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CONVENTION UPDATE: GLEANING PROFITS FROM DROUGHT-SMITTEN FIELDS

The Value Proposition for Next-Generation Energy Crops:  Value Chain and Business Model Considerations By Val Giddings Food & Ag sessions got off to an interesting start on Tuesday as three companies told their very different tales of sailing turbulent economic waters over the past two  years in search of profitable harbors.  With oil at $140/barrel, it looked like a game almost anybody could play.  With oil at $50/barrel things are a lot more competitive.  Mike Read More >

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CONVENTION UPDATE: Focus is on Yields, Technology and Supportive Policy Environment to Meet Food & Fuel Demands

By Val Giddings When Joachim Schneider (Head of Life Sciences for Bayer Crop Science and BIO’s new Chairman for Food & Ad) opened the panel on “Agricultural Production:  Meeting the Sustainability Challenge,” he made it clear that today’s challenge is to increase productivity and while dealing with climate change.  Will future production keep pace with demand?  How can we meet food and fuel challenges? “We need to marry global science with global scale to produce Read More >

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

The EPA has released its long-awaited proposed rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard, including calculations of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for various biofuels. Unlike California, the EPA is proposing to “discount” the greenhouse gas emissions of both biofuels and the baseline petroleum gasoline. The discount rate that EPA uses for most of the calculations it presents is 2 percent over 100 years, although it also proposes using a 0 percent discount rate and a Read More >

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EPA Ready to Release Rules for RFS

The White House Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of the EPA’s rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will contain the lifecycle analysis for U.S. fuels. Reuters and the Des Moines Register have reported on the significance of the rule, though EPA has not made clear when the rule will be published in the Federal Register, beginning the comment period. The rule, much like California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (CARB), will Read More >

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Advanced Biofuels – Increasing Domestic Economic Growth and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Last week the Members of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Environment in the House of Representatives held hearings on “The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (“ACES”). ACES is a draft climate change bill including language for a renewable electricity standard, carbon capture and sequestration, a low carbon fuel standard, development of a smart electricity grid, energy efficiency, and allowances and offsets of a cap and trade program for greenhouse Read More >

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