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Could Russia become a biofuel superpower?

This is a bit of a long shot but reading this report in the UK’s Daily Telegraph about Russia using big a good harvest as a foreign policy tool, got me thinking about the possibility of it becoming a biofuel superpower. While the trust of the article is about a record wheat harvest, this paragraph […]

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US almost out of corns stocks by harvest 09

The US will be almost out of corn stocks by harvest 09, according to Phil Brasher in the Des Moines Register. You must read the article it points up the complete failure of corn to ethanol as a sensible economic or fuel policy. Key quote 1 Corn supplies are projected to fall by one-third to […]

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Record rains dampen crops in US midwest

Record rains are dampening hopes for the harvest in the US midwest, according to my colleague David Rosen on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)The piece is written for two big issues: fertilizers and food. It misses a third, biofuels. If the crop is bad then the price of corn will rise, if […]

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Are biofuels to blame for rising food prices?

Are biofuels to blame for rising food prices? That question was debated for five minutes this morning on the infulential BBC radio 4 programme, Today. A contributory factor, that is making the effects of drought and poor harvests worse, is the gist.

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How the harvest is looking

As the harvest is almost entirely in around the world. Its perhaps worth looking at how the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation sees this year’s harvest The good news for North American ethanol producers is that there was a bumper corn crop this year, the bad news is that demand is high and so are […]

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If you’ve not got your corn position sorted for 2008 by now you could be in trouble

If you’ve not got your corn position sorted for 2008 by now you could be in trouble, according to the last couple of graphs from US Wheat, the group sees marginal growth in global corn production, but shortages in wheat and soy and prices are likely to be stronger next year…

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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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Autumn the season of mellow fruitfulness is coming

Autumn the season of mellow fruitfulness is coming, but will there be enough grain to feed the world through the winter, and drive them to the markets? The numbers for the US have not settled down yet. In March, according to Farmdoc the USDA was estimating that the corn harvest will be there would be […]

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David Fridley pours some cold water on biofuels

Lawrence-Berkeley Lab scientist and energy expert David Fridley talks about the reality of biofuels as an alternative energy fuel. He explains inherent cost and production problems with ethanol and similar biofuels. He also makes some good points about linking the price of food and oil.

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Just how politically sustainable is using food for fuel in the US?

Just how politically sustainable is using food for fuel in the US. There’s an interesting post over on dtn Ag Policy Blog (limited trial, and limited access, I had to pretend to be Canadian) about the sustainability of the US’ Biofuel policy. The key lines for me are USDA Chief Economist says that the rising […]

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