Understanding the 2011 Planting Outlook, Ethanol and Food Pricing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual Prospective Plantings report this morning, showing U.S. farmers intend to plant 92.2 million acres of corn, 76.6 million acres of soybeans

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More Psuedo-Science and the Preposterous Claims of Anti-Ethanol Activists

A new pseudo-analysis published by the controversial and discredited Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons claims that biofuels expansion is increasing hunger and poverty-related health risks in developing nations. The

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EPA Details Legal Avenues for E15 Sales Today

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a partial waiver for the use of E15 (15% ethanol/85% gasoline) in cars, pickups and SUVs from model year 2001 and newer. 

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Charges and Changing – Helping Feed and Fuel the World

This week, the chairman of Nestlé, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, attacked ethanol as an “immoral” policy.  It is a charge backed by lots of emotion, but very little fact.  If moral behavior

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RFA Urges New Hampshire to Reject Ethanol Ban

The New Hampshire House of Representatives recently voted to ban corn-based ethanol in the state.  As this bill has now been sent to the Senate to be voted on, Renewable

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States Take Polar Opposite Stances on Ethanol Use, Imported Oil Demand

Legislative bodies in Nebraska and New Hampshire have taken two very different approaches to dealing with America’s dependence on imported oil.  In the Nebraska Senate, a bill to remove labels

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Nebraska Takes Important Step to Increasing Ethanol Use

Recognizing the efficacy and safety of 10 percent ethanol blends (E10), Nebraska State Senator Mark Christensen is championing a bill that would lift the state requirement for gas pumps offering

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Who Gets Your Food Dollar?

Oil prices are soaring, routinely closing well in excess of $100 per barrel.  Prices for gasoline and diesel fuel continue to rise in concert with traditional spikes due to the

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A Flock of Speculation: How Paper Bushels, Not Ethanol, are Driving Corn Prices

Last year, the World Bank noted in a study on the run up in food prices in 2008 that, “…the use of commodities by financial investors may have been partly

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Ethanol Exports Continue to Surge; Anti-Dumping Investigation Reduces DDGS Exports to China

The new year began with a bang for U.S. ethanol exports, according to government data released today. Ethanol shipments (consisting of both denatured and undenatured, non-beverage, ethanol) totaled 57.2 million

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