On November 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released a report that details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees. The report, entitled Cellulose Nanomaterials -- A Path Towards Commercialization, is the result of a May 2014 workshop that brought together a wide range of experts from industry, academia, and government to ensure that commercialization efforts are driven by market and user materials needs. The USFS, in collaboration with the National Nanotechnology Initiative, organized the workshop. Participants included over 130 stakeholders from large volume industrial users, specialty users, federal government agencies, academia, non-government organizations, cellulose nanomaterials manufacturers, and industry consultants. According to USDA, the workshop generated market-driven input in three areas: opportunities for commercialization; barriers to commercialization; and research and development roles and priorities. Issues identified by participants included the need for more data on materials’ properties, performance, and environmental, health, and safety implications, and the need for a more aggressive U.S. response to opportunities for advancing and developing cellulose nanomaterial.
USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities need in a 21st Century economy,” Perdue said. “The loans I am announcing today will help utilities and cooperatives build new transmission and distribution...
Cattlemen Praise Confirmation of Gov. Perdue for USDA Secretary
Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today praised the Senate confirmation of former Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture:“Decisions made every day at the USDA have a significant impact on our ability to run our operations. We are excited to have a Secretary that comes from the industry, understands the complexities of our business, and is willing to stand up and fight for the hard-working men and women in rural America. We are looking forward to...
Cotton and Peanut Plantings Jump Above Expectations
Implications While growers intend to substantially increase acreage of cotton and peanuts this year uncertainty remains. For cotton, the pace of plantings, crop conditions, the pace of exports, and global (i.e. China) inventory levels are key fundamentals to monitor. For peanuts, higher acreage does not mean substantially higher production as crop yields and acreage abandonment may reduce the crop size. Managing risk is key. For peanuts, price risk is managed through the 2014 Farm Bill’s Price Loss...
NCC Ready to work with new Agriculture Secretary
The National Cotton Council congratulates former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination for Secretary of Agriculture."Our industry looks forward to working with Governor Perdue as he leads USDA to help ensure a strong and viable agricultural and rural economy, including important actions necessary for the stabilization of the U.S. cotton industry," NCC Chairman Shane Stephens said. "It is encouraging to see a Secretary of Agriculture nominee with a strong production agriculture and agribusiness background...
USDA Funding Leads To First Wood-To-Jet Fuel Commercial Flight
On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its partners celebrated the successful journey of the first commercial flight powered in part by a new renewable fuel made from wood waste. The demonstration flight, operated by Alaska Airlines, was made possible due to a five-year $39.6 million research project to develop a viable renewable fuel source from cellulose-rich wood harvest leftovers funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and led by Washington State University...