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At the ARS Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, chemical engineer Nasib Qureshi observes and controls a fermentor in which butanol is produced from corn stover and recovered simultaneously with a vacuum.     Photo by Scott Bauer, ARS. November 17, 2014 - Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products…
  October 23, 2014, Callaway County, MO – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is in the process of containing and cleaning up a manure spill in Callaway County. The DNR said an estimated 10,000 gallons of liquid manure was spilled, contaminating an area tributary that flows into Millers Creek…
September 29, 2014 - Texas A&M AgriLife Research has been awarded part of a nationwide $15.7 million Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service to help fund a two-year program to demonstrate developing technologies for water purification, treatment and recycling and power generation using…
July 14, 2014, Lexington, NE — Nebraska Department of Agriculture director Greg Ibach of Sumner and agriculture advocate Trent Loos of Loup City will be the keynote speakers July 29 at Manure Demonstration Day at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington. It is being presented by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension,…
July 2, 2014 - One reason why some cows cannot get pregnant may be because they have male (Y) chromosome fragments in their DNA, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Reproductive efficiency is the most economically important trait in cow-calf production. When a cow does not produce…
June 24, 2014 – Over the years, considerable modifications have been made to feedlot facility designs to optimize cattle performance, improve cattle comfort and also ensure safe and effective working conditions for feedlot personnel. Additionally, increased awareness and changes in regulatory climate towards greater environmental protection measures has strongly influenced…
May 14, 2014, Winnipeg, Man – The executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says efforts to contain PED have changed how manure is managed. Last week the office of Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer confirmed an investigation related to a positive sample from a high traffic site has…
The 2014 World Pork Expo comes to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, June 4-6, 2014. Sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), World Pork Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, swine shows and sales, and so much more. “If you’re shopping for…
Jan. 7, 2014 - Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production. Lignin, nature's way of protecting plant cell walls, is difficult to…
Dec. 23, 2013 - Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at York have discovered a family of enzymes that can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars. 'First generation' biofuels…
Dec. 16, 2013 - In the late afternoon, when fidgety dairy cows start milling around, they stir up a heavy layer of dust that hangs over the yard. This airborne dust does more than signal potential rowdiness among the livestock. It contains bacteria, viruses, fungi, and small bacterial remnants called…
Photo courtesy of Aaron Wright/PNNL. Nov. 26, 2013 - Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a remarkably fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists' ability to create biofuels using the hardy microbe…
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Sept. 19, 2013, Indianapolis, IN - Unlikely as it may sound, giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le in the Memphis Zoo are making contributions toward shifting production of biofuels away from corn and other food crops and toward corn cobs, stalks and other non-food…
September 3, 2013, Inwood, IA — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a manure release to an unnamed tributary of the Rock River.A neighbor reported the release to the DNR, when he discovered manure flowing through his farm pond. The manure came from a solids settling basin at…
August 9, 2013, Sunnyside, WA – The Yakima Clean Air board voted recently against placing a ban on spraying manure. Neighbors had asked for a ban to stop any spraying during the winter months when a burn ban is in effect.Emotions ran high during meeting as dairymen and their neighbors…

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