Tag: USDA

Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

In Tennessee, the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) will take to the road to show off the research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast utilizing fast growing, short rotation woody crops (SRWC). Coordinated by the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, and […]

September 1, 2014 More

Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

In Tennessee, the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) will take to the road to show off the research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast utilizing fast growing, short rotation woody crops (SRWC). Coordinated by the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, and […]

September 1, 2014 More

As huge corn crop looms, corn futures hit new contract lows

In the US, nearby corn futures have seen new contract lows, with low prices benefitting end-users like ethanol producers, causing unusually high margins. With the big crop looming, new crop carry-out is expected to increase but low prices will encourage future demand in 2015. Despite the lows, various private analysts have released final yield estimates […]

August 28, 2014 More

Maryland rejoices as soybean yields predicted highest in years

In Maryland, projected soybean yields are some of the highest in years as rainfall and moderate temperatures have allowed the crops optimal conditions. The USDA is currently forecasting a new record yield (45.2 bushels) of soybeans in 2014, exceeding the 2009 record of 44 bushels by a large margin. “Sustained demand increases are expected for […]

August 27, 2014 More

USDA releases new switchgrass for bioenergy

In Washington, the release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. Agricultural Research Service scientists have spent decades working on different projects that contributed to the development of the cultivar “Liberty,” which can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre.  

August 18, 2014 More

USDA report shows GHG impacts from agriculture

In Washington, the USDA has released a report that lays out methods for estimating changes in GHG emissions and carbon storage at a local scale for farm, ranch and forest managers. The methods in the report will be used to develop user-friendly tools for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and other USDA stakeholders to help them […]

August 11, 2014 More

USDA grant brings back online Ohio ethanol plant mothballed for two years

In Ohio, the Three Rivers ethanol plant has come back online thanks to an $9 million loan guarantee from the USDA under the Rural Energy for America program. Instead of the facility being scrapped after it had been mothballed, the loan facility allowed new owners to come in and bring the facility back to life, […]

August 4, 2014 More

USDA outlines new methods to push greenhouse gas emission savings

In Washington, USDA released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report is titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, and USDA said that, among other […]

August 3, 2014 More

Vermont manure and brewery waste sugar waste stream has extremely high yields

In Vermont, a project which uses cow manure and beer brewery waste to create a high-sugar content waste stream has projected yields and energy balances comparable to other projects which have used direct sugar streams, according to the project’s USDA grant. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association was awarded a $51,000 grant in 2013 to research […]

July 21, 2014 More

DOE and USDA award $12.6 million in research grants for feedstock genomics

In Washington, the DOE and USDA announced the selection of 10 projects that will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. The $12.6 million in research grants are awarded under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006 focused on fundamental […]

July 17, 2014 More