STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Farmers look to add butanol as biofuel
By Don Davis
Minnesota farmers soon could produce a new biofuel, butanol.
We see Minnesota as being a tremendous place to produce butanol, said Adam Schubert of Butamax, a company formed by BP Petro... Posted on 2/27/13 at 5:29 PM
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS Biomass Testing Lab established
Cole Gustafson, NDSU biofuels economist, and Igathi Cannayen, Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory assistant professor, have received $450,000 from the North Dakota Renewable Energy Council and... Posted on 4/28/10 at 9:08 AM
After more than six years of unprecedented boom in the U.S. farm economy driven by a government-backed drive for biofuels, record low interest rates and rising food exports, American grain farmers and their bankers are bracing for change.
Environmental regulators are likely to unveil rules on Friday dictating how much ethanol and other renewable fuels must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2014, following weeks of lobbying by the oil and biofuels industries, industry sources who have been briefed on the process said on Thursday.
Sometimes the demands of the moment prevent agriculturalists from thinking about the long-term, big-picture outlook for area agriculture. What does the future hold for agriculture on the Northern Plains?
President Barack Obama promoted the sale of new oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico and the promise of cars running on natural gas, defending his energy agenda today against critics who say his policies have stifled domestic energy production.
Dina Cappiello and Jim Kuhnhenn
, January 26, 2012
The federal agriculture, energy and Navy departments today announced they will spend up to $510 million in the next three years to build new or rebuild existing facilities to make fuel from what now is considered plant waste, such as corn stalks, grass, wood chips and corn cobs.
Corn, soybean and wheat prices surged Thursday, signaling higher costs for food and biofuels, after the government said U.S. farmers will harvest smaller crops than forecast last month following a damaging heat wave.
Jeff Wilson and Brian Chappatta
, August 12, 2011
The money will come from the Agriculture Department's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says the funds will allow the state's biofuel producers to expand and innovate, creating jobs and reducing dependence on foreign oil.
Except for Wisconsin, Minnesota, entire corn belt showed decline A surprising drop in the U.S. corn and soybean crop sent grain prices surging to their highest level in 2½ years today. The price increases stoked concerns about higher food prices and tighter supplies of feedstock for food and biofuels.
Christopher Leonard and Michael J. Crumb
, January 12, 2011
President Barack Obama directed the government today to set the first-ever mileage and pollution limits for big trucks and to tighten rules for future cars and SUVs, setting the nation’s sights on vehicles that run on half the fuel they now use and give off half the pollution.
The biodiesel tax credit helps make sure the alternative fuel can be competitively priced with heavily subsidized petroleum, but Congress allowed that credit to expire. And now that this credit has lapsed, domestic production of biodiesel has plummeted to nearly a standstill. Idled plants have left our neighbors unemployed.
Researchers have found a way to genetically engineer tobacco to increase the oil in the plant’s leaves. Scientists believe using tobacco would be beneficial because it would not affect a major U.S. food source, unlike other biofuels made from corn, soybeans and other crops.
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