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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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Biobased Jobs, Grown and Made in America

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Last week brought exciting announcements from President Obama calling for the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States has the opportunity to leverage its leadership in biotechnology, agricultural productivity and manufacturing innovation to build a biobased economy. A biobased economy will continue to generate good jobs at home as the biobased product industry already employs more than 50,000 people Read More >

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Presidential Memo Expands Purchases of Biobased Products and Creates Jobs

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This week President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum that challenges the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) already designates 64 categories of biobased products for federal procurement and this memorandum asks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase the number of both designated categories of and individual biobased products eligible for preferred purchasing by 50 Read More >

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