engineering

Ag & Bio Engineering Chair Can’t Be Confined to a Cube

Dan Biotechnology, Education, Florida, Research

As she grew up in rural Arkansas, Kati Migliaccio’s interest in agricultural engineering came naturally. She liked math, science and problem solving, so she wanted an engineering career, but not one that confined her to an office or lab. “I wanted a career that involved engineering, with an outdoor component,” said Migliaccio, who was recently named chair of the agricultural …

biofuel

EPA Awards Biofuel Waivers Worth Tens of Millions of Dollars

Dan Biotechnology, Energy, Industry News Release

A Reuters report says the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded tens of millions of dollars’ worth of biofuel blending credits for this year to refiners HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil. Two sources tell Reuters the refiners argued that the agency had wrongly denied them waivers from the country’s biofuels law as far back as 2014. It’s likely to add fuel to …

biosecurity

Biosecurity Important for Poultry Owners

Dan Biotechnology, Poultry

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reminding those in the poultry industry of the need for biosecurity after the recent confirmation of a case of virulent Newcastle disease in California. As Rod Bain reports, it serves as a reminder that flock owners need to practice proper biosecurity measures. Biosecurity Important for Poultry Owners

ethanol technology

UF/IFAS Researchers Hope Better Technology Produces Less Costly Ethanol

Dan Biotechnology, Energy, Industry News Release, Research

University of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply fuel ethanol can be made from inedible plant material – called biomass – using currently available technology. Their goal is to make this form of ethanol less expensively than gasoline and help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Currently, fuel ethanol is made from corn, which is edible. Corn also uses a lot of fertilizer and …

volumes

Growth Energy Pressing Trump on Biofuels

Dan Biotechnology, Energy

An open letter to President Trump in Monday’s editions of the New York Times, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal urges the president to “unleash rural growth by cutting the red tape holding back homegrown energy.” The letter by Growth Energy also condemned Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s actions that the organization says are “destroying demand for biofuels …

bayer

Biofuels Group Files Lawsuit against EPA’s Pruitt

Dan Biotechnology, Energy, Industry News Release

A renewable fuels trade group has filed a lawsuit against Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. The Advanced Biofuels Association is the first to sue Pruitt over the Renewable Fuel Standard waivers the EPA is dishing out to refineries, large and small. Association President Michael McAdams says the group is concerned that Pruitt is granting the exemptions in an arbitrary …

market

Farm Bureau Hails Publishing of Food Disclosure Standard

Dan Biotechnology, Industry News Release

The following statement regarding the proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “The proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, published today by the Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Marketing Service, will give consumers a valuable resource for making informed decisions about food. Just as important, USDA is doing this the right way, …

americans

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

Dan Biotechnology, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture invited public comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. The standard will provide a uniform way to offer meaningful disclosure for consumers who want more information about their food and avoid a patchwork system of state or private labels that could be confusing for …

volumes

Growth Energy Comments on EPA CVR Waiver

Dan Biotechnology, Energy, Industry News Release

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted an undisclosed waiver to CVR, a refinery owned by Carl Icahn, allowing the company to bypass its biofuel obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The move, which is one of several, has angered the ethanol industry. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor points out the political ties between the Trump Administration and Icahn, as “Icahn …

biodiesel

Biodiesel Ranks First Among Fleets for Alt Fuel Use

Dan Biotechnology, Energy, Industry News Release

A survey of fleet vehicle providers has found that biodiesel is now the most popular alternative fuel option on the market, followed by E85. The National Biodiesel Board says the study conducted by the Association for the Work Truck Industry shows that the nation’s top fleets call biodiesel the number one choice for greening fleet operations. The 2018 Fleet Purchasing …