Crops for producing biomass and advanced bale-handling equipment are expected to be major technologies in the future of agriculture. Principal scientist at ICM, Jeremy Javers, says biomass production will someday become similar to row-crop production. Improvements have been made in the yield of energy crops and in harvesting equipment.
As corn-based ethanol facilities strive to drive down production costs, they are taking a closer look at feedstocks. Molecular geneticists and seed breeders have been responding, which may impact the types of corn produced in certain areas.
This week in a hearing held by the Energy & Environment Subcommittee, representatives from Congress, the American Petroleum Institute, and other organizations argued that EPA’s decision to permit the use of E15 could be extremely costly to consumers.
Senators have reached a bipartisan agreement that would end VEETC and ethanol tariffs on July 31, 2011, but would extend tax credits for cellulosic biofuel, small ethanol producers and alternative fueling infrastructure.