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

What do You Like in New Farm Bill

Chuck Zimmerman

Before we get to our new ZimmPoll let’s look at our latest one which asked the question, “Could drones (UAV’s) serve a purpose on your operation?” Well over half of the voters this week said that drones could in fact serve a purpose on their operation. Price is still a factor and may be the reason that some operations would …

farm bill, Farming, ZimmPoll

Growing Use of Technology for Growers

Jamie Johansen

Commodity groups across the country also took interest in the happenings at the recent National Biodiesel Conference. Frank Legner, Legner Farms is a member of the Illinois Soybean Association and attended the conference to relay the update on biodiesel to growers in Illinois. He talks about how he uses precision agriculture on his farm where they grow 50/50 soybeans and …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Conference, corn, Farming, NBB, Soybeans, technology

Save The RFS Ad Debutes in Iowa

Joanna Schroeder

A new “Save the RFS” television ad is now running throughout Iowa, a key state in Presidential elections. The ad was produced by Americans United For Change (AUFC) who says while Big Oil is advertising to elites in the DC market, they are playing at the heart of the country where real people and their lives and livelihoods are at …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Farming, RFS, Video

Renewable Energy Education Coming from NFU

John Davis

Separating fact from fiction is the goal of a new curriculum from National Farmers Union (NFU) focusing on renewable energy. The curriculum will be made available free to organizations, schools, institutions and businesses that build cultural awareness and acceptance of renewable fuels. “Renewable energy is fast becoming a way of life for millions of Americans,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. …

Farming

American Ethanol Powered by New Holland

Cindy Zimmerman

New Holland is proud to be powering American Ethanol as the premier equipment partner for Growth Energy and its member ethanol plants. “We’re pushing forward with a positive message about ethanol and working together with not just the plants but also the producers,” said Luke Johnson, Growth Initiatives sales manager with New Holland, at the kickoff of a New Holland …

Agribusiness, American Ethanol, Audio, corn, Ethanol, Farming, Growth Energy, New Holland