Oilseed Camelina Studied as Biofuel Feedstock

US – It may not be a household name even among farm families, but the oilseed camelina is showing good potential as an environmentally-friendly commercial biofuel feedstock, particularly for biodiesel and jet fuel. To that end, the US Department of Agriculture has just awarded $5.08 million to a team of researchers, led by K-State Distinguished Professor in Grain Science and Industry, Xiuzhi Susan Sun, to study the crop’s potential. Continue reading Oilseed Camelina Studied as Biofuel Feedstock

US Ethanol Policy Eating Family Budgets

US – A new study demonstrates the dramatic change in US food affordability trends since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) came into being in 2005. Dr Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon, LCC, the study’s author, shows that compared to long term trends, in 2012 the average family of four saw about a $2,000 increase in food costs, meaning that for the first time since the 1970s, food is becoming less affordable. Continue reading US Ethanol Policy Eating Family Budgets