A weekly look at sustainable bioenergy, farm, and forest policy issues


Agricultural Productivity: Big Challenges Ahead

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the world will have to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 to feed an additional 2.3 billion people. That would be no easy thing to do by itself.

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Budget Negotiators Seeking Deal on Fiscal Deficit, Ignore Environmental Deficit

The White House is negotiating with the House and Senate leadership to develop a multi-year budget plan. This will include long-term spending plans for U.S. Department of Agriculture food, conservation, and energy programs.

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House Votes to Cut Funding for Agriculture Conservation and Renewable Energy Programs

On June 16, the House approved H.R. 2112, the fiscal year 2012 (FY 2012) agriculture appropriations bill, by a vote of 217-203. The House voted to cut nutritional assistance, conservation, and renewable energy programs significantly.

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Biomass Crop Assistance Program Announces Enrollment Period in New Project Areas

On June 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) announced the designation of four new project areas for the establishment of new miscanthus biomass energy crops.

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EESI Supports Effort to Restore Habitat for Pollinators along Nation’s Highways

On the occasion of National Pollinator Week (June 20), EESI has joined with dozens of national, state, and local organizations in a letter of support for legislation directing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to practice integrated vegetation management along the nation’s highways.

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Upcoming Events

July 12: State and Federal Policy for Biogas (webinar)
July 19: Farm Bill Energy Title: Rural Energy for America Program


Writer: Ned Stowe




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