Food and Energy Costs

Food and energy costs, together with healthcare, are arguably the three most important factors in how well we thrive on planet Earth.  While healthcare costs certainly continue to rise, it is food and energy costs that are most volatile.  Food and energy costs seem to fluctuate the most during periods of emergence and spread of…

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Electric Vehicles – The Good, the Bad & The Ugly

Some in the electric vehicles industry predict that we will have almost 150 million electric vehicles in service by 2030.  This is fifteen times the number in use in 2021.  Many automakers indicate that within a few decades, the current combustion engines will be completely gone.  This is a good thing for the green economy…

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Ethanol Revenues Increase by Reducing Carbon Intensity

Can you improve ethanol revenues by 50-75 CPG? Corn ethanol can be a highly profitable business when a plant can reduce its Carbon Intensity. Which CI reduction alternatives can provide the best return on capital? Negative C.I. Ethanol is coming! Business opportunities to increase CI revenue include: Crop waste-based energy supply, CHP for power and…

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Plant-Based Meats Investment

By 2030, the plant-based meats industry aspires to capture 6% of the global meat and seafood market. This represents 25 million metric tons (MMT) of annual plant-based meat production. However, in recent years consumer demand for plant-based meat has outpaced the industry’s supply capabilities. Similarly, there appears to be a looming potential for global supply…

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Cell Based Meat

“Cell-based meat” refers to meat that is grown directly from cells instead of meat that is harvested from an animal body. There is a broad array of companies in the cell-based meat space. Commercially successful cell-based meat operations will require many readily available cell lines for the different consumed species of mammals, birds, and fish.…

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USDA Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC)

OPPORTUNITY: The FSCSC program provides financial assistance for specialty crop operations that incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses related to obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in calendar years in 2022 or 2023. This program helps offset costs to comply with regulatory requirements and market-driven food safety certification requirements which is part of…

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USDA Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC)

USDA Notice of Funds Availability for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for Fiscal Year 2022 OPPORTUNITY The intention of RPIC is to provide cooperative agreement funding to eligible applicants working to promote public-private, philanthropic partnerships in rural and Tribal communities that encourage economic and social development. These projects are intended to support rural America…

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USDA Bioproduct Pilot Program

OPPORTUNITY: The Bioproduct Pilot Program is a competitive grant program that will support research activities related to studying the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities to produce construction and consumer products. Anticipated activities include techno-economic and life-cycle analyses relative to incumbent products; environmental and waste management implications; and product development and scale-up…

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