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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
A group of experts speaking at the National Ethanol Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 6, said the rubber is about to meet the road in the next two years—when corn ethanol’s 15-billion-gallon cap set in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) becomes a reality..