On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host the first ever USDA virtual office hours on Twitter. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will sit down to answer the public’s questions on the department’s renewable energy programs, and how USDA is helping build a secure energy future for America. He will be joined by Sarah Bittleman, USDA senior advisor on energy policy....More
The past year was significant for the ethanol industry. EPA approved E15 (15% ethanol blended gasoline) for model year 2001 and newer vehicles. And the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) of $0.45/gal. expired. Ethanol production is expected to increase with E15 entering the market. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has reported that it is working to finalize federal requirements to certify E15 blends. A couple of states are ready to go with E15 as soon as the federal requirements are completed....More
The influence of sustainable agricultural systems is evident at Agritechnica 2011, with two buildings filled with companies devoted to alternative energy solutions for the farm — from biogas to solar to wind, and everything in between....More
Farm Industry News compiled results from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab over the last 10 years to identify the top 40 most fuel-efficient tractors based on the the PTO test at rated engine speed. Here are numbers 19-10.
Farm Industry News compiled results from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab over the last ten years to identify the top 40 most fuel-efficient tractors based on the the PTO test at rated engine speed. Here are numbers 29-20.
The high price of row crop commodities has slowed the pace of consumption. There are indications that both soybean and corn consumption will fall short of the most recent USDA projections, according to a University of Illinois ag economist....More
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Rural landscapes of the future might have pyrolysis plants instead of grain elevators on every horizon — processing centers where farmers would bring bulky crops such as switchgrass to be made into crude oil....More
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....More
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....More