Sometimes it is difficult to find silver linings on clouds, and the clouds we’ve seen in Missouri for the past six weeks have hidden those linings quite well. Missouri farmers are faced with soggy soil and over 2 million acres of bare fields where soybean plants should be flowering.
In an a hearing Thursday on the Renewable Fuels Standard held by the Environmental Protection Agency in Kansas City, Kan., American Soybean Association Kansas Director Bob Henry pointed to the many benefits of renewable biodiesel produced from soybean oil as he called on the agency to maintain its commitment to clean, domestically-produced renewable energy.
It was announced Thursday that a coalition of farm and international development organizations and agriculture-related foundations sent a letter to congressional committees calling for a coordinated approach from the federal government to meet global food security needs.
American Farm Bureau on Thursday called on the Environmental Protection Agency to rethink its rule to reduce renewable fuels in the nation’s gasoline supply. Nebraska Farm Bureau President and AFBF Board Member Steve Nelson, Iowa Farm Bureau’s Charlie Norris and Illinois Farm Bureau’s Wayne Anderson called the rule to cut volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard groundless and harmful at a special field hearing in Kansas City, Kan.
DuPont issued a statement that adds a world point of view about changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is somewhat different than most of the comments being made by leaders of farm organizations.
Purdue University researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich the crop's genetic diversity and boost the nutritional value of soybeans.
Renewable energy targets and other support policies, now in place in 164 countries, powered the growth of solar, wind and other renewable technologies to a record-breaking energy generation capacity last year: about 135 GW of added renewable energy power increasing total installed capacity to 1,712 GW, up 8.5% from the year before.