Energy en Walmart’s Sustainability scorecard: How do you measure up? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Last week Robert Kaplan, director of sustainability for Walmart, announced he was moving on after four years of promoting sustainability at the world&rsquo;s largest retailer. In his farewell letter, Kaplan outlined some of the achievements Walmart made during that time. Among them:</p> <p>-Eliminated nearly 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas;</p> <p>-Collaborated with Target, one of its biggest competitors, to bring more sustainable personal care and beauty products to the shelf; and,</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Sustainable Agriculture Water Management Farm Industry News Blog Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:59:00 +0000 79271 at <p>Caption: Former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno (left) interviews Robert Kaplan, Walmart&rsquo;s director of sustainability (middle), and Rick Tolman (right), National Corn Growers Association, on the topic of sustainability at the Bayer CropScience&rsquo;s 8th Annual Ag Issues Forum.<br /> Photo Credit: Jodie Wehrspann</p> Shaping the future of biofuels <div class="node-body article-body">Working in 70 countries, Abengoa Bioenergy is no stranger to alternative fuel production. The company’s new Hugoton, Kan., facility uses best harvest management practices. The plant will produce 25 million gallons of ethanol, and electricity from biomass.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Renewable Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:33:00 +0000 72971 at <p>The harvest of corn and wheat stubble requires keeping best practices in mind. Abengoa works with Pacific Ag, a custom harvesting operation, to get the job done.</p> Producing renewable energy for the farm and for sale <div class="node-body article-body">On-farm renewable energy production has doubled. A range of materials can be used to heat and power farms. Matching the right material to the right use is one challenge.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Renewable Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:04:00 +0000 72481 at <p>Native grasses hold promise for renewable energy on farms, but the process may take some experimentation to make it work. There&rsquo;s an increase in the number of farms using renewable energy.</p> Shooting Star Native Seeds Ten biomass research projects to receive USDA, DOE funding <div class="node-body blog-body">The $12.6 million in research grants are awarded under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Biomass crops Farm Industry News Blog Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:33:00 +0000 71841 at Turning ag waste into energy amid stricter CAFO regs <div class="field-byline"> Roy M. Palk </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Opportunities exist for income potential from agricultural waste.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Biomass Mon, 12 May 2014 17:06:00 +0000 70941 at <p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Univers 45 Light"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} p.F09Caption, li.F09Caption, div.F09Caption {mso-style-name:"F09 Caption"; mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-next:Normal; margin-top:3.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:3.0pt; margin-left:0in; line-height:11.0pt; mso-pagination:none; mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none; font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:9.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Univers 45 Light"; color:black; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> </style> </p> <p class="F09Caption">Rising scrutiny of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations can be a challenge, or an opportunity, depending on your ag energy orientation.</p> Counterpoint: Solar power has a cost <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Ron Schwartau, Board Member at Minnesota Rural Electric Association, gave an interesting counterpoint to the <a href="">&quot;Time to Consider Solar </a>(Mar. issue),&quot; in which we reported on the recent interest in solar panels due to a drop in system pricing. Schwartau writes:</p> <p>&quot;Time to Consider Solar&quot; was interesting but not entirely accurate in portrayal of solar and other renewable energy.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solar Farm Industry News Blog Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:37:00 +0000 69951 at Propane Farm Incentive Program renewed for 2014 <div class="field-byline"> Source: PERC </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A record number of growers participated in the program this year and PERC is now working on the renewal for next year. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Propane Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:01:00 +0000 68991 at Farmers begin to adopt onfarm renewable energy production for cost savings <div class="field-byline"> Source: USDA </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Survey results show that solar power is the number one renewable energy used on farms, and farmers are slowly beginning to adapt onfarm product of these energies to save on costs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Renewable Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:22:00 +0000 66002 at Ethanol industry in a war, stakeholders called to action <div class="node-body blog-body">The oil industry will not use ethanol blends if the RFS is eliminated, said Mike Bryan, CEO of BBI International, which sponsored the Fuel Ethanol Workshop. “This is a very big deal, and it’s time that we, as stakeholders, say ‘enough.’” </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Ethanol Farm Industry News Blog Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:37:00 +0000 65362 at New facility to complete link between research and commercialization of advanced biofuels <div class="node-body blog-body">“We’re all about diversification and we feel strongly that we can produce both fuel and food efficiently.” </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Cellulosic ethanol Farm Industry News Blog Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:59:00 +0000 65222 at