Category: Thought Leadership

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

November 26, 2020 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, President, Leatherstocking LLC and “The Cleantech Conservative” Special to The Digest As I pondered recently the meaning of our American Thanksgiving, I realized that there was much unsaid in a similar vein about the bioeconomy.  In this time of mistrust, misunderstandings, cynicism and defeatism, we all should say out loud unabashedly […]

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Feeding a growing appetite for sustainable food systems with innovation

Feeding a growing appetite for sustainable food systems with innovation

November 23, 2020 |

By Mark Bustard, Chief Executive, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) Special to The Digest By 2050 the world’s population is expected to be close to 10 billion, and with it a serious demand for food.  Feeding a growing population is a challenge but so too is doing it in a way that reduces the impact […]

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12 ways to reduce risk when scaling up biomass feedstock operations

12 ways to reduce risk when scaling up biomass feedstock operations

November 17, 2020 |

By David F. Peterson, B.S., MBA, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This is the first article in a two-part series addressing the challenges of implementing and scaling up hemp production from a biomass management perspective. After the product or products are chosen and the business strategy is developed, biomass scale-up considerations largely sift […]

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10 Steps to a Successful Biofuel Construction Project

10 Steps to a Successful Biofuel Construction Project

November 16, 2020 |

By Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq. and Robert C. Epstein, Esq., both with Greenberg Traurig LLP Special to The Digest These Ten Steps May Help Biofuels Companies Avoid Headaches, Delays, Higher Costs and Legal Complications Bioenergy accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s total primary energy supply. The International Energy Agency projects that global biofuels […]

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Bugs, biology, biodiversity: Industrial Hemp Production (Part II) on Integrated Pest Management and Implications for Wildlife

Bugs, biology, biodiversity: Industrial Hemp Production (Part II) on Integrated Pest Management and Implications for Wildlife

November 10, 2020 |

By Susan P. Rupp, PhD, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Because of the challenges of registering it as an agricultural crop, federal agencies have not yet provided clear direction on the use of agrochemicals (i.e., herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides) on hemp, and regulatory decisions have subsequently devolved to the states.  However, the majority […]

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Industrial Hemp Production (Part I): Cultivation and Management

Industrial Hemp Production (Part I): Cultivation and Management

November 2, 2020 |

By Susan P. Rupp, PhD, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest The production of industrial hemp, grown for fiber, seed, and cannabidiol (CBD), has surged in recent years.  More recently, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) authorized the production of hemp and removed hemp and hemp seeds from the Drug Enforcement […]

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Overview of 2020 Cannabis Ballot Measures: Potential to Add 21 Million as Legal Consumers in the U.S.

Overview of 2020 Cannabis Ballot Measures: Potential to Add 21 Million as Legal Consumers in the U.S.

October 25, 2020 |

By Martin Wahl, Vice President, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This is the first in a series of articles being prepared by Lee Enterprises Consulting experts addressing opportunities and concerns for the growing hemp and cannabis industries. Topics will include cultivation, feedstock management, project financing, offtake agreement processing and product development with a […]

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The Need for State and Local Initiative

The Need for State and Local Initiative

October 20, 2020 |

American citizens are rich. They own governments that are “of the people, by the people and for the people”. Through them as trustee, citizens own land, water, and air as well as public infrastructure such as transportation, water and energy management assets and land parcels with improvements. Arguably, they even have an earned interest in […]

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What Ag Needs: Accelerating Technology to Secure The Future

What Ag Needs: Accelerating Technology to Secure The Future

October 19, 2020 |

By Jim Collins, CEO, Corteva Agriscience Special to The Digest Adapted with permission from two of Jim’s most recent articles, here and here. Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in an engaging and thought-provoking discussion at the World Food Prize, titled “Investment Innovations for Food System Transformations.” One of the questions posed to the […]

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New feedstock options and trends boost biodiesel production

New feedstock options and trends boost biodiesel production

October 13, 2020 |

By Brian Levine, Executive Vice President, Greasezilla Special to The Digest In the United States, efforts to replace fossil fuels with biofuels are gaining momentum, supported by growing public awareness, government programs and emerging waste-to-fuel technologies. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) analysis of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) projected that several types of biofuels, such […]

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