Ethanol not causing cropland expansion

Remember those wild predictions that increased ethanol production would cause farmers to tear up grassland and forests in order to plant more corn.   It even coined a new term—“indirect land use change”. Well, a new, in-depth USDA analysis of U.S. land use patterns shows total cropland in the U.S. actually decreased by 34 million… Read more »

New study disputes land use change theory

A new study shows little or no correlation between land use changes and biofuels. Researchers at Michigan State University used historical data on U.S. croplands, commodity grain exports and land use trends to see if there was a link between indirect land use change and biofuels expansion through 2007.  They concluded that U.S. biofuel production… Read more »

Getting rid of the controversial land use change theory

The National Corn Growers Association says it’s time to throw out the controversial theory of indirect land use change. NCGA president Darrin Ihnen calls it “junk science”, which he says “needs to go the way of the horse-drawn plow.”  Ihnen points to a recent study conducted by Purdue University. It found that the California Air… Read more »

NCGA: Time to throw out land use change theory

The National Corn Growers Association says it’s time to throw out the controversial theory of indirect land use change. NCGA president Darrin Ihnen calls it “junk science”, which he says “needs to go the way of the horse-drawn plow. “They don’t give us credit for the fact that—this year—we’re going to produce 300-million more bushels… Read more »

Nebraskans hope for changes in CARB plan

Nebraska ethanol producers are waiting—and hoping—that California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) will see fit to modify the controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard it passed in 2009.   The new standard, which is scheduled to take effect in 2011, could ban the use of corn-based ethanol in California.  Considering a good share of the ethanol produced in… Read more »

California study of land use theories underway

An expert workgroup created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held its first meeting last week.  That group is charged with refining and improving CARB’s controversial land use and indirect effect analysis of transportation fuels. California recently implemented a low carbon fuels standard which included indirect land use change requirements.  That law, which critics… Read more »

SDCGA: ‘EPA only got it half right’

Reacting to the EPA’s RFS2 final rule, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association says the agency “only got it half right.”  The group is pleased with EPA’s acknowledgement of corn ethanol’s advantage over conventional gasoline when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.  At the same time, the corn growers are disappointed with EPA’s continued reliance… Read more »

EPA’s ruling on RFS-2 could come Wednesday

An announcement on the much-anticipated EPA final rule on RFS-2—the Renewable Fuels Standard—could come as early as Wednesday. That word from House Agriculture Committee chairman Collin Peterson during an exclusive Capitol Hill interview with Brownfield on Tuesday. “I think we’re going to get a rule that we can live with,” Peterson says. “It’s not going… Read more »

California’s fuel regulations will hurt Nebraska

California’s low carbon fuels standard, which received final approval by the state’s Office of Administrative Law last week, will have a major negative impact on Nebraska corn ethanol. The new rules will essentially end the use of corn-based ethanol in California.  The Nebraska Corn Board’s director of research, Kelly Brunkhorst, estimates that 27 percent of… Read more »

Growth Energy says GAO report supports arguments

The ethanol lobbying group Growth Energy is touting a recently-released report from Government Accountability Office (GAO), saying it supports their arguments on indirect land use. The GAO report suggests that EPA work more closely with the Departments of Agriculture and Energy to develop better parameters for assessing greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuels production. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says that confirms his group’s contention that there is no scientific consensus on indirect land use.