A report released this week by the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council suggests the U.S. will have a difficult time meeting mandates for next generation biofuels production, a tough time making biofuels cost effective in the near-term and that production of biofuels on a large scale might hurt the environment.
The Renewable Fuels Association was quick to say the results should be interpreted with extreme caution. As for Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack:
"I think they're basing conclusions on old information that is not as accurate as it once was. And I think it is unfortunate that reports that are based on, in my viewpoint somewhat outdated information, basically are suggesting that we ought to just give up the ghost. America doesn't do very well when it gives up on something that is innovative and creative. We're not going to give up on this industry. This industry is too important to the United States. It is too important to rural America. It's too important to our future in terms of national security. And it's too important to the whole innovative culture that we're trying to accelerate in this country."
Vilsack says he'll continue pushing biofuels - even as some lawmakers consider scaling back the biofuels program.
Obama’s Jobs Bill DOA in the Senate
White House Chief of Staff William Daley challenged Congress to vote on President Obama's jobs bill despite predictions that it's DOA on Capitol Hill. Daley spoke at The Atlantic Magazine's Ideas Forum this week: "My challenge to everyone else who runs around saying this jobs package is dead, then what are you going to do about this economy as opposed to just talk about it?"
Pig Thefts Surprisingly Common During Recession
What is the most stolen item during a recession? A recent study shows the answer to that question is hogs. That’s right, the item most stolen is hogs. The enticement is high pork prices. Gary Asay, a member of the National Pork Producers Council says – a hog that is ready for market is worth about $200. Asay says, increased value of hogs makes it more tempting for people to try and get a quick buck.
Information Issued to Combat Meatless Monday
The Animal Agriculture Alliance believes the goals of "Meatless Monday" are not in line with the average consumer. While the public may be mislead by its clever marketing and celebrity endorsements, the Alliance believes the agriculture community should be aware the campaign promotes false claims about the animal agriculture industry with the ultimate goal of eliminating meat consumption, and therefore, consumer choice.