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VeraSun outlines process for farmers to sell corn elsewhere

VeraSun has outlined a process for farmers to be able to tell if their corn will be available for sale elsewhere, according to the Des Moines Register. 

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Verasun tries to exit corn purchase contracts

Verasun which has filed for  bankruptcy protection has asked the courts to terminate a number of its corn contracts, says ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS)While the move would help Verasun get back on its feet, if the court agrees, it’s going to be painful for farmers.

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How much stover to leave

Iowa Farmer Today (I should take out a subscription I’m quoting the publication so much at the moment) has a good piece looking at how much stover should be left on the fields after corn harvesting. Stover could be good source of cellulose for cellulosic ethanol in a couple of years time. But there are […]

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1000 entries and what have we learned?

Put out the flags. I’ve reached the 1000 post mark. I started this in October 2006 with an open if sceptical mind. Its been a lot of fun so far. I’ve met a whole bunch of people who have commented on what I’ve written and offered suggestions and I’d like to thank you for that. […]

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The Wall St Journal has a low opinion of the farm bill

The Wall St Journal has a pretty low opinion of the farm bill. Written like it is, it is hard to disagree with the opinion piece. Hat tip to the conservativerevolution blog.

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US Farm Bill 2007 Taxation proposals

Some of the key proposals in the US Farm Bill 2007, confusingly called “HEARTLAND, HABITAT, HARVEST AND HORTICULTURE ACT OF 2007”have been made public. Hattip to Phillip Brasher at the DesMoines Register.com who writes the Cash Crops blog. Philip says there’s plenty of scope for modification he says: “Under congressional pay-as-you-go rules, any tax cuts […]

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US Agriculture bills, history and future

The US agriculture bill 2007/2008 will have a dramatic impact on the biofuels and food landscape the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has a very readable document looking at the history of this iconic piece of American Legislation. I am sure it was behind this quote from Catch 22 (thanks to Webcurrent) “His specialty […]

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US farm Bill 2007 more proposals

There are more proposals to be debated as the US Farm Bill 2007 gets closer to enactment, according to 25×25, a US pro-biofuel pressure group. The US house of representative has agreed a proposal, which is different from proposals from Senator Jim Harkin in the Senate. The house’s agreed position looks like this, acording to […]

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Canadian’s use farm waste for biofuels

Canada’s Shane and Evan Chrapko who made a packet in dot.coms and got out while the getting was good, have followed Vindod Kohlsa another web entrepeneur into biofuels, using a surprisingly similar approach. According to Blognation’s the two are bankrolling a technology to digest farm waste an turn it into methane, fertiliser and clean water […]

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Farmland prices are rising

Farmland prices are rising because of biofuels, according to the New York Times. DEKALB, Ill. — While much of the nation worries about a slumping real estate market, people in Midwestern farm country are experiencing exactly the opposite. Take, for instance, the farm here — nearly 80 acres of corn and soybeans off a gravel […]

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