WASHINGTON (AP) — There's still a little something for everyone in massive farm bills that Congress is considering this week, even though the legislation would cut billions of dollars from federal farm and food subsidies.
FIVE POINTS, Calif. (AP) — Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.
Opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard have raised concerns about the biofuel industry's ability to produce enough non-corn cellulosic fuels to meet federal mandates. This week, the Energy Department added to the debate by lowering its 2013 production forecast.
The department's Energy Information Administration had given the Environmental Protection Agency last October a prediction of 9.6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels. On Tuesday, it lowered that number to 5 million gallons in an issue brief published on the EIA site that offered no explanation for the drop.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed a nearly 9 percent increase in the use of biofuels this year under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
The agency set an overall total of 16.55 billion gallons to be used in transportation, compared to 15.2 billion gallons last year. The 2013 target includes increases in the use of advanced biofuels, biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuels.