Camelina Offers Dual-Crop Possibility for Biodiesel

John Davis

Camelina could help end the food-versus-fuel debate for biodiesel. This article from the American Society of Agronomy says that new research found that growing camelina with soybeans in the Upper Midwest has promising signs. Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, found encouraging results when growing Camelina sativa with soybean in the …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, food and fuel, Soybeans

Group Debunks ‘Food-vs-Fuel’ and Other RFS Myths

John Davis

As we wait (and wait and wait and wait) for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision regarding the amount of ethanol and biodiesel to be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply, one group is taking the time to debunk some myths that might be giving the EPA a reason to hesitate. Media Matters has issued a report debunking the …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, food and fuel, RFS

RFA Updates Fueling A Nation, Feeding the World

Joanna Schroeder

An updated version of the paper “Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World,” has been released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The publication outlines ethanol’s contribution to the global food and feed supply and also contains information that RFA said disproves the “fabricated food vs. fuel” debate. “The U.S. ethanol industry has quietly evolved into one of the largest feed …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, RFA

Food Prices Still Up Despite Lower Corn Prices

Cindy Zimmerman

With record corn production forecast this year comes lower corn prices, which makes the food versus fuel argument harder than ever to make, according to Growth Energy. Total corn production is now projected at 14.475 billion bushels, 550 million bushels more than last year’s record, while the average price received by farmers is expected to be $3.40 per bushel, the …

corn, Ethanol, food and fuel, Food prices, Growth Energy

Ethanol Report: Ethanol Production, RFS & EPA

Joanna Schroeder

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen discusses ethanol production for the year so far, new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ad campaigns and gives his thoughts on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations that are under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review. In addition, he touches on record …

Audio, corn, EPA, Ethanol Report, food and fuel, RFA, RFS

Ethanol Report on Corn and Food Prices

Cindy Zimmerman

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper talks about how corn prices have fallen but food prices continue to rise, and how that shows the “food versus fuel” argument is false. A new report from RFA compares corn prices to the price of dairy products, pork products, beef products, and poultry …

Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, food and fuel, Food prices, RFA

RFA Releases Report to Debunk ‘Food v Fuel’

Joanna Schroeder

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a new report today in an effort to “debunk” what they call the “fictional” food versus fuel debate. The report finds that while corn prices have dropped dramatically over the past two years, retail food prices of key foods including eggs, beef, poultry and pork have remained steady or continue to increase. The …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, RFA, RFS

Ag Subcommittee Hears Pros and Cons of RFS

John Davis

The food versus fuel debate arose once again in front of Congress. At last week’s U.S. House Ag Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., opponents and proponents of the Renewable Fuels Standard presented their arguments on the RFS and its impact on the livestock industry. One of the biggest opponents of the RFS is the poultry industry. Their members argued that …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, Food prices, Government, Legislation, livestock, livestock feed, RFS

DF Cast: Lawmakers Listening to Ethanol Advocates

John Davis

Ethanol backers got their voices heard during the recent American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Biofuels Beltway March in Washington, D.C. And at least some lawmakers were listening. In this edition of the Domestic Fuel Cast, we talk to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who met with ACE and its supporters and all …

ACE, Audio, Biodiesel, Domestic Fuel Cast, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, farm bill, food and fuel, Government, Legislation

GRFA Calls for Redaction of Biofuels & Security Report

Joanna Schroeder

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is demanding the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) withdraw their Biofuels and Food Security report given its flaws and their refusal to release the report’s funding sources. The organization’s call to action comes as the Committee on World Food Security’s (CFS) annual Plenary gets underway in Rome, Italy. …

biofuels, food and fuel, International