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NEWS UPDATE November 4, 2014

Corn, Nebraska and Iowa’s top cash crop, selling for half 2012 prices

By Cole Epley, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted November 4, 2014

Grain elevators in late October were seeing corn trade for as low as $3.04 per bushel, more than 35 percent below the average price per bushel at the same time last year. The top cash crop for Nebraska and Iowa today is fetching less than half the price it brought in October 2012. And net farm income, the financial barometer of agricultural producers across the country, is forecast to fall to $113 billion nationally, about 14 percent below 2013 levels. In Nebraska, early projections predicted net farm income to fall 13 percent to $5.8 billion. Estimates for Iowa are not yet available. [ read more … ]

For Cellulosic Ethanol Makers, The Road Ahead Is Still Uphill

By Erica Gies, Yale Environment 360  •    •  Posted November 4, 2014

For years, cellulosic ethanol has been touted as a just-around-the-corner technology that would provide cleaner, greener transportation fuel and an alternative to environmentally dubious forms of corn-based ethanol. But the complexity of drawing fuel from the cellulose found in agricultural wastes, grasses, and other non-food sources has proved daunting, nudging the advent of the cellulosic fuel industry ever-further into the future — until now. [ read more … ]

World’s climate experts lay out ‘severe,’ ‘irreversible’ alternatives to a global treaty cutting CO2 emissions

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 4, 2014

Pressure for a new global treaty on climate change grew yesterday after the completion of a landmark U.N. science report that warned of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” unless global warming is tackled immediately. “This global system of our Earth is having really a high temperature,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a press conference announcing the report. “So when your child is sick with a temperature, you have to take all medication and, if necessary, bring to doctors. This is what we have to do now.” [ read more … ]

North Carolina leads surrounding states in biofuels by billions

By Dawn Wallace, Staff Writer-Triangle Business Journal  •    •  Posted November 4, 2014

North Carolina is leading surrounding states in biofuels – when it comes to economic impact and jobs created each year. In the past year, according to a survey conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association for the Fuels America campaign, the biofuels industry has generated about $3.1 billion in economic impact and supported 13,687 jobs across the state. [ read more … ]

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