• Rod Swoboda

    Iowa Nutrient Plan's Voluntary Approach Draws Criticism

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 18, 2012

    It's been a month since Gov. Terry Branstad released the long-awaited Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy report for public comment. The report lays out the state's plan to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus leaving farm fields and entering lakes, rivers and streams. The plan is heralded by Iowa officials as praiseworthy and as an effective, workable approach to reduce pollution and improve water quality. Branstad, along with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and…

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    Ethanol's Future Is In Corn Residue

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on December 4, 2012

    DuPont came one step closer to commercializing advanced biofuels by breaking ground November 30 on its cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant to be built at Nevada, Iowa. Completion is expected by mid-2014. The $200 million facility will be among the first and largest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world. The new plant will produce 30 million gallons annually of ethanol from cornstalks, leaves and other plant material. The crop residue will be baled and delivered to the…

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