Lynn Grooms

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Renewable fuels industry waits for RFS
The renewable fuel industry is still waiting on a 2014 RFS ruling from.
Biodiesel industry turns to corn oil
Movement to pull corn oil out as a co-product of ethanol production offers income potential for plants and a closer tie between ethanol and biodiesel.
Biodiesel’s future muddied by EPA’s RFS proposal 1
The Renewable Fuels Standard could cut biodiesel demand by 40%. Grassroots pressure on the EPA and Congress is needed through the spring. Tax incentive helps more than farmers, as rural communities benefit, too.
Alternative crops for more than just biofuel
Renewable Fuels Standard worries don’t darken the future of alternative grasses for energy and chemical use. Energy-crop seed producers are working on new traits for productivity and enhanced output for a range of uses. U.S. growth is slower than other countries, but seed producers remain optimistic about the future.
Water quality trading markets could offer new income stream 2

 

Economic solutions have been a solid tool for achieving environmental goals. Perhaps the most famous is the idea of power plants trading pollution credits, but there’s one for water that could benefit your farm.

USDA and EPA recently announced they are working together to support the development of water quality trading markets. These markets are expected to provide farmers and ranchers with new income opportunities, in addition to enhancing water quality and conservation.

Big food companies make moves to source sustainably 1
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is seeing more clearly the need for and value of sustainable crop production.
Cellulosic ethanol industry overcoming barriers to bring the tech online
Ethanol plants will come to fruition by 2014. Companies are working out the details of harvesting cellulose without harming the soil. The fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard has made investors wary of new tech.
Making the right cover crop decisions  1
Choices for Midwest growers abound, depending on what you want to accomplish.
Moves to commercialize cellulosic ethanol march ahead 1,466
The cellulosic ethanol industry is close to real-world plants with commercial production volumes. The Renewable Fuel Standard is important for supporting advanced biofuel development. Major plants from DuPont and POET come on line in 2014.
The A to Z of technology changing agriculture 139
The complete A to Z list of technology changing the agriculture industry.
United Soybean Board infuses millions into development of high-oleic soybeans 149

 

Getting to the heart of the matter—that is what the United Soybean Board (USB) is doing in forming an industry partnership to develop soybean varieties with healthier oil profiles and healthier market prospects.

 

New biologicals enter mainstream market for corn and soybeans 45

 

The global market for biologicals is between $1.4 billion and $1.6 billion and is projected to grow to approximately $3 billion by 2020, according to the industry analysis firm Frost & Sullivan. While there is confusion over the product category itself, which includes biorationals, biostimulants and biopesticides, there is no dought it will grow.More biological products, like those mentioned below, are being incorporated into conventional corn and soybean farming as part of a pest management and/or plant health program.

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Growers achieve top yield by adding fungicides to crop care 98

Corn and soybean growers are using many tools to optimize yields, including fungicides. As a result, the acres of fungicide-treated crops have greatly expanded. In response, fungicide makers have been building their portfolios to help farmers manage disease throughout the growing season. Here is a snapshot of what to expect over the next 24 months.

E15: The year in review 3

E15 cleared the final regulatory conditions imposed by the EPA in 2012, but its path to market has not been smooth sailing. Earlier this year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association filed a lawsuit against EPA, suggesting that the agency overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act when it granted partial waivers allowing E15 to be used in certain engines. However, on August 17, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the EPA, confirming its partial waiver approval for E15.

New seed treatments lead to improved seed polymers 13

Seed polymers are a bit like force fields: You cannot always see them, but they are there to protect. For instance, Polymers are helping to protect the growing number of active ingredients and biologicals (applied in the form of seed treatments) from dusting off. This not only protects the corn or soybean grower’s investment, but also reduces the seed applicator’s or grower’s exposure to various compounds, say manufacturers of polymers and other seed enhancements.

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