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Biofuels, Food and Feed Tradeoffs

The rapid growth of the biofuels industry is raising concerns about the potential impacts on global markets for food grains and feed grains, as well as resource use.  These concerns were addressed at an April 12-13, 2007, conference sponsored by Farm Foundation, USDA Rural Development and USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses.

Bio-Fuels, Food and Feed Tradeoffs featured the latest research on the short- and medium-term impacts of increased biofuel production on food and feed markets in the United States and world-wide.  Focus was on the global food and feed grain markets over the next 10 years. Breakout sessions addressed four areas of challenges—environmental, production, distribution and logistics. Participants also examined business strategies and policy initiatives, and identified future research needs.

Available for review are conference presentations and papers, as well as an  executive summary.

The 170 participants included agribusiness leaders, representatives of the bioenergy and petroleum industries, community and government leaders, researchers and farmers and ranchers. The event was at the Marriott St. Louis Airport.

This was the fourth in a series of conferences Farm Foundation has organized on the topic of agriculture and energy.  Previous conferences addressed Agriculture as a Producer and Consumer of Energy, Energy from Agriculture: New Technologies, Innovations and Success Stories, and Energy in Agriculture: Managing the Risks.







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