Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 17 that the Obama administration had reached agreement with the state of Minnesota to help farmers try to achieve regulatory “certainty” on water issues was part of a two-day tour that appeared intended to bolster the administration’s standing in the rural Midwest as President Obama seeks re-election.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Environmentalists sued Michigan regulators Tuesday over an air quality permit issued for a planned refinery in the Upper Peninsula that will produce ethanol fuel from wood chips.
SIOUX FALLS — The energy crop fields of the future could render an aesthetic similar to the old Midwestern prairie, with a variety of grasses dotting the lowlands, hills and ridges.
The concept of “sculpting the landscape” was envisioned decades ago by North Dakota plant materials specialist Erling Jacobson, who was looking to revegetate fields in the northern Great Plains as a conservation tool.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. John Hoeven, the North Dakota Ethanol Council and ethanol industry leaders today announced the establishment of a new program that will fund the newly-established North Dakota Ethanol Council’s marketing activities by dedicating a share of the industry’s production profits to promotion of ethanol.
FLOODWOOD, Minn. — Steve Traeger drives the 200-horsepower, all-wheel-drive tractor into a wall of willow and alder.
Brush and small trees bend and snap, and the BioBaler towed behind the tractor chews it up and packs it tightly into half-ton bales as if it were hay.
AMSTERDAM — Within a decade, passenger planes will be flying on jet fuel largely made from plants — flax, marsh grass, even food waste — as airlines seek to break away from the volatile oil market and do their part to fight climate change, aviation experts say.
RICHMOND, Va. — Some researchers say an age-old cash crop long the focus of public health debate could be used to help solve the nation’s energy crisis, by genetically modifying the tobacco leaf for use as a biofuel.
DETROIT (AP) — Researchers at Michigan State University are working to turn the rutabaga into an oil-producing powerhouse that could make the turnip-like vegetable a better source of biofuel than other food crops.
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