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  •  Though giving ADM their cut ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... may run counter to what you would want to do to have sustainable, renewable production, if unsustainable soil mining production generates more profits to ADM.

    Miscanthis (etc. ... Giganticus, maybe?) is indeed a promising biomass feedstock in areas that were originally perennial grassland. If thinking about extending the policy to Illinois, something like Miscanthis or switchgrass would be the feedstock I'd look at.

    Focusing on marginal hilly and originally forested lands sidesteps the problem that the economics of this depends heavily on low input agriculture, which runs counter to the benefits to ADM/Monsanto. Indeed, a biocoal program based on sustainably grown perrennial prairie feedstocks might act as a wedge between the landowners and ADM/Monsanto, which would be a good thing over the long haul but could make for tough politics up front.

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    by BruceMcF on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 02:03:52 PM PDT

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