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South Carolina farmers jump on chance to grow hemp

South Carolina farmers jump on chance to grow hemp

July 4, 2018 |

In South Carolina, the search for farmers to grow hemp is on with more than 100 applying for the license to grow 40 acres. Only 40 farmers will be selected from the 133 that have already applied and potentially more that come in before Friday’s deadline. Last year’s hemp trial granted 20 farmers licenses to […]

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Nigerian farmers begin to plant sugarcane for ethanol project in Kebbi

Nigerian farmers begin to plant sugarcane for ethanol project in Kebbi

March 5, 2018 |

In Nigeria, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last year between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the state government of Kebbi, farmers have been planting sugarcane to supply a new ethanol facility that will be developed there. The governor has promised to provide harvesting machinery to facilitate the cane harvest as well […]

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Argentina’s farmers may save $377 million by using up to 30% biodiesel

Argentina’s farmers may save $377 million by using up to 30% biodiesel

January 2, 2017 |

In Argentina, the department of agriculture is developing a policy that would allow farmers to use their own biodiesel production on-farm to help reduce their operating costs for farm machinery. By some estimates, the move could save the agricultural industry $377 million every year thanks to biodiesel running at about 60% of the cost of […]

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EPA’s backslide on Renewable Fuel Standard drives down farm income by 26% since 2013, say National Corn Growers and National Farmers Union 

EPA’s backslide on Renewable Fuel Standard drives down farm income by 26% since 2013, say National Corn Growers and National Farmers Union 

October 11, 2015 |

In Washington, the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union released a white paper highlighting that “net cash income for American farmers and ranchers is forecast to decline by 26 percent in 2015 from peak levels in 2013.” The authors added, “That devastating forecast is worse than originally projected, and it represents the […]

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Purdue researchers show cover crops facilitate sustainable stover removal

Purdue researchers show cover crops facilitate sustainable stover removal

August 7, 2014 |

In Indiana, farmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their income, Purdue University research shows. Using cover crops – plants such as crimson clover or annual ryegrass that blanket the soil – farmers […]

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South Carolina to promote farmer extension training on renewable energy

South Carolina to promote farmer extension training on renewable energy

June 23, 2014 |

In South Carolina, Clemson University has received a $78,000 grant from South Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education to teach farmers about incorporating renewable energy and other sustainability techniques into their farm management. Implementation of oil seed crop and biodiesel production along with passive solar energy and waste-to-energy will be included in the extension program. […]

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Repreve Renewables sets up miscanthus growing deal for NC farmers

Repreve Renewables sets up miscanthus growing deal for NC farmers

May 5, 2014 |

In North Carolina, farmers and landowners are participating in a unique program from Greensboro-based Repreve Renewables to grow giant miscanthus grass for renewable product solutions. This innovative program provides famers with an economic alternative for underutilized and marginal land. The company developed a comprehensive solution for planting biomass at commercial scale, including solving the significant […]

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North Dakota farmers sought to push energy beet project forward

North Dakota farmers sought to push energy beet project forward

January 28, 2014 |

In North Dakota, the push to grow energy beets for ethanol production is moving forward with a series of informational meetings for farmers being held in five cities around the state this week. The meetings are meant to help determine farmer interest in growing energy beet so Fargo-based Green Vision Group and Iowa-based Heartland Renewable […]

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European farmers union wants stable framework for biofuels

European farmers union wants stable framework for biofuels

January 21, 2014 |

In Germany, the European farmers union Copa-Cogeca is calling on European legislators to implement a stable framework for biofuels, or else risk losing the positive impacts on the region’s rural areas. Copa-Cogeca highlighted the major benefits of biofuels for the environment, for the economy, for animal feed, for growth and jobs in EU rural areas […]

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Canola an opportunity for Great Plains farmers

Canola an opportunity for Great Plains farmers

October 24, 2013 |

In Colorado, research from the ARS Central Great Plains Research Station shows that spring canola could be an opportunity for farmers across the Great Plains to grow a crop rather than leaving it fallow after wheat in the semi-arid regions. Simulations show that canola production could reach 900 pounds per acre, bringing in $67 to […]

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