CUTC to Explore Economic Impact of Corn Technologies

In Audio, CUTC, Land Use by Cindy

The 2010 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC), scheduled for June 7-9 in Atlanta, has more to offer than ever before. CUTC has been expanded to include new topics that will be of value to many audiences, such as life cycle analysis of new technologies, land use issues, aquifers, water quality and usage and greenhouse gas emissions. “The CUTC is …

Regulating with Inherent Uncertainty

In Audio, Ethanol, government, Land Use by Cindy

The new rule for the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS2, represents the first time the federal government has ever had to develop regulations based on the unproven theory of international indirect land use change. This is kind of like trying to make a recipe without knowing the ingredients. EPA’s Transportation and Regional Programs Division Director Sarah Dunham talked about …

Doing the Right Thing Difficult in Today’s Political Climate

In Current News, Ethanol, General, Land Use by Mark

A recent online New York Times editorial praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision supporting the expansion of biofuels production however, the praise was too lavish, according to many close to the issue. As seems to be more and more common in government, EPA’s attempts to mollify all parties involved, resulted in a watered-down decision that missed the mark. The source …

Farmers Beware: EPA In Hyperdrive

In Environmental, Land Use, Politics by Mark

The Environmental Protection Agency loves family farmers. Let me count the ways…ethanol, atrazine, carbofuran, water quality issue related to livestock operations…the list goes on. Like a drunken sailor on shore leave one of government’s most crucial agencies seems to be out of control and stumbling from one issue to the next with complete disregard for science, protocol or the future …

Indirect Land Use Has Direct Effect on Family Farmers

In Activism, Environmental, government, Land Use by Mark

Indirect land use is the theory that corn-based ethanol changes the crops planted on acres in the Midwest and through a series of assumptions (think butterfly effect), changes the face of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.  We also think it’s a bunch of baloney.  (Click Here for more on today’s guest blogger.) The US Environmental Protection Agency is currently penalizing …

Senate Ag Holds Cap and Trade Hearing

In Farming, government, Land Use by Cindy

One of Senator Tom Harkin’s last acts as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday was to preside over a hearing on cap and trade and its effects on agriculture. Harkin expressed concerns about the structure of a cap and trade marketing system. “Markets that aren’t properly and carefully regulated will blow up and the economy and environmental goals of …

Unintended Consequences from Unintended Consequences

In Audio, Ethanol, Land Use by Cindy

Trying to measure unintended consequences of biofuels production could result in more unintended consequences. That’s the main message corn growers have for regulators who are trying to predict the future by using unproven models to determine lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of fuels like ethanol. At the National Corn Growers Association Land Use and Carbon Impacts of Corn-based Ethanol conference this …

Land Use Rules & Regs Vitally Important

In Audio, Education, Events, Land Use, Legislation by Chuck

Kicking off the NCGA Land Use and Carbon Impacts of Corn-Based Ethanol Conference and welcoming participants was Conference Chairman, Jamey Cline, NCGA Director Biofuels and Business Development. I spoke with him after the opening session. Jamey says that regulations from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and from EPA on the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) have brought up a number …

Land Use Study Does a Belly Flop In Scientific Community

In Environmental, Ethanol, General, government, Land Use, Research by Mark

  Remember the old, very successful beef commercials that had a grandmotherly character asking “Where’s The Beef?” Well a growing number of real scientists, the kind with actual degrees in their field of expertise, are asking where’s the science? It seems having a word processor, some passing knowledge of an issue, and some good connections with science magazines or journals …