More U.S.-China Talks and Corn-based Ethanol Cleaner
**U.S. and Chinese officials sat down for another round of negotiations last week, and American farmers believe their sector will be a winner in the end.
According to agriculture.com, by a 3-to-1 ratio, producers polled for Purdue's monthly Ag Economy Barometer say they expect the dispute, which has stunted ag exports, will be resolved in a way that benefits U.S. producers.
45%, say a settlement with China was likely before July 1st, while some 68% expect farm exports to increase over the next five years.
**A new USDA study finds greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are about 39-percent lower than gasoline, and when refined at natural gas-powered refineries, the greenhouse gas emissions are around 43 percent.
Agrimarketing.com reports, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says these findings provide further evidence that biofuels from America's heartland reduce greenhouse gases even more than we thought and more efficient and effective.
The study supports other findings that ethanol has a significantly better greenhouse gas profile than previously estimated.
**The Bayer national pollinator forage initiative, 'Feed a Bee,' has announced it has reached its goal of awarding grants supporting diverse forage for honey bees and other pollinators in all 50 states.
The 50th recipient awarded recently was Gateway to the Arctic Camp in Talkeetna, Alaska.
Bayer's Dr. Becky Langer tells agwired.com, we're proud to have awarded more than $650,000 for pollinator-focused planting projects over the last three years.