Mother Jones: Ethanol’s African Land Grab

Some food for thought from Karl Ohm. I’ve often said that, as a nation, we can waste renewable resources just as quickly as non-renewable ones. Unless we can throttle back on consumption, the potential contribution of renewable resources to our economy may be curbed in the long run. If trees are cleared for energy crops, […]

Converting sugar beets into biofuel

AMES, IA — Two Iowa State University research farms are growing sugar beets to determine their biofuel potential in Iowa. The research is being conducted at the Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm in Fruitland and the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, which is located near Crawfordsville. “Our work is important because it will provide estimates […]

Univ. of Illinois research examines costs, benefits of energy crops

Urbana –– On the University of Illinois South Farms, 320 acres are devoted to the largest biofuels research farm in the U.S., growing crops that could be used to produce renewable energy. Last year, the farm planted miscanthus, switchgrass, corn, and restored prairie as bioenergy crops. The goal is to compare insect and disease challenges, environmental […]