Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world’s top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable fuel policy while the oil rout curbs demand.
If the hottest new plant grown as a biofuel crop is approved based solely on its greenhouse gas emission profile, its potential as the next invasive species might not be discovered until it’s too late.
Recently, I urged the Government Operations & Audit Committee to obtain more inform- ation about the management and outcome of the EB-5 program, specifically regarding Northern Beef Packers. I motioned to subpoena Joop Bollen, former director of the EB-5 program in South Dakota. While I tried to bring transparency and balance back to the South Dakota state government, Republican legislators on the committee tried to silence me.
I won’t be silenced.
Spring was wet and difficult, and many of Bill and Karolyn Zurn’s late-planted soybeans are still small and scant in the soggy soil. The Callaway, Minn., farm couple won’t harvest a good crop this fall unless the rest of the growing season cooperates.
Minnesota is shifting to a higher diesel mandate on July 1, and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is supporting a series of workshops intended to help farmers, diesel retailers and others learn more.
FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., flanked by five other Democratic senators, and producer/processors from their states, launched an effort Wednesday to re-up federal support for biofuels.
WASHINGTON — With gas prices ticking ever-higher and the summer months approaching, no relief is in sight. Gas prices affect not only your cost at the pump, but also the cost to transport goods you use in everyday life, such as food and clothing. With an economy that is slowly recovering, spikes in the price of fuel could spell disaster. Congress needs to act to ensure our economic recovery is not derailed.
ABERDEEN, Miss. — William T. “Tommy” Tacker is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of $2.8 million in bioenergy subsidy money for a plant in Mississippi.
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