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China Ban Slows, Stops GMO Seed Roll-Out

Syngenta and Dow AgroScience are tightly controlling US launches of new GMO seeds, and Bayer CropScience has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold as the result of China’s import barriers of some US genetically modified crops, Reuters reports. In November 2013, Chinese ports began rejecting US imports saying they … Read more »

First Agricultural GHG Offsets Issued

The first agricultural greenhouse gas emissions offsets have been issued to a Michigan farmer for voluntarily reducing nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by curbing the amount of nitrogen-based fertilizer used to grow corn, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). EPRI, in partnership with Michigan State University, developed the validation … Read more »

Ethanol Business Recovers

Ethanol producers are reporting solid revenue after a rough few years caused by high corn prices. Increased demand for fuel and exports are also boosting the sector. Drought in 2012 sent corn prices past $8 per bushel, crippling the industry. Green Plains Renewable Energy, the nation’s fourth-largest ethanol producer with … Read more »

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McDonald’s, White Castle to EPA: Cut Corn Ethanol Mandate

The National Council of Chain Restaurants has urged the EPA to further reduce the levels of corn ethanol mandated under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In response to concerns about the RFS, the EPA last year proposed cutting corn ethanol levels for 2014 to 13.01 billion gallons from 13.8 billion gallons. … Read more »

Corn Ethanol Reduces GHG Emissions 32% Compared to Petroleum

Corn Ethanol Reduces GHG Emissions 32% Compared to Petroleum

Average corn ethanol reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent compared to average petroleum in 2012, according to a study commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and conducted by Life Cycle Associates. This estimate includes prospective emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC) for corn ethanol. When compared to … Read more »

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Technology Aims to Produce More Corn Using Less Water

Agricultural tech company Arcadia Biosciences and Genective, a joint venture between Group Limagrain and Group KWS, have signed an agreement that will allow Genective to develop new corn hybrids incorporating Arcadia’s Water Use Efficiency (WUE) technology. The partners say Arcadia’s WUE technology may enable corn to produce high yields using … Read more »

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BP, Shell Biofuel Investments Hit Seven-Year Low

Big oil companies in Europe including BP and Royal Dutch Shell have cut back on biofuel research, which will slow efforts to find a sustainable alternative to gasoline that does not involve food-based supply, Fuel Fix reports. BP and Shell have stopped funding four different projects because they say the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Drought, Renewable Fuel Standard, Smart Grid

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Drought, Renewable Fuel Standard, Smart Grid

Areas of extreme drought in Iowa, the top corn and soybean-producing state, have increased to 69.14 percent of the state, from 30.74 percent a week ago. Drought expanded to 94 percent of Missouri and more than 81 percent of Illinois for “at least extreme drought,” Reuters reported. The amount of corn-growing farmland … Read more »