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2011-11-30 10:38:34

A new study by economists at Oregon State University questions the cost-effectiveness of biofuels and says they would barely reduce fossil fuel use and would likely increase greenhouse gas emissions. The idea that biofuels can reduce dependency on fossil fuels and mitigate climate change has led governments to promote them as substitutes for gasoline and petroleum-based diesel, using mandates and subsidies, said Bill Jaeger, the lead author on the study. "Our results suggest that...

2011-11-29 11:41:37

World grain production fell, exacerbating a global food situation already plagued by rising prices, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. Despite record rice and maize yields around the world, global wheat production dropped substantially enough to bring total grain output to just below 2008 levels. Maize, wheat, and rice provide nearly two-thirds of the global human diet and serve as critical inputs for both animal feed and...

Commercial Enzyme Improves Grain Ethanol Production
2011-09-12 10:07:27

  A commercial enzyme could reduce overall costs linked with producing ethanol from grain, and also reduce associated emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and colleagues. The researchers found that the enzyme helps extract water from an ethanol byproduct used to make dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), which can be used as feed supplements for cattle, swine and poultry. This could significantly reduce the...

2011-08-31 20:16:11

Adding a pretreatment step would allow producers to get more ethanol from switchgrass harvested in the fall, according to a Purdue University study. Michael Ladisch, a distinguished professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and Youngmi Kim, a research scientist, compared switchgrass based on growing location, harvest time and whether it was given a pretreatment step. They found that location wasn't important, but the other two factors could significantly increase the amount of...

2011-08-10 08:08:00

VISALIA, Calif., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EdeniQ, Inc., a California-based clean technology company serving the global biofuels industry, announced today its appointment of Steve Rust as the company's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110614/SF19106LOGO) Rust was most recently the Director of Marketing at Fremont Industries, where he worked closely with sales to increase Fremont's market share of water treatment solutions for ethanol...

2011-07-14 13:08:00

Online Petition Seeks Support for End to Corn-based Ethanol's Federal Support WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The connection between rising food prices and federal support for corn-based ethanol is explained in a new website, http://www.cornforfoodnotfuel.com/, launched today by organizations whose members produce and process the majority of meat and poultry in the United States. Food prices are up - meat and poultry prices specifically are up 8.5 percent from a...

2011-07-13 11:45:00

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week's report on corn and other grains by the U.S. Department of Agriculture marks an important turning point in the evolution of agriculture, according to the National Chicken Council: for the first time, the government is predicting that more corn will be used in this crop year for motor fuel than used for animal feed to help produce food for people. "Raising poultry and livestock as food for people is taking second place to...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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