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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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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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Clean Energy Programs Can Help Meet Goals Espoused by the President

President Trump was generally lauded for the tone of his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, when he offered a more positive and optimistic assessment of the nation’s future than he had in his inaugural address or … Continue reading

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USDA Analysis Reaffirms Ethanol Benefits; Caps Vilsack Clean Energy Legacy

Understandably those in the ethanol industry responded to USDA’s research released last week demonstrating the emissions-reducing benefits of ethanol by saying: “Yeah, that’s what we’ve been telling you for years!” Be assured that industry leaders were elated by the report, … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy – A Major Economic Engine for Rural America

Since 9/11, this country – including more than half of the states – has taken significant steps to achieve the 25x’25 renewable energy goal. Over that time, sustained growth in renewable energy has been an economic boon to rural America, … 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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Texas Ascension to Renewable Energy Leadership Makes Good Economic Sense

The trend in national media circles reporting on renewable energy advances in Texas often characterizes the progress and development as a somewhat curious happening, given the state’s leading status as an oil and natural gas producer. But leaders in Texas … Continue reading

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Evidence of Benefits of Biofuels in Combating Climate Change is More than Ample

We have focused much of our attention over the past few weeks on the role of agriculture in both global and domestic efforts to combat climate change. The sector has many benefits to offer in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions … Continue reading

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25x'25 Alliance Work in 2015: Onward Towards the Goal

This year has brought with it mammoth challenges to the renewable energy sector, whether it is misguided EPA proposals to drastically cut biofuel blending requirements or moves in a number of state legislatures to weaken or kill state Renewable Portfolio … Continue reading

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RFS Rule Undercuts U.S. Commitment to Reducing GHGs

It was with some ironic bemusement that biofuel advocates read the headlines from the mainstream media that said the Obama administration “raised’ the biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule announced this week by EPA. Of course, … Continue reading

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