Immature switchgrass could help cellulosic ethanol industry

September 14, 2012
Immature switchgrass could help cellulosic ethanol industry

By Ann Perry - Special to Poultry Times BELTSVILLE, Md. — A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to USDA scientists. Inserting a specific gene called “corngrass” from corn into switchgrass essentially keeps the perennial grass in its juvenile form...

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Groups sue WTO to keep COOL Act in force

September 14, 2012

DENVER, Colo. — The Made in the USA Foundation led a coalition of groups filing suit against the World Trade Organization, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Agriculture to keep the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling Act (COOL) in force. The WTO ruled this summer that COOL, which required meat from Mexico, Canada...

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Egg Farmers of America support Calif. lawsuit on Prop 2

September 13, 2012
Egg Farmers of America support Calif. lawsuit on Prop 2

LAKE PARK, Minn. — The Egg Farmers of America, a small but growing number of mainly Midwest egg farmers who do not want legislation mandating their production standards, has joined in support of California egg farmers by sending a contribution to the effort of challenging Prop 2. Proposition 2, which would regulate egg-laying hen...

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EPA seeks comments on RFS waivers

September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it is seeking comments on letters requesting a waiver of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and matters relevant to EPA’s consideration of those requests.  The comment period officially began on Aug. 30 and will close on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. EPA said it is issuing...

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Ethanol maker gets USDA backing for N.C. fuel plant

September 12, 2012
Ethanol maker gets USDA backing for N.C. fuel plant

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — A company that wants to turn grasses grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel reently got the federal backing it wanted before building an ethanol plant supporters think could mark a milestone in the state’s rural economy. USDA announced it has approved a loan guarantee worth...

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AFBF, others urge Senate to refrain from disaster bill

September 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation has urged Senate leaders to “refrain from supporting” any legislation resembling the House-passed disaster bill if such a measure is presented in the Senate. Supporting such a measure would detract from the larger mission of passing a long-term farm bill. In a letter to Majority Leader Harry...

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