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Proposed House Farm Bill Falls Short in Properly Underpinning 21st Century Agriculture – updated

Editor’s Note: This update of our blog clarifies the amounts and conservation program targets of funding reductions called for in the House farm bill legislation. As U.S. agriculture makes its way well into the 21st century, the sector finds itself … Continue reading

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EPA Decision Offers Potential New Pathway for Meeting Vehicle Efficiency, Emission Standards

Yesterday, EPA announced its decision on whether the corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards adopted by the Obama administration for model year 2022-2025 light vehicles are “appropriate.” Not surprisingly, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt said they are … Continue reading

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NACSAA Advances Recommendations to Shape UNFCCC Agricultural Work Program

Last November, we wrote here of a major breakthrough occurring at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where, for the first time, delegates approved plans to establish an agricultural work program. What that meant is that representatives of nations … Continue reading

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Ag Day Recognizes Sustainable Production of Food, Feed, Fiber, Energy, Ecosystem Services

Today marks the 45th annual celebration of National Agriculture Day, which, as a White House proclamation states, acknowledges “the tremendous work ethic, ingenuity, determination and perseverance that define generations of American farmers. Because of their efforts, the United States produces … Continue reading

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Even Amidst Drama, RFS, Utility Survey Shows Strength of Renewables

The continuing drama taking place in Washington this week over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) underscores a basic truth in the energy world: Certainty of policy generates growth and benefits consumers. After more than four months, the nomination of former … Continue reading

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Reports Underscore Role of Biofuels in Future High-Performance, Low-Carbon Engines

Ethanol advocates and industry leaders received good news last week when DOE officials unveiled two studies, one identifying high-octane blendstocks that could be blended into gasoline for better performance, and the other outlining a new mathematical equation that quantifies the … Continue reading

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Clean Energy Stakeholders Need to Keep Lawmakers Honest on Budget

There’s something unfortunately familiar about the fiscal 2019 budget proposal released by the White House this week: It bears the same draconian cuts to clean energy programs the Trump administration sought last year. The proposal makes even clearer the Trump … Continue reading

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Rural Electric Co-ops Finding that Renewables Make Good Business Sense

A few short months ago, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) projected the share of the world power market held by renewables will grow from 24 percent in 2016 to 30 percent by 2022. IRENA says that the three nations … Continue reading

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USDA Farm Bill 'Principles' Fall Short by Omitting Energy Programs

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue laid out USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018. USDA would like to see Congress address and adopt their list of priorities in 2018 as lawmakers deliberate over the five-year measure to guide … Continue reading

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NACSAA Reaffirms Commitment to Enhance Adaptive Capacity of North American Agriculture

A gathering this week in Washington, DC, of leaders from more than 30 leading farm and sustainability organizations from across the continent has reaffirmed their commitment to enhance the adaptive capacity of North American agriculture. The meeting, held at the … Continue reading

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