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USDA Re-Organization Must Align with 21st Century U.S. Agriculture

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s plan for reorganizing USDA, which is now subject to a public comment period that ends June 14, would create an under secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, realign department agencies under an under secretary … Continue reading

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Carbon Neutrality of Woody Biomass Set to Become Federal Law

The $1.1-trillion budget resolution headed toward passage by Congress this week contains a provision that has long been sought by many renewable energy advocates, including 25x’25 Alliance members, particularly those in the bioenergy sector. The language in the measure, which … Continue reading

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U.S. Needs to Stay Engaged in Global Climate Agreement

Reports circulating around Washington indicate a decision is coming from the White House soon to determine whether President Trump will keep the United States engaged in the global climate agreement reached in Paris 16 months ago. During his election campaign … Continue reading

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Perdue Confirmation Hearing Underscores Role of Ag in the 21st Century

Today a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, is finally taking place. Assuming he is eventually confirmed by the Senate, he will take the helm of a federal agency whose constituencies and … Continue reading

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MN Water Initiative Reflects Multiple Benefits of a 25x'25 Future

This week, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced a proposal aimed at improving the state’s water quality by 25 percent by the year 2025. Given that water quality in the state is currently on track to only improve by about 8 … Continue reading

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Solutions from the Land: A New Way Forward

As the incoming administration contemplates the path forward for America’s energy, agriculture, conservation and climate polices, it will be important to carefully assess the role that farms, ranches and forests – our nation’s working lands – can play in meeting … Continue reading

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Study Says Influx of Dead Trees Can Be Handled Through Co-Burning

Researchers at the University of Wyoming say a vast number of trees killed by a bark beetle population that is rapidly expanding due to higher temperatures could be sustainably co-fired in coal plants. It’s an important finding, especially as Congress … Continue reading

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DOE Billion-Ton Update Makes Clear the Role of Biomass in U.S. Energy Strategy

After much anticipation within the biomass community, the latest update of the DOE’s Billion-Ton report reaffirms that the United States by the year 2040 has the potential to sustainably produce at least one billion tons of nonfood biomass resources that … Continue reading

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Farm, Forestry Producers Offer Climate Change Solutions

Taking place this week in Rome is the annual forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA), a dynamic gathering of representatives from around the world discussing challenges, sharing solutions and building partnerships to develop food, feed and … Continue reading

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Solutions from the Land's 'Farmer-First' Climate Smart Agriculture Principle

The award of a $500,000 grant from the prestigious W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Solutions from the Land (SfL) this week underscores the priority and responsibility that SfL takes in putting farmers first in developing practices and policies that can meet … Continue reading

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