Tag: sorghum

Secretary of Agriculture slams China’s “politicized” 179% duty on US sorghum imports

Secretary of Agriculture slams China’s “politicized” 179% duty on US sorghum imports

April 18, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed extreme disappointment regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports. “The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even mention ‘dumping,’ because China can buy product from anywhere they choose. This is clearly a […]

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Sorghum genetic modification increases yield

Sorghum genetic modification increases yield

March 3, 2018 |

In New York, a simple genetic modification can triple the grain number of sorghum, which is used for food, animal feed, and biofuel. Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory figured out a genetic change boosts the plant’s yield: by lowering the level of a key hormone, generating more flowers and more seeds. Their discovery points […]

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EPA publishes proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways

EPA publishes proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways

December 22, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published their notice of proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways which allows an opportunity to comment on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at dry mill ethanol plants. The notice says that the “EPA’s evaluation of […]

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No boredom for sorghum – Sorghum reaches stardom status with huge $16 million grant

No boredom for sorghum – Sorghum reaches stardom status with huge $16 million grant

October 8, 2017 |

Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research on a single feedstock, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is receiving a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for research on the model grass green foxtail (Setaria viridis), to speed up the development […]

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Alexander & Baldwin trialing corn and sorghum as biogas feedstock

Alexander & Baldwin trialing corn and sorghum as biogas feedstock

August 23, 2017 |

In Hawaii, as part of Alexander & Baldwin’s diversification into biofuels from its sugarcane past, the company began growing corn and sorghum a few months ago for feedstock that will produce biogas and in turn power the Kahului wastewater treatment facility. If the trial proves successful, the crops could be grown on as much as […]

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Researcher use semiautonomous robot to assess energy sorghum

Researcher use semiautonomous robot to assess energy sorghum

March 1, 2017 |

In Illinois, a semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders—and eventually farmers—can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields. A team of scientists from the Carle R. Woese Institute for Genomic […]

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North Carolina Biotechnology Center begins three-year sorghum research for fuel and chemicals

North Carolina Biotechnology Center begins three-year sorghum research for fuel and chemicals

October 18, 2016 |

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region. The project, involving scientists at land-grant universities in two Southeastern states and numerous industry partners, is enabled by […]

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USDA ARS using giant electronic scanner to select best energy sorghum varieties

USDA ARS using giant electronic scanner to select best energy sorghum varieties

October 12, 2016 |

In Arizona, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service is experimenting with a giant electronic scanner to study the individual characteristics of thousands of energy sorghum plants growing underneath it in work funded by the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) known as Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA). The work in Maricopa aims to speed […]

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Researchers working on sorghum genetics to boost its use for bioenergy

Researchers working on sorghum genetics to boost its use for bioenergy

July 18, 2016 |

In Florida, new research examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop. The work was conducted by researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Washington State University in Pullman, the USDA-ARS in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the University of […]

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China seen importing DDGS and sorghum to blend with sample corn for feed

China seen importing DDGS and sorghum to blend with sample corn for feed

June 9, 2016 |

In China, as much as seven shiploads of DDGS and sorghum have been contracted from the US likely to be blended with low quality domestic corn for animal feed. The government has decided to offload 78 million bushels of sample corn from its reserves which will lower corn prices for the time being but may […]

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