A sweeping drought in the Midwest has pushed up corn commodity prices and prompted a UC agricultural economist and his colleague to call for federal authorities to suspend renewable-fuel standards that require the blending of 13.2 billion gallons of corn ethanol with gasoline this year
In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Colin Carter, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis, and Henry Miller, a physician and a fellow in scientific philosophy and public policy at the Hoover Institution, said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could divert...
A USDA official was in Oakland yesterday to promote the development of renewable fuel infrastructure in the United States, according to a news release from Propel Fuels. The federal agency plans to fund the build-out of 10,000 renewable fuel pumps across the nation in the next five years.
Judith Canales, administrator of USDA's Rural Business and Cooperative Programs, spoke at a press conference held at a gas station where customers can purchase E85 Flex Fuel and biodiesel from Redwood City-based Propel Fuels.
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Eating crispy sweet corn the same day it’s picked is one of the best reasons to stop at a roadside farm stand. Fresh corn-on-the-cob’s notes of honey and vegetal cream barely resemble the starchy, grainy flavor of processed corn.
Demonstrating fresh sweet corn’s esteem in the southern San Joaquin Valley, the Visalia Times-Delta ran a feature yesterday about First Fruits Sweet Corn in Hanford where customers can buy the proprietors’ secret corn variety until the end of September.
Reporter Hillary Meeks contacted UC Cooperative Extension agronomy farm advisor
Not only did the Fresno Bee lose veteran ag reporter Dennis Pollock to its recent buyout cuts, the paper's garden reporter, Mzong Xiong, decided to take the buyout and continue her maternity leave indefinitely.
But it hasn't taken long for her replacement to find UC Cooperative Extension. Margaret Slaby, who together with columnist Mary Lu Aguirre are now covering the garden beat, wrote a charming piece about heriloom corn this week that included quotes from two Tulare County UCCE advisors.
The story centers on Gary Jones of Tollhouse, who is growing corn with kernals ranging from red, purple and pink to blue, black and teal, the article said. Small farm...