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USDA Secretary Vilsack Addresses Attendees at Coexistence Workshop

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On March 12 – 13, 2015 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders.  Coexistence is the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences.  To learn more on coexistence and its history, read Read More >

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USDA Illuminates the Economic Benefits of Moving Toward a Biobased Economy

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“A bioeconomy is one based on the use of research and innovation in the biological sciences to create economic activity and public benefit.” - White House (2012) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  Secretary Tom Vilsack has recently announced the release of a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy.  The report, entitled Why Biobased?, was created by the USDA as a precursor for a more comprehensive economic study to be released in the coming months by the USDA BioPreferred Read More >

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DOE Awards Grants to Biofuel, Chemical Biorefineries

Last month, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 19 biomass projects that would receive renewable energy grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The list included 14 pilot, 4 demonstration, and 1 commercial-scale project, receiving a total of $561 million in grants ranging in size from $2.5 million to $81 million. The projects will be located in 15 different states. Additionally, Vilsack announced a $54.5 million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee Read More >

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