Ag Groups Urge President to Reject Biofuels Cuts

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and several other agricultural sent a letter to President Obama this week asking him to intervene with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel …

Biodiesel, biofuels, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, Government, NCGA, RFS

Forum to Address Ag’s Challenges in Transportation

John Davis

News of too few rail cars to move this year’s grain harvest from farming areas to consumers has grabbed the headlines most recently, but agriculture and rural America are facing several other transportation issues this year. Farm Foundation will look to address some key issues, including the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure, which is also important to the movement of biofuels …

Farm Foundation, Farming, transportation

Growth Energy Shows Ethanol’s Commitment to Ag Future

John Davis

A group that represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who feed the world and fuel America is showing its commitment to the future of agriculture. Growth Energy announced a multi-year commitment and new partnership with the National FFA Organization to build on critical projects that prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders in American agriculture, starting with teacher and …

biofuels, Ethanol, Farming, Growth Energy

EIA: Farms Big Energy Users and Producers

John Davis

Farmers are using… but also making… a lot of energy. A new report from the U.S Energy Information Administration shows that American agriculture used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, or about as much primary energy as the entire state of Utah. While growing and harvesting the crops and the energy needed to raise livestock …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Farming, Government, Wind

Propane Expands Use on the Farm

John Davis

Farmers across the country are turning more and more to propane for their operations. A new study sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) shows that farmers looking to cut fuel costs, increase efficiencies, and meet strict emissions standards are turning to the clean-burning fuel. 
Propane is currently used by more than 40 percent of farms in the …

Agribusiness, Farming, Propane

USDA Renews Biomass Crop Assistance

Cindy Zimmerman

Biomass producers and energy facilities can soon apply for assistance to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill authorizes $25 million annually for BCAP, requiring between 10 and 50 percent of the total funding to be used for harvest and transportation of biomass residues. …

biomass, Farming, feedstocks, USDA

2012 Ag Census Includes Renewable Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows a doubling of on-farm renewable energy production since 2007. According to the census data released by USDA today, there were 57,299 farms that produced on-farm renewable energy in 2012, more than double the 23,451 in 2007. By far the biggest was solar panels, used on over 36,000 farms. Geoexchange systems and wind turbines each …

Audio, Biodiesel, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, Geothermal, Government, Hydro, Renewable Energy, Solar, Soybeans, USDA, Wind

Farm Group Agrees with Climate Change Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Farmers Union (NFU) agrees with the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that renewable energy must play a significant role in climate change mitigation. “The working group’s report complements NFU’s long-held, member-led policy positions by recognizing the need for a comprehensive renewable energy strategy,” said NFU vPresident Roger Johnson. “Tripling or even quadrupling the share of …

biofuels, Climate Change, Ethanol, Farming

Propane Users Urged to Get Equipment Ready

John Davis

Spring is in the air, and planting is either started or getting ready to get started across the country. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is urging farmers who use their fuel to make sure spring preparation includes prepping that propane-fueled equipment. Irrigation Engines After a long winter, rodents, debris, and exposure to the elements are the most common …

Farming, Propane

Iowa Farmers Oppose RFS Changes

Cindy Zimmerman

A vast majority of Iowa farmers in a recent poll oppose changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Agri-Pulse Farm Opinion Poll, launched last month in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association, found that 92% of farmers polled oppose the Environmental Protection Agency proposal to lower of the amount of corn-based ethanol and biodiesel required to be blended in …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, RFS