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Lincoln Star Journal: Company to Evalute Turning Farm Waste Into BioCoal By Nicholas Bergin
March 2, 2017
The Biogenic C02 Coalition is an active champion for fair, science-based treatment for agricultural biomass under the Clean Air Act and other federal regulatory programs in order to grow the American bioeconomy.
The Biogenic CO2 Coalition, through its member national trade groups, represents a broad swath of agriculture and related sector constituents in advocating for sensible policies recognizing the carbon benefits of agricultural biomass.
But federal regulation currently ignores the life-cycle carbon benefits from crop‐based feedstocks, and instead treats carbon dioxide emissions from fermentation, agricultural processing, wastewater treatment, biomass combustion the same as fossil fuels. (The Biogenic CO2 Coalition focuses on feedstocks from annual herbaceous crops and does not cover issues associated with forest products or woody biomass.)
Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture starches, sweeteners, corn oil, bioproducts (including ethanol), and animal feed ingredients.
North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) represents millers of wheat, corn, oats and rye in the US and Canada. NAMA members take the raw grain and, through grinding and crushing, create flour and other products that are used to make such favorite foods as bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, and snack foods.
National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) is a national trade association that represents 13 companies engaged in the production of food, feed, and renewable fuels from oilseeds, including soybeans, sunflower seed, canola, flaxseed and safflower seed. NOPA’s member companies process more than 1.6 billion bushels of oilseeds annually at 63 plants located in 19 states throughout the country, including 57 plants that process soybeans.
National Cottonseed Products Association (NCPA) is an organization of firms and
individuals engaged in the processing of cottonseed and the marketing of cottonseed products, as
well as cottonseed. These include oil mills, refiners, product dealers and product brokers.
National Cotton Council of America (NCC) aims to ensure the ability of all U.S. cotton industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad. NCC serves as the central forum for consensus-building among producers, ginners, warehousers, merchants, cottonseed processors/dealers, cooperatives and textile manufacturers. The organization is the unifying force in working with the government to ensure that cotton’s interests are considered.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) represents more than 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers.
Enginuity Worldwide makes an engineered solid biomass fuel, using agricultural residues and woody wastes as the feedstocks, that can be used to co-fire with coal in power plants to produce base load energy. Using carbon neutral farm-based biomass provides an immediate carbon benefit that can help power companies comply with their GHG reduction targets.
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being.
March 2, 2017
March 2, 2017
EPA regulates carbon emissions from farm crops the same as fossil fuels when crops are used by food processors like bakeries and breweries or for bioenergy. EPA is ignoring the fact that the only carbon being released from crop processing is the carbon that was already captured when the crops were grown. As part of regulating farm products, EPA also wants to decide what farming practices are considered “sustainable production.”
EPA is essentially putting an emissions tax on “biogenic” emissions from farm products. But as a farmer, you already did the hard work of growing crops that naturally absorb CO2. Every farmer and scientist knows that when carbon is released from crops, it completes the natural life cycle and doesn’t add CO2 to the atmosphere, but EPA is ignoring that fact. To extend their regulatory reach, EPA is treating these biogenic emissions the same as fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. The effect will be to increase costs and hurt American agriculture.
The Biogenic CO2 Coalition wants EPA to acknowledge sound science and count biogenic emissions as carbon neutral.