interview — Growing Food or Fuel on Our Land?
August 31, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Only a decade ago, biofuel production from plants was hailed as an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, it has come to be seen as competing with food production and not always …

All Eyes on Energy
August 28, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2014 Farm Bill—otherwise known as the Agricultural Act of 2014—places a larger emphasis on energy than past farm bills have. It includes the most recent version of the …

Fischer Expects Fight over Farm Bill
August 24, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Liz Morales (Columbus Telegram)  Agriculture was a main topic of discussion Wednesday during U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s listening session in Albion.  Fischer said she expects a big fight when the 2018 farm bill is …

Improving Global Integration of Crop Research
August 16, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by M. P. Reynolds, et al. (Science Magazine) In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield …

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes
August 15, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.
Kelly Covello, president of the Almond …

Legislation Aims to Repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill
August 11, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill.
The bill, titled “Farewell to Unnecessary Energy …

Column: Keeping Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Communities Strong
August 9, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) (The Globe) … That’s why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance …

Summer Farm Bill Road Trips: Ag Secretary Kicks off RV Tour as House Committee Continues its Listening Tour
August 2, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … The House Agriculture Committee has its road trip, labeled “Conversations in the Field,” which included a field hearing in Texas on Monday and another one at Farmfest in …

Assessing the Pulse of the Next Farm Bill Debate
August 1, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, David Orden (FarmDocDaily)   Thirteen agricultural economists put together short papers describing issues that will surface during the writing of the next farm bill. For each issue, the author describes the “policy …

Young Nebraskan Launches Gubernatorial Campaign on Ag, Hemp and Biofuel Platform
July 25, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, the governor has competition for the Republican primary election next year in a young woman who is putting the focus on strengthening agriculture with a platform that heavily supports hemp …

Senate Passes Ag, Energy Appropriations Bills – Increases Over House Package
July 21, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Thursday, July 20, Senate Appropriators reported several spending bills for FY2018 out of committee, including budget proposals for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the …

Group: Clovis Pick Illegal!
July 21, 2017 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adranga (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Union of Concerned Scientists says Trump’s pick of non-scientist (and former campaign co-chair) Sam Clovis to be USDA’s top scientist is illegal, Helena Bottemiller Evich reports. The group argues …

Foreign Investment in U.S. Farmland on the Rise
July 7, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

By Johnathan Hettinger and Robert Holly with additional reporting by Jelter Meers (Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)  In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui received wide public attention when it purchased U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods …

House Appropriators Make Significant Cuts to Farm Energy Programs in FY18 Agriculture Spending Bill
June 30, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On June 29, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved a spending bill for FY2018 providing $144.0 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), $876 million lower …

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Axes BCAP, Slashes Loan Guarantees and REAP
June 29, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the draft House Appropriations Committee’s FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill was released, and cut the Rural Energy for America Program from $50 million to $9 million, cut the Section 9003 …

Congress Needs to Protect Renewable Fuel Law
June 28, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Harris (Natural Resource Report)  Please stand with me and ask our Oregon representatives in Washington, D.C. to protect the partnership between fuel and agricultural by preserving the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as is, …

Aux Farms, Citoyens! France’s Bioeconomy Plan Is a Stirring Call to Action on Jobs, Climate, Innovation
June 27, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  t took a long time, but France in the past year published a national bioeconomy strategy and its national government has approved it. It’s here in full form.
We’re publishing a …

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, …

Industrial Hemp Coming to South Carolina
June 1, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Graham Abbott (Ganjapreneur)  Shortly after the close of South Carolina’s legislative session earlier this month, Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill legalizing the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, according to a report by …

USDA Bioenergy Programs Gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide
May 25, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rural Business Service to shut down; BCAP, REAP, loan guarantees gone; food stamps, crop insurance slashed. Want to understand what USDA is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have …

Advancing the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and Feedstock R&D
May 25, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing …

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 …

Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms; Public Meetings — June 6, June 13 and June 16, 2017 — Kansas City, MO; Davis, CA; Riverdale, MD
May 18, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms; Public Meetings    —   June 6, June 13 and June 16, 2017   —   Kansas City, MO; Davis, CA; Riverdale, MD

(US Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  A Notice by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on 05/18/2017 
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is hosting a series of public …

Ethanol Industry Expert: Biofuels Tug-of-War Is an EU Invention
May 15, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by  Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The conflict between second and first generation biofuels – depicted as good and bad for the environment – only exists in Brussels. In fact, it’s the brainchild of the European Commission, …

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 …

Gov. Ricketts Proclaims May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska
May 12, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(KTIC)  Today, Governor Pete Ricketts designated the month of May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska during a proclamation ceremony at the State Capitol.
“The biofuels industry has been a key part of growing Nebraska agriculture,” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
April 26, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at …

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 …

Florida Considers Accelerating Hemp Research as Orange Alternative
April 10, 2017 – 10:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, state legislators are looking to ease restrictions on industrial hemp research.  According to the Florida State Senate, house bill 1217 that “authorizes specified universities in state to engage …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

Australia’s Productivity Commission Says Biofuels a Bad Deal All Around
March 29, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the federal government’s economic advisor—The Productivity Commission—has called on New South Wales, Queensland and commonwealth governments to drop biofuel blending, saying the polices unnecessarily increase fuel prices for …

State Ag Department Greenlights 16 Promising Industrial Hemp Research Projects
March 24, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture)  Projects Mark Return of Hemp to PA following Gov. Wolf’s Signing of Act 92  —  After decades of being gone from the landscape of Pennsylvania, a promising and versatile crop with …

Scientists Made a Detailed “Roadmap” for Meeting the Paris Climate Goals. It’s Eye-Opening.
March 24, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (Vox)  … They start with the big picture: To hit the Paris climate goals without geoengineering, the world has to do three broad (and incredibly ambitious) things:
1) Global CO2 emissions from energy and …

Trump Loyalty to Rural Votes Under Scrutiny at Confirmation (1)
March 23, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  When Sonny Perdue III appears before a Senate panel Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become U.S. secretary of agriculture, lawmakers and farm groups will likely have few concerns about whether the former …

Oil Instability Giving New Life to Biofuels?
March 7, 2017 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Robert McNally, the author of the new, critically-acclaimed book, “Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices”, believes that global oil markets are entering an epic, structural …

Biofuel Is Nigeria’s New Economy –Shidok, PPPRA Boss
March 6, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(The Sun) From Uche Usim, Abuja  —  When the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, assumed office in 2015, one of the programmes he highlighted the Muhammadu Buhari administration would face headlong was …

Groups Call Food-vs.-Fuel Fight Truce
February 24, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Now, representatives of two ag groups previously at odds over the RFS say they have moved on. The reason, they say, is that the 5 billion bushels of …

Rocky Road Ahead for Farm Bill’s Energy Title
February 20, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Farm Bill’s Energy Title provides loans and grants to farmers, ranchers and small businesses to encourage investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and the production of …

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 …

Ethanol Industry Reserved about Trump Agriculture Secretary Pick
January 23, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by  Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US President Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue previously ran a grains and fertiliser company, and said he was chosen …

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 …

Biofuels Industry May Have the Juice to Endure to Trump’s EPA Chief Pick
December 23, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chuck McCutcheon (Scientific American)  Despite concerns over Scott Pruitt’s record of opposing ethanol, experts say the renewable-fuel program is on safe ground  —  … Ethanol advocates, however, do not seem to worry that Pruitt will …

Biofuel Market Must Remain Competitive for UK Farms, NFU Says
December 23, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(NFU Online) The NFU has met with ministers to urge the Department for Transport to keep biofuel markets as open as possible for UK farmers to remain competitive with their European neighbours.
NFU North East combinable …

Ethanol Project in Offing
December 20, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(The New Indian Express)  There is a need to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of crops and bringing down the farming input cost, said Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan.  …  “For development, long term …

Commission ‘Dangerously’ Out of Touch with Reality on Biofuels
December 14, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EurActiv/Pannonia Ethanol)   A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates just how dangerously out of touch with reality the executive is on a policy that …

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 …

Renewable Fuels: Good Policy and Good Politics For Democrats
December 7, 2016 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jon Soltz (VoteVets.org)  … (A)s a veteran who has worked to elect progressive leaders from across the country, let me offer one step that Democrats could take immediately to demonstrate their commitment to economic …

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 …

A Portrait of Tom Vilsack’s Tenure
December 6, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  … “Democrats need to talk to rural voters. That’s the first thing that has to happen. They can’t write ’em off,” Vilsack told his former adviser, David Axelrod, in a …

Prospering In the New Trump Era
December 6, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/Biofuels Digest)  … Yes, the GOP is in control of the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate.  But, who’s in control of the Republicans and will they – …

America’s Rural Voters Are Ready for Renewable Energy Too
November 30, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Lloyd Ritter (The Hill/Agriculture Energy Coalition)  … Rural energy’s potential is strong. Farmers, ranchers, farm coops and businesses want to minimize costs or generate new income through energy. They can do this by investing in …

White House Decarbonization Report Addresses Biofuels, Biomass
November 17, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

Rs. 500 Crore Plant to Produce Ethanol from Crop Residue
November 16, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday announced a new plant to produce ethanol to be set up in Bathinda with an outlay of Rs 500 crore.

Mr Pradhan, while addressing gathering in Ludhiana, …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow the Bioeconomy and Improve Forest Health
November 10, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver …

Farmers Could Help Trump Win This Make-or-Break State
November 4, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Tom Philpott (Mother Jones)  Cue the pandering to King Corn. —  …  And while winning Iowa is far from enough to push Trump to national victory, he absolutely needs to win the state to …

For the Welfare of His People
October 18, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  Benefits to the nation bestowed by His Majesty’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy  —  … Throughout his 70 years on the throne, King Bhumibol Adulyadej initiated more than 4,500 royal development projects, all of which were …

How Do the Presidential Candidates Stack up on Farm and Rural Policy Issues?
October 13, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Sara Wyant (Farm Forum)  As some of you know, Agri-Pulse made a significant commitment to track the presidential candidates, starting in 2015. We followed each one during the primaries, to the nominating conventions and …

Biobased Industry Growing, but Needs More Federal Help, Report Says
October 4, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher  (Agri-Pulse)  Production of biofuels and biobased products such as plant-derived plastics already support 4.2 million jobs, but the industry’s future growth rate depends in part on oil prices and the availability of new …

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 …

Making the Case for Young Farmers
September 23, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (The Jamestown Sun)  … Kasey Bitz was one of 44 farmers participating in the North Dakota Farmers Union legislative fly-in that returned from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. Members of the group met …

Guest Opinion: What’s Good about Ethanol in Montana
September 19, 2016 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Gary Schaff  (Billings Gazette)  … My target is consumer issues. Ethanol is high octane (115) and is used to take low-octane gasoline and make it higher (value enhanced). Thus, it is an octane enhancer. It …

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action
September 12, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K. Mugera (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)  Understanding the complex interactions among food security, bioenergy sustainability, and …

Ethanol’s Important
September 12, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Jay Douthit  (Kent County Farm Bureau/My Eastern Shore) To the editor: The Kent County Farm Bureau stands with the Maryland Farm Bureau in support of the National Corn Growers Association’s opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed …

Union Dicon, Delta Govt Partner over 10,000 Hectares of Cassava Production
September 9, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Peter Egwuatu  (Vanguard)  Delta State Government has agreed to provide enabling environment for the Union Dicon Salt Plc to cultivate 10,000 hectares of cassava production and as well as to sep up a processing …

Biofuels Not Contributing to Decline in Bee Habitat
September 9, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(WNAX) A new study from the National Academy of Sciences says the expansion of corn and soybean acres to supply feed stock for biofuels is hampering habitat for bees. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen says …

India Will Soon Be Zero Petroleum Import Country: Gadkari
September 8, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(CNBC MoneyControl)  Despite low prices globally, India at present is incurring a massive Rs 4.5 lakh crore on crude imports which was earlier Rs 7.5 lakh crore, Gadkari said addressing a conference on methanol economy …

Ag Carbon Credits Go to Market, Just as Cap and Trade Is Questioned
August 23, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Grady (Green Biz)  … Letting the fields temporarily dry has reduced the methane released from that rice field by 50 percent, compared to an adjacent field that was flooded all through the growing season, according …

What Is to Be Done? Farm Crisis in the Making?
August 22, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Krause (Storm Lake Times Letter to Editor)  Only 35 years after the 1980s farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11% from last …

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, …

Interactive Workshop on Biomass Feedstocks – After the End of the Sugar Quota — September 8, 2016 — Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany
August 12, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment
Interactive Workshop on Biomass Feedstocks – After the End of the Sugar Quota   —   September 8, 2016   —   Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany

The European Union is the world’s biggest producer of beet sugar and the principal importer of raw cane sugar for refining. The EU sugar market is regulated by production quotas, a minimum beet price and …

Rounds: Market Ethanol to Boost Octane, Ag Economy
August 12, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Todd Epp (KELO)  Senator Mike Rounds has been traveling all over the state during the summer break. The issues he says he’s hearing most about are low commodity prices and the ag economy. He says one …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 3, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  The politics of green energy have evolved over the …

Voters Question Trump-Pence Stance on Ag, #Biofuels
August 1, 2016 – 9:56 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket good for agriculture, energy?”
During his campaigning Trump has been supporter of biofuels and has repeatedly said he could “be a …

Centre to Soon Initiate Process for Making Ethanol from Biomass: Gadkari
August 1, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(FirstPost.com)  The Centre would soon initiate measures to make ethanol out of biomass that would create “tremendous demand for farm waste”, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
A Cabinet note on making ethanol out of biomass like wheat, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Empowering Farmers through Route of Ethanol
July 19, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Ajay Jha (Indian Cooperative)  Believing that ethanol is a game changer, a group of ministers sat this weekend to deliberate on the production of second generation of ethanol. The meeting was attended by Road …

Trump VP Pick Draws Rave Reviews from Agriculture
July 18, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri Pulse)  … On the Renewable Fuel Standard, a policy that Trump supports, Pence voted in favor of the original 2005 legislation that created the program, but voted against the 2007 bill that created the current version …

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 …

More than 100 Nobel Laureates Support GMOs
July 1, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Marshall (Precision.AgWired.com)  This morning three Nobel Laureates presented at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to call on Greenpeace, the United Nations and governments around the world to support GMOs. They are …

Who Pays for our Renewable Fuel Policy? America’s Wildlife
July 1, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Collin O’Mara  (Fox News/National Wildlife Federation)  … The worst part is that none of this was supposed to happen. In the law, Congress defined acceptable biofuels under the mandate as those coming from crops grown on …

Crop Insurance Gives Farmers More Planting Flexibility
June 23, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Insurance Changes Expand Farm Safety Net for Double Cropping  —  Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse today announced that the federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers. …

North Carolina House Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Research Study
June 21, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(WXII)  North Carolina lawmakers are pushing a proposal to authorize the cultivation of industrial hemp with the goal of allowing researchers to begin planting next spring.
The House Agriculture Committee approved a bill Thursday allowing for …

The Problem and Promise of Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times) … So how can we produce ethanol sustainably — that is, a scheme under which farmers can make money without releasing nitrate to the river and help power America while …

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 …

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 …

Royal Society Calls for Review of European GM Ban
May 27, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Pallab Ghosh (BBC)  The ban on GM crops by European countries should be reassessed, the president of UK science body the Royal Society says.  —  Prof Venki Ramakrishnan said the science of genetic modification had …

Report Release Presentation of “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects”
May 22, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)  Distinction Between Genetic Engineering and Conventional Plant Breeding Becoming Less Clear, Says New Report on GE Crops  —  An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, …