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Jun 17, 2011

Senate reverses itself from rejection to passage of amendment to repeal VEETC

"Ethanol is the only industry I know of that receives a triple crown of government support: its use is mandated by law, it enjoys protective tariffs....More
Jun 15, 2011

Senate rejects Coburn amendment to repeal VEETC

“This vote is a major victory for the biofuels industry and American consumers."....More
Jun 10, 2011

Plant-based plastic bottles & biogasoline, the Virent way

Imagine the world's endless supply of plastic bottles made from corn and other plant-based feedstocks....More
Jun 09, 2011

Coming soon: High-voltage tractors

  Electric farm tractors are closer than we think. This week the Agriculture Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) issued a news release....More
Jun 03, 2011

How fast can corn be planted?

How fast can corn be planted? After watching corn planting progress this year, it is clear that growers can cover a lot of ground fast. Most of the....More
Jun 03, 2011

Gotta bid to buzz

Let's say, hypothetically, that you want to raise bees. You need the right equipment to make that happen, especially if the end goal is to generate....More
May 26, 2011

Iowa legislation encourages biodiesel growth

The new bill positions Iowa among the elite states in terms of having a comprehensive set of biodiesel policies that help create a positive business....More
May 25, 2011

Don’t mess with RFS, say biofuel advocates

An "unholy alliance" is quietly campaigning on Capitol Hill to repeal both the tax incentive for ethanol and the RFS, says the American Coalition for....More
May 20, 2011

Vertical tillage implements being demonstrated in Kansas

  On Monday, May 23, K-State Southwest Kansas Research-Extension Center is hosting a spring field day, where vertical tillage equipment will....More
May 12, 2011

Corn planting races to completion

The first reports of completed corn planting are coming in. A central Illinois grower e-mailed today that he just finished planting his largest....More
May 09, 2011

Topcon announces HiPer AG mobile RTK base station

  Topcon Precision Agriculture has expanded its HiPer series of satellite receivers to include HiPer AG, a new portable base station for....More
May 06, 2011

Ethanol gains power on NASCAR tracks

"Everyone came together to do the testing and provide a seamless transition to the use of E15,” says NASCAR's Mike Lynch....More
May 06, 2011

Next-generation farm machinery: 3 technologies industry is working on

To get an inside look at what the farm machinery industry is working on, Farm Industry News editor Karen McMahon and I travelled to Waterloo, IA,....More
May 04, 2011

2011 Agricultural Machinery Conference report: Ag equipment innovation difficult

In downtown Waterloo today, automotive designer Clyde Foles spoke before a crowd of 300 agricultural engineers on the topic “Innovation: Why....More
May 03, 2011

Getting a PhD in J-B Weld

Sometimes the parts come apart. That's the way things work in the mechanical world. The solution is to find a way to keep them working the way they'....More
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