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Friday, February 7,2014

Kansas leads 21 states in appealing ruling on "pollution diet"

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Twenty-one states have asked an appeals court to invalidate a previous federal court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to implement a so-called pollution diet to reduce nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay..

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Friday, January 10,2014

Cellulosic breakthrough; enzyme discovery could reduce production costs

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Researchers have found that an enzyme discovered more than a decade ago can digest cellulose in cellulosicethanol feedstocks such as switch grass, corn stover and wheat straw twice as fast as any enzyme currently on the commercial market, a scientist at the U.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Possible RFS cut raises fears

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Hundreds of farmers in Iowa, Kansas and other states already have signed feedstock supply contracts to provide biomass to nextgeneration biofuels production companies in recent years as the cellulosic ethanol industry draws near to launching commercial production.

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Friday, September 20,2013

Clean Water Act suit dismissed

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A California judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday, Sept. 16, that challenged agriculture’s long-held exemption as a pollution point-source in the Clean Water Act, according to a ruling handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

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Friday, September 13,2013

Farmers weigh stover harvest, land use

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Yet as several cellulosic ethanol companies that use corn stover stand on the verge of commercializing their operations across the Corn Belt and as seed companies work to continue boosting average corn yields in coming years, it won’t be long before producers become intimately familiar with a new set of buzzwords: “residue management.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Future of Texas water regulation remains unclear

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Ron Kaiser, professor of water law and policy at Texas A&M, said the state’s ruleof-capture gives landowners the right to pump water from below their property unabated. That has made it difficult to get all water districts on board with conservation..

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Friday, July 19,2013

API asks for EPA action on blend wall

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The American Petroleum Institute (API) ratcheted up pressure on federal officials Monday to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and announced a national advertising campaign designed to build support for repeal of the RFS.

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Friday, May 24,2013

Lawsuit claimed harm to endangered species

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Genetically-engineered alfalfa can once again be grown in U.S. fields, and could be the dominant alfalfa type in some geographies, following a court decision handed down by the U.S.

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Friday, May 17,2013

California pesticides case continues

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Pesticide Action Network North America have asked for a two-week extension of a May 22 deadline to file an amended complaint after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the case on April 22 following a U.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Losing grasslands in the Corn Belt

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Production agriculture’s reach for higher profits in response to the recent commodity boom is to blame for a depletion of grasslands in the western Corn Belt and diminishing populations of native birds in North America and Europe, according to two studies released in last week.

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