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FFA and Ag Education Furthering Careers

ffa-logoIn regard to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and ag education in general, they are pivotal in their relationship to career technical education. That’s according to Sherene Donaldson, National FFA Organization executive secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.

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A/C Help-Part 2

A basement ceiling in a new construction showing the heat/air duct work attached to the framework with PVC pipes in the background.

Today Cathy Isom has some ways to prepare the outside of your home to help keep things much cooler on the inside this summer.

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A/C Help-Part 1

Air conditioning master preparing to install new air conditioner. drilling the wall.

In the first part of this series, Cathy Isom lets you know what you can do to keep your home cooler and that energy bill lower during the hottest days of summer.

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Comment Period Opens – Tell EPA the RFS Works

With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 4 billion gallons, the National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to this proposal as soon as possible, before the July 27 deadline.

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A New Program to Boost Availability of Gas With More Ethanol

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Today Cathy Isom tells us about the new program that could make it easier for us to fill up our vehicles with more renewable fuels.

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USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

usda-logoWASHINGTON, June 1, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and Read the rest of this entry »

Too Much Focus on RFS to Boost Biofuels


Tom Vilsack

The long awaited and debated Renewable Fuels Standard proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency were released Friday. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there’s too much focus on the Renewable Fuels Standard as a way to boost the biofuels industry.

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EPA Snubs Consumers and Farmers Again, Takes Renewable Fuel Backward

From the National Corn Growers Association:

WASHINGTON (May 29, 2015) – The following is a statement from Maryland corn farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read the rest of this entry »

ASA Responds to EPA’s Proposed RFS Volume Requirements for Biodiesel

From the American Soybean Association:

WASHINGTON (May 29, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency released today its Proposed Rule to establish the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. EPA proposes setting the biomass-based diesel volumes at the following levels: Read the rest of this entry »

USDA to Invest Up to $100 Million to Boost Infrastructure for Renewable Fuel Use, Seeking to Double Number of Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Pumps

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

usda-logoWASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. Specifically, USDA will administer competitive grants to match funding for state-led efforts to test and Read the rest of this entry »

RFA Praises USDA for Its Investment in Infrastructure

From the Renewable Fuels Association:

WASHINGTON — Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $100 million worth of funding for new blender pump installations throughout the country. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, released the following statement praising the USDA for its investment: Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 15, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about a new report showing demand for recent college graduates with degrees in ag programs, the final 2014 cotton crop numbers and estimates for the 2015 peanut crop, along with a story about a new health fad.

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