Category Archives: agriculture

Abengoa plant featured in the Grey Lady

Nice overview of the Abengoa 20 MGY cellulosic ethanol facility under construction in Hugoton: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/business/energy-environment/dual-turning-point-for-biofuels.html Apparently it’s supposed to come on line in just a few weeks!

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cellulosic industry reaching maturity?

Nice status report on the cellulosic industry in the US.. http://www.nature.com/news/cellulosic-ethanol-fights-for-life-1.14856

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Video highlights research to improve crop residues for bioenergy

We’ve been a bit quiet on here lately, but some other projects have taken some of our time – in my case, helping to produce a video of some of my Ph.D. research.  In it, we discuss our project with … Continue reading

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analysis of proposed 2014 RFS volumes

Nice analysis of the proposed 2014 volumes for the RFS here: http://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2013/11/proposed-rules-2014-rfs.html Remember, there is a 90 day comment period before a final rule is made.. interesting to see how this will play out.

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Some recent news on GM crops

Grist blogger Nathanael Johnson just posted an interesting pair of articles on the repercussions of GM crop use for environmental quality, specifically the use of insecticide-resistant GMOs versus herbicide-resistant GMOs: In the insecticide wars, GMOs have so far been a … Continue reading

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Could sugar dumping push ethanol production up?

Pulling out an interesting little option from the 2008 Farm bill, the USDA is considering re-directing US produced sugar to ethanol production to drive up sugar prices.  From what I understand, the US sugar industry is completely supported by farm … Continue reading

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Food and Energy Security

Another one for the list of bioenergy journals: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%292048-3694 First issue came out only 4 months ago.  Methinks it’s going to be a good one… here’s a excerpt from the chief editor’s op-ed in the first issue: I am delighted … Continue reading

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