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J.Craig Venter Carries BIO into the Second Half of its Pacific Rim Summit

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on a media call to announce a new Department of Navy Farm to Fleet initiative. Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Mabus will highlight the benefits of advanced biofuels to create jobs in rural America and to ensure a dependable, domestic fuel supply for our nation’s military. The conference call for the Navy/USDA biofuel procurement announcement was originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 but Read More >

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The Farm Bill Levels the Playing Field for Rural Americans

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Just one week after insulting immigrants with the release of a flawed study, the Heritage Foundation gave the back of its hand to rural Americans with a counterfactual attack on the Farm Bill. The Heritage Foundation, in a posting on its Foundry blog, dismissed grant and loan programs for renewable energy as “green” subsidies, advising rural Americans to wait until the free market provides them the capital to improve energy efficiency, build renewable energy projects Read More >

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When it Comes to Biofuels Driving the Economy, The Sky is the Limit

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Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote a column talking about the unlimited opportunities for biofuels to grow the rural economy. He highlighted what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already done to support biofuels including loan guarantees and research centers, and talked about the contributions biofuels have already made to strengthen our nation’s economic and energy security. The United States is rapidly building a biobased economy, where biotechnology is used to convert Read More >

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Fast Food vs. Fuel

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The National Council of Chain Restaurants, a member of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition that includes national petroleum refining and meat producer trade groups, recently launched a new front in the effort to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard. The group released a study compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an editorial in the Wall Street Journal and followed up with a round of lobbying on Capitol Hill. The claims made in the NCCR-funded report are at best unrealistic. Read More >

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A Look into the Future of Aviation Biofuels

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Energy security continues to be an important issue for the United States. Panelists on “The Future of Aviation Biofuels” breakout session at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing talked about biofuels promise to increase our nation’s energy security and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Navy, Agrisoma, Airlines for America and Honeywell UOP made up the panel. Moderator Don Schenk of ACA Associates called agriculture the foundation for green aviation and stressed the importance of sustainable, non-food Read More >

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